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Psychology of Organisations 2016/2017

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

I. Know and explain the origins and the historical perspective of the psychology of organizations, as well as its
current framework in the light of the European model (ENOP).
II. Discriminate between different theoretical models of Organizational Psychology and the contributions of each
for the evolution of the study area, noting differences and implications in different ways to intervene and
known organizations.
III. Know in detail the organizational dimensions (leadership, work motivation, climate, culture,
organizational) structures to recognize their implications for organizations, allowing perform
organizational diagnostics and recognize micro and macro issues in organizations.
IV. Knowing characteristics of organizations change, discriminate intervention strategies in organizations and distinguish the role of psychologists in organizations.
V. Training skills of analysis on organizational psychology.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Teaching Metodology

This course enables a methodology of teaching with the use of teaching strategies and learning that provide student involvement will be implemented. specifically be
conducted lectures, exploration activities of reading, exercise knowledge, case studies, simulations, practical exercises, practice tests. Evaluation will be continuous with two examinations 35%;+35% and one group work 30%. There will be participation of guests in class to present their organizations and the work of the psychologist on organizations. Students wil visit an organization.

Body of Work

1 On the Psychology of Organizations (Historical Perspective of Organizational Psychology, Origins, definition of the object of study, the model of ENOP, European Network of Work and Organizational
Psychology;Organization: concept and elements).
2 Classic models of Organizations
3 General systems theory in Organizations
4 Organizational metaphors
5 Theories of Leadership
6 Motivation in the work context
7 Organizational Trust
8 Climate and organizational culture
9 Organizational Change and Intervention
10 Organizational Commitment
11 Function organizational psychologist

Recommended Bibliography

Ferreira, J.M., Neves, J. & Caetano, A. (2001). Manual de psicossociologia das organizações. Lisboa: McGraw-Hill
Ferreira, Ana Teresa (2014). Perceções do sistema de gestão de recursos humanos e o compromisso organizacional. Tese de Doutoramento. Braga: Universidade do Minho.
Pina e Cunha, Miguel; Rego, Arménio & Cabral-Cardoso (2007). Tempos Modernos. Lisboa. Edições Silabo.
Gomes, J.; Pina e Cunha, M.; Rego, A.; Campos e Cunha, R.; Cabral-Cardoso, C. & Marques, C. (2008). “Manual de Gestão de Pessoas e do Capital Humano”. Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.
Dan Ariely, Emir Kamenica and Drazen Prelec (Forthcoming), "Man's Search for Meaning: The Case of Legos". Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Steve Hoeffler, Dan Ariely, and Pat West (2006) "Path Dependent Preferences: The Role of Early Experience and Biased Search in Preference Development"". Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Vol. 101, No. 2: p. 215 - 229.

Complementary Bibliography

Ferreira, Ana Teresa et al. (2010). Managers perceptions about employees acceptance of HR practices and its interactions with modifications in the HR system. In S. Menon (Ed.) Competing values in an uncertain environment: Managing the paradox.International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values (pp. 70-76).

Weekly Planning

WEEK 1 AND 2.
Presentation of the teacher and the course record.
1. On the Psychology of Organizations (Historical perspective of Organizational Psychology; Origins, definition of the subject matter; the model of ENOP (European Network of Work and Organizational Psychology Organization: concept and caraterizadores elements).
Lecture, exercises of knowledge, reflections, brainstorming, literature review.
Start of development of practical work under supervision, literature review.
Semana3
2. Classic models of Organizations: Taylor.
Lecture and exercises in groups. Organization of practical work of students, knowledge of exercises, literature review and critical discussion. Definition of submission dates for group work.
week 3
  Henry Fayol and the administrative function. The Human Relations: Elton Mayo. The experiences of Hawthorne. Lectures and practical exercises classes. Critical discussion and theoretical and practical Details of the various historical theories of psychology of organizations. Top of the presentation by the students of their practical work in groups. Oral presentation, discussion of knowledge, critical discussion.
Week 4:05
3. General theory of systems in organizations.
4. Metaphors in organizations. Lectures and practical exercises classes.
Practical work of students: Exercises and practical discussion of knowledge, critical discussion.
week 6
Leadership Theories
  5.The leadership as a personality trait. Leadership as a set of behaviors. Guidance for people and task orientation: Ohio School. The managerial grid Blake & Mouton. Contingency models: Fiedler; Hersey and Blanchard.
Lectures, individual exercises and group favoring the interrogative and active method. Practical work of students: Oral presentation, practical exercises and discussion of knowledge, critical discussion.
week 7
test
5. Motivation in the workplace: Content Theories: Maslow's model, Herzberg's theory. Process theories: expectation theory of Vroom and theory of perception of Stacey Adams inequity. Class exhibition, individual exercises and group favoring the interrogative and active method. Practical work of students: Oral presentation, practical exercises and discussion of knowledge, critical discussion.
week 8
Experiential exercises. Replication of Ariely jobs.
7. Trust and organizational justice. Class exhibition, individual exercises and group favoring the interrogative and active method.
week 9
Experiential exercises: Continued replication Ariely jobs. Organizational and Justice confidence. Motivation as a result. Practical work of students: Oral presentation, practical exercises and discussion of knowledge, critical discussion.
Week 10:11
Organizational trust and fairness
Class exhibition, individual exercises and group favoring the interrogative and active method. Presentations of real case studies and analysis.
Practical work of students :, practical exercises and discussion of knowledge,
critical discussion.
week 12
8. Climate and organizational culture
week 13
9. Change and Organizational Intervention
Class exhibition, individual exercises and group favoring the interrogative and active method. Presentations of real case studies and analysis.
Practical work of students: Oral presentation, practical exercises and discussion of knowledge,
critical discussion.
Week 14:15
Presentation of group works.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents presented on the psychology of organizations will meet the first objective,
as stipulated in the content inherent to the classical models of organizations refer to
achievement of objectives 2 As for the contents of the different organizational dimensions (leadership,
work motivation, climate, culture, organizational structures and power) go against the objective 3.
contents on the social exchange theory, organizational trust and the role of the educator in
organizations go against objective 4.
The contents related to organizational justice, trust, commitment and performance will be used to work the objective V of analysing organizational problems.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

he teaching methodologies lectures, exploration of reading activities, exercises knowledge
allow students to "Know and explain the origins and the historical perspective of the psychology of organizations,
well as its current framework in the light of the European model (ENOP) "and" discriminate the different models
theorists Organizational Psychology and the contributions of each to the evolution of the study area,
noticing differences and implications in different ways to intervene and meet organizations. "for its
turn, will be through simulations intervention (case studies) and views of the student videos
be able to "Meet detail the organizational dimensions (leadership, work motivation,
climate, culture, organizational) structures to recognize their implications for organizations,
allowing conduct organizational diagnoses and recognize micro and macro issues in organizations. "
and "Know Features of changing organizations, discrimination intervention strategies on
organizations and distinguish the role of psychologists in other professional organizations present in
companies with similar functions. ". Through practical work as "an interview with a psychologist of
organizations "and the completion of a field project" to visit an organization "students will be able
to achieve goals such as "Knowing in detail the organizational dimensions (leadership, motivation
work, climate, culture, organizational structures) in order to recognize its implications for
organizations, allowing performing organizational diagnostics and recognize micro and macro issues in
organizations. "and" Know Features of changing organizations, discrimination strategies
intervention in organizations and distinguish the role of psychologists in other professional organizations
present in companies with similar functions. The performance of the two projects will enable the development of relevant technical skills. The first related to a literature review will allow the deepening of a psychological dimension discussed in class. The second related to a qualitative research will allow the deepening of the organizational psychologist reality of knowledge, helping the student to achieve discriminate organizational intervention strategies.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
CreativityYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
TeamworkYes 
Written and verbal communications skills  
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