ORG 3402 Psychology, Organization and Leadership
The effectiveness, profitability, and value of organizations, broadly defined, are dependent upon human competence, interplay, effort, and leadership. This course will thus include important and evidence-based knowledge about human characteristics, processes, and leadership in complex work settings. In line with this, the course will, e.g., cover issues like learning, motivation, perception, how human traits can be organized and how such processes and traits can be associated with e.g., job satisfaction, effort, and productivity. Moreover, the course will provide knowledge on groups and teams, as well as decision-making, problem solving, and creativity. A special emphasis is put on theories of leadership, including leadership and change and e-leadership. Finally and beyond such perspectives, the course will include an introduction to organizational design and culture. This course will provide an introduction to how sustainable use of human resources can be facilitated.
The students shall acquire basic knowledge about psychological, organizational, and leadership theories relevant for work settings and for further studies in organizational theory and leadership.
The students shall be able to explain central psychological, organizational, and leadership concepts, processes, and theories and how they relate to efficiency in work settings.
The students shall develop an understanding of the importance of psychological characteristics and processes, and organizational conditions for optimal functioning in work settings.
- Individual level topics:
- What can be conceived as the more important individual characteristics and how do we perceive ourselves and others?
- Motivation and achievement
- Work engagement, job-satisfaction, efficacy, and stress.
- Thinking at work: learning, problem solving, decision making, and creativity.
- Group level topics:
- Work in groups and social dynamics.
- Communication, information, power, and influence.
- Organisational topics:
- What can we conceive as an organisation and how can life in an organisation be understood?
- Organisational culture, organisational change, and competence considerations in change-processes.
- Leadership theory
- What is leadership?
- Leader traits and behaviors (styles)
- Gender and leadership
- Contingency theories of leadership including self-leadership
- Destructive leadership
- Other topics:
- Diversity in organisations.
- Learning process. The course consists of 28 hours of lectures. During the lectures the main emphasis is put on central concepts, but will also give room for discussions, the use of small cases as aids to understanding, assignments, activities and more. Subsequent to the teaching sessions students’ will work on assignments that will be briefly reviewed at the beginning of the next session.
- Digital learning resources will be provided as supplement to the compulsory textbooks. It is expected that participants take advantage of these resources when preparing for lectures and exam.
- Three exam relevant questions will be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 must be approved in order to sit for exam. More information will be given by the start of the semester.
The course requires that candidates use the communication platforms ItsLearning. The responsibility for an Internet connection and the skills to navigate on the communication platforms rest on the candidates.
In course delivery as online courses, lecturer will, in collaboration with the student administration, organize an appropriate course implementation, combining different learning activities and digital elements on the learning platform. Online students are also offered a study guide that will contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.
Students that have not gotten approved the coursework requirements, must re-take the exercises during the next scheduled course.
Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade may re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.
Higher Education Entrance Qualification
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.
Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.
No particular prerequisites.
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|Mandatory||3||2||3 exam relevant questions will be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 out of 3 must be approved in order to take the examination.|
|Comment coursework:||3 exam relevant questions will be given during the semester. The answers must be submitted electronically and 2 out of 3 must be approved in order to take the examination.|
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Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination every semester
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
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|Exam code:||ORG 34021|
|Resit:||Examination every semester|
Student's own work with learning resources
Group work / Assignments
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.