Subject: Organizational Psychological

Scientific Area:



56 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

0 - The general goal of this course aims to provide the students with theoretical and applied knowledge concerning the domain of Organizational Psychology, more specifically:
1 - Contextualize Organizational Psychology from historical and scientific perspectives;
2 - Describe and compare several theoretical approaches regarding the organizations;
3 - Present and explore specific aspects concerning organizational structures and their dynamic processes;
4 - Describe and explore different dimensions and psycho-social processes with relevance to understanding and explaining human behavior at the organizations;
5 - Build awareness about the role of Work and Organizational Psychologists in organizational settings.


1 - Introduction to Organizational Psychology
1.1 - Definition, scope and goals
1.2 - Historical and scientific contextualization
2 - Theoretical approaches concerning the organizations
2.1 - Classical theories
2.2 - Human relations theory
2.3 - The systemic-contingency approach
2.4 - The political approach
2.5 - The cultural approach
2.6 - Comparing and contrasting the several theoretical approaches
3 - Organizational structure and dynamics
3.1 - Organizational structure: Components and configurations
3.2 - Social climate and culture as organizational variables
3.3 - Leadership in organizations
4 - Dimensions and psychological processes in organizations
4.1 - Motivation and job satisfaction
4.2 - Job performance (behavioral dimensions and competencies)
4.3 - Beliefs, work values and the value of work
4.4 - Well-being, life quality and psycho-social challenges at the organizations
5 - The role of the psychologist in the organizations


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Campbell, J. P., & Wiernik, B. M. , 2015 , The modelling and assessment of work performance. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior ,
Robbins, S. P., & Judge , 2015 , Organizational behavior , Pearson
Camara, P. B., Guerra, P. B., & Rodrigues, J. V. , 2013 , Humanator XXI: Recursos humanos e sucesso empresarial , Dom Quixote
Drenth, P. J., Thierry, H., & C. J. Wolff, C. J. (1998). , 1998 , Handbook of organizational psychology: introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology , Taylor & Francis
Mintzberg, H. , 2010 , Estrutura e dinâmica das organizações , Dom Quixote
Saari, L.M., & Judge, T.A. , 2004 , Employee attitudes and job satisfaction ,
Ones, D. S., Anderson, N., Viswesvaran, C., & Sinangil, H. K. , 2017 , The Sage handbook of industrial, work and organizational psychology , Sage
Scandura, T. , 2017 , Essentials of organizational behavior: An evidence-based approach , Sage

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Theoretical teaching will be implemented through explanatory and conceptually focused methodologies whereas theoretical-practical classes will include more applied activities. Altogether, the adopted teaching methodologies will include (i) in-depth activities to explore theoretical and applied contents with the support of audiovisual resources, (ii) applied activities and exercises to integrate conceptual and practical components (i.e. debates, group exercises) (iii) the participation and interaction of the students in the activities, (iv) independent work by using the literature and scientific databases, (v) performing applied and practical assignments, (vi) student monitoring. The assessment will include the following components with the respective weighting for the course final score: - 1 theoretical exam (50% of the final grade); - 1 group practical assignment about a topic regarding a psychological process or about organizational dynamics/structures (50% of the final grade).