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Organization and Staff Psychology

level of course unit

first cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

• are familiar with the essential interdisciplinary connections between economy and psychology.
• are familiar with the most important problem areas and solution approaches of organizational psychology.
• are familiar with the psychological factors that influence decision-making behavior in human resource management and organizational contexts.
• understand: how people are assessed in everyday life; how people can deal with emotions in work situations; how to motivate members of staff at work; what teamwork must focus on; how working and leisure time can be spend in a meaningful way (work-life balance).

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

Acquisition of psychological explanatory and interpretational contexts in the fields: work and leisure time (work-life balance), unemployment, psychology of motivation and creation of incentives, entrepreneurial thinking and self-employment, psychological approaches in organizations and methods of team building and team management. Approaches and methods of management decision behavior, of staff management and of behavior management. Empirical studies and findings from business psychology, organizational psychology and staff psychology.

recommended or required reading

Heimerl, P./ Sichler, R./ Steinkellner, P.(2012): Strategie, Organisation, Personal, Führung
Kaudela-Baum/ Nagel, E./ Bürkler, P./ Glanzmann, V.(2011): Führung lernen: Fallstudien zu Führung, Personalmanagement und Organisation
Kasper, H./ Mayrhofer, W.(2009): Personalmanagement – Führung – Organisation


Zeitschrift für Personal (ZfP); Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis; Business Research; Jahrbuch der Wirtschaftswissenschaften; Journal für Betriebswirtschaft; Journal of Business and Economics (JBE); Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Journal of Economic Perspectives; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Economics and Management Strategy; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of International Business Studies; Management International Review; Management Science; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Organization Science; ZfbF; Small Business Economics; Strategic Management Journal; Zeitschrift für Management

assessment methods and criteria

written examination

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

MMag. Alexander Plaikner, Prof. (FH) Dr. Wolfgang Klose

year of study

2.year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit


mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable