Organizational & Personnel Psychology
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Learning outcomes of course unit
• Know the essential interdisciplinary connections between economics and psychology.
• Are familiar with the most important problems and approaches in organizational psychology.
• Understand the psychological factors influencing decision-making behavior in human resources and organizational contexts.
• Understand how people are judged in everyday life, how to deal with emotions in work situations, how to motivate employees, what to look out for in group work and how work and leisure can be meaningfully arranged (work-life balance).
prerequisites and co-requisites
• Introduction to BWL
• Strategic Management & Business Ethics
• Communication, Presentation & Rhetoric
• Human Resources Management
• Mediation of psychological explanatory and interpretive contexts in the areas: Work and leisure (work-life balance), unemployment, psychology of motivation and incentive design
• Entrepreneurial thinking and independence
• Organizational psychology approaches and methods of team building and leadership
• Personnel psychology approaches and methods of management decision behavior, personnel management and behavior control
• Empirical studies and findings of economic, organizational and personnel psychology
recommended or required reading
Bierhoff, H.-W. (2009). Psychologie prosozialen Verhaltens: Warum wir anderen helfen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag.
Brinkmann, R. (2018). Angewandte Wirtschaftspsychologie. Hallbergmoos: Person.
Kauffeld, S. (2019). Arbeits-, Organisations- und Personalpsychologie für Bachelor. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
Lück, H. E., Heidbrink, H., & Schmidtmann, H. (2009). Psychologie sozialer Beziehungen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag.
Molt, W., Rüttinger, B., & von Rosenstiel, L. (2005). Organisationspsychologie. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag.
Wiese, B. S., & Stertz, A. M. (2019). Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie: Ein Überblick für Psychologiestudierende und -interessierte. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
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25 % of the event is covered by eLearning. A combination between online phases (inductive method for the independent acquisition of knowledge and the practice of tasks) and presence phases (deductive method, in which assistance is given in the learning process and knowledge is imparted via frontal lectures) is used.
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