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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will know: - the main theories in Organizational Psychology; - the main principles of organizational structure and design - the main psychosocial processes related to organizational behavior; - the main goals of psychologists’ professional activity in such domains.

Course contents

The course examines the themes of Organizational Psychology in-depth, explaining the theoretical, research and professional aspects that characterize the discipline. Specifically, it aims to develop knowledge and skills on the following areas:

  • The Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Organizations
  • Organizational Climate and Culture
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Globalization, multi/intercultural context
  • Diversity management


- Lecture slides and materials presented/suggested in class.

- Suggested textbooks/chapters:

Truxillo, D., Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2016). Psychology & Work: Perspectives on Industrial & Organizational Psychology. NY: Routledge.

Landy, F.J., & Conte, J.M. (2012). Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology. NY: Wiley. [part 3 module 14 The Organization of Work Behavior]

Leonard, H.S., Lewis, R., Freedman, A.M., & Passmore, J. (2013). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change, and Organizational Development. London: Wiley Blackwell. [parts II and III]

Schneider, B., & Barbera, K. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture. NY: Oxford University Press.

Mor Barak, M. E. (2014). Managing diversity: Toward a globally inclusive workplace (Third Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Teaching methods

The teaching methods used for the course are: lessons, case analysis and discussions, practitioners' reports, individual and group assignments, simulations, presentations of assignments.

The course is designed to be very interactive, based on students’ active participation. Therefore, students are requested to attend systematically all the lectures. Exchange students, aiming to choose this course for their learning agreement, should carefully consider – in their own interest – that they are requested to attend the full course.

Assessment methods

The exam aims to verify the achievement of the following learning goals:

  • in-depth knowledge of different theories and approaches of Organizational Psychology;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to analyze and interpret organizational cases and phenomena;
  • being able to apply the acquired knowledge to realize and design organizational interventions.

The grading will be given on a 30-point scale.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint, paper-pencil instruments, audiovisual materials, guided discussions.

Office hours

See the website of Sara Zaniboni