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Psychology 327: Psychology in Organizations

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Click here to read the recent NYT's story about sexual harassment.

This is the link for the NYT's UBER story:

For those of you who are interested in gender and work, you may find this Atlantic Monthly article about "women in tech" interesting.

For those of you who might want to read recent research about motivational information bias, check out these two pieces:

Why facts do not change our minds, New Yorker Review of Cognitive Bias Books
When political ideology undermines logic, SPSP Blog Post

Click here to read recent NYT article with advice to employers seeking to hire.

Click here for recent NYT article about internships and skills.

Click here for PBS clip about the ways in which APPs are designed to increase our interactions with them

For those who might be intrigued, here is the link to the NPR story about the Bay of Pigs Fiasco,

Class will meet Wednesdays from 8 am to 11: 40 am in Salazar 2025.

Course Description:

Industrial / Organizational (I/O) Psychology is the application of social science methods and principles to industrial and organizational behavior. Topics include: teams in organizations, motivation, individual differences, attitudes and emotions relevant to work, stress and well-being, fairness and diversity within organizations, leadership and organizational change and development. The ultimate objective of this discipline is to maximize both employee well-being and organizational effectiveness. Because of the data-intensive nature of I/O Psychology, if you have a basic understanding of how empirical psychological research is conducted (from Statistics, Psychological Research Methods, Social Psychology or Personality), you will find the course material more accessible.

Course Goal:

Upon completing this course, students should be able to evaluate and apply current psychological theory and research to organizational settings and problems.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand why psychologists study the behavior of workers and organizations, and how this study has contributed to both our understanding and practice of work.
  • Increase critical thinking by carefully examining the methodology and results of empirical research.
  • Demonstrate the application of relevant psychological theory and research problems faced by employees and organizations.
  • Summarize and evaluate psychological research and theory relevant to a specific organizational context.
  • Use psychological theory and research to support possible solutions to organizational problems.
  • Learn from direct experience about teams and organizations.

This course also is designed to contribute to the following Psychology Department learning objectives:

  • Students should be able to apply psychological theories and concepts to problems and questions they find personally important
  • Students should be able to apply psychological theories, concepts and principles to personal and broader social systems and issues.
  • Students should be able to recognize and understand the complexity of cultural diversity.
  • Students should be able to understand and apply basic research methods in psychology and the social sciences.

Recommended Course Text:
Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T.A. (2013). Organizational Behavior. Pearson Education: Upper Saddle River.

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Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089

Course assignments:
Team assignment
Term paper
Case studies