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Organizational Psychology & Behavioral Economics

level of course unit

2. Study cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students:
• know the basic concepts of organization theory.
• can distinguish and explain the basics of organizational psychology from the concepts of organizational theory
• can derive the development of organizations from the organizational diagnosis.
• understand the limitations of rational decision theories.
• learn alternative approaches to explain human behavior.
• can transfer and reflect on selected topics in operational practice.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• Basic concepts of organizational theory
• Fundamentals of organizational psychology
• Selected topics such as leadership, teamwork, conflicts
• Organizational climate and organizational culture
• Organizational diagnosis and organizational development
• Fundamentals of behavioral economics

recommended or required reading

• Clarke, Sharon: Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Wiley (latest edition)
• Hatch, Mary Jo: Organizational Theory. Oxford University Press (latest edition)
• Homan, Astrid C.; Cronin, Matthew A. (Eds.): Organizational Psychology Review. Sage Journals
• Jex, Steve M.; Britt, Thomas W.: Organizational Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach (latest edition)
• Kahneman, Daniel: Thinking, Fast and Slow. Penguin (latest edition)
• Spector, Paul E.: Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice. Wiley (latest edition)
• Thaler, Richard H.: Nudge. Penguin (latest edition)
• Weiner, Irving B.; Schmitt, Neal W. et al.: Handbook of Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Wiley (latest edition)

assessment methods and criteria

Online tasks, exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)