Organisational Social Psychology
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Dr Tom Reader QUE.3.10 and Dr Lucia Garcia QUE.3.23
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology. This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Psychological and Behavioural Science, MSc in Social Research Methods and MSc in Strategic Communications. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course addresses both the social psychology of organisations and social psychological processes within organisations. It also provides multidisciplinary coverage of the organisational contexts in which social psychologists may work in a variety of professional domains. A basic familiarity with social psychological methods is assumed, but their application within organisational processes and contexts will be examined in detail within the course. Issues and techniques in organisational analysis, discourse, decision-making and change management are covered with emphasis on their social psychological aspects.
Lectures/seminars in the MT: These will cover key social psychological concepts and theories and their application to the understanding of organisations and the implementation of change processes. The specific topics covered include: 1) Introduction: critique of the tradition and logic underlying organisational psychology; history and frameworks in organisational analysis; "Scientific" management; Taylorism and Fordism; the Human Relations movement and the Socio-Technical approach; 2) Frameworks for analysis: for example, the cultural image of organisations; culture and identity in organisations; power, knowledge and organising; 3) People organising: for example, motivation; work groups and teams; decision-making; leadership, networking and collaborative work ; 4) Implications for practice: for example, managing organisational change.
Professional Seminar Series in the MT: These will centre on discussion of practical and research applications in domains where organisational social psychological investigation and analysis may play a leading role. Each topic will be presented by an external expert working practically in the domain.
20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.
Students taking PS404 will also be required to attend PS443A lectures 10 x 120 minutes (MT) and seminars/discussion groups 9 x 60 minutes (MT).
Formative essay to be submitted in MT.
Reading lists on specific topics will be distributed during the course. Texts which are recommended for general use throughout the course are: S Clegg & C Handy, Studying Organisations: Theory and Method, Sage, 1998; E H Schein, Organisational Psychology (3rd edn), Prentice Hall, 1988; G Morgan, Images of Organisation (2nd edn), Sage, 1997; A Bryman (Ed), Doing Research in Organisations, Routledge, 1988; Hosking, D.-M., & Morley, I. E. (1991). A Social Psychology of Organizing. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. K E Weick, Sense Making in Organisation, Addison Wesley, 1995. A Furnham, The psychology of behaviour at work: The individual in the organisation, Psychology Press, 2005; S Haslam, Psychology in Organisations: The Social Identity Approach, Sage, 2004. P Spector, Industrial and Organisational Psychology: Research and Practice, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Exam (25%, duration: 1 hour) in the LT week 0.
Essay (75%, 5000 words) in the MT.
Student performance results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Total students 2016/17: 72
Average class size 2016/17: 18
Controlled access 2016/17: No
Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT)
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 100%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)