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Organisational Management


Admission requirements

Master’s students Psychology with specialisation Social and Organisational Psychology or Occupational Health Psychology.

Course Description

Organisational management involves the coordination and facilitation of organisational processes to accomplish core organisational goals. The aim of this course is to familiarise students with some of the key topics in the domain of organisational management, and to train them in applying this knowledge to organisational practice. These key topics include effective communication with both internal (e.g., employees) and external (e.g., clients) stakeholders, managing the organisation’s identity, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, and corporate restructures such as mergers and strategic alliances. These topics will be approached by integrating conceptual, empirical and case methods. We will cover various types of organisations, including non-profit organisations, local and national governments, and NGO’s. This course will contribute to the foundations of students’ development as future manager, organisational consultant, researcher, or coach.

Course objectives

  • Students will acquire an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of some of the key topics in organisational management

  • Students will be able to identify and define organisational problems

  • Students will learn to apply their theoretical knowledge to real organisational problems and generate theory-based solutions to these problems

  • Students will be challenged to reflect on their academic attitude in anticipation of their work as a professional in organisational settings.


Organisational management (2014-2015):
Workgroups (1st semester)
Workgroups (2nd semester)



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration

Mode of instruction

The course is given in 7 workgroup meetings of 3 hours each.

Assessment method:

  • Oral presentations

  • Written assignments

  • Class participation

  • Final course paper

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud

Reading list

Apr. 14 readings (available from the library or on Blackboard), among which

  • Arvidsson, S. (2010). Communication of corporate social responsibility: A study of the views of management teams in large companies. Journal of Business Ethics, 96, 339–354. doi:10.1007/s10551-010-0469-2

  • Balmer, J. M. T. (2008). Identity based views of the corporation: Insights from corporate identity, organisational identity, social identity, visual identity, corporate brand identity and corporate image. European Journal of Marketing, 42, 879–906. doi:10.1108/03090560810891055

  • Giessner, S. R., Ullrich, J., & van Dick, R. (2011). Social identity and corporate mergers. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(6), 333–345. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00357.x

  • Stuart, H. (2012). Living the corporate rebrand: The employee perspective. Corporate Reputation Review, 15, 158–168. doi:10.1057/crr.2012.9