Managing_OB_syllabus v2.pdfManaging_OB_syllabus v2.pdf
Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Understands the psychological and social psychological factors that impact behavior and performance on individual, team and organizational levels
  • Can acquire, discuss and apply evidence-based knowledge in the workplace.
  • Can analyse and address challenges related to managing human and organizational performance.
  • Has the aptitude and skills to design, implement and influence effective processes in teams and organizations
  • Understands the immediate and secondary organizational and societal consequences of people management related decisions and actions and is committed to ethical and inclusive professional practice.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2023 - 09.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marjo-Riitta Diehl

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Drawing on organizational psychology, organizational behavior and HRM literatures, this course offers participants a deep dive into the psychological and social psychological factors and processes at the level of an individual, a team and an organization that help explaining human and organizational performance. For the purposes of this course, performance is broadly understood. Knowledge acquired in this course is valuable in many important areas of people management, such as recruitment and selection, goal setting, personnel assessment, leadership development and performance management, among others. Specific focus is set on bridging the gap between scientific knowledge managing human and organizational performance and the day-to-day decisions made in organization to help the participants develop into effective professionals and managers in the future. 

    Course content

    • Evidence based management
    • Understanding individual differences
    • Understanding individual attitudes and behavior
    • Understanding theories of motivation
    • Designing motivating work environment
    • Managing stress and emotions
    • Managing teams and team performance
    • Addressing conflicts and negotiations
    • Understanding power and politics

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Team assignments:

    • A paper pitch video 
    • A research-based assignment 

    Individual assignments:

    • Learning blog
    • A written assignment 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Preparation for lectures

    Team assignments


    Independent study

    This course requires attendance and active participation to the lectures.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) People Management and Organizational Development students, 2) BIZ exchange students, 3) other students.