PSY201: Psychology of the Organization

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
12

Course Overview

This course examines the organization from a “systems” view, looking at the alignment of key organizational components necessary for effective organization performance.  Students will explore how the driving forces of strategy, culture, and infrastructure must work in relative harmony to deliver needed results for an organization.

In the course project, Organizational Alignment Assessment:  Recommendations for Resolving Organizational Challenges, students will determine the relative degree of organizational alignment for a selected company, find a critical disconnect, and recommend a plan of action to reduce or resolve this organizational challenge.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Define and describe an organization through its purpose, structure, design, and mission while exploring its relationship to its external environment.
  • Define an organization as a system with its commonly associated components and through alignment of driving forces that determine organizational success.
  • Describe an organization's culture through its vision, values, and behaviors.
  • Describe stages of team formation, recognize team dynamics, and develop best personal practices for success in a team environment.
  • Develop new approaches for routinely providing feedback to others in order to help overall organizational performance.
  • Test personal assumptions about change, develop personal strategies for making positive contributions to change initiatives, and help implement change more effectively.
  • Compare and contrast leadership behaviors, identify leadership qualities within you, and further develop your own leadership capabilities.
  • Determine the relative degree of organizational alignment for your own company, find a critical disconnect, and recommend a plan of action to reduce or resolve this organizational challenge.