Work and Organizational Psychology (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Riccardo Sartori
Riccardo Sartori
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

1) To know and understand the psychological theories that make against the fundamental processes of functioning and adaptation of the individual to the material and social environment;
2) Know and understand the theories related to the mechanisms of psychological functioning of people at work and in organizations, including their motivations, satisfaction and well-being;
3) Apply the theories on the functioning of individuals, groups and organizations to the analysis of phenomena of learning and personal and social change;


The course deals with the typical topics of work and organizational psychology and the fundamentals of the so-called human resource management, that is to say:
- Personnel research, selection and assessment (assessment of: position, performance and potential), as well as job placement and organizational socialization (tutoring, mentoring e coaching);
- Human resource training and development, as well as processes of growth, creativity and innovation in organizations;
- Vocational guidance related to career development, both in and out the same organization.
These topics provide the occasion to also deal with:
- Task performance and contextual performance;
- Teamwork, team building and involvement;
- Leadership management of people at work;
- Job satisfaction and motivation at work;
- Health, wellbeing and psychosocial risks (stress, mobbing and burnout);
- Diversity management.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Dessler G. Gestione delle risorse umane Pearson 2017
Sartori R. Metodi e tecniche di indagine e intervento in psicologia (Edizione 1) LED, Milano 2011
Asleigh M. & Mansi A. (con Di Stefano G.) Psicologia del lavoro e delle organizzazioni (Edizione 1) Pearson Italia, Milano-Torino 2014 9788865183809

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with a variable number of open and closed questions directly drawn by the texts. During the course, examples of written tasks and relative answers are given to the students in the classroom, so that they can become familiar with the kind of tasks they are going to deal with and can ask questions of any kind.