Social Relationships on the Workplace, the Development of Social Systems



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The aim of this course is to present the most current theories of organisational socialization. During the course the most specific issues of the workplace, such as workaholism, procrastination, and phenomena of free riding will be explored. Students will learn about certain forms of behavior specific to the work environment, will uncover the special motivation and environmental factors which trigger behaviors, and will discover the different possibilities for interventions. The understanding of the functioning of organisations, the promotion of changes, and the forms of intervention depend on the theoretical paradigm used for definition of organisations. During the course we will discuss social behavior in the workplace and the possibilities of interventions using different theoretical paradigms (behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic). The course presents various theoretical models related to organizational counseling, gives an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the practice of counseling, and presents the most relevant impact and efficacy studies.

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