500841 :Work Group Psychology

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Seminars (2hours*14) (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Quizzes and papers (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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dr. D. Ren (Coordinator)


The aims of this course are - 

1) to gain a thorough understanding of the dynamics of group- based work settings and their effects on group performance. The focus is on the structural characteristics and social processes that influence the effectiveness of groups.

2) to obtain the ability to criticaly evaluate and communicate empirical group research to a general audience (e.g., your future colleagues).

3) to apply the knowledge of groups to practical issues in the workplace, so you feel prepared to successfully manage teams and work effectively in group settings. 



This course is run as a seminar; therefore your active participation is crucial to the success of this course. You are expected to come to class having carefully read all of the required readings for that day and being prepared to discuss them. 

A typical class starts with a quiz to assess your knowledge of the articles that you have read for that class. After the test, we will discuss the articles in-depth (led by one group of students). For the last 20 to 30 minutes, the leading group will present an additional paper, describe it in depth, and connect it with the topic and readings for the day. The leading group will be a different group of students each lecture. We create the groups during the first class. Students are to work in groups throughout the entire course.

Each student writes a popular science paper. In addition, every group writes an applied research proposal. The last two meetings (class 13 and 14) are reserved for presentations of the research proposals where each group will give a short presentation of their research proposal and receives feedback from their peers that they can use to improve their proposal. 


The grade for this course is based on a weighted average of the quizzes and assignments. Students who want to resit the course can only resit the entire course. It is not possible to resit a single quiz or assignment.

Compulsory Reading

  1. The compulsory articles will be posted on the Blackboard.

Recommended Reading

  1. Larson, C. E., & LaFasto, F. M., Teamwork: What must go right/What can go wrong., 1989.
  2. Levi, D., Group Dynamics for Teams, Sage, 2001.
  3. LaFasto & Larson, When Teams Work Best: 6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell What It Takes to Succeed, 2002.
  4. Hackman, J. R., Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances., 2002.

Recommended Prerequisites

previous knowledge on group dynamics

Compulsory for

  • MSc Social Psychology: program Work and Organizational Psychology ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )