Class Organizations and Psychology in the International Context

  • Presentation


    Current challenges to organisations posed by globalisation, information flows, internationalisation of organisations, and free movement of workers in the European space can, on the one hand, open up competitive advantages for businesses and professionals, but translate, on the other hand, into difficulties associated to the confrontation between different cultural patterns and uprooting of workers from their own culture. Thus, cultural diversity in organisations and between organisations may be an added value, but only if it is well-managed.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Society and globalisation

    • Concept of globalisation
    • Migration and acculturation
    • Intercultural communication


    2. Foundations of the relation between organisations and culture

    • Culture and organisation: national cultures and organisational cultures
    • Cultural values and cultural model
    • Cultural dimensions and implication for the organizations


    3. The psychologist in an international context

    • Global and Individual measures
    • Culture training
    • Cultural values and leadership
    • Other impacts of cultural aspects: work teams, gender issues, values and ethics
  • Objectives


    This CU has the objective of making students able to apply work psychology to international and multicultural contexts.

    On completion of the course, students should be able to:

    • Introduce and frame the problem of globalised society (O1);
    • Describe what culture is and how this influences relations between people in an organisational context (O2);
    • Describe the main processes of cultural transition (O3);
    • Explain the application of psychology to the analysis of psychological problems in the diverse fields of international relations (O4);
    • Apply knowledge gained to the analysis of psychological problems of actors in international relations, in different organizational contexts (O5);
    • Suggest forms of intervention in the management of cultural diversity within organizations as well as in the integration of expatriates (O6).
  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The UC adopts a methodology based on the exposition of theoretical contents and the analysis of theoretical or empirical texts, complemented by case analysis.

  • References


    • Berry, J. W., Poortinga, Y. H., Brengelmaus, S. M., Athanasios (2011). Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications . Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.
    • Finuras, P. (2011). Gestão intercultural: Pessoas e carreiras na era da globalização. Lisboa: Edições Sílabo.
    • Friedman, G. ( 2012). A próxima década. Onde temos estado e para onde nos dirigimos. Lisboa: D. Quixote.
    • Hofstede, G.J., Pedersen, P.B., Hofstede, G. (2002). Exploring culture. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultrual Press.
    • Silverthorne, C. (2005). Organizational psychology in cross-cultural perspective . New York: New York University Press.
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