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Introduction to Business Psychology

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
HS 2022
Prof. Dr. Fabiola Heike Gerpott, Vera Mariko Schweitzer, Anna van der Velde
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
Business Psychology ­­­– The business world draws more and more attention to understanding people’s experiences and behavior in organizations. In this module, students will acquire the basic knowledge and skills that will enable them to implement psychological principles in their daily working life. Specifically, students will be sensitized to the importance of intra- and interpersonal aspects that influence organizational life. This module is composed of interactive lectures with the goal of providing students not only with theoretical insides into a variety of psychological topics but also enable them to apply this newly acquired knowledge into practice. In short, this course covers topics that are crucial for becoming a business psychologist: ? What tools and exercises can I use to facilitate team meetings or trainings?
Date Time
Monday, 31.10.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 07.11.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Thursday, 17.11.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 21.11.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 28.11.2022 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 05.12.2022 08:00 - 11:15
I. Content-related

Having an understanding of core concepts related to the field of business psychology.

II. Skills-related

Being able to work in a team to apply business psychological concepts to the organizational context.

Gaining and practicingbasic psychological skills for workplace.

III. Attitude-related

Developing amindset to shape the people-related side of the workplace.

Being able and willing to critically reflect upon the role of psychology in the business context.

There are no required pre-readings for all participants; relevant literature will be anounced in the first lecture
Teaching and Learning Methods: Interactive classroom discussions/quizzes, group work, lectures, simulation activities/role-plays, written exam
20% in-class participation

30% group work

50% exam

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