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Spring 2021  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 2nd Semester  ›  Organizational Behavior

Psychology, Group B

Course Code:
Prof. Dr. Tillmann Wagner, Prof. Dr. Fabiola Heike Gerpott
Course Type:
BSc Course
Week Hours:
Spring 2021
(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.)
You will receive an overview about psychological principles of human behavior in organizations and beyond. Among others, the topics covered are:
  • Perspectives on human behavior and psychology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Dual process theory
  • Personality psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • Self-control theory and ego depletion
  • Habits
  • Theories of learning
11:30 AM till 03:15 PM
Monday, 25/01/2021
11:30 AM till 03:15 PM
Thursday, 18/02/2021
11:30 AM till 03:15 PM
Monday, 22/02/2021
01:45 PM till 03:45 PM
Friday, 05/03/2021
09:00 AM till 11:30 AM
This class concentrates on the psychological foundations and processes underlying the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations and work environments. The objective of this class lies in providing students with a sound understanding of psychological theories and models of human behavior. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to employ psychological principles to analyze and understand individuals’ and groups’ behaviors in organizations and the contemporary workplace.
Optional Readings:

Gray, Peter and David F. Bjorklund (2018), Psychology, 8th ed. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Clear, J. (2018). Atomic habits. An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones (Part 1, pp. 13–55). New York: Penguin Random House.

McKenna, E. (2012).Business Psychology and Organizational Behavior(Chapter 7, pp. 195–210)

Lecturing, independent studies (e.g., readings, videos), online consultation, and interactive application tasks
Grading of this course is based 100% on your results in a closed book exam.