People and Organizations


On completion of this course, a student should have gained knowledge and understanding in: how individual differences in
values, personality, and background can affect team functioning; approaches to motivating and aligning employee
performance; strategies for performance evaluation and feedback; designing and implementing effective teams; using
different types of power to influence others and achieve objectives; overcoming resistance to organizational change
The student should also have developed and received feedback on subject-specific skills: giving and receiving feedback;
evaluating performance; using tools for individual and team assessment; designing and leading effective teams.
It’s also expected that the student should have practiced and improved general skills: effective communication (written,
verbal); teamwork; critical thinking; reflexivity; self-understanding.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Avelino Miguel da Mota de Pina e Cunha


Weekly - Available soon

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Teaching language






Teaching method

Classes, educational videos, movie clips, fiction literature, other arts (painting architecture and music), written analysis and
interactive cases, written work, group presentations, practical exercises.

Evaluation method

Situation diagnosis and report (individual)-20%
Case report and presentation (group)- 20%
Individual reflection and self-evaluation-20%
Class participation and active learning-20%
Final examination-20%

Subject matter

Theories of management and organization: a historical analysis. Organizations as markets versus organizations as
communities. Interpreting the organization: cognitive distortions and their implications. The causes of organizational
behavior: how dispositions and situations interact. Personality. Management motivation and creation of psychological
energy in organizations. The content and process of motivation (needs, objectives, fairness, expectations). Justice in the
workplace. Management of satisfaction in the workplace. Satisfaction and performance. Leading people: the leader as a
coach, as a facilitator, as an architect. The process of leadership, Leadership and Ethics, Leadership "difficult people".
Organizational culture, cultural issues; Forms of change in organizations; Managing change; Positive organizations and
positive organizational behavior.


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