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Work and Organizational Psychology

The study of modern work life investigates how psychological factors affect efficiency, productivity, and health at the individual, group, leadership, and organization level.

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Work and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology, UiO, builds on national and international research, and conducts research and education based on Norwegian and international perspectives on working life.

Our approach to modern working life is rooted in organizational theory and positive psychology.

Central themes

  • Motivation and a positive work environment

  • Psychological contracts

  • Training in the handling of stress and strain at work

  • Organizational change, leadership and group dynamics

  • Safety and effectiveness in MTO-systems

  • Techniques for debriefing and organizational climate


The most frequently used methods are interviews, participant observation, surveys, archival methods, experiments, and reflection-based dialogue.

The curriculum of the bachelor and master program focus on knowledge and skills which relate to the theories, methods and interventions applied in research. Students are trained in analytical and practical skills being also taught in case studies in ongoing projects in collaboration with industry, the Norwegian public sector and international partners.

Published Mar. 23, 2012 4:40 PM - Last modified June 20, 2017 4:05 PM