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Work and organizational psychology is the study of individuals’ work-related experiences, perceptions, reactions, and actions in relation to work matters and organization, individual expectations, and the ways in which individuals comprise and/or interact with groups and organizations.

Studies examine the importance of physical and psycho-social factors of the work environment for motivation and performance as well as for career development, health, and well-being. The interactions between the individual, group, and organization are also studied in light of various organizational conditions, including the mutual choices and preferences of organizations and individuals.

A distinguishing feature of work and organizational psychology, in comparison to other work sciences, is the inclusion of the individual perspective.

Source: The Swedish National Committee for Psychological Sciences
Translation: David Speeckaert

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Psychology
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Researchers

Magnus Sverke

Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology

Department of Psychology
Magnus Sverke Foto: Datorenheten/HD

Petra Lindfors

Professor

Department of Psychology
Petra Lindfors at desk in office at Stockholm University, Department of Psychology

Sophie Charlotte Albrecht

PhD student

Department of Psychology
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Louise Bergman

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
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Claudia Bernhard-Oettel

Professor, universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Claudia Bernhard-Oettel Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Victoria Blom

Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Victoria Blom, porträtt. Foto: Niklas Björling

Anders Eriksson

Doktorand

Department of Psychology

Helena Falkenberg

Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
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Rebecca Fältén

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Rebecca Bengtsson. Foto: Mattias Nording

Johnny Hellgren

Docent, Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology

Sara Henryson Eidvall

Timlärare

Department of Psychology
Sara Henrysson Eidvall

Rebecka Holmgren

phD student

Department of Psychology
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Annika Härenstam

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Annika Härenstam Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Gunn Johansson

Professor emerita

Department of Psychology

Yannick Klein

PhD student

Department of Psychology
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Annika Lantz Friedrich

Professor

Department of Psychology
Annika Lantz Foto: Lena Katarina Johansson

Constanze Leineweber

Forskare, Docent

Department of Psychology
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Christin Mellner

Lektor

Department of Psychology
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Franziska Müller

PhD student

Department of Psychology
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Alexander Nordgren Selar

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Alexander Nordgren Selar Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Jacobus Pienaar

Universitetslektor

Department of Psychology
Jacobus Pienaar Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Carolina Anna Elisa Sconfienza

Doktorand

Department of Psychology

Anders Sjöberg

Universitetslektor, Docent

Department of Psychology

Marta Sousa-Ribeiro Larsson

Forskare

Department of Psychology
Marta Sousa-Ribeiro Larsson Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Philip Ström

PhD student

Department of Psychology
Philip Ström Foto: Psykologiska institutionen/HD

Anna Sofia Tanimoto

Doktorand

Department of Psychology
Anna Sofia Tanimoto

Ingemar Torbiörn

Professor emeritus

Department of Psychology

Gunnela Westlander

Professor emerita

Department of Psychology

Research projects

Courses and programmes

Below is a list of free standing courses on bachelor's and master's levels mainly within the area of work- and organizational psychology that you can apply to. Please note the eligibility demands for each course.

Doctoral studies

For information about studying at the PhD level and finding courses in the area of work- and organizational psychology, see the page Courses and programmes.

More than 10 PhD students study work- and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology, often leading to at least one new doctoral dissertation every year.

Departments and centres

The research in this subject at Stockholm University is mainly done within the Division of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology.

Department of Psychology Division of Work and Organizational Psychology