Sociology and Organizational Behavior
Cod: 41096
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Sociology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The present curricular unit uses the following logic of exposition:
1.    First, to explain a group of concepts that the student undoubtedly needs in order to deal successfully with the subsequent text;
2.    Then, to characterize the evolutionary process of the euro-Atlantic societies, the reality that constitutes the environment of their organizations; trying to emphasize, in that characterization, the evolution of these ones;
3.    Finally, to present the organizational theorists of the 20th century, those who intended to characterize and/or to (re)shape the organizational logics and, by inherence, the modern organizations; supporting that presentation in the works of Frederick Winslow Taylor and of Henry Ford.      


Labour relations

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to intervene conscientiously in the process of shaping or reshaping the organizations where he/she is working or will be working.


1.    Introductory concepts.
2.    Historical framework of the contemporary organizational life in the euro-Atlantic area.
3.    Organizational theorists of the 20th century (F. W. Taylor; Henry Ford; Elton Mayo; Douglas McGregor; Frederick Herzberg; Tavistock Institute (Socio-technical theory); Organizational Development; Michel Crozier (Theory of Strategic Analysis); Taiichi Ohno (Toyota Production System) and process reengineering; Harry Braverman).


•    Silva, Victor (2020), Sociedade, organizações e teoria organizacional. Lisboa: Sílabo.
•    The “consulted bibliography” listed in the main manual.  



Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Good knowledge of Principles of Management and of Human Resource Management is a prerequisite for the adequate comprehension of this course unit.