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Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management

The Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management group at CATÓLICA-LISBON has been at the forefront of new science being done in the social and organizational psychology and sociology.

Since 2013, researchers associated with this group have been the authors of 30 scientific articles in top publications, including in such renowned scientific journals in the field as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology or the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Their work has received awards from the Proceedings of the Academy of Management.

Members of this group also take seriously their roles in serving the scientific community, having worked as reviewers and editorial board members of some of the most important journals in management and psychology. David Patient retired in 2019 from his position on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, having previously started an International Committee for its Organizational Behavior division.

Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management researchers at CATÓLICA-LISBON also prioritize teaching and knowledge dissemination to the general public. Not only are they teachers in every programme at this school, they also teach at the law and psychology schools of Universidade Católica Portuguesa. As executive education teachers, these researchers have taught clients that include Websummit, Bank of Portugal, Accenture, Gulbenkian Foundation, and Santander, among others. Their articles have also been publicized to the general public through articles on such outlets as The Atlantic, the New York Times, Le Monde or the Harvard Business Review

Main research topics

In the Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management group, researchers focus their work in five different but interconnected topics.

In the area of Organizational Justice, researchers examine topics like how time affects perceptions of justice, or how the source of justice can influence reactions. Regarding the topic of Teams, our researchers focus on collective psychological ownership or building team effectiveness.

Group members also explore Emotion and Cognition, and how they are relevant for employee altruism, creativity, ethics and performance.

On the topic of Mindfulness, researchers have shown its effect on the workplace and also studied how experiments in the area can best be conducted. Finally, researchers also explore Cultural Psychology, having studied, for example, the impacts of cross-cultural relationships in a person’s professional career path.

Team members


Title: The Emergence and Consequences of Collective Psychological Ownership in Teams
Principal Investigator (PI): David Patient
Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)