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Gunnela Westlander

Gunnela Westlander

Gunnela Westlander’s professional interests reflect her background in applied social psychology. Since the late 1960s, she has devoted herself to research in the work sciences, focusing principally on the social-psychological perspectives of work designs, production techniques, computer use and organizational changes. She has held faculty positions at Stockholm University since 1974 and became associate professor of the Department of Psychology in 1977. From 1984 to 1995 she was professor and director of the Division of Social and Organizational Psychology at Sweden’s National Institute of Occupational Health. Then, in 1996, she became professor emerita.

Professor Westlander has extensive experience as a researcher, teacher, educator, adviser, and author in the fields of the social psychology of working life and organization theory. From the 1970s onward she provides instruction, guidance and supervision, at the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and the Department of Psychology, University of Stockholm. In 2003 she was appointed honorary doctor in engineering. She has held a number of expert assignments and served as both member and chairwoman for granting committees in Sweden and Norway.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Methodology in the Research of Change Processes
  • Health Promoting Interventions in Working Life
  • Human Aspects of Organizational Change Processes
  • Organization Management and Work Psychology
  • Organization Psychology
  • Organization Theory and Change Processes
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Interviews
  • The Study of Work Practice
  • Work Psychology: Human Work in Production and Systems Development from the Perspective of Socio-Psychological Conditions

Gunnela Westlander
Vanadisvägen 22A
SE-113 46 Stockholm

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