Organisation and Cognition
Full course description
To what extent can cognitive constructs and theories help us understand organisational behaviour? This course will focus on microfoundations of organisational behaviour and on two major perspectives which organisations and their members appear to take. By using an interpretive perspective, organisations and their members try to understand how organisational realities are constructed. This perspective allows us to make sense of events and, eventually, to set new goals or adapt existing goals. A second perspective focuses on how people and organisations select actions that lead to current (organisational) goals. This perspective is exemplified by behavioural decision research.
Issues that will be addressed include: entrepreneurial cognition, and strategic decision making; leadership, the future of work, team cognition and team performance; creativity, innovation and change management; trust, conflict and negotiation; organisational culture and cross cultural differences. Selected problems will allow students to practice consultancy skills (viz. preparing an intake and pitching a proposal).
Students are able to:
- summarize and explain current research findings on entrepreneurship, strategic management, leadership, creativity and innovation, change management, negotiation and conflict management, organisational justice, intercultural differences, and humanitarian work psychology;
- compare and contrast studies in organisational psychology and find research gaps;
- apply insights from teamwork literature while collaborating online with students abroad;
- contribute to group assignments that require generating a research or intervention proposal and producing educational materials on a humanitarian issue, thus promoting global citizenship;
- reflect on future employability by preparing a presentation on (the role of work and organisational psychologists in) the future of work
- prepare a consultancy intake session
- present scientific articles to peers.