Organisation and Cognition
Full course description
To what extent can cognitive constructs and theories help us understand organisational behaviour? This course will focus on the interface of cognitive and organisational psychology 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 Intended Learning Outcomes or adapt existing Intended Learning Outcomes. A second perspective focuses on how people and organisations select actions that lead to current (organisational) Intended Learning Outcomes. This perspective is exemplified by behavioural decision research.
Issues that will be addressed include: entrepreneurial cognition leadership, and strategic decision making; power, leadership and organisational justice; team cognition and team performance; creativity, innovation and knowledge management; trust, conflict and negotiation; and change management, organisational culture and cross cultural differences. Selected problems will provide student with insight into the field of aviation (e.g. low-fare market strategies, cockpit crew resource management, union disputes, cultural differences and airline alliances).
Students are able to
- summarize and explain current research findings on entrepreneurship, strategic management, leadership, creativity and innovation, change management, negotiation and conflict management, organizational justice, intercultural differences, and humanitarian work psychology;
- compare and contrast studies in organizational psychology;
- 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;
- present scientific articles to peers.