Introducing students to theories and concepts that are related to social interaction within and between organizations, mainly focusing on how individuals interact together within (project) teams and groups.
Students will both learn about several of the main theories and concepts in this field, and will build an understanding and some experience in devising empirical studies around the studied phenomena.
Students will learn that organizations are multilevel phenomena, in which interaction (and its effects) occur at and across different levels of aggregation. This affects also how groups, project (teams), and organizations need to be studied (from a social science point of view).
The course exists of two weekly meetings over the course of a block. The meetings will be grouped around a set of themes and will cover both the theory and empirical aspects of each theme. The meetings will have a seminar-like structure. Lectures will be interactive, focusing on the discussion of the material students have prepared before class. In addition, there are frequent presentations and other (written) assignments.
The course concludes with an exam. The final grade will be a weighted average of the assignments (45%), the exam (45%) and a grade for productive and active participation in the discussion (10%).
The assignments can not be retaken, every assignment grade given will count as is towards the final overall grade. The minimum grade for the exam is 5.5. In case of a lower grade, the student can participate in a resit of the exam.
Presence at the sessions is obligatory, only a maximum number of two missed sessions is allowed. Students who miss three sessions will be required to do an additional assignment (approx. 8 hour time investment). Students who miss more than three sessions will fail the course and need to retake the course next year.
The 168 for this course consist of 28 class hours (14*2h), 112 hours of preparation time for the classes (14*8h), 25 hours of preparation time for the exam and 3 hours for the final exam. This means that the course requires 20 hours a week during the block (including class time).
Only for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
This course is aimed at studying organization as a social system of interaction. Social interaction can occur in various forms: between individuals, within teams, between teams, within and between organizations, between organizations and other parties in the institutional environment, et cetera. Social interaction can take many forms and shapes (e.g., the exchange of knowledge and information, social support or hindrance, friendship, advice) and has effects on the functioning of organizational members (e.g., effects on their commitment/satisfaction/burnout, on general performance of individuals or (project) teams, on individual and organizational creativity, learning, et cetera).
After completing this course, students will have generated insights in conceptual models, measurement models and empirical results of the most important theories on social interaction within and between organizations and (project) teams in the field of organization science, touching on theories such as social influence theory, social identity theory, self categorization theory, cognitive theory, learning theory, collective learning, and network theory.
Students will learn how such theories are embedded within an interaction framework and how they can be applied to understanding the antecedents and consequences of social interactions and relations in organizations (in a broad sense). The point of departure is on the one hand to explain how certain patterns of interaction develop in a collective, and on the other hand to examine what effects interaction patters have on the functioning of organizations and the individuals within them
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- A reader containing articles; the list of articles will be available on Blackboard..