My Teaching Interests
My main discipline is Organizational Behavior, which investigates human behavior in organizational settings. I became fascinated by this discipline by learning about famous social psychology studies such as the Stanford prison experiment and the Hawthorne Studies.
This discipline is not teaching readily actionable skills such as doing a balance sheet in accounting or designing a recruitment strategy in human resources. Instead, it gives its students weapons to better fight the social and psychological processes influencing workers including themselves. Actionable skills are certainly needed, but these analytical abilities are what makes them more reflective future managers or colleagues.
As an example, I teach theories explaining motivation, performance, sources of power, group norms, team development or organizational culture. They can be applied not only to workplaces but also in all situations in which groups of people work together towards common goals.
Current Modules Taught
This module teaches the fundamentals of organizational behavior to first year undergraduate students.
We study topics such as motivation, leadership, power, diversity in organizations or corporate social responsibility.
I teach seminars focused on student participation to groups of 20 students each and mark essays and exams.
This module is about helping students on placement use the workplace as a site and source of learning.
While on placement, my students send me monthly reflective logs and work towards building a portfolio on the knowledge acquired.
I provide them feedback on their logs and an external academic point of view on their journey as workers.
This module is about discussing the challenges faced by small businesses and working on critical cases.
The course covers topics such as innovation, funding, family owned SMEs and recruitment strategies for small firms.
I design and teach seminars focused on debates and group discussion using engaging activities.
My Teaching Philosophy
Knowledge and theories must be core to business practice. Evidence-based practitioners use scientific evidence to make better and more informed decisions.
My teaching thus gives much importance to learning theories and evidence.
For example, Janis' groupthink theory suggests that teams can make worse or extreme decisions when they start believing in their superiority, stereotyping opponents or minimizing internal conflict. Involving outsiders or encouraging people to air concerns or endorse a devil's advocate role can help to reduce groupthink and make better decisions.
Work Based Learning
The temptation is strong to forget all about theories once outside the classroom or graduated. Theories learned at university are supplies gathered for future use.
This is why I focus on using work based learning to help students use these supplies when needed:
- Internships are a way to immediately apply what has been learnt in the classroom. Students must seize this opportunity.
- Case studies and Business games can help students practice applying theories to real life business situations.
Learning With Passion
Learning is not easy, it requires focus and dedication. But I believe it can be made easier with passion and engagement.
As positive attitudes foster engagement, I do my best to share my passion for my discipline:
- Recommended extracurricular activities such as readings, visits, films or even video games related to the lectures help students engage with the theories outside of the classroom.
- Online learning serves similar purposes. Students can learn at their own pace and to the extent they desire using online material (such as MOOCs) or boardrooms.
My Teaching Toolbox
Organizational Behavior Textbooks
Software and devices
Films on Work and Management
Horror movie with nice scenes on corporate status