Research in Organizational Psychology

Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology aims to understand and describe the human mind and behavior in the light of the (biological and cultural) selection pressures operating on humans, now and in the past. Evolutionary psychology is a relatively young but vibrant discipline, making inroads into all of field of psychology and the social sciences. As the field develops, it is starting to generate findings that ...
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Meetings Amsterdam Leadership Lab

As from 23 April we are having weekly virtual Amsterdam Leadership Lab meetings via Zoom. Guests are welcome, both to present ideas and to simply attend and listen. If you want to learn more or would like to attend, please contact Alexandra (Sasha) Cook (a.r.cook@vu.nl). Here are our most recent and upcoming meetings: Upcoming 28.09.2020 12:30-13:30: Charlotte Hemelrijk (University of Gro...
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Organizational Neuroscience

Organizational neuroscience is an emerging field in management and organizational psychology that studies the role of the brain in workplace behavior. The aim is to investigate how neuroscience and its methodological toolkit (from brain imaging to hormonal studies) can advance theory and research in organizational behavior. We study, for example, the neural mechanisms involved in followership, t...
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Team and Boardroom Dynamics

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" – Ideally this statement is true when we work in teams. However, as probably most of us know from experience, team cooperation does not happen naturally. Instead, teams sometimes have destructive meeting dynamics or face challenges related to leadership, diversity, timing, and performance. Our research focuses on gathering insights into the positi...
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Personality at Work

During selection procedures, obtaining reliable and valid estimates of the extent to which applicants are honest, emotional, extravert, agreeable, conscientious, and open to experience is of paramount importance for organizations to create an effective and committed workforce. In our research, we focus on the six-dimensional HEXACO model of personality, which—according to cross-cultural lexical ...
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Leadership in organizations

Effective leadership depends on the social dynamics between leaders and followers. We study questions such as the evolution of leadership across species, the emergence of leadership in teams, the role of physical (faces, bodies) and psychological traits (overconfidence, integrity) in leadership selection, and the role of gender and hierarchy in organizations. We adopt an evolutionary perspective...
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