Peter Drucker, a highly influential business thinker, once said that “the organization is, above, all social”. My teaching philosophy is grounded in this simple and yet complex conclusion. As an organizational researcher specializing in organizational behavior, my goal is to equip students with a scientific understanding of the importance of behavior within organizations.
Students participating in my courses will learn that behavior within and between organizations is a function of individual, group-, and organization-level factors. They will also learn that while each of these levels of analysis has its own set of criteria there are also important interactions between these levels that determine how individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole behave.
For example, students will learn how individual attitudes and personality affect organizational performance, why burnout is a persisting challenge in organizations, how different leadership styles can affect individual motivation, why status and power often impair group/organizational decision-making, why diversity is both a blessing and a challenge within organizations, why stereotypes and discrimination impair the careers paths of certain groups of individuals, how organizational culture emerges and why it can affect organizational effectiveness, and how resistance to organizational change can be overcome.
To enable students to understand organizational behavior as a holistic concept, I draw from several theoretical perspectives that stem from diverse fields such as work and organizational psychology, management and economics as well as sociology. One of my most important didactic goals is to engage students and to encourage them to think critically and “out of the box”. I use a variety of teaching techniques such as case studies and business simulations, group decision exercises, and role play to enable experiential learning to practice application of theoretical concepts and knowledge to organizational problems.
I have gained international research and teaching experience at different Universities and research institutions including NYU Stern School of Business at New York University (USA), ETH Zurich, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Konstanz, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). I have also developed and implemented crises resource management trainings for medical staff at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the Bellevue Hospital in New York City (USA).
In the Summer Term 2021, I will be teaching “Challenges in Diversity Management” (BSc). You can find my complete 3-semester teaching curriculum here.