DRE 6006 Research on individual differences in organizations
Individual differences are important for individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. This has been extensively documented in research. For example, human intelligence is one of the best predictors of job performance across most types of jobs and human personality is one of the best predictors of leader effectiveness.
This course aims to provide a comprehensive, critical and up-to-date review of differential psychology. It looks specifically at individual differences at work and the primary aim is to help doctoral candidates understand why, when and how individual differences occur in the workplace.
The course starts with a historical and theoretical background but soon moves onto state-of-the-art theory and research in the area. More importantly students will have the opportunity to do a number of tests and, during the course, test others. The focus of the latter part of the course will be on individual differences in motivation, productivity and leadership. It will also examine psychiatric contributions to understanding derailment at work. The central aim is to enable students from different backgrounds and disciplines to have a good understanding of how, when, and why ability, personality and motivational facets of people have an impact.
- Participants should become acquainted with central perspectives in past and present research on individual differences.
- Participants should develop knowledge on ability, personality and motivation theories and tests
- Participants should develop knowledge about advances in contemporary theories, debates and controversies both within differential psychology and between differential psychology and other areas (i.e. clinical, social psychology)
- Participants should develop in depth knowledge about psychometric tests: how they are constructed and evaluated
- Participants should become able to design, analyse and evaluate studies that focus on individual differences
The History of Research in Intelligence and Personality
The Major traits theories
- Introduction to Psychometrics
Intelligence and ability at work
- The Social Intelligence
- Personality Disorders at Work
- Integrity and Dishonesty at Work
Creativity in the workplace
- Styles at the workplace
Enrollment in a PhD programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School.
External candidates are kindly asked to attach confirmation of enrollment in a PhD programme when signing up for a course. Other candidates may be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the course leader. Sitting in on a course does not permit registration for the course, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses.
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|100||No||1 Semester(s)||Individual||Individual term paper (12 pages). The paper should be original work, and be written specifically for this course.|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Comment:||Individual term paper (12 pages). The paper should be original work, and be written specifically for this course.|
|Resit:||Examination when next scheduled course|
Group work / Assignments
Student's own work with learning resources
Other in classroom
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.