Business Psychology (I)
This course examines the manifestations and roots of the irrational, both positive and destructive, processes in corporations.

Ekaterina Mikhailova
Professor of Psychology at AIBEc.
Co-founder and a Leading counselor of Institute of Group and Family Psychotherapy and Psychology (IGISPP).

Purpose of this Course
Of particular interest will be the ideas and particular tools for better understanding the unconscious needs and emotional reasoning that usually stay shadowed and unspoken.

Numerous examples of irrational decision making, specific leadership styles, teamwork impasses will be analyzed in terms of general theory. Of special importance will be the discussion of the prediction cues and coping strategies that can be developed.

Course Materials
  • Notes, handouts, articles, and cases from the course package.

Grading of the course will be based on assignments, examinations and class participation.

During the course the students will have to submit 1 case report «The Unspoken Norms» and an essay on minimal behavioral cues (using mass media material). They will also have to make a group role-play presentation followed by analysis and interpretation.

Class participation ________ 10%
Report 1 _________________ 40%
Group presentation _______ 30%
Report 2 _________________ 20%
Total ___________________ 100%

Course Topics
  1. Paradoxes of the unspoken
  2. A systemic approach to the hidden dimensions of corporate life
  3. "Nothing personal" and beyond: personality traits to be understood
  4. Why brilliant people ignore the obvious
  5. The unconscious dimension of teamwork
  6. Development crises and stagnation in teams
  7. Additional sources of tension in partnership
  8. "The burnout syndrome"
  9. Understanding the unspoken
  10. Observation and conclusions
  11. The unconscious as a resource

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