Behavioural Foundations


Aim of this course are twofold:

  • to provide an introduction in the theory in the behavioral sciences that lies at the core of behavioral research in management (i.e., organizational behavior, behavioral strategy, consumer behavior, behavioral operations management, behavioral finance),
  • to equip students with the understanding of behavioral research required to apply this in their own research projects.


The course covers such issues as identity, group dynamics, behavioural decision making, mixed-motive interdependence, and behavioural ethics. Study of these themes is combined with the study of empirical research that illustrates the application of these themes in research in management.


To develop a deeper understanding of behavioural research, the course uses hands-on assignments focused on developing and criticizing ideas for behavioural research in management. These consist of both weekly, individual assignments and a larger group assignment that is to be handed in at the end of the course.


A reader with a combination of overview chapters/review articles and empirical journal articles.

Additional info

The timetable for this course can be found in the EUR course guide.

ERIM PhD candidates and Research Master students can register for this course via Osiris Student.