Maryam Kouchaki is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Kellogg School of Management. Maryam is an organizational psychologist who seeks to understand everyday moral encounters, particularly at work. Her research is organized around two conceptual themes that involve 1) understanding the dynamic nature of moral decision-making and 2) understanding how individuals psychologically experience everyday moral encounters. Maryam examines these with a particular emphasis on the consequences of these encounters for individuals and groups. Across a series of articles, she has uncovered novel and often counterintuitive forces that continually create widespread unethicality. Notably, she offers evidence that everyday moral encounters cannot be fully understood without a thorough consideration of the individuals’ psychological experience of them.
Her work has appeared in scholarly publications such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Psychological Science, and has been featured in media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and BBC world radio.
Ethics, Group and Team, Decision-making, Negotiation
This course provides an introduction to research designs and methods for "micro" research in organizations. The purpose to develop students' skill at designing, executing, interpreting, and evaluating micro-organizational and social psychological research. The course addresses both theoretical and practical considerations of research methods, with a special focus on the role of laboratory experiments and other common methods in social psychology for organizational research.
The class covers fundamental theoretical considerations, such as utility and limitations of experimentation, what constitutes a sufficient test of a theory, the meaning and significance of effects, statistical interpretation, and the social contextualization of the research process. A large proportion of the class is spent on practical considerations in generating testable hypotheses, designing experiments, and evaluating empirical research.