The Organizational Behavior (OB) department is a collection of researchers with a shared interest in the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Our research covers a wide range of topics that include – among others – leadership, workforce diversity, evolution and human behavior, the design of contracts and institutions, decision making, and behavior change.

Our department is proudly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.  Professors, post-doctoral researchers, and Ph.D. students have backgrounds in social, cognitive, and industrial psychology, management, economics, political science, and evolutionary ecology. Our core aim is to conduct research that has an impact on both theory and practice. We have published in many top journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, American Economic Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, Nature Human Behaviour, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Science.

The OB department benefits greatly from the faculty’s laboratory complex, LABEX, which offers an ideal environment for many different types of research. Aside from a lab for behavioral experiments with up to 36 participants at once, LABEX has several additional facilities for working on individual decision making, interactions in small groups, virtual reality, social sensing, and neuroscientific studies.

We also teach a wide range of courses in all programs at all levels for the Faculty of Business and Economics (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D., and EMBA). Subjects include bargaining and negotiation, communication, decision-making, game theory, leadership, research methods, and evolutionary social science. We are deeply convinced that the challenges arising from today's increasingly global and competitive economy require managers and researchers with a diverse set of skills. Our courses not only provide in-depth training on quantitative methods, but they also aim to develop communication and leadership skills.

Enjoy browsing through our web pages. Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you would like to hear more about our department.


On behalf of the Department of Organizational Behavior,  

Charles Efferson
Head of Department and Professor of Organizational Behavior

Internef - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 33 62
Fax +41 21 692 33 05
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