Juniors to the fore
Most undergraduate students and courses deal primarily with the basics of their subjects. The issues and problems at the frontiers of international research in their subject areas are seldom encountered in the undergraduate curriculum. However, during the present Winter Semester 2011/2012, students of all subjects will have a chance to take part in an ongoing research project and see for themselves how research “works”. The project will enable them to learn how classical psychological methods are designed, applied and interpreted in the context of focused investigation. Participants can also look forward to other rewards, in the form of prizes and pocket-money.
The project will take three years, and its goal is to elucidate the factors that underlie successful teamwork and cooperation in commercial and scientific organizations. Initially the studies will focus on empirical and quantitative analysis of the data, in order to uncover interactions between the variables of interest. In a second phase the insights gained will be transferred into practice. “The results of the various studies will also be communicated to decision-makers in the worlds of business and science,” says Professor Dieter Frey, who will direct the project at LMU. “So the students who take part will be involved in a project of immediate social relevance.”
The project got underway on 1. July 2011, and is a collaborative venture led by Professor Frey (Chair of Social Psychology, LMU) together with Professors Isabell M. Welpe (Strategy and Organization) and Claudia Peus (Research and Science Management), both of whom are based at the Technical University of Munich.
Dr. Susanne Braun
Phone: +49 89 2180 9778
Fax: +49 89 2180 999778