Ed O'Brien
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science
University of Chicago Booth School of Business


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I teach 38001 Managing in Organizations [syllabus here] for the full-time, evening, and weekend MBA programs. I draw upon experimental social psychology to craft strategies for managing the minds around us. My course begins by highlighting the power of the situation in driving how people think and behave, often in ways that observers fail to appreciate (particularly as managers trying to understand employees). Then, we apply this knowledge to better understanding real organizational issues like motivation, culture, communication, and work-life balance, with the ultimate goal to teach students how they as managers can design a better workplace.

I am currently teaching in the Summer 2018 quarter (Section 81, Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm; Section 85, Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm; Section 86, Saturdays 1:30pm-4:30pm, all at Gleacher Center 304). Registered students can find course materials at our Canvas portal (http://canvas.uchicago.edu).

I teach next in Summer 2019.

I've also taught PhD students in the doctoral seminar 38903 Current Topics in Behavioral Science in Winter 2016 [syllabus here] and Winter 2018 [syllabus here], and TBA in 2019-2020. In these previous quarters, I covered general principles of social cognition (e.g., naive realism, constructed judgment, lay beliefs) with a bent towards generating research questions on time, change, and happiness.