In a time when organisations are obsessed with ‘big data’, ‘business intelligence’ and ‘analytics,’ Dr Nick Wang the newest academic appointment at the Research School of Management (RSM), is here to find out how you feel.
With a background in organisational behaviour, Nick’s research is interested in the emotional dynamics and emotional intelligence in the workplace.
“We try to understand, why people do the things that they do at work from an emotional lens. Not necessarily how they process information, but look at how they feel.”
“A better understanding of people’s feelings and how emotions drive behaviours will make managers smarter and more effective, so that’s why I think people should care about this.”
The recent appointment of Dr Wang to the Research School’s organisational behaviour research group will continue to strengthen a priority research theme ‘Strong Organisations’ at the ANU College of Business and Economics.
”It is great to have Nick join the Research School of Management. Nick is one of his discipline’s rising stars and will fit in nicely with the OB (organisational behaviour) group. We are particularly excited about Nick’s expertise in the area of behavioural research and his interest in making the most of CBE’s new behavioural lab,” says Professor Byron Keating, Director of RSM.
With a focus on how passion in the workplace is able to drive creativity, Nick is seeing a shift in management styles towards an appreciation of people’s emotional intelligence.
”You really have to be creative and think outside of the box. So that makes the need to understand emotions more important because creativity is often driven by passion.”
The role of emotional intelligence is coming of age and Nick is excited to be at ANU where the discipline has an established research group.
“Obviously this is a wonderful School, with wonderful colleagues. In my discipline of OB this is the top group in the country. That obviously plays a very important role. ANU has a great reputation. In particular there is the behavioural lab.”
The CBE Behavioural Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary research facility, providing a platform to conduct applied research in conjunction with CBE’s industry partners.
The Lab provides academics the necessary research infrastructure and resources to conduct high quality research and contribute to CBE’s research excellence.
“That was one of the things that got me to move - studying people in a controlled setting, as opposed to surveying them. Looking at behaviour and not just self-reported attitudes/intentions means that you see how people would actually behave in a situation, rather than what they would say you would do.”
In 2017 Dr Wang will teach masters level organisational behaviour as part of the Master of Business Administration through CBE’s Research School of Management.