Professor Victoria Brescoll
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Yale SOM faculty members have a very collaborative spirit, and that’s reflected in both our research and in the classroom.
Yale SOM faculty members have a very collaborative spirit, and that’s reflected in both our research and in the classroom. We team-teach a lot of classes to bring a range of expertise into the room. Our mission is to produce the best courses we can, and we work together to do that.
I team-teach a core course called Managing Groups and Teams. Students are introduced to the theory and concepts behind group dynamics and how to manage teams. We particularly focus on how to diagnose problems and design interventions. But at the same time, it’s also an experiential course. Students are put through a number of exercises in small groups where they practice what it’s like to lead a team and be a team member.
My expertise is in social psychology—the study of people in social contexts, such as groups and teams. One of my co-instructors is an expert in leadership, specifically leadership decision-making. The course integrates issues from both leadership and group functioning, which is of course how they occur in the real world.
I also teach an elective course called Managing a Modern Workforce. I do a fair amount of research into workplace dynamics. But when I’m at a point in my class where I really need to go over some of the key legal questions that students are going to face, I call on my colleague who specializes in the practice of law and management. She steps in and shares her expertise with the class. Students get the best of both perspectives.
Interviewed on June 18, 2012.