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This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


What drives people to work hard? Why do we try our best in some settings, while in others we tend to slack off? In this class we explore how employees are motivated, and tools to increase employees' motivation. We apply microeconomic theory, game theory, behavioral economics and psychology to investigate topics such as incentives, intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, peer effects, performance feedback, employer recognition, autonomy, competitiveness, reciprocity, procrastination, mindset, identity and social status.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:
Upon completion of the course, students will better understand:
  • different behavioral mechanisms that affect motivation at the workplace
  • how organizational change and management can increase employees' motivation

Skills:
Upon completion of the course, students will have learned:
  • to apply microeconomic theory, game theory, behavioral economics and econometric analysis to explore traditional general management questions
  • to conduct a case study of how employees in a real life organization is motivated
  • to interact with a real life organization and provide them with recommendations for how to improve worker motivation

General competence:
Upon completion of the course, students will have learned:
  • how to think critically about empirical evidence
  • how to learn from reading international journal articles
  • how to collaborate effectively in groups
  • better writing skills
  • better presentation skills

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Recommended previous knowledge

MØA120 Microeconomic Analysis

Exam

Folder evaluation
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual home exam2 weeksAll.
Group case study (report and presentations) All.
Students will receive one grade based on the two components in the folder. Only students who have completed the group case study, and the course requirements, during the course will be allowed to do the individual home exam.
There will be no resits for the exam. If students are sick during the exam period, an extension will be granted.

Coursework requirements

Presentations in group (scientific paper presentation), Group written assignment and presentation (practice exam), At least 70% overall attendance, 100% Compulsory attendance first week of class

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Mari Rege
Course teacher
Andreas Lofthus Fidjeland

Method of work

1. Lectures: 26 hours
2. Seminar (scientific paper presentations): 4 hours
3. Workshop (practice exam): 4 hours
4. Case study seminars: 16 hours
5. Advising: as needed
6. Self-study: 120 hours
7. Preparing Case Study: 90

Open to

International Hospitality Management - Master's Degree Programme
Business Administration - Master of Science

Course assessment

Student evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the UiS Business School's evaluation system.

Literature

We will use chapters from the textbooks:
Personnel Economics in Practice (2015) by Edward P. Lazear and Michael Gibbs
Additionally, we will use scientific journal articles distributed in class.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 22.08.2019