Business and Economic Psychology | Research

The research at our department is dedicated to a better understanding of the psychological dimension in economic activities – with the explicit aim to empower the voices of all the stakeholders involved. Psychological research gives voice to people who would otherwise not be heard nor understood. Theory development plays a crucial role for this purpose and is an integral part of our approach. Empirically, we prefer a methodological mix in our research whenever possible as compared to singular methods.

The students at our department are encouraged to develop their research questions for their master thesis from the early start. We do not delegate readymade research packages to our students because we believe the research mastery must be motivated from within: the questions which are most dear to students and their mission.

Research Projects (excerpt)

FAMILY PURPOSE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: UNDERSTANDING AND FOSTERING FAMILY PURPOSE FOR FAMILIES WITH EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Financial Support: Sir John Templeton Foundation
  • Approach: Qualitative In-depth Interviews with 2-3 family members of business families;
  • Research Team: Kendall Cotton Bronk (P.I., Claremont Graduate College); Tarek el Sehity (Co-P.I., SFU); Anne Colby (Advisor, Stanford University); Bill Damon (Scientific Advisor, Stanford University); Heinrich Liechtenstein (General Advisor, IESE Business School, Barcelona);
  • Extended Research Team: 

UHNWI-MOBILITY IN THE 21st CENTURY: A PSYCHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION

  • Approach: Qualitative In-depth Interviews with UHNWIs;
  • Research Team: Tarek el Sehity (P.I., SFU); Felicitas Auersperg (SFU); Martin Einhorn (Porsche, A.G.);

CO-PRODUCTION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

  • Approach: Mixed Methods;
  • Research Team: Raffaella Pocobello (P.I.); Tarek el Sehity (SFU);