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Applying Evolutionary Psychology to Enhance Business Research


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Existing business research in domains such as management, marketing, economics or finance predominantly examine proximal reasons of human behaviour, i.e. decisions people make in response to incentives and available information. Recently, the burgeoning literature on evolutionary psychology has identified a range of fundamental (i.e. evolved) motivations in humans that can have important effects on their behaviour in business and economic contexts. The resulting area of evolutionary business psychology is in its infancy and provides a promising are of future research.

This PhD project will apply principles and insights from evolutionary psychology to advance business research. The project is intended to be interdisciplinary in nature based on biology, psychology and business research. In particular, the focus will be on how evolved moral and social psychology of business decision makers influences their behaviour in interactions with others. Applications in any area of business are welcomed including consumer research, finance, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour or human resource management. However the focus will be on advancing these through behavioural and psychological methods including experiments, psychometric and psychophysiological approaches.

Successful candidates will be expected to have a solid background in research methods, principles of psychology and/or economics and marketing. The supervision team will include specialists from evolutionary psychology, economics and marketing. The project will be based within RMIT’s Behavioural Business Lab that includes a vibrant PhD and researcher community and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in central Melbourne. The project is aligned with the Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program

School: EFM
Program Name(s) and Codes : PhD (EFM), DR203

Potential Supervisory Team

Professor Robert Hoffmann
Associate Professor Swee Hoon Chuah
Dr Florian Kock

Academic Enquiry Contact

Assoc. Prof. Peter Sivey, HDR Co-ordinator School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

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