Nicolai Foss

Collective Motivation

Adjunct Professor in Strategic Organization Design, IMM, Faculty of Business and Social Science, SDU.

External Chair at Danish Institute for Advanced Study

Nicolai Foss
24/02 2021

Collective motivation may be defined as the motivation to choose one’s actions in terms of the goals of some collective entity so as to reach a mutual advantage. I will argue that this should be at the core of our understanding of organizations as collaborative ventures, but that we only have only bits and pieces of a theory of collective motivation (deriving from, e.g., social psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary anthropology). I will summarize a recent research line of mine that tries to build a research program in management theory around the notion of collective motivation.

About Nicolai Foss

Nicolai J. Foss received his PhD degree from Copenhagen Business School in 1993. He served for almost a decade as Department Head at the Copenhagen Business School before he left for four years as Rodolfo Debenedetti Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Bocconi University in Milan. He returned to Denmark at the end of 2019. Foss is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, a member of Academia Europaea and was named  “Highly Cited Researcher” in Clarivate Analytics in both 2018 and 2019.

His research interests include strategy, organization and entrepreneurship, where he has established himself as one of the most prominent researchers in the field.


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