Not available in 2020/21
MG4B8      Half Unit
Evolutionary Psychology and Management

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Satoshi Kanazawa NAB5.33


This course is available on the MSc in Management and Strategy. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Principles of evolutionary psychology. The nature and limitations of the human brain as an evolved and adapted organ. Evolutionary origins of cognitive biases, and their effects on organisational behaviour. Sex differences in organisational behaviour. The importance of physical attractiveness and general intelligence in organisational behaviour. "Discrimination" in labour market. Evolutionary psychological perspectives on cooperation, reciprocity, altruism, hierarchy, and leadership in modern corporations. Evolutionary origins of organisationally relevant emotions such as envy, spite, and positional bias. This course introduces the evolutionary psychological perspective on business and management. The emerging science of evolutionary psychology sheds entirely new light on, and offers different solutions to, old problems of management, such as glass ceiling, occupational sex segregation, sexual harassment and suboptimal decision making, and points to new potential problems.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy

Formative coursework

One class presentation and one essay based on the class presentation.

Indicative reading

Browne, Kingsley R. 2002. Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press; Kanazawa, Satoshi. 2012. The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One. Pinker, Susan. 2008. The Sexual Paradox: Troubled Boys, Gifted Girls and the Real Difference Between the Sexes.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills