Full Professor of Organizational Behavior University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Gabriele Morandin is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Department of Management of the University of Bologna, Italy, where he is also Director of the Bachelor in Business Administration. He is Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Co-Director of the Professional Master in HRO at Bologna Business School, where he also teaches several courses for executives. His research is focused on sustainable relationships both at work and off-work and his publications appeared among others in Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Gabriele seats on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Behavior and gained awards both for research (Outstanding Reviewer 2010, Academy of Management Meeting, MOC Division; Best Paper Award 2012 – XIII Italian Conference on Organization Studies; Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2018, Journal of Vocational Behavior; Best Reviewer 2019, European Management Review) and teaching (100% Overall Students Satisfaction, for the Organization and HRM bachelor course in 2012, 2016, 2020). He received the Ph.D in Management in 2005 at the University of Bologna and he has been Visiting Scholar and Research Assistant from 2004 to 2006 at the University of Michigan, USA.


The power to choose, motivate and lead people is one of the key skills required to “make things happen” in business. This course aims at developing self-awareness among participants about their leadership styles through experiential learning. Sessions will alternate among completion of tasks, behavioral self awareness, and interaction with professionals and managers who have guided companies and organizations to excellence.

Recent research in neuroscience points out that human behaviour is driven by different emotions that activate different cognitive areas in our brain (Panksepp, 2005). One of the primary instincts is called ‘seeking’ and represents our tendency to feel enthusiasm and curiosity about those activities that allow us to achieve the resources we need to survive. Daniel Cable, in his latest book “Alive at work”, points out that the activities that create the greatest enthusiasm at work are those in which we feel we can express our talents (self-expression), learn (experimentation) and identify the meaning of our work (purpose). Although these concepts are widely described in the literature as fundamental to increase individual motivation, modern organisations often inhibit such states with strict rules and an uninnovative internal culture, inducing a feeling of helplessness and resignation among workers, which can have significant repercussions on health and performance. The objective of this course is to analyse possible strategies to prevent this from happening and to guide employees to achieve high levels of engagement and enthusiasm at work.