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Owens Lecture set for March 15

The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research will host its annual William A. Owens Lecture virtually on March 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Mark van Vugt will give the lecture, titled “COVID-19 and the Workplace: Insights from the Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.” Van Vugt will use an evolutionary psychological perspective to understand the short and potential long-term consequences of the current pandemic for the workplace. He will focus on five trends that may each have important implications for the way work organizations are designed, how leaders and managers operate, and how employees do their work. Each of these trends signifies important mismatches between old and new work practices that, if not addressed properly, could destabilize work organizations in the long run.

Van Vugt is a professor of evolutionary psychology, work and organizational psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and director of the Amsterdam Leadership Lab. He is also a Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He studies work and organizational behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

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