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An understanding of psychology to enhance organizational strength

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Enhancing Engineering Management

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Engineering Management

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23.186.1 - 23.186.11

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Liana Bayatyan Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY)

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Liana Bayatyan relocated to New York City from Yerevan, Armenia in 2000. Since 2006, Bayatyan has been pursuing interests in the field of psychology. Currently, Bayatyan is a research assistant at the Mangels Dynamic Learning Lab, City University of New York (CUNY) and an assistant cognitive therapist at the Center for Cognition and Communication.

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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S. Jimmy Gandhi is currently an assistant professor in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering & Management (MSEM) Department at California State
University, Northridge. He teaches courses in quality management, entrepreneurship and systems engineering. Prior to coming to Cal State, he was with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens
Institute of Technology and also taught at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Gandhi has research interests in the fields of globalization, risk management and sustainability. He is an active member of ASEM, ASEE and participates in their conferences on a yearly basis. He has a PhD in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Engineering Management from California State University, Northridge and a B.S. in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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An understanding of psychology to enhance organizational strength Liana Bayatyan, Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) S. Jimmy Gandhi, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)Any given organization has separate entities and subsystems that work independently for a commongoal. However, these entities and subsystems do not always function collectively. There is often lack ofcommunication between entities and subsystems within organizations. This lack of information flowtranslates into numerous discrepancies within the organization which include a lack of a sense ofbelonging, motivation, efficiency, innovation, creativity and adaptation to the environmental trends...In this paper, the authors will make use of comparative psychology and the notion that assumes thatmore complex organisms will develop more complex means of communication and conversely thesimpler organisms with the simpler nervous system will develop simpler means of communication.When we draw parallels between living organism and an organization we understand the importance ofwell-developed means of communication. The authors will also develop an analogy betweenorganizations and organisms and hypothesize that having well developed communications network isjust like having a complex neural mechanism. In both instances you could gain a comparative advantagein adaptation to environmental trends such as market trends competitors, technological developments,economic climate etc. that are crucial for the success of an organization….The authors will use the above logic to explain to engineering managers the need to incorporate morepsychological concepts into the EM curriculum so as to understand how to better the organization as anentity and to improve its organizational strength.

Bayatyan, L., & Gandhi, S. J. (2013, June), An understanding of psychology to enhance organizational strength Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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