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Petru L. Curşeu

Applied Social Psychology

Professor Dr. Petru L. Curșeu Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Emergence and emergent phenomena in groups


Emergent phenomena in small groups are the result of the co-evolution of individual cognitions, emotions and competencies during interpersonal interactions and they are important antecedents of group effectiveness. In this keynote I will present an overview of the research on emergence in groups and use a complex adaptive systems perspective to distinguish between emergent states (trust, cohesion, psychological safety and conflict), structures (group cognition and social networks) and competencies (collective intelligence, group rationality and group emotional intelligence). In line with this systemic framework, I will discuss how these emergent phenomena relate to socio-cognitive differentiation and integration and how they influence group effectiveness.

Short Bio

Petru L. Curşeu is Professor of Applied Social Psychology at “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Open University of the Netherlands.

His research interests include team dynamics (with a special focus on team cognition), social cognition (in particular the study of stereotypes and prejudice in organizational settings), as well as decision-making in organizations.



Applied Social Psychology
Organizational Behavior