Maja Korica rewarded for her outstanding teaching
11 July 2017
- Maja Korica rewarded after superb feedback on teaching from students
- Undergraduates praise her for entertaining and memorable lectures
- She brings research of leaders' real life experiences to the classroom
- Now researching on-the-ground response to the refugee crisis
Dean Andy Lockett presented Maja Korica with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching at the WBS Summer Party.
The Associate Professor was nominated by students for her commitment and quality teaching, particularly on the Critical Issues in Management and Managerial Work and Practice modules on the Undergraduate programme. The latter module, Managerial Work and Practice, which she runs and co-teaches with Davide Nicolini, also received a near perfect feedback score from students this year - one of the highest on the school’s Undergraduate programmes across the board.
Dr Korica, who was this year named on the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list that gathers the 30 academics most likely to shape the future of how organisations are managed, has brought her ethnographic studies of how healthcare CEOs manage their organisations and how public sector boards of directors work in practice, to the classroom.
Undergraduate Yacine Radi Benjelloun said: “Her delivery during lectures was outstanding. They were well thought out in terms of structure and content, making the audience focused and entertained.
"Maja's preparation for seminars was perfect and as a result our learning, given the time allocated, was greatly enhanced.
"Outside of the classroom Maja invested a lot of her time to give us very detailed feedback and advice to help us improve, and was always available when needed. I spent three years at Warwick - and one year studying in a partner university - and never had a better teacher than Maja.”
Dr Korica earned her PhD at the University of Oxford, where she taught Introduction to Management at St Catherine’s College, before moving to WBS.
She is currently developing a body of work on co-ordination under challenging circumstances, which includes on-the-ground response to refugee emergencies, funded by the British Academy.
“I am honoured to receive this award, especially as it has come following nominations from students,” said Dr Korica, who also teaches Organisational Behaviour on the Distance Learning MBA. “I always try to keep my teaching fresh, and as innovative and close to real realities of work as possible, to excite students about a subject that is so important to all organisations.
“Management and leadership are fundamental to how businesses operate, and seeing students engaged and willing to explore them creatively and critically is always so rewarding.”
Jacky Swan, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Pro-Dean for Teaching and Learning, said: “Maja has made an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning, especially to our Undergraduate programme where she enthuses students by infusing her teaching of management and organisation theory with real life experience of what managers actually do in their daily work.
“She has also recently started as Assistant Dean for the Undergraduate programme and is already making her presence felt.”