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Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management

Mission Statement

The research interests of this interdisciplinary section cover the areas of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. Specific fields of interest include leadership; teamwork; new team-based forms of organization; the roles of hierarchy, power, status and influence; emotions in organizations; personnel diagnostics (e.g., applicant selection, employee assessment); career management and career adjustments; assessing and promoting work performance in different contexts; personality and intelligence in careers; and the scientist-practitioner gap in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior.
The section aims to advance the research areas of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at JLU and strengthen JLU’s national and international visibility in these fields to make JLU even more attractive to young researchers. The section strives to involve both senior and early-career researchers in all academic disciplines concerned with the human being in an organizational context and/or organizational structures.


Section Head

The OB & HRM Section is lead by the following team: Katja Wehrle, Dr. Sascha Abdel Hadi, Dr. Pascale Stephanie Petri, Dr. Katerina Tsantila.


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Current and Upcoming Events  

Save the date: Online guest lecture on Monday, January, 30th 2023, 10 a.m.: "The interplay between work characteristics, physical activity, and employee well-being", by Prof. Dr. Juriena de Vries (Universiteit Leiden).



Physical exercise plays a vital role for employees. For instance, in my research, I show that physical activity is effective in preventing and reducing burnout complaints. However, I also show that these burnout complaints make it more difficult for employees to engage in sufficient physical activity. Employees’ work characteristics may also play a role in the effect of physical activity on employee well-being. In a recent study, I found that physical activity during leisure time was related to lower burnout complaints among employees with work that was not physically demanding but was related to higher burnout complaints among employees with physically demanding work. Research also shows that work characteristics may directly influence employees’ physical activity levels, and it has been suggested that employees’ physical activity level influence how well employees are able to cope with their work characteristics. All in all, there seems to be a complex interplay between employees’ work characteristics, physical activity, and well-being. My research aims to enhance insight into this complex interplay. I hope to contribute to deepened knowledge about how work can be designed to promote physical activity and how physical activity can be designed to promote employee well-being and improve coping with work, especially among employees who have difficulties engaging in sufficient physical activity. In this talk, I will give examples of previous, ongoing, and intended studies. I will also discuss some challenges commonly faced, such as the role of time, the type of physical activity, the measurement of physical activity, and the fact that physical activity needs (physical) recovery.

To request the link to the online event, please send an e-mail to:


Our last event was a guest lecture on "Bayessche Inferenz und Statistik: Eine Einführung", by Dr. Stephan Poppe (University of Leipzig) on January 20th, 2023.

A workshop on "Applied Statistical Power Analysis: Basic and Advanced Use of G*Power 3.1 and Beyond" by Prof. Dr.  Edgar Erdfelder (University of Mannheim) took place in December.