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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.


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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 Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 10am - 11:30am: "Being an object: antecedents and consequences of self-objectification in the work domain" by Dr. Cristina Baldissari (University of Milano-Bicocca).


Abstract: Objectification (the perception and treatment of others, individuals or groups, as mere objects) is a particularly relevant phenomenon in the workplace. This contribution aims to focus on psychosocial research which highlights the antecedents and consequences of a specific aspect of the phenomenon: workers’ self-objectification, the perception of oneself as objects rather than human beings due to work experiences. In particular, a first line of research analyzes the effect of instrumental treatment on self-objectification and its consequences. The second line of research focuses instead on the effect of the performed activity on self-objectification. Several studies, both experimental and correlational, have shown that carrying out objectifying tasks (repetitive, fragmented and hetero-direct) promotes self-objectification which, in turn, is associated with reduced beliefs in personal free will and a greater tendency to conform. The implications of these results will be discussed, exposing the future directions of research that focus on the possible role of self-objectification at work in maintaining inequalities.


Bio: Cristina Baldissarri received her PhD in Social Psychology in 2017 and is now assistant professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Her main research interests focus on intergroup dehumanization, inequalities, objectification and self-objectification in the work domain.



Save the date:  Workshop on Friday, 09. December 2022, 9 am to 5 pm, on "Applied Statistical Power Analysis: Basic and Advanced Use of G*Power 3.1 and Beyond" by Prof. Dr.  Edgar Erdfelder, University of Mannheim.


Abstract: In this one-day workshop, we will first introduce the basic concepts required to understand and use statistical power analyses correctly. We will learn about various reasons why classical Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) may produce misleading results if this method is not complemented by power considerations. Several types of power analyses are introduced that remedy problems of NHST in different application contexts, taking the available resources (i.e., time and money) for data collection into account. We will then introduce G*Power 3.1, a freely available stand-alone power analysis program that provides all types of power analyses for most statistical tests commonly used in social and behavioral research (i.e., z, t, F, and c2 tests as well as some exact tests). Next, we will practice the application of G*Power 3.1 using typical examples of F and t tests in multiple regression, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA).

Finally, we will briefly introduce the capabilities of the (so far unpublished) beta version of G*Power 4 which additionally provides user-friendly solutions for more complex repeated measures ANOVA and MANOVA designs. There will be the chance to discuss questions of workshop participants related to specific power analysis applications in their own work, either during the workshop or in separate bilateral meetings.


Save the date: Online guest lecture on Friday, January 20th 2023, 2 p.m.: "Introduction to Bayesian Analysis", by Dr. Stephan Poppe (University of Leipzig). 



Our last event, a guest lecture by Dr. Luke Macaulay and Dr. Karen Dunwoodie (Deakin University's Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training, and Education - CREATE) on "Combining research and practice: Practical interventions in refugee research" took place on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 

A workshop by r. Luke Macaulay and Dr. Karen Dunwoodie (Deakin University's Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training, and Education - CREATE), titled "Qualitative interviewing in the field of work and organisational psychology: Benefits, challenges and guidelines for researchers and reviewers", took place on Monday, November 21st, 2022.