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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 election

A new Section Head election took place in October 2020. The OB & HRM Section is now lead by the following team: Dr. Ulrike Fasbender, Sascha Abdel Hadi, Dr. Pascale Stephanie Petri, Dr. Katerina Tsantila.


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Current and Upcoming Events


Save the date: June, 9th 2021, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Fabiola H. Gerpott, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

How to join?

The meeting will be hosted in WebEx.

Title: A Conceptual Replication of Studies on Ambidextrous Leadership: Showcasing a Registered Report Process
Speaker: Dr. Fabiola H. Gerpott, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Ambidextrous leadership theory proposes that a leader’s interplay between opening behaviors and closing behaviors enhances followers’ exploration and exploitation behaviors, which ultimately increases innovative outcomes. Previous research that aimed to test the theory suffers from problems with causal interpretation and endogeneity concerns. We therefore decided to constructively replicate previous research and submitted a registered report proposal to The Leadership Quarterly. After several revision rounds, our proposal was accepted and included an experimental design, more rigorous measures, and state-of-the-art data analytical approaches (2SLS). In two randomized experiments (Study 1: N = 395, Study 2: N = 229), we manipulated four leadership styles (opening, closing, ambidextrous, and transformational leadership) and tested their effects on participants’ exploration/exploitation behaviors as well as objective innovation outcomes. We only found partial support for the hypotheses from ambidextrous leadership theory. In my talk, I will not only present the findings of our work, but also share some insights and lessons learned from the registered report process. This will hopefully help others to more effectively navigate writing a registered report paper.

Prof. Dr. Fabiola Gerpott ist Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Personalführung an der WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf. Vor ihrem Wechsel an die WHU arbeitete sie als Juniorprofessorin an der TU Berlin sowie als Assistant Professor an der VU Amsterdam. Prof. Gerpott promovierte in einem Double PhD Programm in BWL an der Jacobs University Bremen sowie in Organisationspsychologie an der VU Amsterdam zum Thema Management von Altersdiversität sowie Führung in autonomen Projektgruppen. Heute befasst sie sich ihrer Forschung mit Diversitätsmanagement, den Mikrodynamiken von Führung sowie sozialen Vergleichsprozessen.

The last guest lecture we hosted was by Prof. Tahira M. Probst from Washington State University , titled "Results from the Longitudinal Study of Work/Life Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic" and held on May 17, 2021.