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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, Dr. Sascha Abdel Hadi, Dr. Pascale Stephanie Petri, Dr. Katerina Tsantila.


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Current and Upcoming Events


Save the date: September, 1st 2021, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Guest lecture by Dr. Anita Keller.

Speaker: Dr. Anita Keller, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Titel: Am I on the Right Track? The Role of Feedback Availability during Change Processes

Abstract: Many employees started working from home, without any preparation or prior experience, due to COVID-19 lockdown measures. This shift came with significant changes to what and how employees performed their tasks and learning new skills to navigate the new context was needed. Feedback availability supports employees to cope with new, challenging situations as it helps employees to understand their tasks, duties, and roles within the company, which in turn allows them to set relevant goals. Typically, the literature distinguishes two sources of feedback availability, that is, feedback from the job, and feedback from others. Drawing from work design theories (Humphrey et al, 2007; Parker et al., 2021), we propose that feedback from the job and others has beneficial effects on task proficiency via increased motivational states. However, once employees experience increases in task proficiency, they will have learned which cues from the task to look for and experience increases in feedback from the job subsequently. In contrast, we assume continued feedback from others to take away attention from proficiently executing the tasks and once employees understand their role, they no longer require feedback from others, indicated by a subsequent decrease in feedback from others. We collected data from 444 full-time employees working from home during the early stages of the pandemic. Using random intercept cross-lagged panel models, we found that both types of feedback increase task proficiency directly and indirectly via motivational states, however, we only found reciprocal relationships for feedback from the job. Employees may have learned how to interpret cues from their tasks to understand if they make progress in the right direction. Increases in task proficiency may also reflect a learning process that results in mastery of new knowledge and skills, rendering subsequent feedback from others less relevant or even distracting. The findings further illustrate that feedback from others is particularly useful when other sources of feedback are (temporarily) not available.


Short Biography: Anita Keller is an Assistant Professor at the Organizational Psychology department at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She received her PhD from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and did her postdoc at Michigan State University, United States. Her research focuses on occupational health and career psychology with a particular interest in how work design interacts with employee behavior and well-being over. Current projects investigate the temporal patterns of self-regulation behavior and adaptation processes during stressful periods (e.g., work role transitions). Anita serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Personnel Psychology and is on the editorial board for Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Her work has been published in a number of top-tier outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Save the date: September, 21 2021, 10:00 - 13:00 Uhr, "Academic publishing in Organizational Behavior and Organizational Psychology" Workshop von Prof. Dr. Ute Klehe und Prof. Dr. Frank Walter.


We are planning a face-to-face event. Participants will be notified about the venue shortly. In the meantime, you can bindingly register via email to . Kindly note that we might have to switch to an online format if the COVID-19 situation becomes critical. 


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Ute Klehe & Prof. Dr. Frank Walter

Title: "Academic publishing in Organizational Behavior and Organizational Psychology"

Abstract: For a researcher, publishing one’s results is an essential part of the research process. However, the procedures, rules, and success factors for publishing in international academic journals are often hard to discover – especially for early career researchers. The goal of this workshop is to enable the participants to develop an understanding of the adademic publication process and consequently their own successful publication strategy. The seminar is particularly (although not exclusively) focused on publishing processes and strategies in the fields of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Psychology, and Human Resource Management. In the first part, the lectureres will draw on their experiences as editors, reviewers, and authors, to talk about important insights related to successful publication strategies (including practical examples). In the second part, there will be ample time for audience questions and discussion. 

The last guest lecture we hosted was by Prof. Fabiola H. Gerpott from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, titled "A Conceptual Replication of Studies on Ambidextrous Leadership: Showcasing a Registered Report Process" and held on June 9, 2021.