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Research Areas

Research Areas

The Junior Professorship of Management aims at advancing knowledge on human behavior at work. Its key purpose is to make significant scientific contributions to current topics important for leveraging the creative and motivational capabilities of employees without compromising their health. The research conducted at the professorship is predominantly (but not exclusively) of quantitative empirical nature and particularly addresses multi-level problems critical for the efficient collaboration in teams and work groups despite constantly growing challenges. The findings from this research at the intersection of management, psychology, and sociology is disseminated internationally through presentations at leading conferences and publications in top-tier journals.

The main research areas are teams and collaboration, leadership and self-awareness, as well as stress and resilience, and many projects address topics at the intersections of these areas to allow for a larger scientific contribution. Topics from these areas include the following:

  • Teams & Collaboration: Cross-functional teamwork; Inter-organizational collaboration; Team diversity and demographic faultlines; Stressors and demands in teams; New forms of collaboration; Collective ideation.
  • Leadership & Self-Awareness: Authentic leadership and stress; Leadership emergence and self-directed teams; Charismatic leadership in digitized contexts; Learning from bad leaders.
  • Stress & Resilience: Coping with stressors; Recovery from setbacks; Resilience, moral disengagement, and student retention; Situational constraints and creativity; Professional development and the work–life interface.

Beyond informing the scientific community, the professorship also aims at proving the practical value of its findings. It is therefore in the interest of the professorship to extend its existing network of industry partners. Assisting cooperating partners in dealing with their urgent challenges connected to the topics listed above is helpful not only in testing scientific knowledge for its practical applicability, but also in offering organizations an evidence-based perspective crucial to mastering such challenges.

Organizations and practitioners concerned with the topics of the professorship are welcome to get in touch with Prof. Razinskas.