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The Chair of Leadership at Campus Düsseldorf seeks to improve leadership in different contexts to ultimately create better organizations through scientific research, practice collaborations and education on leadership. We take a holistic approach and consider leadership as a dynamic process in which managers and employees mutually influence each other to achieve a common goal.
Many people across different contexts – e.g., the corporate world, politics, or voluntary organizations – are not satisfied with their leaders. Despite the willingness to improve this situation, many managers are not sure how to adapt their leadership styles to face challenges such as managing through or with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and supervising self-managed teams in which informal leaders take on responsibility.
To help remedy this situation, our Chair investigates leader-follower dynamics as they unfold in organizational life. We are particularly committed to help organizations appreciate diversity among their leaders, with a specific focus on age diversity and female leadership. Our work has been published in leading research journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Relations, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology or The Leadership Quarterly
Exemplary Research –
Who is talking themselves into a leader role?
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The Chair of Leadership Team:
Studying leader-follower dynamics in daily life –
Improving leadership for organizations.
With our research, we seek to inspire leaders in different contexts, share practices, and inform public policy debates.
Our research falls into three broad areas of interest:
In its essence, leadership is communication. To influence others, people have to talk – and some do so more effectively than others. In this stream of research, we answer questions such as:
- How do people talk themselves into leadership role?
- Which non-verbal signs do (emergent) leaders use?
- How and under which circumstances do specific communication styles – such as leading and communicating with respect – positively influence employees?
The workforce is becoming increasingly diverse – not only in terms of easily visible attributes such as age or gender, but also in terms of more subtle attributes such as culture or educational background. This can be an opportunity for creating a richer knowledge base in organizations. However, diversity may also be challenging to handle for leaders. In this stream of research, we seek to provide evidence for leaders to be able to profit from the bright side of diversity and avoid the potential dark sides. We answer questions such as:
- How can leaders enhance intergenerational learning in organizations?
- Which tools can leaders use to foster knowledge sharing in a diverse workforce?
- What are the micro-dynamics occurring in the daily life of female leaders that may prevent them from climbing the career ladder?
Leaders strongly influence the organizational context that shapes employees’ behaviors. In this stream of research, we investigate the interplay of leadership and employee behavior as well as organizational context factors to answer questions such as:
- Through which mechanisms do leaders enhance employees’ pro-organizational behaviors?
- How can leaders manage the daily (self-control) demands of their employees in an optimal way?
- Why are some leaders able to advance their career by using “dark leader behaviors” such as being nice to those above and mean to those below?
Our publications –
A selection of journal articles.
A conceptual replication of ambidextrous leadership theory: an experimental approach
Klonek, F., Gerpott, F., Parker, S. K. (Pre-Print), The Leadership Quarterly: LQ, 101473
Age diversity and learning outcomes in organizational training groups: the role of knowledge sharing and psychological safety
Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Wenzel, R., Voelpel, S. (Pre-Print), International Journal of Human Resource Management
Reaching the heart or the mind? Test of two theory-based training programs to improve interactions between age-diverse coworkers
Burmeister, A., Gerpott, F., Hirschi, A., Scheibe, S., Pak, K., Kooij, D. (Pre-Print), Academy of Management Learning & Education: AMLE
Same talk, different reaction? Communication, emergent leadership and gender
To share or not to share: a social-cognitive internalization model to explain how age discrimination impairs older employees’ knowledge sharing with younger colleagues
Is work and aging research a science of questionnaires? Moving the field forward by considering perceived versus actual behaviors
Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Scheibe, S. (2020), Work, Aging and Retirement, Vol. 6 (2)
Playing a different game: situation perception mediates framing effects on cooperative behaviour
Columbus, S., Münich, J., Gerpott, F. (2020), Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 90, 104006
Respectful leadership and followers’ knowledge sharing: a social mindfulness lens
Gerpott, F., Fasbender, U., Burmeister, A. (2020), Human Relations, Vol. 73 (6), pp. 789-810
An identity perspective on ethical leadership to explain organizational citizenship behaviour: the interplay of follower moral identity and leader group prototypicality
Gerpott, F., Van Quaquebeke, N., Schlamp, S., Voelpel, S. (2019), Journal of Business Ethics: JOBE, Vol. 156 (4), pp. 1063-1078
Beide Seiten einer Medaille: Umdenken im Wissenstransfer zwischen Generationen
Gerpott, F., Burmeister, A., Fasbender, U. (2019), Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell : Zeitschrift für Personal und Management, (2)
Consequences of knowledge hiding: the differential compensatory effects of guilt and shame
Burmeister, A., Fasbender, U., Gerpott, F. (2019), Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 92 (2), pp. 281-304
It's not just what is said but when it's said: a temporal account of verbal behaviours and emergent leadership in self-managed teams
Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Voelpel, S., Van Vugt, M. (2019), Academy of Management Journal: AMJ, Vol. 62 (3), pp. 717-738
Time to go wild: how to conceptualize and measure process dynamics in real teams with high-resolution
Klonek, F., Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Parker, S. K. (2019), Organizational Psychology Review: OPR, Vol. 9 (4), pp. 245–275
How do people think about interdependence? a multidimensional model of subjective outcome interdependence
Gerpott, F., Balliet, D., Columbus, S., Molho, C., de Vries, R. E. (2018), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 115 (4), pp. 716-742
In the eye of the beholder? an eye-tracking experiment on emergent leadership in team interactions
Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Silvis, J. D., Van Vugt, M. (2018), The Leadership Quarterly: LQ, Vol. 29 (4), pp. 523-532
A phase model of intergenterational learning in organizations
Gerpott, F., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Voelpel, S. (2017), Academy of Management Learning & Education: AMLE, Vol. 16 (2), pp. 193-216
Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern
Engelsberger, A., Gerpott, F., de Vries, R. E. (2017), Personalwirtschaft : das Magazin für den Job HR, Vol. 50 (9), pp. 68-71
It's not charisma that makes extraordinarily successful entrepreneurs, but extraordinary success that makes entrepreneurs charismatic: a second-order observation of the self-reinforcing entrepreneurial ideology
Gerpott, F., Kieser, A. (2017), Managementforschung: MF, Vol. 27 (1), pp. 147-166
Konstruktive Konfliktkulturen als Leistungstreiber
Schlamp, S., Gerpott, F., Voelpel, S. (2017), Personalwirtschaft : das Magazin für den Job HR, Vol. 50 (1), pp. 71-73
Alter ist relativ: wie eine neue Haltung zum Alter(n) die Leistungsfähigkeit erhöhen kann
Niederhausen, H., Gerpott, F., Voelpel, S. (2016), Personalführung, Vol. 49 (7), pp. 62-67
Auf dem Weg zur Agilität
Hackl, B., Gerpott, F., Malessa, M., Jeckel, P. (2015), Personalmagazin, Vol. 16 (2), pp. 30-32
Die Zukunft gehört dem Individuum - Innovation durch Vielfalt: vom Diversitäts- zum Individualitätsmanagement
Gerpott, F., Voelpel, S. (2015), Personalführung, Vol. 48 (5), pp. 45-51
Klassiker der Organisationsforschung (18) : Ikujiro Nonaka
Gerpott, F., Voelpel, S. (2015), Organisationsentwicklung, Vol. 33 (4), pp. 90-94
Kritischer Trend Generationenmanagement
Schlamp, S., Gerpott, F., Voelpel, S. (2015), Personalwirtschaft : das Magazin für den Job HR, Vol. 42 (10), pp. 45-47
Lernst du noch oder arbeitest du schon? vier Empfehlungen für den Erfolg von Projektseminaren
Voelpel, S., Gerpott, F. (2015), Forschung & Lehre, Vol. 22 (8), pp. 658-659
Mit Widersprüchen umgehen
Gerpott, F., Hackl, B. (2015), Personalmagazin, Vol. 16 (7), pp. 56-57
The right strategy? examining the business partner model's functionality for resolving human resources management tensions and discussing alternative directions
Gerpott, F. (2015), German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management = Zeitschrift für Personalforschung: GHRM, Vol. 29 (3), pp. 214-234