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This section will give you an overview of our current research projects. Projects include grant based research. More detailed information is available upon request.


SFB 768 - Subproject A8: Team processes as critical success factors when managing cycles

Many tasks in the context of innovations require teamwork. This research project focuses on the question, how those teams manage to successfully adapt to a complex and changing environment without losing their functional effectiveness. This question is approached by 1) focusing on the cyclical team processes, which occur when a team is adapting to changing environments and 2) the awareness – on the part of the people involved in the innovation process – about the cyclical nature of events and processes, in terms of recurring and therefore predictable instances. Based on empirical research a psychological model of effective management of cycles in teams will be developed and empirically tested.

This research project is part of the „Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 768“, which is funded by the German Scientific Foundation (DFG).

Duration: January 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2016

Contact: Prof. Dr. Felix Brodbeck
Katharina Kugler, Dipl.-Psych.; Julia Reif, Dipl.-Psych.

See also: http://www.sfb768.tum.de/


Virtual Lab: Experience and behaviour in virtual contexts of work, market, and business

Already today most workers in industrialised nations work with computers and are connected via internet technologies. They engage in virtual teams, often across geographical and cultural borders. Also consumers increasingly inform themselves, choose, and buy in virtual environments. Forward looking psychological research has to focus on researching, explaining,  and understanding people's experiences and behaviours in virtual, computer mediated environments. This calls for the development of new paradigms and methods that can follow the pace of technological progress.

With the development of our laboratory facilities to include virtual technologies we advance and support behavioural research in the context of virtual environment. We connect and complement existing labs and research centers of the LMU Munich. Our students have the opportunity to develop and conduct research in the context of virtual work, consumption and other economic activity. The Virtual Lab will be used to improve existing research projects, prepare grant applications, and will play a crucial role in creating a cluster of excellence until 2011.

This project is supported by the programme "LMUexcellent" and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Duration: 01.10.2008 - 30.09.2011

Contact: Prof. Dr. Felix Brodbeck (Project coordination)


The relevance of in-company socialisation for the development of employer attractiveness at the example of new employees of the Audi AG

Driven by demographic change companies are increasingly concerned about securing a supply of qualified employees. Among a number of actions many firms focus on employer attractiveness. Creating an attractive image among potential and current employees is seen as a promising approach in order to attract and retain qualified individuals.

As part of an extensive research cooperation between the LMU Munich and the AUDI AG Ingolstadt we analyse the socialisation process of new employees. We focus on topic specific expectations, reactions to the new work environment, and the institutional mechanisms.

Our longitudinal study of new employees and their socialisation in the first two years at AUDI is aimed at understanding determinates of internal employer attractiveness as well as at design implications for an ideal socialisation process. From a theory building perspective we are trying to understand supporting and opposing factors of successful socialisation and integration, like manager-employee-relationships, role expectations and descriptions. Furthermore we are interested in which context factors influence commitment and work performance.

Duration: 1.7. 2008 - 30.06.2011

Contact: Prof. Dr. Felix Brodbeck and Anja Reuter


The role of social support for expatriates of SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises)

This project is focused on understanding the role of social support and private networks for expatriates of small and medium sized enterprises.

We took both a qualitative and an quantitative approach. Structured interviews with families and friends of expats of SMEs revealed the high need for social support and a well functioning personal network in mitigating the personal risks of an international assignment.

In the second step a survey was developed and administered to 143 expats of SMEs in a cohort design in three phases: just before the assignmet, during the international assignment, and upon return. Based on the results we were able to derive implications for the management of private networks that will facilitate successful international assignments of employees. We also developed a training module preparing expats how to use and foster a personal private network.

This project was supported by the Bayrischen Forschungsverbund Fortrans.

Duration: 1.8. 2005 - 31. 12.2008

Publications:
Dietsche, C., Holtbrügge, D., Kühlmann, T., Puck, F. F., Rehner, J., Schauwecker, P., Scheuring, G., Spieß, E. & Stroppa, C. (2008). (Eds.), Transnational networks - an effective tool for risk reduction? Small and medium-sized companies on the global market place. Fortrans, Arbeitspapier 1, (p.103-121). München: fortrans. (Download PDF, 290KB)

Contact: Prof. Dr. Erika Spieß (Projektmanagement) und Christina Stroppa


Evaluation of Trainings for Job-Seekers

This project is supported by Kronos and the German Bundesagentur für Arbeit and is conducted in cooperation with the Aston Business School (Birgmingham, UK).

Start: September 2006

Contact: Prof. Dr. Felix Brodbeck und Yves Guillaume (Aston Business School)