Attracting and Developing Diverse Talents

"Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability."
Sir Ken Robinson

In this research area, we aim to create novel insights on how organizations can attract, select, and develop talents in all their diversity. Currently, our research focus lies on women, particularly in STEM fields.

Projects and Research Groups

The FührMINT project (“MINT”: German equivalent of the STEM disciplines) seeks to investigate the requirements and success factors for leaders in STEM academia, and particularly how women can be recruited and qualified for leadership positions in STEM academia. Additionally, we analyze gender differences in leadership processes. Based on our research results, we derive recommendations for organizations about how to recruit and promote researchers with the highest potential, and effectively counteract gender biases in recruitment and promotion processes.

Project team
Prof. Claudia Peus
Dr. Stephanie Rehbock
Regina Dutz

Partners & Third Party Funding
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Key Publications
Hentschel, T., Braun, S., Peus, C., & Frey, D. (2018). The communality-bonus effect for male transformational leaders – leadership style, gender, and promotability. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27(1), 112-125. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2017.1402759

Hentschel T., Heilman, M. & Peus, C. (2019). The multiple dimensions of gender stereotypes: A current look at men’s and women’s characterizations of others and themselves. Frontiers in Psychology10(11). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00011.

Knipfer, K., Shaughnessy, B., Hentschel, T., & Schmid, E. (2017). Unlocking women’s leadership potential: A curricular example for developing female leaders in academia. Journal of Management Education, 41(2), 272–302.

Peus, C., Braun, S., Hentschel, T., & Frey, D. (Hrsg.) (2015). Personalauswahl in der Wissenschaft - Evidenzbasierte Methoden und Impulse für die Praxis [Personnel Selection in Academia - Evidence-based Methods and Impulses for Practicioners]. Heidelberg: Springer

Peus, C., Hubner, S., Dutz, R., & Rehbock, S. (Hrsg.) (2018). Erfolgsfaktoren für wissenschaftliche Karrieren [Success Factors for Academic Careers](special issue editorial). Hochschulmanagement, 03/2018. ISSN 1860-3025.

Peus, C., Welpe, I., Weisweiler, S., & Frey, D. (2015). Führung an Hochschulen. In Felfe, J. (Eds.) Trends der psychologischen Führungsforschung. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Rehbock, S., Horvath, L.K., & Hentschel, T. (2017). Geschlechtergerechtes Talentmanagement in der Wissenschaft [Gender-fair talent management in academia]. Personal- und Organisationsentwicklung in Einrichtungen der Lehre und Forschung, 1/2017, 19-25.

Paired with demographic changes such as working women, dual career couples, and aging parents, many employees must combine work with family caregiving. This applies particularly to women who compromise the majority of informal caregivers. The resulting need for work-family reconciliation may not be positively viewed by organizations that often assume a zero-sum approach such that non-work roles and activities compete with work roles and activities. However, the reverse may also be true: non-work involvement can improve leaders’ skills and performance by generating new resources (e.g., skills) that spillover into the workplace. To address these issues, we investigate how caregiving leaders are perceived in organizations, and how it influences their leadership behavior.

Project Team
Prof. Claudia Peus
Dr. Anna Brzykcy

Partners & Third Party Funding
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

Key Publications
Gloor, J. L., Krueger, M., & Pircher Verdorfer A. (2018). Führung mit Fürsorge. Eine Qualitative Studie zu Erwartungen von Nachwuschskräften an Führungskräfte. Personal in Hochschule und Wissenschaft entwickeln, 4/2018, 115-127.

Braun, S. & Peus C. (2014). Wertschöpfung durch Werte? Vom Nutzen ethikorientierter Führung. PERSONALquarterly, 1/2014, 28-33.

Peus, C. (2011). Money over man versus caring and compassion? Challenges for today's organizations and their leaders. Journal of Organizational Behavior 32(7), S. 955-960