Lifelong Learning

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
John F. Kennedy

In this research area, we seek to understand the psychological and organizational drivers of lifelong learning and innovation of individuals, teams, and organizations. We pay particular attention to the changes that occur as part of the digital transformation (i.e., ‘New Work’) and investigate how these changes shape organizational behavior. Our research is relevant to contexts where constant learning and innovation are crucial, such as knowledge organizations, new ventures, and research institutions.

In our projects, we investigate the following research questions: How can organizations create a workplace that facilitates lifelong learning and innovation? How does (team)work change due to the digital transformation – and how can individuals and teams adapt to these changes? How can leadership leverage the motivation to learn and innovate? In order to find answers to these questions, we use a broad range of methods such as interviews, surveys in the field, and lab experiments. In our projects, we collaborate with large companies, new ventures, and SMEs.

Contact: Dr. Kristin Knipfer

Projects and Research Groups
Research Lab Leadership | Learning | Innovation (LLI)

Partners & Third Party Funding
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
Dieter-Schwartz-Stiftung
Institute for LifeLong Learning

Key Publications
Braun, S., Peus, C., Frey, D., & Knipfer, K. (2016). Leadership in academia: Individual and collective approaches to the quest for creativity and innovation. In C. Peus, S. Braun, & B. Schyns (ed.), Leadership lessons from compelling contexts (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Volume 8, pp. 349-365). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Braun, S.*, Peus, C.*, Weisweiler, S., & Frey, D. (2013). Transformational leadership, job satisfaction, and team performance: A multilevel mediation model of trust. The Leadership Quarterly, 24, 270-283.  [*gleichwertiger Beitrag]

Georganta, E., Kugler, K. G., Reif, J. M., & Brodbeck, F. C. (in press). Diving Deep into Team Adaptation: How Does it Really Unfold Over Time? Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. doi: 10.1037/gdn0000133

Georganta, E., Kugler, K. G., Reif, J. M., & Brodbeck, F. C. (in press). The Four-Phase Team Adaptation Process: A First Empirical Investigation. Team Performance Management. doi: 10.1108/TPM-01-2020-0007

Georganta, E., Wölfl, T. F., & Brodbeck, F. C. (2019). Team adaptation triggers: A categorization scheme.Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO)50, 229–238.

Georganta, E., & Brodbeck, F. C. (2018). Capturing the Four-Phase Team Adaptation Process with Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales (BARS). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication.

Knipfer, K., Schreiner, E., Schmid, E., & Peus, C. (2018). The performance of pre-founding entrepreneurial teams: The importance of learning and leadership. Applied Psychology: An International Review67(3), 401–427. 

Otte, K.-P., Knipfer, K., & Schippers, M. C. (2020). Team reflection: A catalyst of team development and the attainment of expertise. In P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, J. Gore, & E. Roth (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Expertise: Research & Application (pp. 1–24). 

Schreiner, E., Knipfer, K., Schmid, E., & Münch, T. (2020). Neues Lernen – Anforderungen an eine zukunftsfähige Personalentwicklung. Personal in Hochschule und Wissenschaft entwickeln, 1, 17–29.