Research Associates

Dr. Anna Brzykcy

Anna Brzykcy joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in January 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher. In September 2019, Anna graduated from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) with a PhD in Management. Her dissertation is titled "Comparing workplace experiences of persons with and without disabilities: The role of labeling and work flexibility" (summa cum laude). She earned her M. Sc. in Psychology from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). Previously she studied Psychology and German Philology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) and Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany).

Anna’s work provides insights on the effects of (self-) stigma, work flexibility, and destructive forms of leadership behaviour. For example, she examines how official (self-) stigmatizing labels (e.g., severely disabled person) influence social inclusion at work. She also addresses the question of why some employees do not make negative attributions about their leader’s destructive behaviour, whereas others interpret the same behaviour negatively. In her role as systemic therapist and trainer for executive education, she is currently implementing workshops on the role of leadership for both leader and employee mental health.

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Dr. Franziska Emmerling

As of November 2017, Franziska Emmerling is a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair of Research and Science Management.

At the Chair of Research and Science Management, Franziska Emmerling works on unravelling the multi-facetted mechanisms underlying destructive leadership on behavioural, cognitive, and biological level. Furthermore, she assists Professor Dr. Peus and her team regarding the enhancement of talent management and diversity programmes at TUM.

Her past research focuses on the behavioural and neural enhancement of cognitive control, response inhibition, and impulse control. Particularly, she investigated how inhibitory processing is mirrored in neural networks (employing brain imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation), how these networks can be modulated by multi-level interventions, and how such modulations are linked to impulsive and aggressive behaviour and other forms of self-control failure.

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Dr. Martin Fladerer

Dr. Martin Fladerer joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in April 2020 as a post-doctoral research fellow.

Together with Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus and Dr. Armin Pircher Verdorfer (University of Amsterdam) he works in the DFG-funded research project “Does the place make the people? The role of leadership and work climate for moral and prosocial socialization in the workplace“. Previously Martin worked at the Center for Leadership and People Management at LMU Munich. He was awarded his PhD by the LMU Munich for his thesis on identity in leadership processes. He studied psychology at the University of Bielefeld (BSc) and LMU Munich (MSc).

Martin’s research focuses on leadership processes. In particular, he is interested in personal and social identities of leaders and followers. He is also interested in the ethical dimension of leadership.

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Dr. Alina Gales

Alina Gales is a PhD Candidate in the area of Gender Studies in Engineering and Science, where she researches the mutual influence of digital technology and society on women. She is interested in understanding the ways digital technology alters the power dynamics that traditionally exist in hierarchical societal structures. How are digital technologies shaping a society and the individuals positioning themselves within that society? With digital technology disrupting the labor market, our society is faced with new challenges. Alina Gales wants to understand how people – especially women – can influence their status in society and eventually their power rank by embracing digital technologies in the future.

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Dr. Eleni Georganta

Dr. Eleni Georganta joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in January 2020 as a postodoctal researcher.

She is the Head of the Research Lab Leadership | Learning | Innovation. Her research focus is on how individuals, teams, and organizations behave and excel under uncertain and novel conditions, such as the digital transformation and the changing work design, and their impact on leadership.

In March 2018 Eleni defended her PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich with a dissertation titled „Team Adaptation Process: An Empirical Investigation of this Unfolding and Dynamic Team Phenomenon”. She earned her MSc. in Organizational Psychology from University of Leeds and her BSc. in Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

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PD Dr. habil. Kristin Knipfer

Dr. habil. Kristin Knipfer is Senior Research Fellow of the Chair of Research and Science Management. Her research centers around leadership, lifelong learning, and new work and investigates leadership as a catalyst of learning and innovation in new ventures, higher education institutions, and large corporates. Her research findings were published in The Leadership Quarterly, Applied Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology and Journal of Management Education.

Since November 2020 she is Executive Director of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, where she is responsible for the design of the evidence-based leadership and talent development programs for academic leaders and science managers. As leadership development expert and senior lecturer, she has implemented innovative training methods including educational technology to support leaders’ learning and transfer of training.

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Dr. Mojtaba Salem

Dr. Mojtaba Salem joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in October 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher. In May 2020, Mojtaba graduated from Kühne Logistics University in Germany with a PhD in Leadership and Management (summa cum laude). His doctoral dissertation is on “Leadership in Humanitarian Operations” for which he received the Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Best Dissertation Award. After studying Business Administration at the American University of Afghanistan and obtaining merit-based KLU and DAAD scholarships to study in Germany, Mojtaba completed his Master of Science in Management (summa cum laude) at Kühne Logistics University before he began his doctoral studies. At the same time, he co-founded the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA) in 2016.

Together with Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, he works to better understand the organizational dynamics that take place during humanitarian operations, such as leadership, coordination, and communication within field offices, national offices, or headquarters, in order to make aid more effective. He is also interested to investigate and elaborate leadership theorizing in extreme contexts.

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Dr. Ulf Steinberg

Ulf Steinberg joined the team of the chair of research and science management as a research associate in December 2013. His research focuses on leadership in large societal projects, such as, the introduction of highly automated vehicles and the digital transformation. In behavioral experiments, he analyzes the interaction of digital technologies with the behavior, cognition and emotions of leaders.

In addition, Ulf Steinberg is working as a teacher and systemic coach at the TUM Executive Education Center.

He has worked in the project management of a digitization project at the aircraft manufacturer Airbus after his studies of psychology at the universities of Trier and Paris.

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Jakub Cichor, M.Sc.

Jakub Cichor joined the team in November 2018 as a research associate and PhD candidate in the TUM Neurophysiological Leadership Lab (TUM NeLeLab, Dr. Franziska Emmerling). He completed the M.Sc. program Informatics: Games Engineering at the Technical University of Munich with a focus on serious games and gamification. His research interests are educational technologies, specifically the usage of robotics and virtual reality in leadership.

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Leidy Cubillos-Pinilla, M.Sc.

Leidy Cubillos-Pinilla joined the team in 2018. She works as a research associate and PhD student at the TUM Neurophysiological Leadership Lab (TUM NeLeLab, Dr. Franziska Emmerling). Her current research interests involve the electrophysiological basis and brain circuits underpinning behavioral, cognitive and emotional processes of different leadership styles. Other interests involve impulse control, cognitive flexibility, social neuroscience and big data statistics.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Biology from the University of Los Andes, Colombia. After completing her studies, she joined Mercados Zapatoca S.A, a leading chain of supermarkets in Colombia, and worked as the Head of Recruitment and Development HR. She completed her master’s degree of Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München.

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Regina Dutz, M.Sc.

Regina Dutz joined the team in 2017, as a research associate and PhD candidate. She is doing research in the field of recruitment and personnel selection, with a special focus on academic STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Furthermore, she is interested in perceptions and evaluations of leader behavior, especially with regard to destructive leadership styles. See our FührMINT project for more information.

Regina Dutz studied Management and Technology (B.Sc. and consecutive M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Munich, focusing on Marketing, Strategy & Leadership and Electrical Engineering & Information Technology.

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Hannah Kunde, M.Sc.

Hannah Kunde joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in December 2018. She works as a research associate and PhD candidate in the TUM Neurophysiological Leadership Lab (TUM NeLeLab, Dr. Franziska Emmerling). There she explores leadership from a (neuro)cognitive perspective to unravel the basic psychophysiological processes underlying effective and ineffective leadership behaviour.

Her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology of Teaching, Learning, and Training (B.A.) received Hannah Kunde from the University of Erfurt. Afterwards she studied an international, interdisciplinary and research-oriented master’s program in Psychology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (M.Sc. in Psychology: Learning Sciences).

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Selina Stracke, M.Sc.

Selina Stracke joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in November 2018. She is working as a research associate in the Research Lab Leadership | Learning | Innovation (Dr. Eleni Georganta). Selina Stracke studied business psychology at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. She received her international master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam (Research Master Psychology).

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Clarissa Zwarg, M.Sc.

Clarissa Zwarg joined the Chair of Research and Science Management in July 2020 as a research associate and PhD candidate. In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, Dr. Armin Pircher Verdorfer, and Dr. Martin Fladerer she is working on the DFG-project “Does the place make the people? The role of leadership and work climate for moral and prosocial socialization in the workplace”.

Clarissa Zwarg studied Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (B.Sc.), where she also earned her M.Sc. in Economic, Organizational, and Social Psychology.

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