Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner

Professor for Business Economics, Personnel Economics and Empirical Research

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Business Address:

Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner
University of Zurich
Department of Business Administration
Plattenstrasse 14, CH - 8032 Zürich
Phone: + 41 - 44 - 6344281, Fax: + 41 - 44 - 6344370
E-Mail: backes-gellner[at]business.uzh.ch

Office hours: Please arrange an appointment through Christa Palffy (christa.palffy@business.uzh.ch)
(Please notice: The meeting hours are only intended for questions concerning the lectures)

CV (PDF, 537 KB)

Publications (PDF, 244 KB)

Short CV

Academic Position

  • Full Professor, University of Zurich (2002 to present) 
  • Deputy Dean, Faculty for Business, Economics and Informatics (2008 to present)
  • Director of Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education: Firm Behaviour and Training Policies (2005 to present)
  • President, Institute for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (1998 - 2006)
  • Full Professor, University of Cologne (1995 – 2002)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Labor Law and Industrial Relations in the European Community (1991 – 1996)
  • Research Fellow, University of Trier (1987 - 1991)
  • Research Fellow, German National Science Foundation-Project (1985 –1987)

Visiting Positions

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016)
  • UC Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (Sept. 2009 – Jan. 2010)
  • Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labour Relations (Mar. – Aug. 2000)
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA (Oct. 1999)
  • UC Berkeley, Institute of Industrial Relations (Mar. – Aug. 1990)
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Mar. – Aug. 1988)

Education

  • Venia Legendi, Business Economics, University of Trier (1995)
  • Dr.rer.pol, Business Economics, University of Trier (1987)
  • Diploma, Economics, University of Trier (1984)

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked among Top 100 Most Successful Women in Switzerland, Women in Business 2017
  • Ranked among Top 100 Most Successful Women in Switzerland, Women in Business 2016 and among Top 200 prominent people in Zurich by WW Zurich 2016.
  • Ranked in Swiss „Handelszeitung“ among top 100 Business Women in Switzerland (2015)
  • Ranked among Top 100 Most Successful Women in Switzerland, Women in Business 2014
  • Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (2008)
  • Albertus Magnus Teaching Award, University of Cologne (1998)
  • Best Dissertation Award, University of Trier (1988)

Boards and Scientific Expert Committees

  • Member of the Commission of Experts “Hochschulzukunftsprogramm Rheinland-Pfalz” (2017 to present)
  • Member of the Swiss National Research Council (2017 to present)
  • Member of the Executive Council of the Verein für Socialpolitik (2017 to present)
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Verein für Socialpolitik (2015 to 2016)
  • Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation advising German Federal Government (EFI), Berlin (2011 to present)
  • Scientific Board "Centre for European Economic Research, ZEW Mannheim" (2007 to present)
  • Scientific Board "Institue for Employment Research, IAB Nuremberg" (2009 to present)
  • Scientific Board "Handelshochschule Leipzig HHL" (2015 to present)
  • Steering Committee on Continuing Training Law of Swiss Federal Government, Bern (2008 to 2013)
  • Working Group of Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, on "Ageing Societies and the World of Work" (2004 to 2009)
  • Swiss Federal Committee on "Vocational Education", Bern (2004 to 2015)