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Department of Business Administration Chair of Human Resource Management and Leadership

Jennifer L. Sparr

Jennifer L. Sparr, Dr.

  • Senior Researcher and Lecturer
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PLR - J114

Jennifer L. Sparr

Jennifer is an experienced researcher and lecturer in the fields of leadership, paradox, and organizational behavior more generally. Her research focuses on how individuals and organizations can thrive within complexity and change. She has lectured at all academic levels.

Jennifer joined the University of Zurich in 2022 to deliver the project Future of Work @ UZH – Mobile Working. She received her PhD from the University of Konstanz, where her research focused on the impact of feedback from supervisors and the role of fairness perceptions. After her PhD, Jennifer spent a couple of years in management consulting, mostly working with strategic employee surveys to facilitate organizational development. As a postdoctoral scholar, she joined TU Munich, where she helped to build the Chair of Research and Science Management and a further education program for research managers. Back at the University of Konstanz, she started her ongoing research on paradox and leadership, supported by the Young Scholar Fund. She continued and extended this research at ETH Zurich and ZHAW before joining the University of Zurich. 

Her research has been published in leading management and psychology journals, including Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Collections, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Human Resource Development Quarterly, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, as well as practitioner-oriented outlets.