Agnes Bäker accepts Associate Professorship at VU Amsterdam

We are proud to announce that Agnes Bäker has received and accepted an offer of Associate Professor for Leadership at VU Amsterdam. Congratulations! She has also received and declined an offer of Associate Professor for People Management at University of Southern Denmark.

Article in BMJ Leader is Editor's Choice

We are excited to announce that the article titled "Do expert clinicians make the best managers? Evidence from hospitals in Denmark, Australia and Switzerland", published  in BMJ Leader by Agnes Bäker and Amanda Goodall was praised as "Editor's Choice".

Publication: Journal of Vocational Behavior

We are happy to announce that the article  titled "Pushing performance by building bridges: Human and social capital as mechanisms behind the mobility-performance link" by Agnes Bäker, Susanne Breuninger, and Kerstin Pull was accepted for publication in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Humor Project Accepted for Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021

Research on the effects of workplace humor use by Agnes Bäker, Jennifer Hofmann and Mario Mechtel has been accepted for presentation at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

Jamie Gloor - SNF PRIMA Grant

Jamie Gloor, Post-Doc (Department of Business Administration), received a PRIMA grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for her project, "Playing the Game Relieves 'More of the Same'? Leadership Diversity through Sport" totalling 1,173,853CHF (2021-2025).

Dr. Jamie L. Gloor Wins Best Paper Award at AOM 2020

Dr. Jamie Gloor's paper, "Help When Dads need Somebody? Follower Reactions to Leader Work-Family Conflict" (coauthored with Susanne Braun, Durham University) was just accepted for oral presentation in the Organizational Behavior Division at the Academy of Management–the most selective division and the most competitive year in the history of AOM with 1,103 submissions and only a 37% acceptance rate–while also being awarded with a best paper distinction; it will be published in the best paper proceedings. Jenny Hoobler (University of Pretoria) and Claudia Peus (Technical University of Munich) also coauthored the paper, but were not listed on the AOM submission, due to the rule of three. Congratulations!

Dr. Jamie L. Gloor accepts a tenured position as a senior lecturer at Exeter University Business School

As of April 1, Dr. Jamie L. Gloor, will be appointed as a Senior Lecturer (tenured) in the Business School at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England. At Exeter, Dr. Gloor will continue her award-winning research and teaching on leadership, diversity, and the future of work. This appointment will begin part-time to facilitate Dr. Gloor's finishing her current post-doctoral position with Assistant Professor, Dr. Agnes Baeker, at the University of Zurich, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Lehrkredit for teaching innovation. Dr. Gloor is also a University of Zurich alumna, having started her PhD under the supervision of our former Professor, Dr. Bruno Staffelbach (now President of the University of Lucerne) in 2013, finishing in 2016 (summa cum laude). Dr. Gloor has research experience across 4 continents, including Yale University, the Technical University of Munich, the National University of Singapore, and The University of Queensland. Good luck, Jamie!

Publication: Research Policy

We are delighted to announce that the article  titled "Feline Followers and “Umbrella Carriers”: Department Chairs’ Influence on Faculty Job Satisfaction and Quit Intentions" by Agnes Bäker and Amanda H. Goodall was accepted for publication in Research Policy.

SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Annual Winter Workshop on Humor (Jan. 30-31, 2020)

We are delighted to share that we have just received funding from the Graduate Camus for our 2nd annual interdisciplinary workshop on humor (January 30-31, 2020). Organizers include Jenny Hoffmann (Psychology), Jamie Gloor (Business), and Fiorina Giuliani (Psychology). We will welcome an international group of early career scholars (i.e., Master's and PhD students, post-docs, assistant or junior professors) from different disciplines for our 2-day event in Zurich featuring keynotes from Sam Yam (NUS) and Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock (Hamburg), paper development roundtables for early career scholars' own research, critical issue/measurement discussions, and networking. Applications will include a short abstract, motivation, and CV, due sometime later this fall. 

Publication: Academy of Management Review

The paper "Schadenfreude A Counternormative Observer Response to Workplace Mistreatment " written by Xinxin Li, Daniel J. McAllister, Remus Ilies and Jamie L. Gloor was published in the Academy of Management Review.

Publication: Economic Inquiry

The article "THE IMPACT OF PEER PRESENCE ON CHEATING" by Agnes Bäker and Mario Mechtel has been accepted for publication in Economic Inquiry.

Winter Workshop: Workplace Humor

The interdisciplinary Winter Workshop: Workplace Humor on January 7th and 8th, 2019 organized by Jamie Gloor (business), Jenny Hofman (psychology) and Christian Kastner (psychology) brought together humor scholars from different disciplines and across continents for an inspiring, enlightening and fun event.

Publication: Studies in Higher Education

The article "Successful mentors in academia: are they teachers, sponsors and/or collaborators?" by Agnes Bäker, Julia Muschallik and Kerstin Pull has been published in Studies in Higher Education.


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Jamie Gloor has just won a Lehrkredit teaching innovation grant to develop and lead a new course on soft skills for our future leaders at the University of Zurich: No funny business: Leadership soft skills for a digital, dispersed, and diverse age.

First Humor Project Presentation at International Leadership Conference

In early May, an intimate, interdisciplinary group of 80 or so top leadership scholars gathered for the 3rd Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium(IPLS) on "What Leaders Actually Do" in Crete, Greece. Jamie Gloor presented the conceptual approach for our first paper from our humor project on potential leaders' humor use.

Publication: Journal of Business Ethics

We are excited to announce a new publication from our team on gender and leadership in Journal of Business Ethics:

Gender biases in leadership persist, even despite equal performance. However, trainings and interventions with female leaders often breed more backlash. So rather than interfering with leaders themselves, Gloor (post-doc at our chair), Morf (UZH graduate), Paustian-Underdahl (Florida State University Professor), and Backes-Gellner (UZH Professor) and colleagues proposed that these biases might be overcome at the team-level. They intervened in actual teams and causally tested this claim with two randomised experiments. Findings indicate that teams rated male leaders as more prototypical and trustworthy in male majority teams (~20% women)–despite equal selection criteria and leadership training. Yet, these male advantages were eliminated in more gender-balanced teams (~40% women). Thus, beyond moral arguments of fairness, these findings also show how, in the case of gender, team diversity can also create a more level playing field for leaders. 

Harvard University also featured an earlier version of this research via their portal of rigorous evidence to improve social and economic inequality (here).

Gloor, J. L., Morf, M. C., Paustian-Underdahl, S., & Backes-Gellner, U. (in press). Fix the game, not the dame: Restoring equity in leadership evaluations. Journal of Business Ethics. (here)


Publication: Schmalenbach Business Review

The paper "The opportunity costs of becoming a dean: Does leadership in academia crowd out research?" written by Uschi Backes-Gellner, Agnes Bäker and Kerstin Pull was accepted for publication in Schmalenbach Business Review.


SNF Funding

Prof. Agnes Bäker and Dr. Jamie Gloor have been granted 296'980 CHF by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a project on „Interpersonal Humor for (Female) Retention and Success in Science“.


Publication: Harvard Business Review

The short article "Why The Best Hospitals Are Managed by Doctors" written by James Stoller, Amanda Goodall and Agnes Bäker was published online in Harvard Business Review. It received media uptake by Forbes (PDF, 121 KB), the Becker's Hospital Review, the US Advisory Board and the Swiss Medinside platform. Prof. Bäker gave a talk on this project at the Swiss Medical Association in May 2017.