Agnes Bäker

Agnes Bäker, Prof. Dr.

Assistant Professor

Phone: +41 44 634 05 35

Address: University of Zurich, Management Nonprofit-Organisation, Plattenstr. 14, CH-8032 Zurich

Room number: PLM F 108


Prof. Dr. Agnes Bäker is assistant professor in Management of Nonprofit-Organisations. Her research focuses on careers and leadership in higher education and hospitals, teamwork and peer effects, as well as behavioral economics in general. Her research is mainly empirical, relying on both experimental and econometric design. Agnes' research is published in academic journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Economic Psychology and BMJ Leader. She has a number of working papers. A list of her publications, working papers and work in progress can be found here (PDF, 361 KB).


Before joining the University of Zurich, Agnes Bäker was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen (Germany). From 2011 to 2014, she headed the Young Researchers Group on 'the role of human and social capital in the higher education career system' sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Together with Amanda Goodall she held a  Leverhulme Trust research grant titled 'Designing the scientific work environment' from 2014 to 2016. From 2018 to April 2021, Professor Bäker held a Swiss National Science Foundation grant on Interpersonal Humor for (Female) Retention and Success in Science. New research is looking at how doctors are managed and led. You can find her full CV here (PDF, 191 KB).


Agnes Bäker is a member of the Academy of Management, Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss im Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS), CHESS (Center for Higher Education and Science Studies), CRSA (Center for Research in Sports Administration), Deutscher Hochschulverband, German Economic Association of Business Administration e.V. (GEABA), Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung, Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (VHB), and the Verein für Socialpolitik.


Research Interests

  • Management of Scientists and Doctors
  • Management of Higher Education Institutions
  • Personnel Economics
  • Behavioral Economics