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Field of work Organizational Psychology


Receipt of the Award for Outstanding Dissertations of Paderborn University

As part of the anniversary event "50 Years Paderborn University" on March 13, 2022, Dr. Julian Decius was honored with the award for excellent dissertations of Paderborn University. The award was presented during the ceremony by Prof. Dr. Johannes Blömer, Vice President for Research and Young Academics, in the presence of NRW Minister of Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen and University President Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf (the newspaper reported). The topic of the awarded dissertation is: "Informal learning within the context of industrial work: Conceptualization, operationalization, antecedents, and learning outcomes". Dr. Julian Decius was virtually connected to receive the dissertation award due to his current research stay at Maastricht University. The written laudation of the supervisor of the thesis, Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper, holder of the Chair of Work and Organizational Psychology at Paderborn University, can be found in the program booklet of the ceremony (in German language).

Title page of the brochure of the ceremony of Paderborn University

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Gemeinsames Arbeitsgespräch.

Learning processes over time

This topic focuses on how (informal) learning behavior in organizations changes over days, weeks, and months. Moreover, we analyze the dynamics of work-related learning and how learning trajectories differ between employees.

Ein Modell einer Montagehalle mit der Aufschrift "Technikstation".

Designing work contexts

The goal of this thematic focus is to examine conducive conditions for work-related learning, employability, and organizational development, both by managers (e.g., shaping learning culture) and by employees (e.g., job crafting).

Eine Person bedient ein Tablet.

New Work requires New Learning

This topic is dedicated to the question of how employees in dynamic work environments can be empowered to learn "what they really, really want" in a self-directed way. The "Learning Opportunities Perception Potential", which helps employees to grasp learning opportunities, is considered crucial here.