Dr. Julian Decius

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Researcher Organizational Psychology (Tenure Track)

Head of the field of work Organizational Psychology


University of Bremen
Faculty of Business Studies and Economics
WiWi1, Room A2390 (2. Floor)
Enrique-Schmidt-Straße 1
28359 Bremen

Tel: +49 421 218-66590
E-mail: julian.deciusprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Office hours: by appointment (currently via Zoom)


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Academic positions

2021 – present    
University of Bremen
Researcher (with tenure track to Senior Researcher), head of the field of work Organizational Psychology

University of Antwerp, BE
Research stay with Prof. Dr. Eva Kyndt, Antwerp School of Education

2015 – 2021
University of Paderborn
Research assistant at the Chair of Work and Organizational Psychology (Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper)

University of East Anglia, UK
Research stay with Prof. Dr. Karina Nielsen and Prof. Dr. Kevin Daniels, Norwich Business School


Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.PhD)
University of Paderborn
Dissertation thesis: "Informal learning within the context of industrial work – Conceptualization, operationalization, antecedents, and learning outcomes"

Master of Science (M.Sc) Psychology (Organizational Consulting / Business Psychology)
Ruhr University Bochum
Master thesis: "Dimensions of Success Personality in Professional Soccer – An Investigation with BIP-6F"

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Business Psychology
Ruhr University Bochum
Bachelor thesis: "Only foot or also brain? – Performance potential of soccer players in the German Junior National League"

Study abroad
Lindenwood University, St. Charles (Missouri), USA

Practical experience

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Football GmbH
Human resources development, career orientation of junior soccer players

eligo Psychological Personnel Software GmbH, Bochum
Development and optimization of (self-)assessment tools on a scientific basis

Civilian service
Housekeeping, assistance and driving service in a retirement home

Jahdiel A.C., Salinas Victoria (Monterrey), Mexico
Voluntary service in a social project



„Best Poster Prize“ of the 15th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) Conference, Bordeaux

Dissertation Award of the University of Paderborn

Academy of Management Careers Division Best Overall Paper Award Finalist (Top 3)


Grant of the Tandem Junior Research Program of the DPGs Division "Work, Organizational and Business Psychology", together with Laura Creon

EARLI Mentoring Grant for a research stay at Maastricht University, NL

Funding from the DAAD Congress Travel Program (EAWOP Conference, Glasgow, UK, cancelled due to pandemic).

Funding by the DAAD Congress Travel Program (EARLI SIG14 Conference, Geneva, CH)

Funding by the DAAD Congress Travel Program (EAWOP Conference, Dublin, IRL)

Scholarship of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Scholarship from Lindenwood University (Missouri, USA) for a semester abroad


A full list of Dr. Julian Decius' publications can be found here.


Selected scholarly articles:

Decius, J., Schaper, N., Klug, K., & Seifert, A. (2023). Active learning, active shaping, or both? A cross-lagged panel analysis of reciprocal effects between work design and informal workplace learning, and the mediating role of job crafting. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2023.103893

Decius, J., Knappstein, M., & Klug, K. (2023). Which Way of Learning Benefits Your Career? The Role of Different Forms of Work-related Learning for Different Types of Perceived Employability. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2023.2191846

Decius, J., Dannowsky, J., & Schaper, N. (2022). The casual within the formal: A model and measure of informal learning in higher education. Active Learning in Higher Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/14697874221087427

Hilkenmeier, F., Fechtelpeter, C., & Decius, J. (2021). How to foster innovation in SMEs: Evidence of the effectiveness of a project-based technology transfer approach. The Journal of Technology Transfer. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-021-09913-x

Decius, J., Knappstein, M., Schaper, N., & Seifert, A. (2021). Investigating the Multidimensionality of Informal Learning: Validation of a Short Measure for White-Collar Workers. Human Resource Development Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21461

Decius, J., Schaper, N., & Seifert, A. (2021). Work characteristics or workers’ characteristics? An input-process-output perspective on informal workplace learning of blue-collar workers. Vocations and Learning, 14(2), 285-326. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12186-021-09265-5

Decius, J. (2020). Informelles Lernen im Kontext industrieller Arbeit – Konzeptualisierung, Operationalisierung, Antezedenzien und Lernergebnisse [Informal Learning within the context of industrial work – Conceptualization, operationalization, antecedents, and learning outcomes] (cumulative dissertation thesis). Paderborn University. http://dx.doi.org/10.17619/UNIPB/1-1072

Decius, J., Schaper, N., & Seifert, A. (2019). Informal workplace learning: Development and validation of a measure. Human Resource Development Quarterly,30(4), 495-535. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21368


Memberships in Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI): Special Interest Group 14 “Learning and Professional Development”
  • Junior Researcher Network der EARLI (JURE)
  • Professional Development Research Network (PDRnet)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs): Special Interest Group "Work, Organizational and Business Psychology"
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen (BDP): Section “Business Psychology”
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Betriebliche Weiterbildungsforschung (ABWF) e. V.
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie in Deutschland (asp)

Reviewer Activities

  • European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP)
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Current Psychology
  • Plos One
  • Frontiers in Psychology – Organizational Psychology
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie (ZAO)
  • Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO)