Prof. Dr. Gudela Grote

Prof. Dr.  Gudela Grote

Prof. Dr. Gudela Grote

Arbeits-& Organisationspsychologie

WEV K 507

Weinbergstr. 56/58

8092 Zürich


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Gudela Grote has been full Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics since 2000. Before she was Assistant Professor (since 1992) and Associate Professor (since 1997) at the ETH Zurich. Gudela Grote studied psychology at the University of Marburg and at the Technical University in Berlin. She received her doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, in 1987. Since 1988 she has continued her research at the ETH Zurich. She has held visiting positions at the University of Sheffield, Birkbeck University of London, Boston University, NASA Ames, University of Western Australia, and MIT.

The main objective of her research is to provide psychologically based concepts and methods for integrative job and organizational design, taking into consideration the changing technological, economic and societal demands and opportunities. A special interest in her research are the increasing flexibility and virtuality of work and their consequences for the individual and organizational management of uncertainty. Application fields for Prof. Grote's research are e.g teamwork and standardization in high-risk systems, effects of new technologies on work processes, and the management of the employment relationship.

Prof. Grote is associate editor of the journal Safety Science and member of the editorial board of several other journals. She has published widely on topics in organizational behavior, human factors, human resource management, and safety management. She has worked with companies such as the Swiss Railways and Swiss Re and with public organizations, especially regulatory agencies. Gudela Grote has been Head of the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zürich and President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and member of the Swiss National Research Council. Together with Prof. Bruno Staffelbach from the University of Lucerne she publishes biennially the "Schweizer HR-Barometer", a representative survey of the working situation and employement relationship of employees in Switzerland. Since 2020, she is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Selected recent publications:

Griffin, M. A., & Grote, G. (2020). When is more uncertainty better? A model of uncertainty regulation and effectiveness. Academy of Management Review. Published online first. external page

Grote, G. (2020). Safety and autonomy: A contradiction forever? Safety Science. Published online first. external page

Parker, S. K., & Grote. G. (2020). Automation, Algorithms, and Beyond: Why Work Design Matters More Than Ever in a Digital World. Applied Psychology: An International Review. Published online first. external page

Pasarakonda, S., Grote, G., Schmutz, J. B., Bogdanovic, J., Guggenheim, M., & Manser, T. (2020). A Strategic Core Role Perspective on Team Coordination: Benefits of Centralized Leadership for Managing Task Complexity in the Operating Room. Human Factors. Published online first. external page
Pfrombeck, J., Doden, W., Grote, G., & Feierabend, A. (2020). A study of organizational cynicism and how it is affected by social exchange relationships at work. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Published online first. external page

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