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YERUN RMA 2019 – Meet Julia Kensbock


The YERUN Research Mobility Award enabled me to spend an intensive two-week visit at the University of Konstanz from 1st of July to 12th July 2019. My host was Prof. Dr. Florian Kunze, who holds the chair for Organisational Studies at the department for politics and public administration.

My department at Maastricht University and Professor Kunze’s department at the University of Konstanz have already been closely connected for a long time in very successful research collaborations. Therefore, I was very happy that I got the chance to visit the University of Konstanz, after I had met Professor Kunze during his stay (also funded by YERUN) in Maastricht in the previous year. Given that there is a great match between Professor Kunze’s and my expertise and between our research interests (e.g. demographic change, leadership and HR management), we used the time of my stay to work on existing research projects that we initiated earlier as well as on new future research projects and collaborations. In addition, during my stay, I had the opportunity to present a current research project during the department’s internal research seminar series. I presented my current research on the epidemic effects of mental disorders in business and received very helpful feedback for developing the research further.

Julia Kensbock during her presentation in the department’s research seminar series.

Dr. Julia M. Kensbock is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Organisation and Strategy at Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics. She obtained her PhD (summa cum laude) from the University of Duisburg-Essen in March 2018. Before that, she studied Psychology with a focus on Organisational Psychology as well as Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management. In 2017/2018, she was invited as a Visiting Researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Julia’s research is located at the interface between psychology and management. She is interested in team processes (including team conflict, cooperation, competition, and diversity) and the role of leadership and human resource management in affecting employees’ behaviour at the workplace. Julia’s research particularly examines these phenomena against the backdrop of current societal challenges like the demographic change or the digitalisation. Her work has been published in renowned international journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, and International Journal of Human Resource Management, and presented at leading conferences (including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting). In 2018, she won the Best International Paper Award of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division.

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