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Leadership in the changing world of work – organisational frame conditions, working conditions, interactions and health of leaders and followers

Project number: F 2436 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2021-12-31


The changing world of work implies more complex and volatile conditions in and for organizations. From the national large scale project “Mental health in the working world” we have concluded that leadership plays a salient key role in the course of organisations’ adaption to emerging challenges.

However, we lack insights in how far important organizational frame conditions determine leaders’ working conditions, their own and employees’ performance, well-being or health. Aspects such as organizational structures and culture determine leader’s working conditions and hence their behavior. Not much is known about these associations and about the question how the actual leadership behavior influences employees´ performance, well-being and health longer term.

In order to answer these questions complex study designs including multilevel analyses is due. The project at hand will tackle these challenges and requirements.

We will gather data from the strategic, the operational and individual level of 50 organisations and supplement these analyses with in longitudinal analyses and depth analyses of specific organizational leadership concepts. Thereby the project will both tackle open research questions and practical recommendations for organisations.


Unit 1.1 "Changing World of Work

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