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Prof. Dr. Irma Rybnikova

Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources and Organization

Profile | Prof. Dr. Irma Rybnikova

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Research topics

  • Leadership theories (e.g. sustainable leadership, digital leadership, worries about leadership)
  • Workplace (organizational) democracy and participation; cooperatives
  • Diversity in organizations (e.g. gender issues, workplace integration of migrant employees and refugees)

Teaching courses

  • Organizational behavior
  • Human Resource Management and employee relations
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management for entrepreneurs

Professional experience

Since 06/2018
Professor of Human Resource Management and Organization
Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

04/2017– 09/2017
Professor for Organization Studies (Interim)
Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

01/2016 – 03/2017
Contract Lecturer
Courses taught in Organization Studies, Management, Human Resource Management, Consulting and Coaching

10/2008 – 12/2015
Senior Lecturer for Organization Studies
Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

10/2011 – 03/2012
Professor of Business Administration and Human Resource Management (Interim)
University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Germany

10/2007 – 06/2009
Consultant and contract-researcher in research projects "Women in industrial research and development of the chemical industry of North-Rhine Westphalia"; "Atypical study forms", Alumni-survey of TU Hamburg-Harburg, Germany

07/2002 – 09/2007
Research Assistant for Personnel Management
Dresden University of Technology, Germany


Habilitation in business administration (Dr. habil)
Title: "Resistance, solidarity and participation in organizations"
Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Dr. rer. pol. (summa cum laude) in business administration/ personnel management
Thesis: "Interim Management: Analysis of contingent employment in management positions"
Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Master in organizational psychology
Thesis: "Factors influencing work commitment of employees"
Vilnius University, Lithuania

09/1999 - 07/2000
Extra-curricular study of cultural psychology and philosophy
Thesis: "The concept of symbolic forms of E. Cassirer and cultural psychology"
Collegium Invisible Vilnius, George Soros Foundation, Lithuania

Bachelor in psychology
Thesis: "Development of children’s pain perceptions"
Vilnius University, Lithuania

Grants (selection)

06/2019 – 11/2019
"E-Leadership in self-government organizations"; with Šiauliai University, Lithuania; University of Latvia and Tartu University, Estonia. Founded by the Baltic-German University Liaison Office (Riga, Latvia) (4,520 EUR)

07/2014 – 07/2017
"Practices or participation in cooperatives" (with Dr. Ronald Hartz, Germany). Research grant by Hans Böckler Foundation (Düsseldorf, Germany) (221,290.32 EUR)

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