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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)

  1. Rybnikova, I. & Weigel, A. (2024): The effectiveness of corporate diversity training from the trainers' perspective: results of a qualitative study in Germany. In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (online first), https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-06-2023-0208
  2. Toleikienė, R.., Juknevičienė, V., Rybnikova, I., Menzel, V., Abolina, I., & Reinholde, I. (2024): Main Challenges of E-Leadership in Municipal Administrations in the Post-Pandemic Context. In: Administrative Sciences, 14(5), 88, https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci14050088
  3. Hartz, R., Tümpel, M., Hühn, M., Rybnikova, I. (2023): Handling the organizing paradox: A multiple case study of German cooperatives. In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, online first, https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X231213490
  4. Roth, J., Rybnikova, I., Stemann, J. (2023): Arbeitsmarktintegration von (Spät-)Aussiedler_innen aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion in Deutschland. In: Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und –management (ZDfm), 8 (1+2): 161-174, https://doi.org/10.3224/zdfm.v8i1+2.19
  5. Rybnikova, I., Menzel, V., Beierlein, C., Kempny, Ch. (2023): Zwischen Selbstführung und direktiver Führung. Führungsstrukturen und -prozesse in Wahlvorständen. In: Zeitschrift für Führung und Organisation (zfo), 6: 330-334.
  6. Hennicke, M., Böttcher, R., Gieselmann, A., Fechtner, H., & Rybnikova, I. (2023). Leadership simulations as a teaching and learning tool at universities: A single-player example. In: Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 18 (Sonderheft Planspiele), 247–264. https://doi.org/10.21240/zfhe/SH-PS/14
  7. Rybnikova, I., Ahrens, R., Menzel, V., & Pape, M. (2023). Notgedrungen digital – Erfahrungen aus der digitalen Umstellung eines Präsenzplanspiels in der Betriebswirtschaftslehre. In: Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 18 (Sonderheft Planspiele), 327–344. https://doi.org/10.21240/zfhe/SH-PS/18
  8. Vona, F., Ćeranić, M., Rybnikova, I., Voigt-Antons, J.-N. (2023): Designing User-Centered Simulations of Leadership Situations for Cave Automatic Virtual Environments: Development and Usability Study. In: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2023 Posters, pp 324–331.
  9. Rybnikova, I. (2023): Sinnstiftung und Widerstand. In: Heiland, H., Schaupp, S. (Eds.): Widerstand im Arbeitsprozess. Eine arbeitssoziologische Einführung [eng. Resistance at work: An introduction from the perspective of work sociology]. Bielefeld: transcript, S. 207-226, https://bit.ly/3j80ZAC
  10. Lang, R., Rego, K., Rybnikova, I. (2023): Mikropolitische Perspektiven und Widerstand im Arbeitsprozess: Der Elefant im Raum. In: Heiland, H., Schaupp, S. (Hg.): Widerstand im Arbeitsprozess. Eine arbeitssoziologische Einführung [en. Resistance at work: An introduction from the perspective of work sociology]. Bielefeld: transcript, S. 83-116, https://bit.ly/3j80ZAC
  11. Rybnikova, I. (2022): Spillover effects of workplace democracy: A conceptual revision. In: Frontiers in Psychology- Organizational Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.933263
  12. Winkler, I., Rybnikova, I. (2022): The Identity of the resister. Identity positions in the academic student resistance discourse. In: Teaching in Higher Education, doi: 10.1080/13562517.2022.2153589
  13. Dicu, A., Rybnikova, I., Steger, T. (2022): How do employees cope with mandatory working from home during COVID-19? In: German Journal of Human Resource Management, 36(3): 300-326.
  14. Rybnikova, I., Lang, R. (2022): Meanings of management in the post-socialist higher education: the case of Lithuania. In: Baltic Journal of Management, 17(4): 447-466.
  15. Gieselmann, A., Rybnikova, I. (2022): Karriereperspektiven von Frauen im Kontext der digitalen Transformation von Unternehmen. In: Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management (ZDfm), 7(1): 22-33. https://doi.org/10.3224/zdfm.v7i1.03
  16. Rybnikova, I., Lang, R. (2021): Aktuelle Führungstheorien und –konzepte [en. Current leadership theories and concepts]. 2nd Ed. Springer-Gabler.
  17. Rybnikova, I., Wilkmann, S. (2021): Betriebliche Integration von Geflohenen. Ergebnisse explorativer qualitativer Studie. In: Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 65 (2), 98-107.
  18. Rybnikova, I. (2021): Strategische Führung: demokratisch, divers, digital? In: Gröbel, R., Dransfeld-Haase, I. (Eds.): Handbuch Strategische Personalarbeit in der Transformation. Beiträge aus Wissenschaft sowie Arbeitnehmer- und Arbeitgeberpraxis. Bund-Verlag, S. 442-460.
  19. Rybnikova, I., Blazejewsky, S., Soulsby, A. (Eds.) (2020): Women in management in Central and East European Countries. Special Issue of the Journal of East European Management Studies (JEEMS). Nomos.
  20. Hartz, R., Hühn, M., Rybnikova, I., Tümpel, M. (2020): Partizipationspraktiken in Genossenschaften [eng. Practices of Participation in Cooperatives. Results of case studies]. LIT.
  21. Rybnikova, I., Tracksdorf, P. (2018): Weder Etablierte noch Außenseiter. Figurationssoziologische Betrachtungen der Leiharbeit [en. Neither Established nor Outsiders: Temporary Work from the Perspective of Figurational Sociology]. Managementforschung, 28 (1): 117-149.
  22. Rybnikova, I.: (2018): Mediale Darstellung von Gewerkschaften und Streiks des öffentlichen Sektors in Litauen. [eng. Images of trade unions in Lithuanian public sector]. Industrielle Beziehungen, 3: 363-382.
  23. Rybnikova, I. (2016): Employee voice and silence in temporary agency work. In: German Journal of Human Resource Management, 30 (3-4), 287-309.
  24. Lang, R., Rybnikova, I. (2016): Discursive constructions of women managers in German mass media in the gender quota debate 2011-2013. In: Gender in Management. An International Journal, 31 (5/6), 359-373.
  25. Rybnikova, I. (2016): Psychoanalytical perspectives on leadership. In: Storey, J. et al. (Eds.): The Routledge Companion to Leadership. Routledge, p. 114-124.
  26. Rybnikova, I., Lang, R., Toleikienė, R., Šaparnienė, D. (2015): Leadership in local government organizations in Lithuania and Germany. In: Gnan, L., Hinna, A., Monteduro, F. (Eds.): Contingency, behavioural and evolutionary perspectives on public and non-profit governance. Emerald book series, Vol. 4, pp. 217-245.

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