Fabiola Gerpott


Phone: +49 (0)176 64612659
Room: MF-C568

Research interests

How do people perceive and act in concrete situations? Fabiola is interested in studying the micro-dynamics of organizational behavior to develop actionable insights for the improvement of Human Resource Management. Her research blends management science, organizational psychology, and communication research, and she uses a wide range of methodological approaches ranging from qualitative methods to quantitative interaction analysis, statistical modelling for time-series behavioral data, experiments and survey designs. Fabiola’s current projects focus on the communicative basis of leadership (i.e., What do leaders actually do? How do people talk themselves into leader roles?) and the micro-dynamics of organizational learning processes (i.e., What do employees learn in organizational trainings beyond the formal training content? How are training and development programs affected by current challenges such as demographic shifts and the digitization?). Furthermore, she is interested in investigating how organizational members perceive their interdependence with others in concrete situations, and how these perceptions shape behaviors.


Fabiola currently holds the Chair of Leadership at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. She is affiliated with the department since 2018 and active in the co-supervision of PhD students as well as collaborations with staff members. From 2017 until 2018 she worked as an assistant professor at the Organizational Psychology Group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before, she was a doctoral candidate for Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Werk Bremen) studying intergenerational learning processes in teams. She defended her PhD thesis in Business Administration in 2016 at Jacobs University Bremen with distinction. As part of a Double PhD Program, she also completed a PhD in Psychology at the VU University Amsterdam. Fabiola received a number of scholarships and awards for her work, including a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, several Best Thesis Awards, and an academic guest scholarship for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.



Recent publications

FH Gerpott, N Van Quaquebeke, S Schlamp & SC Voelpel (2019) An identity perspective on ethical leadership to explain organizational citizenship behavior: the interplay of follower moral identity and leader group prototypicality. Journal of Business Ethics 156 (4), 1063-1078
A Burmeister, U Fasbender & FH Gerpott (2019) Consequences of knowledge hiding: The differential compensatory effects of guilt and shame. Journal of occupational and organizational psychology 92 (2), 281-304
S Schlamp, FH Gerpott & SC Voelpel (2019) The steep way to the top: barriers to female leadership in tall hierarchical organizations. Women, Business and Leadership
FH Gerpott, U Fasbender & A Burmeister (2019) Respectful leadership and followers’ knowledge sharing: A social mindfulness lens. Human Relations, 0018726719844813
FH Gerpott, D Balliet, S Columbus, C Molho & RE de Vries (2018) How Do People Think About Interdependence? A Multidimensional Model of Subjective Outcome Interdependence.. Journal of Personality and Social Pyschology 115 (4), 716-742
FH Gerpott, N Lehmann-Willenbrock, JD Silvis & M Van Vugt (2018) In the eye of the beholder? An eye-tracking experiment on emergent leadership in team interactions. The Leadership Quarterly 29 (4), 523-532
FH Gerpott, K Lanaj, J Petriglieri & EMC Wellman (2018) Who's the Boss? New Questions about Leadership Emergence in Organizations. Academy of Management Proceedings 2018 (1), 12080
A Burmeister, FH Gerpott & U Fasbender (2018) Consequences of Knowledge Hiding: An Emotion-based Reparatory Mechanism. Academy of Management Proceedings 2018 (1), 11763
FH Gerpott (2018) Learning and Leadership in Organizations: A Group Process Perspective. Jacobs University Bremen
N Lehmann-Willenbrock & FH Gerpott (2018) Interaktionsdynamiken in Gruppen. Handbuch Schlüsselkonzepte im Coaching, 275-283
S Columbus, FH Gerpott & J Münich (2017) Playing a Different Game: Situation Perception Mediates Framing Effects on Cooperative Behaviour. PsyArXiv
FH Gerpott (2017) Learning and Leadership in Contemporary Organizations: Quantitative, Qualitative and Temporal Insights. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit
FH Gerpott & A Kieser (2017) It’s not charisma that makes extraordinarily successful entrepreneurs, but extraordinary success that makes entrepreneurs charismatic. Managementforschung 27 (1), 147-166
SC Voelpel & FH Gerpott (2017) Der Positiv-Effekt: Mit einer Umstellung der Einstellung das Management revolutionieren. Campus Verlag
FH Gerpott, NKL Willenbrock, SN Schlamp & SC Voelpel (2017) When should teams get ready to rumble? A longitudinal Study of Task Conflict, Psychological Safety Climate and Performance in Self-Managed teams. EAWOP Conference 2017
A Engelsberger, FH Gerpott & RE de Vries (2017) Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern. Personalwirtschaft 9, 72-75
FH Gerpott & E Kearney (2017) Take It Personally? Performance of Diverse Teams: The Interplay of Relationship and Task Conflict. Academy of Management Proceedings 2017 (1), 10973
FH Gerpott, R Bledow, M Jin & J Kühnel (2017) Inspire But Don’t Interfere: Leadership as A Double-Edged Sword for Innovation. Academy of Management Proceedings 2017 (1), 10974
FH Gerpott, N Lehmann-Willenbrock & SC Voelpel (2017) A phase model of intergenerational learning in organizations. Academy of Management Learning & Education 16 (2), 193-216
FH Gerpott, N Lehmann-Willenbrock & SC Voelpel (2016) Intergenerational learning in organizations: A framework and discussion of opportunities. The aging workforce handbook: Individual, organizational, and societal …

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