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Portrait Eric Kearney
Photo: Victoria Aurel

Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney

Phone: +49 (0)331 / 977-3593 (office)
Fax: +49 (0)331 / 977-3404
E-mail: kearney[at]



Eric Kearney has been Professor of Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management at the University of Potsdam since 2014. He has taught at numerous German and international universities and business schools. His research on leadership and teamwork has been published in leading scientific journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes). In his talks, keynotes, and workshops, he shows how scientific findings can be highly useful for organizations in their efforts to promote performance and satisfaction. 

Portrait Eric Kearney
Photo: Victoria Aurel

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl)

Kearney, E., Razinskas, S., Weiss, M., & Hoegl, M. (2022). Gender diversity and team performance under time pressure: The role of team withdrawal and information elaboration. Journal of Organizational Behavior. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A)

Sparr, J., van Knippenberg, D., & Kearney, E. (2022). Paradoxical leadership as sensegiving: Stimulating change-readiness and change-oriented performance. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 43, 225-237.

Fürstenberg, N., Alfes, K., & Kearney, E. (2021). How and when paradoxical leadership benefits work engagement: The role of goal clarity and work autonomy. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. (VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Shemla, M., Kearney, E., Wegge, J., & Stegman, S. (2020). Unlocking the performance potential of functionally diverse teams: The paradoxical role of leader mood. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93, 530-555. (VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Kearney, E., Shemla, M., van Knippenberg, D., & Scholz, F. A. (2019). A paradox perspective on the interactive effects of visionary and empowering leadership. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 155, 20-30. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A)

Biemann, T., Kearney, E., & Marggraf, K. (2015). Empowering leadership and managers' career perceptions: Examining effects at both the individual and the team level. Leadership Quarterly, 26, 775-789(VHB-Jourqual 3: A)

Schaeffner, M., Huettermann, H., Gebert, D., Boerner, S., Kearney, E., & Song, L. J. (2015). Swim or sink together: The potential of collective team identification and team member alignment for separating task and relationship conflicts. Group & Organization Management, 40, 467-499(VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Gebert, D., Boerner, S., Kearney, E., King Jr., J. E., Zhang, K., & Song, J. L. (2014). Expressing religious diversity in the workplace: Analyzing a neglected diversity dimension. Human Relations, 67, 543-563(VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Hentschel, T., Shemla, M., Wegge, J., & Kearney, E. (2013). Diversity and team functioning: The role of diversity beliefs and affect. Small Group Research, 44, 33-61.

Schaffer, S., Kearney, E., Voelpel, S. C., & Koester, R. (2012). Managing demographic change and diversity in organizations: How feedback from coworkers moderates the relationship between age and innovative work behavior. Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (Journal of Business Economics), 82, 45–68(VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Kearney, E., & Voelpel, S. C. (2012). Diversity research - What do we currently know about how to manage diverse organizational units?  Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (Journal of Business Economics), 82, 3–18. (VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Gebert, D., & Kearney, E. (2011). Ambidextre Führung - Eine andere Sichtweise. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 55, 74-87. (VHB-Jourqual 3: C)

Biemann, T., & Kearney, E. (2010). Size does matter: How varying group sizes in a sample affect the most common measures of group diversity. Organizational Research Methods, 13, 582-599. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A)

Gebert, D., Boerner, S., Kearney, E. (2010). Fostering team innovation: Why is it important to combine opposing action strategies? Organization Science, 21, 593-608. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A+)

Korff, J., Biemann, T., Voelpel, S. C., Kearney, E., & Rossnagel, C. (2009). HR management for an aging workforce – A life-span psychology perspective. Zeitschrift für Personalpsychologie (Journal of Personnel Psychology), 8, 201-213. (VHB-Jourqual 3: C)

Kearney, E., Gebert, D., & Voelpel, S. C. (2009). When and how diversity benefits teams – The importance of team members’ need for cognition. Academy of Management Journal, 52, 581-598. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A+)

Kearney, E., & Gebert, D. (2009). Managing diversity and enhancing team outcomes: The promise of transformational leadership. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 77-89. (VHB-Jourqual 3: A)

Kearney, E. (2008). Age differences between leader and followers as a moderator of the relationship between transformational leadership and team performance. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81, 803-811. (VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Voelpel, S., & Kearney, E. (2008). Trust within organizations – Benefiting from demographic changes by fostering intra-organizational trust. Forum on Public Policy: Journal of the Oxford Roundtable, 4 (1), 1-17. Reprinted in Journal of Academic Perspectives in 2010 (Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 1-17).

Kearney, E. (2007). Demographische Diversity in Sportteams: Ein Vorbild für erfolgreiche soziale Integration? (Demographic diversity in sports teams: A model of successful social integration?) Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie (Social Psychology), 38, 85-94.

Krause, D. E., Gebert, D., & Kearney, E. (2007). Implementing process innovations: The benefits of combining delegative-participative with consultative-advisory leadership. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 14, 16-25. (VHB-Jourqual 3: D)

Gebert, D., Boerner, S., & Kearney, E. (2006). Cross-functionality and innovation in new product development teams: A dilemmatic structure and its consequences for the management of diversity. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 15, 431-458. (VHB-Jourqual 3: B)

Heinz, U., Baga, T., Gebert, D., & Kearney, E. (2006). Leadership and cooperation as success factors in innovative R&D projects on electronic platforms. Team Performance Management, 12, 66-76. 

Gebert, D., Piske, R., Baga, T., Lanwehr, R., & Kearney, E. (2006). Empowerment in the context of transformational change: A study of acquisitions and privatizations in Eastern Europe. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 12, 101-118. (VHB-Jourqual 3: D)