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Gisela Bäcklander

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About me

I do research on employee self-leadership and what organizational practices can facilitate that.

An important part of the skillset as a knowledge worker in an environment low on external direction and constraints is managing your time and attention. You can only hold so much into that 3 lbs lump between your ears at one time before it starts to run out of processing power.

So, my interest is partly in what the individual can do to keep their more or less boundaryless work manageable and, hopefully, fun. Partly, it's about how organizations create environments that supports the kind of thinking and action that needs to happen rather than taxing the brains of their employees with unnecessary stuff.

In my thesis work, I hope to find work practices that work in supporting self-leadership OR remove the need for it completely when appropriate, that are sustainable, and that promote innovativeness.

I'd be happy to supervise theses in my area if:

  • you are using survey methodologies...
  • or (semi-)structured interviews...
  • or basically any method where data is gathered from or about people.
  • If you want to use statistical analyses such as t-test, ANOVA, regressions or cluster analysis
  • Or if the topic concerns:
    • human resources
    • knowledge work
    • leadership
    • innovative work climate or culture
    • agile software development.