TU BRAUNSCHWEIG

Career and Coaching


Professional Orientation, Career research

Research on professional orientation and career addresses factors that benefit or hinder career decisions. Our research on professional orientation focuses on choosing to study or not to study, and on the “first generation”. Furthermore, we examine career paths of junior scientists in Germany, taking a multi-factorial, prospective-longitudinal, multi-methodological and psychological perspective.


(Career-)Coaching, Coach-Client-interaction

Coaching is a collaborative process, during which a coach supports the client in improving performance, personal and job-related development, and enhancing self-reflection and well-being. An important topic of our research is how Coaching in the context of career orientation and career planning should be designed. Using interaction analyses, we investigate the verbal and nonverbal interaction of coach and client: For example, we look at questions, relationship-enhancing factors and the solution finding process


Current and concluded projects (selection):

  • ProWi+: Quo vadis Post-Doc: Professorship, Industry or precarious employment situation? Individual, social, and organizational factors for the career development and the career success of junior scientists (2016-2019; BMBF)

  • ProNet+: With networking to the top - Career promotion of female doctoral candidates (2012-2013; BMBF)

  • CHO1CE: Du hast die Wahl - Wege ins Studium für die First Generation öffnen (2017-2018; realization in cooperation with central Student Advisory Service, TU Braunschweig)

  • Fit4TU - The Online Self-Assesment for TU Braunschweig Prospective Students (since 2012; stabilized by long-term student fees, in cooperation with the TU Braunschweig Student Advice Centre)

  • NTH-Project "University Dropout" (2015-2016; in cooperation with LU Hannover & TU Clausthal)

  • XIST-Start-Up-Culture - The Founder Academy (2012-2016; BMWi)


Publications (selection):

Contributions to journals:

Aymans, S. C. & Kauffeld, S. (2015). To leave or not to leave? Critical factors for university dropout among first generation students. Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwickung, 10, 23-43.

Barthauer, L., Estel, V., Dubbel, A., Kauffeld, S., & Spurk, D. (2016). Woran erkenne ich eine erfolgreiche Laufbahn? Ein qualitativer Ansatz zur Definition von Laufbahnerfolg bei Wissenschaftlern [How can I tell that my career is successful? A qualitative approach to the definition of career success in academia]. Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung, 1-2, 42-62.

Barthauer, L., Kaucher, P., Spurk, D., & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Burnout and career (un)sustainability: Looking into the Blackbox of burnout triggered career turnover intentions. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2019.103334

Ebner, K., Schulte, E.-M., Soucek, R., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). Coaching as stress-management intervention: The mediating role of self-efficacy in a framework of self-management and coping. International Journal of Stress Management, 25(3), 209-233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/str0000058

Ebner, K., Thiele, L., Spurk, D., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). Validation of the German Career Decision-Making Profile - an Updated 12-Factor Version. Journal of Career Assessment, 26(1), 111-136. doi:10.1177/1069072716679996

Endrejat, P. C., Baumgarten, F., & Kauffeld, S. (2017). When Theory Meets Practice: Combining Lewin’s Ideas about Change with Motivational Interviewing to Increase Energy-Saving Behaviours Within Organizations. Journal of Change Management, 22(2), 1–20.

Gessnitzer, S., Hahn, M.-C., Saathoff, J., & Kauffeld, S. (2015). Gründerteams zum Erfolg führen: Was Teamcoaching neben Organisationsberatung für Gründungsprozesse tun kann [Guiding entrepreneurial teams to success: How teamcoaching and consultation can improve the entrepreneurial process]. Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung, 46, 265-288. doi:10.1007/s11612-015-0292-4 

Gessnitzer, S., Kauffeld, S., & Braumandl. I. (2011). Karriere-Coaching: Personalentwicklung für Berufseinsteiger [Career coaching: HR development for young professionals]. PERSONALquarterly, 63, 12-17.

Gessnitzer, S., Schulte, E.-M., & Kauffeld, S. (2016). "I am Going to Succeed": The Power of Self-Efficient Language in Coaching and How Coaches Can Use It. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 68, 294-312. doi: 10.1037/cpb0000064

Ianiro, P. M., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. & Kauffeld, S. (2015). Coaches and clients in action: A sequential analysis of nonverbal interpersonal styles in coach-client interactions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 435-456.

Jordan, S., Gessnitzer, S., & Kauffeld, S. (2017). Develop yourself, develop others? How coaches and clients benefit from train-the-coach courses. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 10(2), 125-139. doi:10.1080/17521882.2017.1330353

Jordan, S., Gessnitzer, S., & Kauffeld, S. (2016). Effects of a group coaching for the vocational orientation of secondary school pupils. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. 2, 143-157. doi: 10.1080/17521882.2016.1210185

Sauer, N. C., Spurk, D., & Kauffeld, S. (2014). Männer, Frauen und ihre Art zu netzwerken - Einfluss auf die Karriere von Berufsanfängern [Men, women, an the way they network]. PERSONALquarterly, 69, 18-23.

Spurk, D., Kauffeld, S., Barthauer, L., & Heinemann, N. S. R. (2015). Fostering networking behavior, career planning and optimism, and subjective career success: An intervention study.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87, 134-144. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.12.007 

Thiele, L., Atzmueller, M., Stumme, G., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). Frequent and/or durable? The predictive impact of initial face-to-face contacts on the formation and evolution of students’ developmental peer network relationships. Psychology, 9, 633-654. doi:10.4236/psych.2018.94040

Thiele, L., Sauer, N. C., Kauffeld, S. (2018). Why extraversion is not enough: The mediating role of initial peer network centrality linking personality to long-term academic performance. Higher Education. 76(5). doi: 10.1007/s10734-018-0242-5

Thiele, L., Sauer, N. C., Atzmueller, M., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). The co-evolution of career aspirations and peer relationships in psychology bachelor students: A longitudinal social network study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106, 48-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2017.12.005

Thiele, L., Zorn, V., & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Quid pro quo? The Benefit of Reciprocity, Multiplexity, and Multireciprocity in Early Career Peer Support. Applied Network Science, 4, 7. doi:10.1007/s41109-019-0118-3

Will, T., Gessnitzer, S. & Kauffeld, S. (2016). You think you are an empathic coach? Maybe you should think again. The difference between perceptions of empathy vs. empathic behaviour after a person-centered coaching training. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, 9, 53-68. doi:10.1080/17521882.2016.1143023

Will, T., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). Relevanz von Empathie für dyadische Beziehungen - Über ein unterschätztes konstrukt in der Coach-Klienten-Interaktion [The relevance of empathy for dyadic relationships - About an underrated construct for coach-client-interactions]. Coaching | Theorie und Praxis, 1(4), 45-54. doi: 10.1365/s40896-018-0023-2

Will, T., & Kauffeld, S. (2018) Relevanz von Empathie für dyadische Beziehungen - Über ein unterschätztes konstrukt in der Coach-Klienten-Interaktion. Coaching | Theorie und Praxis, 1(4), 45-54. doi: 10.1365/s40896-018-0023-2

Will, T., Schulte, E.M. & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Coach's Expressed Positive Behaviour Linked to Client's Interest to Change: An Analysis of Distinct Coaching Phases. Coaching | Theorie & Praxis 4(4), 1-10. doi: 10.1365/s40896-019-0027-6


Contributions to textbooks:

Barthauer, L., Sauer, N. C., & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Karrierenetzwerke und ihr Einfluss auf die Laufbahnentwicklung [Career networks and their influence on career development]. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (p. 241-268). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-48750-1_9

Braumandl, I., Amberger, B., Falkenberg, F., & Kauffeld, S. (in press). Konzept-Coaching – Ausbildung zum Coach für Karriere- und Lebensplanung [Concept coaching – Training for career and life coaches]. In R. Wegener, A. Fritze, & M. Loebbert (Eds.), Coaching-Praxisfelder. Forschung und Praxis im Dialog (pp. 73-83). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer.

Ebner, K. & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Laufbahngestaltung durch Karrierecoaching - Abgrenzung, Methodeneinsatz und Forschungsstand [Career management through career coaching - Definition, methods and state of research]. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (p. 759-784). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-45855-6_28-1

Gessnitzer, S., Schulte, E.-M., & Kauffeld, S. (2018). Psychologische Coaching-Forschung zu Interaktionsprozessen, Coaching-Formaten und Diagnoseinstrumenten: Empirische Erkenntnisse als Anregungen für die Coaching-Praxis der Zukunft [Psychological coaching research on interaction processes, coaching-formats and diagnosis tools: Empirical findings as suggestions for the future coaching practice] . In R. Wegener, A. Fritze, M. Hänseler, & M. Loebbert (Hrsg.), Coaching-Prozessforschung: Forschung und Praxis im Dialog (p. 37-55). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Jordan, S., & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Laufbahnberatung für SchülerInnen und Studierende [Career advice for pupils and students]. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (p. 1-24). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-48750-1_3

Jordan, S., Wittner, B., & Kauffeld, S. (2017). „CHO1CE – Du hast die Wahl“ – Ein Projekt an der Technischen Universität Braunschweig. In J. Grunau & M. Buse (Hrsg.), Wege ins Studium für First Generation Students. Theoretisch-konzeptionelle Bezüge und projektspezifische Erfahrungen (S. 173-195). Detmold: Eusl.

Kauffeld, S., Güntner, A.V., & Ebner, K. (2018). Karriere als Thema im Coaching: Klienten unterstützen, Karriereentscheidungen zu treffen [Career as topic during coaching: Supporting clients in their career decisions]. In H. Möller, W. Scholl, & S. Greif (Eds.), Handbuch Schlüsselkonzepte im Coaching (S. 285-294). Heidelberg: Springer.

Kauffeld, S., Spurk, D., Barthauer, L., & Kaucher, P. (2019). Auf dem Weg zur Professur? Laufbahnen im wissenschaftlichen Kontext [On the way to professorship? Careers in a scientific context]. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (p. 291-325). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-48750-1_10

Paulsen, H. & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Kompetenzmanagement und -entwicklung [Competence management and development]. In D. Spurk & S. Kauffeld (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (S. 511-542). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-48750-1_21

Thiele, L., & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Online Self-Assessments zu Studien- und Universitätswahl [Online self-assessment for choice of study and university]. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Eds.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (p.109-132). Berlin: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-48750-1_4


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