TU BRAUNSCHWEIG

Organisation and Work Design


Organisational Development, Motivational Interviewing, Design Thinking

Organisations act in changing contexts, which they continuously have to adjust to. We investigate organisational development as an agile, malleable learning process. We focus on change agents as central actors in this process and on how employees can be motivated to participate in changes. To that end, we transfer Motivational Interviewing to an organisational context and we consider Design Thinkingas a solution-oriented approach to shape organisational development.


Current and concluded projects (selection):

  • Präventa - Reducing pschychological strain in working life (2019-2021; European Social Fund)
  • EnEff Campus 2020: Wissenschaftliche Begleitung der Umsetzung und Monitoring (2015-2018, BMWi)
  • Project "Start-Ups: fast growing companies“ (2001-2004; EU and BMBF; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. E. Frieling, University of Kassel)
  • 1998 Volkswagen Research Fund – project "Evaluation of studying conditions" as part of the project "Re-organization" at the University of Kassel
  • 1996-2000 German Federal Ministry for Education and Research – project "Competence and organizational development in administration", in cooperation with Prof. Dr. E. Frieling, University of Kassel

Publications (selection):

Contributions to journals:

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.

Endrejat, P. C., & Kauffeld, S. (2017). From ‘I Should’ to ‘I Want’: Increasing the Internalization of Organizational Members' Energy-Saving Motivation through Participatory Interventions. Zeitschrift für Umweltpsychologie, 21(2), 56-73.

Endrejat, P. C., & Kauffeld, S. (2016). Über innovationsverhindernde und innovationsfördernde Denkweisen [About Innovation Impeding and Innovation Facilitating Mindsets]. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO), 47, 275–282. doi:10.1007/s11612-016-0337-3

Endrejat, P. C. & Kauffeld, S. (2017). Wie könnten wir Organisationsentwicklungen partizipativ gestalten? Der Design Thinking Ansatz als Instrument zur Gestaltung von Veränderungsprozessen [How can we participatively shape organisation developments? The Design Thinking approach as an instrument for the shaping of change processes]. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO), 48, 143-154. doi: 10.1007/s11612-017-0361-y

Endrejat, P. C., Klonek, F.E., & Kauffeld, S. (2015). A Psychology Perspective of Energy Consumption in Organisations: The Value of Participatory Interventions. Indoor and Built Environment, 24(7), 937–949. doi:10.1177/1420326X15598820

Endrejat, P. C., Simon, M., & Hansen, L. (2018). Gestaltung der Führungskultur bei der Daimler Group Services Berlin GmbH durch Design Thinking. [Shaping the Leadership Culture at the Daimler Group Services Berlin GmbH through Design Thinking]. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO). Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11612-018-0409-7

Engel, C., Hornberger, S. & Kauffeld, S. (2014). Organisationale Rahmenbedingungen und Beanspruchungen im Kontext einer Schichtmodellumstellung nach arbeitswissenschaftlichen Empfehlungen – Spielen Anforderungen, Ressourcen und Personenmerkmale eine Rolle? Zeitschrift für Arbeitswissenschaften, 68, 78-88.

Kauffeld, S., Jonas, E., & Frey, D. (2004). Effects of a flexible work-time design on employee- and company-related aims. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 13, 79-100. doi:10.1080/13594320444000001

Klonek, F. E. & Kauffeld, S. (2015). Talking with consumers about energy reductions: Recommendations from a motivational interviewing perspective. Frontiers in Psychology - Personality and Social Psychology, 6, 252. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00252

Kortsch, T. & Kauffeld, S. (2019). Validation of a German Version of the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ) in German Craft Companies. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 63 (1), 15–31. doi: 10.1026/0932-4089/a000282


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