Senior Research Associate
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Manuela Morf earned her Masters’ degree and PhD in Management from the University of Zurich. In 2012 she joined the Chair for Human Resource Management at the University of Zurich, where she contributed and led research projects in human resource management and received her teaching certificate. After her PhD defense in 2016, she spend 18th months at the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam supported by a career grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Since March 2018, she conducts research and teaching in Lucerne in the area of human resource management organization and change management and leadership.
Manuel Morf does research in the area of human resource management, leadership and organizational behavior. Her research projects cover relevant management topics such as employee proactivity and engagement, motivation and health promoting work design and leadership and non-standard employment relationships (e.g. temporary agency work). Her research is mainly quantitative including multi-level modelling and intervention studies.
Career success 4.0: An event-based intervention study among gig workers
“Career Success 4.0” uses event-based interventions to explore careers in the gig economy. Tranditional career paths are outdated and many individuals follow independent careers, regardless of organizational boundaries. Which career competencies are essential and what drives the financial and personal success of gig workers? This project seeks answers to these questions and tests ways to promote gig workers’ career success. 2020–2021
Leader Tracker: Explaining Weekly Leadership Behaviour
How do leaders respond to daily leadership challenges? What motivates them to give their best and what hinders them? Our research project addresses these questions by collecting data from leaders in Switzerland five weeks in a row. he research project investigated these questions. We interviewed 106 managers several times over a period of 5 weeks and analysed a total of 530 questionnaires. The results show: Motivation of leaders is of central importance for their effectiveness. The most important motivation drivers are cooperative relationships at all hierarchical levels. In times of low motivation, loyal followers, autonomy in human resource management matters and a prosocial motivation can also ensure that leaders remain effective. 2018–2020
Improving the well-being and career outcomes of temporary agency workers: A two-perspective examination of employability-enhancing practices
This SNF funded project examines the impact of labor market intermediaries' and client organzations' HRM measures on the well-being and career success of temporary employees and explores which factors positively influence the perception of temporary work in the labor market. A summary of the results can be found on the project homepage. 2016–2018
Self-Regulatory Cycles in Balancing Individual Abilities and Job Demands
In today’s fast-paced workplaces, changing demands increasingly create misfits between employee abilities and job demands. This research project aims to contribute to the understanding of when such misfits lead to negative consequences for employee well-being as well as when employees are successful in taking proactive measures to reduce such misfits. Specifically, the project bridges the literature on person-environment fit with the literature on employee proactivity and recovery processes and analyses data from longitudinal field research. The gained insight will help organisations to create environments that foster employee proactivity in order to better support employees in dealing with misfits and benefit both, employees and organisations. The project is funded by an Early Postdoc.Mobility grant from the SNSF. 2016–2018
Humm, J., Doden, W., Feierabend, A., Morf, M., Arnold, A., Grote, G., & Stafflebach, B. (2016). Schweizer HR-Barometer 2016: Loyalität und Zynismus. Zürich: ETH Zürich und Universität Zürich.
Doden, W., Morf, M., Arnold, A., Feierabend, A., Grote, G., & Staffelbach, B. (2014). Schweizer HR-Barometer 2014: Arbeitsleben und Job Crafting. Zürich: ETH Zürich und Universität Zürich.
Feierabend, A., Tschopp, C., Arnold, A., Doden, W., Morf, M., Grote, G., & Staffelbach, B. (2012). Schweizer HR-Barometer 2012: Fehlverhalten und Courage. Zürich: ETH Zürich und Universität Zürich.
Sender, A., Morf, M., & Feierabend, A. (2020). Aiming to Leave and Aiming to Harm: the Role of Turnover Intentions and Job Opportunities for Minor and Serious Deviance. Journal of Business and Psychology. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-020-09685-5
Morf, M., Bakker, A. B., & Feierabend, A. (2019). Bankers closing idiosyncratic deals: Implications for organisational cynicism. Human Resource Management Journal, in press, 29 (4), 585–599. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3635765
Gloor, J. L., Morf., M., Paustian-Underdahl, S., & Backes-Gellner, U. (2018). Fix the Game, Not the Dame: Restoring Equity in Leadership Evaluations. Journal of Business Ethics, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3861-y
Morf, M., Feierabend, A., & Staffelbach, B. (2017). Task variety and counterproductive work behavior. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 32 (8), 581–592. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3515838
Tschuor, C., Raptis, D. A., Morf, M. C., Staffelbach, B., Manser, T., & Clavien, P.-A. (2014). Job satisfaction among chairs of surgery from Europe and North America. Surgery, 156 (5), 1069–1077. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2014.04.013
Morf, M. C., Arnold, A., & Staffelbach, B. (2014). The double psychological contracts of temporary agency workers. Employee Relations, 36 (6), 708–726. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3515840
Morf, M. (2013). Doppeltes Commitment: Wem fühlen sich Temporärangestellte zugehörig? In Bruno Staffelbach (Ed.), HR Spotlights: Geistesblitze zur Personalführung (pp. 51–59). Zürich: Neue Züricher Zeitung.
Morf, M. (2013). E-Empfehlung: Qualität durch Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook & Co.? In Bruno Staffelbach (Ed.), HR Spotlights: Geistesblitze zur Personalführung (pp. 158–159). Zürich: Neue Züricher Zeitung.
Article in Public Media
Morf, M. (14 February 2021). Ich bin dann mal weg. HR Today, (3), 57 ff. Retrieved from https://www.hrtoday.ch/de/article/flexible-urlaubspolitik-fokus-forschung
Virtuelle Teamarbeit, neue Führungsrealitäten. (2019). HR Today, 9, 65 ff.
Keine Zeit fur Change Management. (2018). HR Today, (10). Retrieved from https://www.hrtoday.ch/de/article/change-management-studie-mitarbeiterkapazitaet
Morf, M. (1 November 2017). Was HR Analytics leisten kann. HR Today, 11. Retrieved from https://www.hrtoday.ch/de/article/was-hr-analytics-leisten-kann
Morf, M. (14 March 2017). Kritische Mitarbeiterstimmen - Was Führungskräfte noch lernen müssen. HR Today, 1, 42.
Morf, M. (2016). Wie sich die Wertschätzung von HR-Services steigern lässt. HR Today, 6, 46.
Morf, M. (2015). Weg von „Old Stars“ und „Young Talents“. HR Today, 5, 42.
Morf, M. (2014). Zwischen Hochstapelei und Kompetenz. HR Today, 3, 42.
Morf, M. (2012). Social Media verleihen der Mitarbeiterempfehlung Schubkraft. HR Today, 3, 14–15.
Contribution/presentation at a scientific conference
- Getting what they have asked for: Testing a proactivity intervention among temporary agency workers. Lecture, 19th EAWOP Congress, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Turin, 2019
- Transformational leadership: A weekly diary study on the role of human resource practices, job resources, and prosocial motivation. Lecture, 19th EAWOP Congress, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Turin, 2019
- Job Insecurity in the Face of Attributions: How the Macroeconomic Context Shapes Employees’ Trust in Their Employer. Lecture, 19th EAWOP Congress, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Turin, 2019
- Team Design with (Female) Leaders in Mind: Restoring Equity in Leadership Evalua tions. Lecture, 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Atlanta, 2017
- Volition of temporary agency workers as a predictor of agency commitment: The role of agency support? Lecture, 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Atlanta, 2017
- Coping with Job Boredom: A Theoretical Perspective. Lecture, 32nd Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Luzern, 2017
- If Leaving is not an option: The role of unemployment rates in the relationship between turnover intentions and organizational deviance. Lecture, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Academy of Management, Atlanta, 2017
- Effects of Underload and Overload on Job Satisfaction and Stress: How Important is Job Tenure? Lecture, 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Anaheim, 2016
- Unintended Effects of Removing Tasks: Linking task variety to counterproductive work behaviour. Lecture, Annual 15th European Academy of Management Conference, European Academy of Management, Warsaw, 2015
- With a little help from afar: Examining the effect of agency support on temporary employees’ well-being. Lecture, Workshop on Research Advances in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Université Paris Dauphine, DRM-Management & Organisation, Paris, 2015
- Task variety and counterproductive work behaviour: The role of employee expectations. Lecture, 29th Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, 29th Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management, Corsica, 2014
- When employers fail to provide sufficient work stimulation. Lecture, Workshop ‘Understanding Employee Dishonesty Behaviours in the Workplace’,, Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, 2013
Contribution/presentation at a non-scientific event
- Fit für Führung? Evidenz-basierte Einsichten, wie Sie Führungskräfte fördern. Kick-off speech, 21. Netzwerktreffen des Center für Human Resource Management (CEHRM), Center für Human Resource Management (CEHRM), Luzern, 2019
- Introduction in R: Getting ready to join the R community. presentation, Research Meeting, Organisational Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, 2017
- Job design and well-being in different institutional settings. presentation, Academy of Management, Human Resource Division Doctoral Colloquium, Academy of Management, Vancouver, 2014
- Employees’ Reactions to Job Boredom: An Examination of Buffers. presentation, Annual 14th European Academy of Management Conference, Doctoral Colloquium, Valencia, 2014