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Dr. Ulrich Leicht-Deobald

Associate Professor (Trinity Business School)


Ulrich Leicht-Deobald is an Associate Professor in Responsible Leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Management from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). His research focuses on New Ways of Working, particularly regarding collaboration within and between teams. Ulrich's work has been published in renown international academic journals, such as the Journal of Management (ABS: 4*, FT50), the Journal of Management Studies (ABS: 4, FT50), and the Journal of Business Ethics (ABS: 3, FT50), but also in business magazines, such as Forbes. Ulrich has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). During his undergraduate studies in Psychology, He was awarded a scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES). Ulrich held visiting positions at the University of Michigan (USA), the University of Groningen (Netherlands), and INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France). He has received more than 650,000 € in competitive funding from public institutions, such as the University of St.Gallen's Basic Research Fund, the Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (sagw), and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Ulrich's research on the Fair Use of AI in Organisations has been cited in policy documents of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Before entering Academica, Ulrich worked for almost ten years as an actor at various theatres in Germany.
  LEADERSHIP   New Ways of Working
 Socially Acceptable AI and Fairness Trade-offs in Predictive Analytics
 Big Data or Big Brother? " Big Data HR Control Practices and Employee Trust

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Academy of Management (AOM): Organizational Behavior (OB) Division: Global Committee (2020-present)
German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPs): Young Scholar Representative of the Division Work, Organizational, and Business Psychology (AOW) (2018-2020)
Academy of Management (AOM): Organizational Behavior (OB) Division: Making Connections Committee (2021-present)
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Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup) 2012 today
Academy of Management (AOM) 2011 today
German Academic Association of Business Research (VHB) 2014 today
German Psychological Association (DGPs) 2014 today
Kandul, Serhiy; Leicht-Deobald, Ulrich, Efficiency versus Fairness Tradeoffs in Algorithm-based Personnel Selection, Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2024, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Leicht-Deobald, U., Backmann, J., de Vries, T. A., Weiss, M., Hohmann, S., Walter, F., van der Vegt, G. S., Hoegl, M., A Contingency Framework for the Performance Consequences of Team Boundary Management: A Meta-analysis of 30 Years of Research, Journal of Management, 2023, p1 - 44, p44 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Cameron, L., Lamers, L., Leicht-Deobald, U., Lutz, C., Meijerink, J., & Möhlmann, M., Algorithmic Management: Its Implications for Information Systems Research, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 52, 2023, p518 - 537, p19 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Leicht-Deobald, U., Lam, C.F., Bruch, H., Kunze, F., Wu, W., Team boundary work and team workload demands: Their interactive effect on team vigor and team effectiveness, Human Resource Management, 61, (4), 2022, p465-488 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Giermindl, L.M., Strich, F., Christ, O., Leicht-Deobald, U., Redzepi, A., The dark sides of people analytics: reviewing the perils for organisations and employees, European Journal of Information Systems, 31, (3), 2022, p410-435 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Leicht-Deobald, U., Huettermann, H., Bruch, H., Lawrence, B.S., Organizational Demographic Faultlines: Their Impact on Collective Organizational Identification, Firm Performance, and Firm Innovation, Journal of Management Studies, 58, (8), 2021, p2240-2274 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Schafheitle, S., D., Weibel, A., Ebert, I., Kasper, G., Schank, C., Leicht-Deobald, U., No Stone Left Unturned? Towards a Framework on the Impact of Datafication Technologies on Organizational Control, Academy of Management Discoveries, 6, (3), 2020, p455 - 487, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Leicht-Deobald, U., Recognizing People at Work in Their Full Humanity - A Commentary on Bal (2020), Zeitschrift fur Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 64, (3), 2020, p200-202 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Leicht-Deobald, U., Busch, T., Schank, C., Weibel, A., Schafheitle, S., Wildhaber, I., Kasper, G., The Challenges of Algorithm-Based HR Decision-Making for Personal Integrity, Journal of Business Ethics, 160, (2), 2019, p377-392 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ambos, B., Kunisch, S., Leicht-Deobald, U., Schulte Steinberg, A., Unravelling agency relations inside the MNC: The roles of socialization, goal conflicts and second principals in headquarters-subsidiary relationships, Journal of World Business, 54, (2), 2019, p67-81 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Best Paper of European Academy of Management (EURAM) Organizational Behavior (OB) Team Performance Management Track 2022
Finalist for Best Paper at Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup) Conference 2019
Best Conference Paper Proposal Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy Conference 2018
Best Paper Proceeding of the Academy of Management (AOM) - Organizational Behavior (OB) Division 2016
Finalist for Best Oral Presentation at European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) 2015
Dissertation paper nominated for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup) Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2014
Invited as Young Scholar to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2014
My research centres around multi-level issues among individuals, organisational structures, and society. I have studied, for instance, how (I) employees communicate across their team and organizational boundaries, (II) organizations manage demographic diversity between and within departments, and (III) managers interact with AI to perform people-related tasks. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay between collective and individual agency and how organisations can help connect (prior disconnected) individuals across different backgrounds, perspectives, locations, and identities.