Dana Unger

Dr

  • 1.31 Thomas Paine Study Centre

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Personal profile

Biography

In 2018, I became an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour at Norwich Business School which I joined in 2017. Before that I worked 3 years as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Switzerland. I was also a research assistant at the University of Mannheim and the University of Konstanz, both in Germany. I am an Editor at PLOS ONE.

The University of Konstanz awarded me with a doctoral degree in Psychology as well as with the Dipl.-Psych. degree which is equivalent to a MSc in Psychology. My doctoral dissertation dealt with self-regulation as the link between work and private life.

My office hours are on Monday (13:00 - 14:00) and Tuesday (11:00 - 12:00).

Key Research Interests and Expertise

The interface of work and private life is my overall research interest. I investigate this topic in three different arenas: 1.) couples, 2.) well-being, and 3.) careers.

With respect to the first arena—couples—I am curious to learn more about the relevance of interaction in couples for work experiences and vice versa. For instance, in a diary study, we examined how dual-career couples allocated their daily time on working when they experienced their relationship to be negative. Furthermore, we also examined whether conventional wisdom is right and long working hours are bad for relationship satisfaction.

Closely linked to this topic, I am also interested in well-being phenomena that bridge the gap between work and private life. In a recent study, we investigated how one’s own job insecurity and the job insecurity of one’s partner interact and have an impact on work engagement, psychological well-being, and turnover intention. Furthermore, I am involved in two projects that examine the impact of commuting on well-being.

Finally, I also study individuals’ careers with a special focus on their private and professional social environment. In one on-going project, we examine how partners can help that their significant others attain important career-related goals. Furthermore, I take part in a project in which we investigate how social referents shape the creation of career narratives.

Teaching Interests

In the academic year 2019/2020, I will be teaching in the following modules:

  • NBS-6019Y: Building Strengths at Work
  • NBS-7037B: Managing Across the Globe

Previously, I have taught the following topics as well:

  • Leading Teams (PG, MBA)
  • Occupational Health Psychology (UG, PGR)
  • Organisational Behaviour (UG)
  • Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Business and Management/Applied Social Science (PGR)
  • Training and Learning Processes (UG)
  • Work and Organizational Psychology (UG)
  • Work Attitudes and Affect (UG)
  • Work Design and Organisational Change (PG, MBA)
  • Work Motivation (UG)
  • Work Performance (UG)
  • Work-Life Interface (PG)

Professional Activities

I received funding from the following organisation and an award:

  • Economic and Social Research Council, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care: Wellbeing in Social Workers (Co-I; in March 2019)

  • EU INTERREG France Channel England: INCREASE VS (Co-I; in September 2018)

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): Grant for international short visit (PI; in June 2015)

  • Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS): Travel grant for congress participation (in May 2015)

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Travel grant for congress participation (in April 2012)

  • Equal Opportunity Commission of the University of Konstanz (Germany): Gender research award for the best students’ thesis related to Gender Studies (in December 2010)

  • Equal Opportunity Commission of the University of Konstanz: Travel grant for congress participation (in September 2009)

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): GoEast-Scholarship (in February 2007)

 

I am member of the following academic societies:

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

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