Prof. Dr. Kathleen Otto

Head, Professor

Contact information

+49 6421 28-23781 kathleen.otto@staff 1 Gutenbergstraße 18
35032 Marburg
G|01 Institutsgebäude (Room: 03045 resp. +3045)

Contact Info:

Consulting hours: THU, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Short biography:

  • Full professor and head of the Work and Organizational Psychology unit at Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Practical experience as mediator, consultant and coach

Recent research interests:

  • Dealing with organisational change and restructuring
  • Career development, mobility and entrepreneurship
  • Unemployment and job insecurity
  • Organizational justice
  • Leadership
  • Work and health

Recent third-party funded projects:

  • Parental work conditions as risk factor: Spillover-crossover from parents to children (COMPARE work)
  • Identity processes and migration

Recent publications (selection):

Baluku, M. M., Onderi, P., & Otto, K. (in press). Predicting self-employment intentions and entry in Germany and East Africa: An investigation of the impact of mentoring, entrepreneurial attitudes, and psychological capital. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship. doi: 10.1080/08276331.2019.1666337

Cheng, Y., Nudelman, G., Otto, K., & Ma, J. (in press). Belief in a Just World and employee voice behavior: Mediating roles of perceived risk and efficacy. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. doi:

García Johnson, C. P., & Otto, K. (2019). Better together: A model for women and LGBTQ equality in the workplace. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 272. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00272

Garrido Vásquez, M. E., Kälin, W., Otto, K., Sadlowski, J., & Kottwitz, M. U. (2019). Do coworker conflicts enhance daily feelings of job insecurity: A diary study. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 68, 26-52. doi: 10.1111/apps.12157

Kottwitz, M. U., Pfister, I. B., Elfering, A., Schummer, S. E., Igic, I., & Otto, K. (2019). SOS - Appreciation overboard: SOS -Appreciation overboard! Illegitimacy and psychologists’ job satisfaction. Industrial Health, 57. doi:

Otto, K., Sobiraj, S., Schladitz, S., Garrido Vásquez, M. E., Roe, R, & Baluku, M. (2019). Do social skills shape career success in the psychological profession? A mixed-method approach. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 63, 88-99. doi:

Otto, K., Thomson, B., & Rigotti, T. (2018). When dark leadership exacerbates the effects of restructuring. Journal of Change Management, 18, 96-115. doi: 10.1080/14697017.2018.1446691

All publications of Kathleen Otto can be found on ResearchGate!

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