Anne Richter

Anne Richter

Principal Researcher
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C7 Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik, C7 MMC Augustsson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a senior researcher specializing in work and organizational psychology.
    My research focuses on understanding organizational change on different
    levels. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the
    implementation and change processes and particularly leadership that can
    facilitate these processes. Moreover, I am interested in intervention design
    and evaluation and I have a strong focus on work environment research, where
    I have been investigating work stressors such as job insecurity [1] as well
    as their mechanisms.
    I also run a research project on the [2]implemention [3] and evaluation of
    the activity based office [4] at GIH and collaborate in a research program
    (NOWSTARS [5]-New Organization of Work in Self-employment, Temporary Agency,
    Academia, and Retail in Sweden) hosted by Stockholm University, where I
    investigate job insecurity in Swedish academic.
    Please find my complete publication list under 'Documents' below.
    Global Bridges to Advance Health Care Research Careers for Junior Researchers
    Post doctoral fellowship AFA (Arbetsmiljö Post dok)
    *2009 *
    ICPSR scholarship from the Swedish national data service
    Docent/Associate Professor in Psychology, Stockholm University
    PhD in Psychology, Stockholm University, Department of Psychology
    PhD thesis: Job Insecurity and Its Consequences: Investigating Moderators,
    Mediators [6]and [7] Gender [8]
    Licensed Psychologist with a specialization in work and organizational
    psychology and medicine, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of
    Psychology, Germany


  • *Leadership during implementation*
    Healthcare organizations need to undergo changes constantly to adopt the
    newest technologies and implement evidence-based methods 1 in order to secure
    the best quality care, patient safety and cost efficiency as required by the
    Health and Medical Services Act (1982:763). Therefore, successful
    implementations are in particular important for these organizations. One key
    factor that affects the implementation success is leadership. However,
    besides the importance of leadership, we know little about how and which
    leadership is important in implementation.
    In my research I focus on the investigation of effective leadership behavior
    during an implementation process. A leadership training is developed focusing
    on strengthening leadership behaviors of line managers. This research has
    been conducted in collaboration with Centrum för [1]epidemiologi [2] och
    samhällsmedicin [3](CES).
    /Grants related to this reserach:/
    * Leadership- Key to successful implementation in healthcare (AFA AFA dnr:
    140114) PI: Anne Richter
    Read more about this project in Swedish media:
    Suntarbetsliv 2014 [4]
    Suntarbetsliv 2018 [5]
    Vårdfokus 2018 [6]
    Read more about the products with developed as part of the project as well as
    find the invitation to participate in the leadership training. [7]
    Watch a short filmclip about the implementation leadership (iLead)
    intervention [8]
    *Work environment*
    Organizational changes have resulted in increased occupational stress, which
    has not only affected the workforce negatively in terms of health and work
    outcomes, but at the same time organizations are affected through decreased
    productivity and increased costs that arise with the decreased well-being of
    their employees. When translating this occupational stress into hard
    financial facts, it has been found that stress at work is one of the most
    costly factors for organizations, the society as well as insurance companies.
    One of the stressors that has contributed to an increase in stress levels and
    a decrease of the working environment quality is job insecurity, which has
    been defined as the uncertainty about the future employment and/or employment
    In my reserach I focus on the investigation of mechanisms that consist of
    inter-individual differences in the employees’ reaction to job insecurity
    as well as to study the factors that connect job insecurity to its negative
    outcomes in order to get a more holistic understanding of this important
    phenomenon as well as make job insecurity research applicable in
    /Grants related to this reserach:/
    * Identification of individual and organizational mechanisms of job
    insecurity. (FORTE dnr 2012-0947) PI: Anne Richter
    * Positive psychology in the context of job insecurity (AFA arbetsmiljö
    [9]post doc [10] 2011 [11])
    Läs mer här. [12]
    The Swedish healthcare sector is one of the sectors where gender
    segregation is most visible with over 90% female employees. Reports have over
    and over shown the alarming fact that women have been on sick leave more
    frequently and longer. In the search for the causes of this societal problem
    conditions in the female dominated sectors have been identified as
    problematic. Another problem in health care are the continuous changes to
    employees' work practices for patientsto receive updated and high quality
    care. However, 2/3 of these changes fail, resulting in negative consequences
    for patients, employees and organizational efficiency. Hence, there are two
    challenges health care needs to approach to create sustainability, where a)
    changes in work practices are realized to provide high quality care, but at
    the same time b) where employees can maintain a good health. This is the
    target of a new project we work on.
    /Grants related to this reserach:/
    * Investigating and creating sustainable change in Swedish health care
    [13](FORTE dnr 2016-07182)
    Read more about this project in Swedish media:
    FORTE [14]
    *Research visits*:
    Department of Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.
    Collaboration with Kathleen Otto
    Department of Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium. Collaboration with Hans De
    Witte, Tinne Vander Elst
    Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS), Claremont Graduate
    University (CGU), USA.
    Collaboration with Stewart Donaldson and Meghana (Meg) Rao
    Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Collaboration
    with Saija Mauno, Anne Mäkikangas and Ulla Kinnunen


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  • Resebidrag: ’11th International Conference of Occupational Stress and Health: Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health’
    Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare
    1 March 2013 - 30 May 2013

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