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About me

I am a senior researcher specializing in work and organizational psychology; at KI I work as researchgroup leader for Procome.

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 faciliate these processes. Moreover, I am intrested in  intervention design and evaluation and I have a strong focus on work environement research, where I have been investigating work stressors such as job insecurity as well as their mechanisms.

I also work as Assistant Head of the Unit for Implementation and Evaluation at Centrum for epidemiology and community medicine (CES) and run a research project on the implemention and evaluation of the activity based office at GIH.

 

 

 

Education

2017

Docent/Associate Professor in Psychology, Stockholm University

2011

PhD in Psychology, Stockholm University, Department of Psychology

PhD thesis: Job Insecurity and Its Consequences: Investigating Moderators, Mediators and Gender

2007

Licensed Psychologist with a specialization in work and organizational psychology and medicine, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Psychology, Germany

Research description

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 epidemiologi och samhällsmedicin (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

Suntarbetsliv 2018

Read more about the products with developed as part of the project as well as find the invitation to participate in the leadership training.

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 conditions.

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 organizations.

 

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 post doc 2011)

Läs mer här.

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 working
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:

Research visits:

2015

Department of Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. Collaboration with Kathleen Otto

2014

Department of Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium. Collaboration with Hans De Witte, Tinne Vander Elst

2013

Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS), Claremont Graduate University (CGU), USA.

Collaboration with Stewart Donaldson and Meghana (Meg) Rao

2010

Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Collaboration with Saija Mauno, Anne Mäkikangas and Ulla Kinnunen

 

 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2014

Global Bridges to Advance Health Care Research Careers for Junior Researchers
2012

Post doctoral fellowship  AFA (Arbetsmiljö Post dok)
2009

ICPSR scholarship from the Swedish national data service

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