ESADE Business School
Associate Professor, Department of People Management and Organisation in ESADE, URL Associate Professor


  • PhD in Social Psychology. Queens University of Belfast
  • BSc in Applied Psychology. University of Ulster Areas of interest

  • Group dynamics, Diversity and Intergroup Relations

  • Organizational Behaviour

  • Stereotyping, Prejudice and Conflict Management

  • Teams and Groups

  • Social and Organizational Psychology Biography

Katharina is an Associate Professor in Organizational Behaviour in the Department of People Management and Organization.

Before joining ESADE, Katharina held a faculty position as lecturer and senior researcher at University of Oxford. She has also held a position as Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the study of ethnic and religious diversity in Germany.

Katharina holds a PhD in Social Psychology, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology. Her research interests lie broadly in social and organizational psychology, and organizational behaviour. Her current research falls into three inter-related areas:

1) Social identity and intergroup dynamics: This research examines key processes by means of which relations within and between groups and teams can be managed and conflict can be resolved. Additionally, this work examines the role of social identity processes in well-being and health.
2) Managing multiple groups: This research considers how individuals make sense of and perceive their multiple group memberships, with a specific focus on antecedents and consequences of social identity complexity.
3) Diversity, prejudice and stereotyping: This line of research examines the correlates and consequences of diversity in various contexts, in order to understand how the potential challenges of diversity can be effectively managed, how intra- and intergroup trust can be built, and how prejudice can be reduced.

Katharina''s work has been published in leading academic journals, including Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research has also been cited in media reports (e.g., The Guardian). She is an Associate Editor for the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

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