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Prof. Dr. Svenja Tams

Professor of Management, Organization and Leadership
Office hours by appointment
Room: SOPA - 518
Phone: +49 30 51 56 50 - 912

About me
About me

2018 - Present
Professor of Management, Organization and Leadership, Co-Chair of the Examination Board of the Berlin School of Popular Arts, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

2012 - 2015
Founding Member of Management Board, Water Innovation Research Centre, University of Bath

Accredited Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, University of Bath

Ph.D. and Doctoral Programme in Strategy and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London, London Business School

Topic: “Developing and maintaining self-efficacy at work: Cognitive and behavioural strategies”

2003 - 2015
External Examiner, Aberystwyth University and London School of Economics and Political Sciences

2002 - 2018
Assistant Professor Organization Studies, Director of Studies and Principal Investigator, University of Bath

2001 - 2002
Consultant Human Resource Management und Change, Accenture, Munich

1999 - Present
Self-employed Organizational Development Consultant and Systemic Coach (ICF-accredited training)

1998 - 2001
Teaching Fellow (part-time), Organizational Behaviour and Theory, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

1996 - 2001
Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Information Management, Centre for Organizational Research and Centre for Scientific Enterprise, London Business School

Change Management Consultant | Volvo Construction Equipment, Brussels

M.Sc. (Econ) Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems (With Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Sciences

1994 - 1995
Senior Programme Coordinator Productivity & Technology, Management Centre Europe, Brussels

M.Sc. Management, Boston University

1992 - 1993
Product Marketing Manager Digital Services, AT&T Europe, Middle East & Africa, Brussels

Fulbright Fellow, Postgraduate Certificate in International Studies, University of Miami, FL

Pre-diploma in Business Administration, Universität Trier

I have contributed to these publications

Tams, S., Kennedy, J., Arthur, M.B., & Chan, K.Y. (2020) Careers in cities: An interdisciplinary space for advancing the contextual turn in career studies. Human Relations. DOI: 10.1177/0018726720964261

Tams, S. (2020, in press) The Dynamics of Responsible Careers and their Impact on Societal Issues: A Conceptual Framework. In O. Laasch, D. Jamali, E. Freeman, & R. Suddaby (Eds.), Research Handbook of Responsible Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Chudzikowski, K., Gustafsson, S., & Tams, S. (2019, online, in press) Constructing alignment for sustainable careers: Insights from management consultants' narratives. Journal of Vocational Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2019.05.009.

Audia, P.G., & Tams, S. (2017) Goal Setting, Performance Appraisal, and Feedback across Cultures. In M.J. Gannon & K.L. Newman (Eds.) The Blackwell Handbook of Cross‐Cultural Management, Online. (pp. 142-154). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Edwards-Schachter, M., Tams, S. (2013) How empowering is social innovation? Identifying barriers to participation in community-driven innovation. In: NESTA (Eds.) Social Frontiers: the next edge of social innovation research. (pp. 1-18). London: NESTA.

Tams, S., Wadhawan, M. (2012) Innovation Labs: Tackling sustainability through systemic collaboration. The Bath Perspective, Vol. 17, 10-15. Bath: University of Bath School of Management.

Tams, S., & Marshall, J. (2011) Responsible careers: Systemic reflexivity in shifting landscapes. Human Relations, 64(1), 109–131. DOI: 10.1177/0018726710384292

Tams, S., & Arthur, M.B. (2011) Career communities: Examining learning through the culture-as-practice lens. Proceedings of the 7th International Critical Management Conference, Naples, 11-13 Jul 2011

Tams, S., Caulfield, P.A., & Nedjati-Gilani, D. (2011) In the service of many masters: Do the plural logics of service-learning influence individual learning outcomes? 22nd Conference of the International Association for Business & Society, Bath, 2011

Tams, S., & Arthur, M.B. (2010) New directions for boundaryless careers: Agency and interdependence in a changing world. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31(5), 629-646. DOI: 10.1002/job.712

Caprar, D.V. Gao, J., Haezendonck, E., Pinkse, J., & Tams, S. (2010) Academic theory. In D. De Lange (Eds.) Research Companion to Green International Management Studies. (pp. 142-171). Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar.

Tams, S., & Marshall, J.: Responsible leadership: Interweaving personal and public in pluralistic, contested space. The Next Generation Responsible Leaders. - 1st International Leadership Conference, University of Pretoria, Centre for Leadership

Tams, S., Arthur, M. B. (2010) The boundaryless career. In: J. Greenhouse and G. Callanan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Career Development. (pp. 44-49). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tams, S. (2008) Constructing self-efficacy at work: A person-centered perspective. Personnel Review, 37(2), 165-183. DOI: 10.1108/00483480810850524

Tams, S. (2008) Self-directed social learning: The role of individual differences. Journal of Management Development, 27(2), 196-213. DOI: 10.1108/02621710810849335

Tams, S., Arthur, M. B. (2007) Studying careers across cultures: International, cross-cultural, and globalization perspectives. Career Development International, 12(1), 86-S98. DOI: 10.1108/13620430710724848