Research in progress

LINOR consists of a plurality of research activities within the scope of the research unit performed by the attached researchers. The research-projects are accomplished either by the single participative researchers, while others are accomplished in cooperation between more researchers and others again are accomplished in cooperation with external participants and partners, both at the national and international level.


Craig L. Pearce, Julia Hoch, Hans Jeppe Jeppesen, Juergen Wegge. Guest editors of a     special issue of Journal of Personnel Psychology “New Forms of Management: Shared and Distributed Leadership in Organizations”. Forthcoming issue.

Employee Influence

Organizational influence and employee behaviour

Together with Metal Workers' Union in Aarhus, we have investigated a number of employee influence and related psychological variables. The project includes questionnaire data from more than 350 metal workers selected from the Metal Workers’ Union working in companies of various sizes. We attempt to achieve a fine-grained understanding of employee participation by distinguishing between experienced influence, opportunities for influence, desires for degree of influence and whom the employee prefers to have most influence on different issues. We investigate the interplay between the different aspects of employee influence and associated psychological phenomena. The latter includes self-efficacy, well-being, and self-determination needs. The project is lead by Hans Jeppe Jeppesen, and Thomas Jønsson is associated with the project.

Organizational relations

Engagement and influence in work life

This project investigates conceptualizations and relation between influence and engagement. We investigate the notion that both influence and engagement has several possible foci including work, team, or department. The question is if the multifaceted approach renders an improved understanding of the concepts and their interrelations. The project includes a qualitative pilot study and a subsequent questionnaire study. The project is accomplished with Region of South Denmark and is lead by Hans Jeppe Jeppesen.

Team Work

Global Teams and Global Competences

This project investigates the relationships between working in multinational teams and development of global competences, under the assumption that higher complexity of social interactions increases the potential for developing global competences, given certain conditions. Multinational teams are believed to provide more social complexity than local teams, mainly due to higher cultural diversity and because members are located in different national and organizational contexts. Employees with experiences from working in local and multinational teams will be interviewed to uncover which conditions can optimize development of global competences. Ellen Barsett Magnus’ PhD project.

Teams and influence

Two research projects are basis of the team studies. The project with the metal workers (cf. the project described under Employee Influence projects) and a project with different companies including a knowledge intensive software company, a public labour marked school, a production company and a postal service department. By analyzing the questionnaire data from these two projects, we investigate teams’ associations with the employee’s influence and moderating factors including soft influence forms and organizational commitment. The project is lead by Thomas Jønsson, and Hans Jeppe Jeppesen is associated with the project.

Work-Life Interactions

Understanding Work-Life Interactions from a Working Time Perspective

The overall aim of this PhD project is to study how influence on working time can facilitate work-life interactions. On the basis of interviews and diary data with workers representing various working time arrangements (i.e. daytime work, shift work, boundaryless work) we explore how workers experience and make use of influence opportunities in their everyday life. We focus on conditions in work (e.g. employer-led/relational flexibility) and personal life (e.g. single / living with a partner, +/÷ children) in understanding how workers strive to combine various interests and responsibilities. While acknowledging the potential barriers for work-life integration, we also aim to identify the role of influence on working time in understanding when and under which circumstances work-life synergy develops. Vivi Bach Pedersen’s PhD project.