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Durham University

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Dr. des. Karolina Nieberle, PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Business School

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Karolina is interested in bridging leadership and followership research. Particularly, she focuses on leader and follower identities, shared leadership and engaged followership. Her research has been presented at leading international conferences (e.g., Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology), nominated for best conference paper award (Institute for Work Psychology, 2016) and published in The Leadership Quarterly.


Karolina is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Leadership and Followership. Before joining Durham University Business School, she held a post at the Center for Leadership and People Management at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (Germany) and received her PhD in Psychology in 2019.

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Followership
  • Identity
  • Self-regulatory focus
  • Voice


Chapter in book

  • Pachler, D., Nieberle, K.W. & Frey, D. (Accepted). Studierende motivieren: Leistung mit Wertschätzung verbinden. Erkenntnisse aus Forschung und Praxis. In Methoden in der Hochschullehre: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus der Praxis. Noller, J., Beitz-Radzio, C., Kugelmann, D., Sontheimer, S. & Westerholz, S. Munich: Springer VS.

Journal Article