Personal Initiative in the Workplace Discussed at SOM Distinguished Speakers Talk

Posted: October 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Shauntae Barber

The university community is invited to attend the first presentation in the School of Management (SOM) Distinguished Speakers Series tomorrow from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in SUB II, Room 1. A reception will follow. In this series, world-class scholars will address topics of interest to those responsible for teaching about or managing work organizations. The first guest speaker is Michael Frese, professor at the University of Giessen in Germany. His talk is on the role of personal initiative in the workplace as viewed from the perspective of the entrepreneur.

Frese received his diploma and doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and Technical University Berlin, respectively. He holds a chair for work and organizational psychology at the University of Giessen, is a visiting professor at the London Business School, and is adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research spans a wide range of basic and applied topics within work and organizational psychology. Most important are his longitudinal studies on psychological effects of unemployment, impact of stress at work, and predictors of personal initiative in East Germany.

His large-scale field studies on errors and on shift work are also well known. In addition, he is studying training and the concept of error training. He also researches cultural factors in organizations and across nations. Recently, he has examined psychological success factors in entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in developing countries and in Europe.

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