The Department of Organizational and Work Psychology is generally interested in cooperations from the business environment for the Implementation of Studies (e. g. on the topics mentioned below).

Students with an S3 focus may have the opportunity to write empirical theses in the research areas mentioned below and to make an active contribution to the research interests described above.

Current Researchprojects

Work Design SALSA

With the questionnaire "Salutogenetic Subjective Analysis of Work" (SALSA) by Rimann and Udris (1993; 1997), a proven instrument is already available for the valid and reliable recording of perceived work situations with different scales. Over the past years, more than 120 studies using the scales of the SALSA have been conducted in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the European University of Flensburg. In total, data of more than 23.000 persons were generated, which are now being examined in meta-analyses.

Ziele der Untersuchungen sind u. a.:

  • the development of benchmarks (e.g., industries, occupational fields, etc.),
  • the investigation of correlations between perceived working conditions and job design scales (e.g., commitment, well-being, illnesses, etc.),
  • the comparison of SALSA scales with comparable instruments for recording working conditions (e.g. the COPSOQ) as well as
  • the further development or supplementation of the SALSA in terms of individual scales (e.g. leadership, workplace design, etc.)

Duration: 2019 - 2020

Dr. Dirk Wortmann, Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Heiner Dunckel (EUF)

Readiness to change in SMEs

What conditions promote readiness to change in SMEs and how is readiness to change related to relevant criteria?

In this quantitative study, we investigate correlations of readiness to change in dental practices with work design as well as criteria such as well-being, attitudes, leadership styles, humor, etc.

Duration: 2018 - 2020

Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation with Dr. Susanna Woitzik (zga)


FlensFriender - Humor and first dates

What role does humor play in first dates and is it more important for sympathy if you can make jokes with all dates or laugh about the jokes of all dates? Or is it in the end, as in "falling in love", the famous "click" between two people that is also crucial for the connection between humor and mutual sympathy?

This study conducted in a round robin design with video observation.

Duration: 2018 - 2020

Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation with Helén Liebermann and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kerschreiter (FU Berlin)

Valididation swHSQ

Are correlations of humor styles with well-being and attitudes in the work context comparable cross- culturally/nationally?

As a basis for future research in this area, the questionnaire swHSQ (short work-related Humor Style Questionnaire) is validated in different languages. Currently: Czech, Slovak

Laufzeit: 2018~

Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation i. a. with Dr. Jakub Procházka (Masaryk University Brno,Czhech Republic), Dr. Róbert Ďurka (Catholic University, Ruzomberok, Slowakia)

Microwork and Motivation

Are the same work characteristics motivational and performance-enhancing for "the crowd" (online workers) as in traditional employment?

Duration: 2016 - 2019

Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation withProf. Dr. Jan Mendling (WU Vienna)

Evaluation of Humortraining

Does humor employed by trainers reduce reluctance in training and are humor trainings beneficial "in the long run"?


In the context of this study, we investigate correlations of voluntariness, personality, and perceptions of trainer humor with willingness to train and success of trainings in terms of humor use and well-being.

Duration: 2015-2020

Dr. Tabea Scheel in cooperation withEva Ullmann (German Institut for Humor)