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Kerstin Alfes is a Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management at ESCP Europe, Campus Berlin. She is the Academic Director for the Master in European Business (MEB) at the Berlin Campus. Prior to joining ESCP Europe, Kerstin was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London and an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University (The Netherlands). Kerstin completed her Habilitation (2014) and her Dr. rer. oec. (PhD equivalent, 2008) at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and received her Master Degree (Diplom-Kauffrau) from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2004.

Kerstin’s research interests include Strategic Human Resource Management, employee engagement, overqualification and volunteering. She has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior and International Journal of Management Reviews. Kerstin has raised research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and industry. Recently, she worked with a team of researchers based at the Institute of Employment Studies, University of Sussex, the University of Warwick and the University of Kent in conducting an evidence synthesis on employee engagement.

Kerstin teaches courses on Organisation and Human Resource Management on graduate, post-graduate and Executive levels in various programs at ESCP Europe. She also consults practitioners in the development and successful implementation of engagement strategies, and serves as a keynote speaker at practitioner conferences and seminars. 

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Journal Article

2019

ALFES, K., A.SHANTZ, C.BAILEY, E.CONWAY, K.MONKS, N.FU

Perceived HR system strength and employee reactions toward change: Revisiting HR’s remit as change agent

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 58(3), 239-252

Journal Article

2019

VAN DIJK, H., K.ALFES, A.SHANTZ

Welcome to the Bright Side: Why, How, and When Overqualification Enhances Performance.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT REVIEW

Journal Article

2019

TRAEGER, C., K.ALFES

High-performance human resource practices and volunteer engagement: The role of empowerment and organizational identification. In: Voluntas. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

VOLUNTAS

Journal Article

2018

MADDEN, A., K.BAILEY, K.ALFES, L.FLETCHER

Using narrative evidence synthesis in HRM research: an overview of the method, its application and the lessons learned

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 57(2), pp. 641-657

Journal Article

2018

ALFES, K., A., D.SHANTZ, A.RITZ

A multilevel examination of the relationship between role overload and employee subjective health: The buffering effect of support climates

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 57(2), pp. 659-673

Journal Article

2018

RITZ, A., K.ALFES

Multi-Cultural Public Administration: Effects of Language Diversity and Dissimilarity on Public Employees’ Attachment toward Employment

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 96(1), pp. 84-103

Journal Article

2018

HEWETT, R., A., D.SHANTZ, J.MUNDY, K.ALFES

Attribution Theories in Human Resource Management Research: A Review and Research Agenda

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 29(1), pp. 87-126

Journal Article

2018

BREAUGH, J., A.RITZ, K.ALFES

Work Motivation and Public Service Motivation: Disentangling Varieties of Motivation and Job Satisfaction

PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 1423-1443

Journal Article

2018

SOANE, E. C., J. E.BOOTH, K.ALFES, A.SHANTZ, K.BAILEY

Deadly combinations: How leadership contexts undermine the activation and enactment of followers’ high core self-evaluations in performance

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK & ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 27(3), pp. 297-309

Journal Article

2018

CONWAY, E., K.MONKS, N.FU, K.BAILEY, K.ALFES

Reimagining alienation within a relational framework: evidence from the public sector in Ireland and the UK

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT