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J.-Prof. Dr. Annabelle Hofer

Research focuses

  • Sustainable organizational behavior and HRM
  • Sustainable career development of workers: Health, well-being, and productivity
  • Precariousness: Career insecurity, job insecurity, career shocks
  • New forms of work and HRM practices (e.g., gig work, algorithmic management)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 09/2022 Junior Professor (W1) of Organizational Behavior/Organizational Economics, University of Cologne
  • 2019-2022 Research Associate (Postdoctoral Level) and Lecturer, Bern University of Teacher Education, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Business, UniDistance Suisse, University of Bern
  • 2016-2019 Doctor Philosophiae, University of Bern
  • 2014-2016 Master of Science in Psychology, Trier University
  • 2010-2014 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Trier University


  • Thesis supervision (Behavioral Ethics and Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management Practices, Organizational Behavior, Sustainability
  • Course “Contemporary Topics in Organizational Behavior - From Theory to Practice”
  • Course “Global Leadership”
  • Course "Sustainable Career Development"

Selected Publications

Van der Heijden, B., Hofer, A., & Semeijn, J. (in press.) “Don't you worry ‘bout a thing” – the moderating role of age in the relationship between qualitative job insecurity and career sustainability. Career Development International. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-08-2023-0280

Hofer, A., Kortsch, T., & Kauffeld, S. (2024). Shaping organizations sustainably: Insights and perspectives (editorial). Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO), 55, 115–125. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11612-024-00739-3

Hofer, A., Spurk, D. & Hirschi, A. (2021). When and why do negative organization-related career shocks impair career optimism? A conditional indirect effect model. Career Development International, 26(4), 467–494. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-12-2018-0299

Spurk, D., Hofer, A., Burmeister, A., Muehlhausen, J., & Volmer, J. (2019). Occupational commitment from a life span perspective: An integrative review and a research outlook. Career Development International, 24(3), 190–221. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-07-2018-0184

Spurk, D.*, & Hofer, A.*, Hirschi, A., De Cuyper, N., & De Witte, H. (2022). Conceptualizing career insecurity: Toward a better understanding and measurement of a multidimensional construct. Personnel Psychology, 75(2), 253394. https://doi.org/10.1111/peps.12493 *shared first authorship

Spurk, D., Hofer, A., & Kauffeld, S. (2021). Why does competitive psychological climate foster or hamper career success? The role of challenge and hindrance appraisal pathways and leader-member exchange. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 127, 103542. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2021.103542

Selected Projects