Prof. Dr. Judith Volmer


Markusplatz 3, Raum M3/01.18

96047 Bamberg, Germany
Phone.: +49 951 863 1894
E-Mail: judith.volmer(at)

All publications:

Consultation hours:

Wednesdays, 11.30-12.30 p.m. (in person, via MS Teams or Zoom, please send me an e-mail in advance); individual appointments during the semester breaks

Please contact Katrin Günther ( for any administrative questions regarding lectures/seminars. Thank you!

Research interests

  • Social interactions at work (particularly leadership)
  • psychological health prevention at work
  • Sustainable career development and management


2011   Habilitation (PD Dr. rer.nat.habil.; Psychology), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU), Erlangen-Nürnberg

2006   Ph.D. (Dr. rer.nat; Psychology), Technische Universität Braunschweig

2002   Diploma (Dipl.-Psych.; Psychology), University of Bielefeld, Minor: Law Studies

2000   Certificate for Interdisciplinary Studies "Students and Economy", University of Bielefeld (Law Studies, Sociology, Business Administration)

Teaching Certificates:

2010  Teaching Certificate “Hochschullehre Bayern [Higher Education Bavaria]”, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen

2010  Trainer Certificate “Training for stress prevention and stress management”, Munich (Association of German Professional Psychologists, DPA)

Career History:

Since 2013  Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology (tenured), University of Bamberg

2010-2012   Deputy Professor, University of Bamberg

2006-2013   Postdoctoral researcher, University of Erlangen

2004-2006   PhD student, University of Konstanz                                    

2002-2004   PhD student, Technical University of Braunschweig

2001           Project Manager "Career Services" at the German American Chamber of Commerce Inc., NYC, USA

International Research stays at the New York University, USA; Portland State University, USA; University of Bologna, Italy.

Journal Articles:

Guest Editorship

Chiesa, R., Mariani, M.G., & Volmer, J. (2021). Employability and career success in times of COVID-19. Sustainability.


London, M., Volmer, J., Zyberaj, J., & Kluger, A. N. (2023, in press). Gaining Feedback Acceptance: The Central Roles of Leader-Member Attachment Style and Psychological Safety. Human Resource Management Review.

Volmer, J., Schulte, E.-M., & Fritz, C. (2022). Facilitating employee recovery from work: The role of leader-member-exchange. Occupational Health Science.

Volmer, J., Spurk, D., Orth, M., & Goeritz, A. (2022, online first). Reciprocal effects of career adaptability and occupational self-efficacy: A three-wave longitudinal study with varying time lags. Journal of Career Assessment.

Poetz L and Volmer J (2022) A diary study on the moderating role of leader-member exchange on the relationship between job characteristics, job satisfaction, and emotional exhaustion.Frontiers in Psychology, 13,812103.

Richter-Killenberg, S., & Volmer, J.(2022). How leaders benefit from engaging in high-quality leader-member exchanges: a daily diary study. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 37, 605-623.

Seibel, S., Volmer, J., & Schmitt, A. (2022, online first). Pleasant anticipation of an after-work free-time activity and work engagement. Findings from two studies. Leisure Sciences.

Poetz, L., & Volmer, J. (2022). What does leadership do to the leader? Using a pattern-oriented approach to investigate the association of daily leadership profiles and daily leader well-being. PsychArchives. 

Zyberaj, J., Seibel, S., Schowalter, A. F., Pötz, L., Richter-Killenberg, S., & Volmer, J. (2022). Developing sustainable careers during a pandemic: The role of psychological capital and career adaptability. Sustainability, 14(5), 3105.

Volmer, J., Schulte, E.-M., Handke, L., Rodenbücher, L., & Tröger, L. (2021). Do all employees benefit from daily networking? A daily diary study on the moderation effect of affiliation motive. Journal of Career Development, 48, 555-568.

Schowalter, A. F., & Volmer, J. (2021). Pretesting Video Speeches to Manipulate Perceptions and Examining Strength of Instruments for an Experiment on Servant Leadership and Performance. Leibniz Institut für Psychologie (ZPID). 

Seibel, S., & Volmer, J. (2021). A diary study on anticipated leisure time, morning recovery, and employees’ work. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 9436.

Kim et al. (2020). News ways of understanding the dark side of leadership. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Spurk. D. *, Volmer, J. *, Orth, M., & Göritz, A.S. (2020). How do career adaptability and proactive career behaviors interrelate over time? An inter- and intraindividual investigation. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93, 158-186. [*shared first authorship]

Seibel, S., Volmer, J., & Syrek, C. J. (2020). Get a taste of your leisure time: the relationship between leisure thoughts, pleasant anticipation, and work engagement. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 29, 889-906.

Volmer, J., Koch, I.K., & Wolff, C. (2019). Illuminating the ‚dark core‘: Mapping global versus specific sources of variance across multiple measures of the dark triad. Personality and Individual Differences, 145, 97-102.

Spurk, D., Hofer, A., Burmeister, A., Muelhhausen, J., & Volmer, J. (2019). Occupational commitment from a life span perspective. Career Development International, 24, 190-221.

Hagemeister, A., & Volmer, J. (2018). Do social conflicts at work affect employees' job satisfaction? The moderating role of emotion regulation. International Journal of Conflict Management, 29, 213-235. Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award 2019

Volmer, J.*, Orth, M.*, & Wolff, H.-G. (2018). Multidimensional networking behavior in Germany and China: Measurement invariance and assocations with objective success. Journal of Career Assessment, 26, 678-696. [* shared first authorship]

Volmer, J., Richter, S., & Syrek, C. (2018). Creative at each age: Age-related differences in drivers of workplace creativity from an experience sampling study. Journal of Creative Behavior, 53, 531-545.

Volmer, J., & Wolff, H.-G. (2018). A daily diary study on the consequences of networking on employees’ career-related outcomes: the mediating role of positive affect. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2179.

Schuesslbauer, A.F., Volmer, J. & Göritz, A.S. (2018). The goal paves the way: Inspirational motivation as a predictor of career adaptability. Journal of Career Development,  45, 489-503.

Orth, M., & Volmer, J. (2017). Daily within-person effects of job autonomy and work engagement on innovative behavior: The cross-level moderating role of creative self-efficacy. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26, 601-612.

Volmer et al. (2017). The effects of the bright and dark sides of dark triad traits on subordinate career success and well-being. In symposium "Five shades of grey: Exploring the lighter side of the dark triad" (Organisors: Klinger, R.L., & Frieder, R.). Academy of Management Proceedings.

Volmer, J. & Fritsche, A. (2016). Daily negative work events and employees' physiological and psychological reactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1711.

Volmer, J., Koch, I.K., & Göritz, A.S. (2016). The bright and dark sides of leaders' Dark Triad traits: Effects on subordinates' career success and well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 413-418.

Volmer, J. (2015). Followers’ daily reactions to social stressors with supervisors: The moderating role of core self-evaluations and procedural justice perceptions. The Leadership Quarterly, 26, 719-731.

Spurk, D., Meinecke, A.L., Kauffeld, S., & Volmer, J. (2015). Gender, professional networks, and subjective career success within early academic science careers: The role of gender composition in inside and outside departmental support networks. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 14, 121-130.

Spurk, D., Abele, A.E., & Volmer, J. (2015). The career satisfaction scale in context:  A test for measurement invariance across four occupational groups. Journal of Career Assessment, 23, 191-209. 

Spurk, D., & Volmer, J. (2013). Validation of a German version of the Career Futures Inventory (CFI): Career Adaptability, occupational optimism, job knowledge, and career success. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 57, 77-95. 

Volmer, J., Binnewies, C., Sonnentag, S., & Niessen, C. (2012). Do social conflicts with customers at work encroach upon employees’ private lives? A diary study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17, 304-315. 

Volmer, J., Spurk, D., & Niessen, C. (2012). Leader-member exchange (LMX), job autonomy, and creative work involvement. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 456-465. 

Volmer J. (2012). Catching leaders’ mood: Contagion effects in teams. Administrative Sciences, 2, 203-220. 

Volmer, J., Niessen, C., Spurk, D., Linz. A., & Abele, A.E. (2011). Reciprocal relationships between leader-member exchange (LMX) and job satisfaction: A cross-lagged analysis. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 60, 522-545. 

Volmer, J., & Sonnentag, S. (2011). The role of star performers in software design teams. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 26, 219-234. Winner of the Emerald Outstanding Paper Award 2012

Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2011). Protean and boundaryless career attitudes: Relationships with subjective and objective career success. Journal for Labour Market Research, 43, 207-218. 

Spurk, D., Abele, A.E., & Volmer, J. (2011). The career satisfaction scale: Longitudinal measurement invariance and latent growth trajectories. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 84, 315-326.

Abele, A.E., Spurk, D., & Volmer, J. (2011). The construct of career success: Measurement issues and an empirical example. Journal for Labour Market Research, 43, 195-206. 

Niessen, C. & Volmer, J. (2010). Adaptation to increased autonomy: The role of task reflection. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 19, 442-460. 

Sonnentag, S., & Volmer, J. (2010). What you do for your team comes back to you: A cross-level investigation of individual goal specification, team-goal clarity, and individual performance. Human Performance, 23, 116-130. 

Sonnentag, S., & Volmer, J. (2009). Individual-level predictors of task-related teamwork processes: The role of expertise and self-efficacy in team meetings. Group & Organization Management, 34, 37-66. 

Volmer, J., & Staufenbiel, T. (2006). Development and test of a personnel selection interview for international assignments. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 50, 17-22. 

Test Development

Gatzka, T. & Volmer, J. (2017). SJT-TA - Situational Judgement Test for Team Work.

Book Contributions

Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2022). Organisationspsychologie [Organizational psychology]. In A. Schütz, M. Brand, S. Steins-Löber & S. Lautenbacher (Hrsg.). Psychology: An Introduction (pp. 333-345). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. 

Volmer, J., & Köppe, C. (2019). Determinants of career success. In S. Kauffeld & D. Spurk (Hrsg.), Handbuch Karriere und Laufbahnmanagement (S. 361-390). Berlin: Springer.

Kauffeld, S., & Volmer, J. (2018). Editorial: Health in Organizations: What is important to know as an executive? Personal Quarterly, 70, 3.

Volmer, J., & Kauffeld, S. (2016). Idea of man and job. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 664-665). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2015). Organizational psychology. In A. Schütz, M. Brand, H. Selg & S. Lautenbacher (Hrsg.). Psychologie: Eine Einführung in ihre Grundlagen und Anwendungsfelder (S. 423-433). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. 

Plückhahn, I., Spurk, D., & Volmer, J. (2015). Daily happiness at work: Micro-process analyses. uni.vers: Universitätsmagazin Bamberg (S. 26-29). (alphabetical order)

Ebner, K. & Volmer, J. (2015). Career Coaching. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 476-478). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Schulte, E.-M. & Volmer, J. (2015). Job Stressors. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 110-111). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Spurk, D. & Volmer, J. (2015). Job Ability Tests. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 194-196). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Volmer, J. & Maurus, M. (2015). Occupational Mobility. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 142-143). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Volmer, J. & Spurk, D. (2015). Re-entry at Work. In J.-P. Pahl (Hrsg.). Lexikon der Berufsbildung. Begriffe A-Z (S. 814-816). Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Volmer, J. (2013). Leadership and creativity in organizations. In D.E. Krause (Hrsg.). Kreativität, Innovation und Entrepreneurship (S. 59-75). Berlin: Springer. 

Hagmaier, T., Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2013). Calling and burnout: Integrating career research with occupational health psychology. In B. R. Doolittle (Ed.), Psychology of Burnout: New Research (pp. 19-32). New York: Nova Science. 

Spurk, D., Volmer. J., Hagmaier, T. & Kauffeld, S. (2013). Why are proactive people more successful in their careers? The role of career adaptability in explaining multiple career success criteria. In E. E. Crossman & M. A. Weiler (Hrsg.), Personality Traits: Causes, Conceptions and Consequences (pp. 27-48). New York: Nova Publishers. 

Volmer, J., & Abele, A.E. (2013). Occupational career development. In W. Sarges (Hrsg.), Managementdiagnostik (S. 508-513). Göttingen: Hogrefe (4., völlig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage). 

Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2013). Demands and stress at work: Current findings, interventions, and research perspectives. In J. Pahl & V. Herkner (Hrsg.). Handbuch Berufsforschung (S. 527-534). Gütersloh: Bertelsmann. 

Volmer, J., Spurk, D., & Abele, A.E. (2013). Theories of career development in dynamic work environments. In J. Pahl & V. Herkner (Hrsg.). Handbuch Berufsforschung (S. 418-424). Gütersloh: Bertelsmann. 

Spurk, D., Volmer, J., & Abele, A.E. (2013). Prediction of career success: Overview and current trends. In J. Pahl & V. Herkner (Hrsg.). Handbuch Berufsforschung (S. 434-441). Gütersloh: Bertelsmann. 

Abele, A.E., Volmer, J., & Spurk, D. (2012). Career stagnation: Underlying dilemmas and solutions in contemporary work environments. In N.P. Reilly, M.J. Sirgy & C.A. Gorman (Eds.), Work and quality of life. Ethical practices in organizations (pp. 107-132). New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media.

Abele, A.E., & Volmer, J. (2011). Dual-career couples: Specific challenges for work-life integration. In: S. Kaiser, M. Ringlstetter, M. Pina e Cunha, & D.R. Eikhof (Eds.), Creating balance? International Perspectives on the work-life integration of professionals (pp. 173-189). Springer: Berlin/Heidelberg. 

Sonnentag, S., Volmer, J., & Spychala, A. (2008). Job performance. In C.L. Cooper, & J. Barling (Eds.), Handbook of Organizational Behavior (pp. 428-449). Thousand Oaks: Sage. 

Sonnentag, S., Niessen, C., & Volmer, J. (2006). Expertise in software design. In K.A. Ericsson, N. Charness, P. Feltovich, & R.R. Hoffman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of expertise and expert performance (pp. 373-387). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.