Paper on teamwork in lockdown accepted for publication

German Journal of Human Resource Management accepts paper by Maurer, Bach and Oertel

The paper by Marcel Maurer, Prof. Bach and Prof. Oertel titled

Forced to go virtual. Working-from-home arrangements and their effect on team communication during COVID-19 lockdown

was accepted for publication by the German Journal of Human Resource Management after several rounds of double-blind peer review.

Forced virtual teams have been insufficiently researched so far. The case study of a SME investigates how working-from-home arrangements required due to contact restrictions have affected communication within the company's teams.  For this purpose, Marcel Maurer, Prof. Bach and Prof. Oertel interviewed employees of a medium-sized company before the pandemic and during the lockdown in 2020 and additionally analyzed email communication in the teams over time. The study provides insights into how possible negative effects of this form of work organization can be mitigated. 

You find the full paper here (open access).

We are happy for the three authors and wish the paper to be highly regarded in the scientific community.


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