Prof. Michael Frese holds a chair for work and organizational psychology at the University of Giessen and teaches also as Visiting Professor at London Business School. He received his PhD at the Technical University of Berlin in 1976. Michael has authored more than 200 articles and is one of the most frequently cited work and organizational psychologists from Europe. His research interests span a wide range of basic and applied topics within work and organizational psychology (e.g., longitudinal studies on psychological effects of unemployment, on stress at work, and on psychological success factors in small scale entrepreneurs in various countries). Michael has worked on innovation, more specifically in the areas of personal initiative, entrepreneurship, and cultural issues (both national and organizational) for the last 15 years.
In addition to teaching in Germany, he lectured in the U.S.A., England, Finland, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Philippines, China (Visiting Professor at Zheijang Univ., Center for Human Resource and Strategic Development), and elsewhere internationally. Michael was President of the International Association of Applied Psychology (currently serving as officer) and he is a fellow of SIOP. He serves on a number of editorial boards (among others JAP and Personnel Psychology). His research was supported by large scale research grants (from 50 000 to a few million Euros) from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German government, Volkswagenstiftung, European Union, Nederlandse Wetenschap Organisatie, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, and Accenture, as well as other companies. He also serves as consultant and lecturer to the management of many companies.