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Leaders´& Organizational Resilience

Jun.-Prof. Dr.Charlotte Förster

How leaders & organizations deal with critical situations successfully and sustainably

Resilience of leaders & organizations

Jun.-Prof. Dr.Charlotte Förster

How leaders & organizations deal with critical situations successfully and sustainably

Charlotte Förster

I am Junior Professor of European Management at the University of Technology Chemnitz. My research focuses on the resilience of leaders and organizations. Building on my PhD at the Technical University of Dresden and my work at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, I also investigate topics such as (positive) leadership, crisis management, paradoxes, mindfulness, the process of sensemaking, critical infrastructure and high reliability organizations (HROs). However, I particularly focus on the resilience of and in healthcare organizations.

Based on my research, I also offer resilience counseling and trainings in organizations. I help to identify features of individual and organizational resilience (i.e., resilience measurement), give lectures on the topic of resilience with different emphases (e.g., resilience and crisis management, resilience in the healthcare context) and offer resilience training for various professional groups (i.e., resilience promotion, e.g. resilience in nursing, leaders' resilience).

Charlotte Foerster


Curriculum Vitae
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Academic education

04/2016 – 07/2019 Doctoral studies in Strategic Management, Technical University of Dresden; Cumulative dissertation titled as „Leaders’ resilience: A theoretical and empirical analysis” (submitted on 12/18/2018)

10/2012 – 06/2015 Master program of Business Administration, Technical University of Dresden; Corporate Development and Innovation, Economics, Business Intelligence

10/2008 – 09/2012 Bachelor program of International Business Studies, University of Paderborn

09/2011 – 03/2012 Semester abroad, University of Seville, Spain

Professional experiences

Since 04/2021 Junior professor for European at the Technical University of Chemnitz

04/2023 – 09/2023 Visiting professor at the University of Regensburg

04/2021 – 03/2022 Project partner in the COVRES project, Johannes-Kepler University, Business School (Austria)

10/2020 – 03/2021 Co-Leading postdoctoral researcher in the research project “COVRES: Health Care Organizations’ Resilience in the Covid-19 Crisis: A Multi-Level Study Across Europe” (BUS Seed Project), Johannes-Kepler University, Business School (Austria)

10/2020 – 03/2021 Consultant for strategic (human resource) issues, University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and Nursing Dresden

12/2019 – 07/2020 Research Associate for design of a HR development concept for the care sector, University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and Nursing Dresden

01/2020 – 02/2020 Research Associate for a research project regarding leaders’ resilience at the Johannes-Kepler University in Linz (Austria)

04/2017 – 09/2019 Research Associate, Technical University of Dresden, Junior Professorship in Strategic Management

Grants, Awards and funding (selection)

Teaching experiences (subjects)

  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses (University of Technology Dresden & Chemnitz)
  • European Management I & II (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Introduction to Social Science Research (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Supervision of student application project within the lecture series “Business meet Science” (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Chemnitz as Capital of Culture in the (hypothetical) crisis. Introduction lecture of the lecture series “Business meet Science” (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Resilience in Strategic Management within the lecture series “Strategic Management” (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Crises & Crisis Management within the seminar "Financial crises from a practical and theoretical perspective” (University of Technology Chemnitz)
  • Application project “Reflecting hospital organizational resilience during COVID 19” (University of Technology Chemnitz; duration: 1 year).
  • Resilience in times of crisis, including Resilience Training with LEGO® Serious Play® (University of Regensburg)
  • Management and Corporate Ethics (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg)
  • International Management (Saxon Administration and Business Academy)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (University of Technology Dresden)
  • Strategic Management (University of Technology Dresden)
  • Bachelor seminars & Research seminars (University of Technology Dresden)


German (native language) English, including commercial English (fluent) Spanish, including commercial Spanish (good) French (advanced beginner)


Contact Information

Charlotte Förster
Görlitzer Straße 5
01099 Dresden

mobil     +49 (0) 1515 663 668 3

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