Prof. Dr. Peter Pawlowsky former chair of Personnel Management and Leadership Studies at Chemnitz University of Technology and Director of the Research Institute for Organizational Competence and Strategy (FOKUS).


He studied Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Gothenborg, Sweden; the Universidad Autonoma de Honduras in Tegucigalpa, University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the US; the Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany. His Ph.D. in Business Administration ("summa cum laude") is obtained from The Free University of Berlin and his "venia legendi" (Habilitation) from the University of Paderborn, Germany. Prof. Pawlowsky has held positions as an Executive Programme Director for Corporate Leadership issues at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh, as Assistant Professor and Managing Director of the Research Centre on Labour Economics – Behavioural Economics - Free University of Berlin. Later, he was appointed as full professor in Personnel Management and Leadership Studies at Chemnitz University of Technology in 1994. In 1998, Peter Pawlowsky stayed at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), School of Knowledge Science, Hokuriku as a visiting professor and has received several defined appointment offers as a full professor, inter alia, from the Free University Berlin (2004) and the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen (2003). He is co-founder and president of the German Society for Knowledge Management 2001-2003, and he was appointed as vice president for the Commission on Learning in Further Training Institutions of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMFT) in 2006. He has played an active role in the New Club of Paris developing concepts for intellectual capital management (ICM) and has conducted large studies on the development of KM Knowledge Management ( KM) and ICM in the German economy. In 2001 Prof. Pawlowsky initiated the first European Master Program in Knowledge Management and became course director of the CUT "Executive Master of Knowledge Management" program between 2004 and 2006. He has been successful in fund raising and has been playing a leading role in several international projects in knowledge management and high performance research.


Peter Pawlowsky has an extensive record of consulting activities, involving companies and public organizations. His experience of organisational practice has helped him to teach students, professionals and managers, and to develop new approaches to people management and organizational learning. He has developed several courses and program curriculums and taught, inter alia, at the Free University Berlin, University of St. Gallen, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, AutoUni Volkswagen. He has taught a wide range of courses, ranging from business administration and human resources management to knowledge management, organisational change, leadership and organisational behaviour to students of Economics, Business Administration, Engineering, Psychology and Sociology. He has been invited to hundreds of talks and keynotes in German as well as international conferences and workshops. Furthermore, he is listed in the London Speaker Bureau, as one of the leading researchers in the field of high performance


Peter Pawlowsky has written more than 170 scientific and professional publications, including several books, and he was active in dozens of affiliations and assignments as liaison professor for the Foundation of the German Economy Foundation (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft e. V.), in the Executive Board of the Institute for Innovation Management and Personnel Development CUT; as Member of the Scientific Policy Advisory Group "FORUM Ost" SPD (German Social Democrat Party); as Member of the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) Accreditation Team; as Reviewer & Editorial Board Member for the Journal for East European Management Studies, Organisational Studies- Journal of Intellectual Capital, Management Revue and ZfP Zeitschrift für Personalforschung. Prof. Peter Pawlowsky has worked on a wide range of topics in labour market issues, meaning of work, leadership, HR in the automotive sector, personnel development and training, organisational learning and knowledge management. Since 2000, his focus has been on high performance management and excellence in culture, sports, business and emergency operation as well as on the development of transfer trainings that promote learning from high performance teams. This research has received significant public attention including a ZDF-TV documentation ("Abenteuer Wissen": The secrets of high performance). Recently, his research team has focused on learning in emergency and disaster management systems and New Learning cultures in organizations.



Selected Publications:


Pawlowsky, P. (2000): Management Science and Organisational Learning, Dierkes, M.; Berthoin-Antal, A., Child, J & Nonaka, I. (Eds.): Handbook of Organizational Learning, Oxford University Press 2000.


Pawlowsky, P.; Forslin, J. & Reinhardt, R. (2000): Practices and Tools of Organizational Learning, in: Dierkes, M.; Berthoin-Antal, A., Child, J & Nonaka, I. (Eds.): Handbook of Organizational Learning, Oxford University Press 2000.


Pawlowsky, P. (2011): Knowledge 2010 – Intellectual Capital as Driver of Wealth. In: Jeschke, S./Isenhardt, I./Hees, F./Trantow, S. (Hrsg.): Enabling Innovation. Innovative Capability – German and International Views. Heidelberg, Dortrecht, London, New

York: Springer. S. 307 - 330. ISBN 978-3-642-24502-2.


Gözalan, A.; Pawlowsky, P. (2015) : Driving innovativeness through the management of human resources and organisational learning: an

empirical investigation. - Conference  10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics Bari, Italy 10-12 June 2015 ISBN : 978-88-96687-07-9; ISSN : 2280-787X; Link :

Bakker, A.; Gherardi, S.; Grote, G.; Lansbury, R.; Pawlowsky, P.; Roe, R. (2015) Swedish Research on Work Organization. An Evaluation Covering the Period 2007-2013. FORTE Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare. Stockholm.