Univ.-Prof.'in Sonja Sackmann Ph.D.

Univ.-Prof.'in Sonja Sackmann Ph.D.
WOW 2.2 - Professur für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie
Gebäude 36, Zimmer 1202
+49 89 6004 3501
+49 89 6004 3293

Univ.-Prof.'in Sonja Sackmann Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Sackmann is the owner of the professorship for Organizational Behavior at the Department of Economics and Management at the Bundeswehr University Munich. She is on the board of the Institute Development of Sustainable Organizations as well as of the research center for Strategy, Leadership, Organizational culture and Personell Management and she is guest professor at the University St. Gallen.  

Furthermore she hold lectures at the Business School in Vienna, Jiao-Tong University Shanghai, EBS European Business School, RWTH Aachen and had guest professorship at the Graduate School of Management UCLA and the University of Constance.

She received her Ph. D. in Management at the Gradate School of Management, UCLA, where she taught and researched for several years. She received her psychology diploma at the University of Heidelberg after additional studies in Marburg, Los Angeles, and New York. 

Professor Sackmann was executive for development and project as well as managing partner at the MZSG Management center St. Gallen (today Malik MZSG) and dean at her department of Economics and Management in Munich. Her core work fields in research, teaching, management/executive development, and consulting are in the areas of leadership, organizational culture, change management, organizational development, and intercultural management. She has designed and executed management- and executive development programs for a number of renowned national, international, and multinational companies, coached, leaders, and implemented culture change and organizational development projects. 

Professor Sackmann has published several books and a multitude of articles in her core work fields and is a scientific member on various advisory boards.



  • AoM Academy of Management
  • WAM Western Academy of Management
  • AIB Academy of International Business
  • EAWOP European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology
  • EGOS European Group of Organizational Studies
  • EURAM European Academy of Management, Founding Member
  • SGAOP Schweizer Gesellschaft für Arbeits- & Organisationspsychologie


Invited member in advisory boards and expert groups

  • Scientific project advisor, BMBF, „Duale Ausbildung als betriebliche Strategie der Fachkräftesicherung - Fallstudien zu Motivation und Organisation im internationalen Vergleich“ (2015-2016)
  • Invited expert member Denkwerk Zukunft, Bonn, 2015.
  • Executive Board, Organization Development & Change Division, Academy of Management (2010-2015); Chair (2014-15), Chair Elect (2013-14), Program Chair (2012-13), Program Chair Elect (2011-12), Professional Development Workshop Chair (2010-11).
  • Wiss. Beirat, BMBF, Initiative zur Früherkennung von Qualifikationsbedarfen (2008-2010)
  • Board member, World Corporate Ethics’ Council (WCEC), I.C.C.A. Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs (2003 - 2010)
  • Board member ECL European Learning Officers Forum AG (2005-2011) www.eclf.org
  • Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, BIBB Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (2005-)
  • Eingeladene Expertin, Forschungsprojekt Unternehmenskultur, Arbeitsqualität und Mitarbeiterengagement in den Unternehmen in Deutschland,BMAS Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (2006-2007)
  • Scientific advisor, Generali Academy, Generali Holding Austria (2005-2007).
  • Member of the expert group for the development of a proposal list for the Carl Bertelsmann-Prize 2003 and 2004.
  • Member of the expert group for the evaluation of "Innovationssystems in Deutschland", BMBF Federal Office for Education and Research, Bonn (2002).
  • Scientific adivsor, MUWIT, congress for personnell development (1998-2012)


Editorial Board Member    

  • Thunderbird International Business Review (2012-
  • Journal for Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (2008-
  • European Journal of International Management (EJIM) (2006-)
  • Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (2004- )
  • Organization Studies (2006-2008)
  • Journal for East European Management Studies (1996-2000)
  • Organization (1994-2005)
  • Journal of Management Inquiry (1992-1995)

International Advisory Board Member    

Journal of Management Learning


Scripts of the Institute of Development of Sustainable Organizations, EUL Verlag

Series EHP „Organisation“

Advisory board of editors               

Series Ethische Ökonomie. Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsethik und Wirtschaftskultur, Wilhelm Fink Verlag München

Reviewer for:       

  • Academy of Management Review (USA)
  • AMLE Academy of Management Learning (USA)
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • British Journal of Management
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
  • Human Relations (GB)
  • International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management
  • JEEMS, Journal for Eastern European Management Studies (D)
  • Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (USA)
  • Journal of Management Inquiry (USA)
  • Journal of Management Studies (USA)
  • FWF Fond zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (A)
  • MIR Management International Review
  • Organization (USA),
  • Organizational Learning (USA)
  • Organizational Research Methods (USA)
  • Organizational Science (USA)
  • Organization Studies (GB)
  • Management Revue (D)
  • Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (D)
  • Zeitschrift für Personalpsychologie (D)
  • Academy of Management

•    Reviewer for the DAAD in filling foreign professorships and lectureships (since 2006)
•    Review „Betriebsvergleich Unternehmenskultur: Welche kulturellen Faktoren beeinflussen den Unternehmenserfolg?“ Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung, September 2006.
•   Review „Corporate Culture and Performance“, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, 2005.
•   External reviewer, Ph.D. Thesis, Cox, Barbara T. „Managers, Coaching and Organisational Culture: Changing Mindsets for Better Coaching”. Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2005
•    Member of the committee for the development of a recommendation list of possible laureates of the Carl Bertelsmann-Prize 2004: Performance increase and progress in the public sector: Organizational culture and competition.
•   Member of the committee for the development of a recommendation list of possible laureates of the Carl Bertelsmann-Prize 2003: Organizational culture and leadership.
•    Member in the expert group for the evaluation of „Innovationssysteme Deutschland“, Federal Office of Education and Research BMBF, Bonn (2002-2003).
•    National ambassador for Germany at the IMD International Management Division, Academy of Management (since January 2002 ).