Interdisciplinary Work and Studies


Interdisciplinarity is to act together across disciplinary borders with the aim to integrate different disciplinary perspectives and to create something new. This approach is ascribed a lot of innovative potential, therefore, interdisciplinarity can be found both in work contexts and in higher education.

In the work domain we are interested in individual and organizational factors influencing successful interdisciplinary collaboration. On the individual level, for example, we developed a model of interdisciplinary competencies which predicts the success of interdisciplinary teams.

In higher education, interdisciplinarity can take many forms. Our research interest lies in interdisciplinary study programs. For instance, we study whether students with a broad profile of vocational interests are more likely to chose interdisciplinary study programs. Furthermore, we analyze how interdisciplinary integration can be accomplished in interdisciplinary study programs.

Our research employs cross-sectional and longitudinal survey, diary designs and behavioral analyses.


Claus, A. M., & Wiese B. S. (in press). Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen: Modellentwicklung und diagnostische Zugänge. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation: Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie.

Claus, A. M., & Wiese, B. S. (2019). Development and test of a model of interdisciplinary competencies. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(2), 191-205. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2019.1567491


Bettina S. Wiese und Anna Claus

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