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Department of Psychology Applied Team Research

Jan Schmutz

Jan B. Schmutz-Henestrosa, Prof. Dr.

+41 (0)44 635 72 44
Room number
BIN 3.C.04

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on understanding the nature and dynamics of team effectiveness in organizations. Nearly all my research examines processes at the team level, addressing both theoretical and practical issues in the study of team effectiveness.

My general line of research examines how team processes and emergent states (e.g., psychological safety, team cohesion) influence individual and team outcomes. I use a multi-method approach to studying team-level interactions and emergent states. A specific focus of my research is on how teams adapt when facing extreme events. Therefore, I collaborate with a number of healthcare institutions in Europe, various Polar Programs, and the European Space Agency. Such extreme settings provide a unique platform to learn from rare team phenomena and transfer this knowledge to more traditional organizations.

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06/2022 Habilitation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
11/2014 Ph.D., Psychology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland;
06/2010 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland
06/2008 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland Bachelor of Science in Sport Science (Minor), University of Bern, Switzerland

Academic positions

09/2022 – current SNF professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland
10/2019 – 07/2022 Senior researcher (Oberassistent), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
05/2018 – 10/2019 Visiting scholar, School of Communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
05/2017 – 04/2018 Senior researcher (Oberassistent), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
12/2014 – 04/2017 Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
06/2014 – 11/2014 Researcher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
04/2011 – 05/2014 Researcher, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Further education

11/2016 Teaching in higher education (CAS, 15 ECTS), University of Fribourg
10/2014 Medical simulation instructor course: pediatric emergencies (3 days), PAEDSIM e.V., Department of Emergency Medicine and Medicine Management, Munich, Germany