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Prof. Dr. Frank Vogelgesang


Professor of Business Psychology, Specialising in Personnel Psychology


Frank Vogelgesang, born in 1966, studied Psychology at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) from 1991 to 1997, obtaining his doctorate there in 2004 in respect of the application of a social-psychological theory to predicting graduate foresters' choice of activity. From 1997 to 2004, he was employed as a research assistant at TU Dresden's Institute for Occupational, Organisational and Social Psychology. From 2004 to 2005, he designed and ran training courses for female managerial new blood in the technological and natural sciences in the context of the nationwide career building programme of "femtec. Hochschulkarrierezentrum für Frauen Berlin GmbH" and "ELISA – Promoting Elites in Saxony". From 2004 to 2010, he was employed as a research assistant in the Department of Business and Social Psychology of the Georg-Elias-Müller Institute of Psychology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen.


His research focused on the control of behaviour through attitudes, to decisions and performance in groups, to process losses and gains in negotiations and to the genesis and consequences of false accusations (application of social-psychological research to an issue in legal psychology). He taught on topics in social psychology, business psychology (particularly personnel psychology), the psychology of environmental protection and scientific working methods. He designed and ran training courses as regular classes for developing core skills of psychological working in practice, focusing on communication, presentation of work in groups and teams as well as handling and solving conflicts.


Between 1994 and 2014, Frank Vogelgesang completed training programmes to become a trainer, stress course instructor, coach and supervisor, as well as supplementary continuing education courses. He is a certified supervisor and coach in accordance with the standards laid down by the German Society for Supervision (DGSv). From 1998 to 2010, he worked part-time, and, from 2011 to 2015, in a completely freelance capacity, as a psychological personnel consultant and developer for SMEs and public institutions as well as a lecturer. He worked with groups and teams as well as managers in line functions, in administrative offices and in positions of overall responsibility. Since February 2015, he has been full-time Professor of Business Psychology, specialising in Personnel Psychology, at PFH Göttingen.