Bindl, Uta

Dr Uta Bindl  


Position held

Assistant Professor of Management


Experience keywords:

Emotional labour; Employee Motivation; Job Crafting; Self-initiative and Proactivity at Work; Well-being at Work

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My main research interest lies in understanding how organisations can promote positive behaviours at work in their workforce. I am particularly interested in employee proactivity, which is a type of motivated behavior at work that is characterised by anticipation, change-orientation, and self-initiative. In my research, I investigate the factors that fuel such positive behaviours at work from employees’ perspectives, such as their own affective well-being, the social environment they work in, and individual work motivation as precursors for active work performance.

My second, core research interest lies in understanding the role of feelings, particularly of moods and emotions, at work. I am currently investigating how employees manage their own as well as others’ moods and emotions at work, and examine the implications of emotion management for employees’ work performance and happiness. My research has been published in internationally leading academic journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Management.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Australasia; North America; UK/Europe


German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 3486 2950



Parker, Sharon K. and Bindl, Uta K. (2017) Proactivity at work: a big picture perspective on a construct that matters In: Parker, Sharon K. and Bindl, Uta K., (eds.) Proactivity at Work Making Things Happen in Organizations. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781848725638


Warr, Peter and Bindl, Uta K. and Parker, Sharon K. and Inceoglu, Ilke (2014) Four-quadrant investigation of job-related affects and behaviours European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23 (3). 342-363. ISSN 1464-0643


Wu, Chia-huei and Parker, Sharon K. and Bindl, Uta K. (2013) Who is proactive and why? Unpacking individual differences in employee proactivity In: Bakker, Arnold B., (ed.) Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, 261-280. ISBN 9781780520001


Bindl, Uta K. and Parker, Sharon K. (2012) Feeling good and performing well? Psychological engagement and positive behaviors at work In: Albrecht, Simon L, (ed.) Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice. Elgar original reference. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 385-398. ISBN 978 1 84980 950 4

Bindl, Uta K. and Parker, Sharon K. and Totterdell, Peter and Hagger-Johnson, Gareth (2012) Fuel of the self-starter: how mood relates to proactive goal regulation Journal of Applied Psychology, 97 (1). 134-150. ISSN 0021-9010

Bindl, Uta K. and Parker, Sharon K. (2012) Affect and employee proactivity: a goal-regulatory perspective In: Ashkanasy, Neal M. and Härtel, Charmine E.J. and Zerbe, Wilfred J., (eds.) Experiencing and Managing Emotions in the Workplace. Research on Emotion in Organizations (8). Emerald, 225-254. ISBN 9781780526768


Bindl, Uta and Parker, Sharon K. (2010) Proactive work behavior: forward-thinking and change-oriented action in organizations In: Zedeck, Sheldon, (ed.) Apa Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. American Psychological Association, Washington, USA, 567-598. ISBN 9781433807275

Parker, S. K. and Bindl, Uta and Strauss, K. (2010) Making things happen: a model of proactive motivation Journal of Management, 36 (4). 827-856. ISSN 1467-6486

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