Assoz. FH-Prof. Mag. (FH) Martina Kohlberger, PhD

Assoz. FH-Prof. Mag. (FH) Martina Kohlberger, PhD
HRM & Organizational Development
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Assoz. FH-Prof. Mag. (FH) Martina Kohlberger, PhD

After my MA degree in 2001, I worked for various multinational organisations including IBM and GE in HR Generalist and Specialist roles. Throughout my career I was involved in different HR roles, including Talent and Leadership Development as well as Project Management (i.e. carve out activities from GE) and HR Management in the Energy industry. In addition, I have been lecturing at the University of Innsbruck since 2014, and at the MCI and University Seeburg since 2019. In 2020, I returned to academia full-time and started my PhD which I completed in 2023. My research focus includes the HR profession and identity work, change management and diversity management, incl. the ageing workforce.

2023 - heute
Lecturer - Lecturer for HRM, Organizational Development and Change Management - MCI

2020 - 2023
Research Assistant and PhD Candidate - HRM & Employment Relations - University of Innsbruck

2018 - 2019
HR Carve Out Leader - Standalone Business - GE Distributed Power / INNIO (former GE)

2012 - 2017
Leader - Organization & Talent Development / Learning & Development - GE Distributed Power (former GE Jenbacher)

2010 - 2012
HR Project Manager - GE Energy Europe

2008 - 2010
HR Manager - Global Supply Chain Management - GE Jenbacher

2004 - 2007
HR Manager - General Electric (GE)

2001 - 2004
HR Specialist - European HR Service Center - IBM UK / IBM Deutschland

2022 - heute
Fe:male Leadership Development

2022 - heute
Self-employed: Kohlberger Consulting

2020 - 2023
Researcher - PhD Candidate - Universität Innsbruck (PhD in Management)

1997 - 2001
Wirtschaftsberatende Berufe - Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt (MA)

ISB(Lehrgang - Systemisches Veränderungsmanagement)

Handow Company(Systemische Coaching Ausbildung)

Teamentwicklung - Universität Innsbruck

Career workshop Change Management (Bachelor Business & Management) - MCI

Change Management & Organizational Development - MCI

Wirtschaftspsychologie - Personalmanagement & Organisationsentwicklung für den Master-Lehrgang - Privatuniversität Seeburg

Angewandte Personalforschung - Universität Innsbruck

Master - International Business & Management: HR & Intercultural Competencies Bachelor - Wirtschaft & Management: Organisationsentwicklung und Change Management - MCI

  • Kohlberger, Martina (2022). Making change happen: How HRM professionals experience and deal with tensions in times of organizational change. In: DU 76 (4), S. 446-468. DOI: 10.5771/0042-059X-2022-4-446.
  • Poon, Marilyn; Kohlberger, Martina (2022): Twitter as a leadership actor — A communication as constitutive of organizing perspective on a ‘leaderless' social movement. In Leadership 17 (4), 174271502211072. DOI: 10.1177/17427150221107271.

  • Eggenhofer-Rehart, P., Brandl, J., Kohlberger, M., Bösl, S., Senthilvele, S. (2023). Diversität fördern durch inklusive Sprache im Jobinserat - Qualitätskriterien für digitale Tools zur Optimierung der Sprache, 13. Link: https://www.tuwien.at/en/ace/austrian-management-review
  • Brandl, Julia; Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra; Kohlberger, Martina (2022): Technologie als Mittel zur Kompetenzentwicklung: Wie wir die Potenziale tatsächlich nutzen können. In: Schaffarei: Forschung 2. Technikfolgenabschätzung aus Arbeitnehmer:innenperspektive. Publikation zur Wissenschaftskonferenz der Arbeiterkammer Vorarlberg im November 2022. Feldkirch: Arbeiterkammer Vorarlberg., S. 25 - 41. Link: https://vbg.arbeiterkammer.at/service/zeitschriftenundstudien/Studien/index.html?searchTerm=Schaffarei+Forschung
  • Kohlberger, Martina; Brandl, Julia (2022): Moving beyond Mode-2: Knowledge-production in scholar-HRM practitioner collaborations. In SSRN Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.4142998.


  • Kohlberger, Martina (2022): Making Change Happen: How HRM Professionals Deal with Tensions in Times of Organizational Change. In AOM Proceedings 2022 (1), Article 11268. DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2022.11268abstract.

    Kohlberger, M., Bösl, S. (2023, November). Umsetzung eines partizipativen Ansatzes bei der Technologie-Weiterentwicklung am Beispiel eines Decoders für Stelleninserate. Paper presented at the 3rd conference Schaffarei, Feldkirch, Austria

    Kohlberger, M. (2023, September). Technologie als Mittel zur Kompetenzentwicklung (‚capability perspective‘): Wie wir Potenziale nutzen können. Paper presented at the Herbstworkshop der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Personal, Berlin, Germany

  • Aktienoptionen aus Arbeitgeber-und Arbeitnehmersicht.

2022 - 2023
Membership - AoM - Academy of Management

2021 - heute
Membership - EGOS - European Group of Organizational Studies

Nüßgen Nicklas (2024): Investigating the Impact of OCEAN Traits on Global Leadership Competencies

Schneider Sophia (2022): Employee's Perspectives on the Impact of Downsizing on Firm Reputation

Hollensteiner Marietta (2022): Intrapreneurship in a Remote Work Environment - How Experts Drive Intrapreneurship Working From Home

Seibel Luca (2022): Change Management as a Critical Success Factor in Enterprise Resource Planning Transformation Projects

Ekimova Elza (2022): The Impact of COVID-19 on Austrian Employees' Work-Life Balance

Ehn Benjamin (2022): The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Innovative Work Behavior Within a Multinational Enterprise From the Viewpoint of Employees

Haugh Shane (2021): The Role of Sustainable HRM Practices on Affective Organizational Commitment: An Analysis of the Irish Energy and Natural Resource Sector

Benoit Isabel (2021): Influence of Noneconomic Goals on the Implementation of Digital Transformation From the Perspective of a German Family Firm

Reiner Rebecca (2020): Accepting Change: How can a Headquarter Prepare its Affiliates for a new ERP-System - Using the Example of Meusburger Georg GmbH & Co KG

Marinova Nikol (2020): Gone in Sixty Days? The Importance of Incorporating Culture in Onboarding Processes

Van Eyck Lauran (2020): Onboarding in Startups: An Empirical Study on how Startups can Onboard Technical Employees by Using Generic Onboarding Strategies

Mühlögger Johanna (2023): Implementing Green HRM: Exploring Key Practices of HR Professionals in Fostering Sustainability Strategies within SMEs

Erl Janine (2023): Designing the Benefit Workation to Satisfy the Needs of Young Professionals