Dana Unger

Dana Unger
UiT The Arctic University of Norway · Department of Psychology

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September 2018 - present
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2017 - September 2018
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Lecturer
May 2014 - April 2017
ETH Zurich
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
April 2009 - July 2013
Universität Konstanz
Field of study
  • Psychology
October 2003 - April 2009
Universität Konstanz
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (26)
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This article reports a study that examined the crossover of job-related self-efficacy within working couples, its underlying mechanisms, and its work-related consequences. We proposed that the job-related self-efficacy of one partner (the ‘actor’) can be transmitted to the other partner (the ‘partner’). By building on self-efficacy research (Bandur...
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Our study seeks to contribute to scholarly understanding of the antecedents and consequences of the crucial, but so far overlooked within-person daily fluctuations in presenteeism. Drawing on theoretical frameworks of presenteeism, which conceptualize presenteeism as an adaptive behavior to deliver work performance despite limitations due to ill-he...
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Purpose: Knowledge exchange between older and younger employees enhances the collective memory of an organization and therefore contributes to its business success. In this study, we take a motivational perspective to better understand why older and younger employees share and receive knowledge with and from each other. Specifically, we focus on ge...
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Despite convincing evidence about the general negative consequences of commuting for individuals and societies, our understanding of how aversive commutes are linked to employees' effectiveness at work is limited. Drawing on theories of self-regulation and by extension a conservation of resources perspective, we develop a framework that explains ho...
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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rudolph et al. (2020) argue that frontline healthcare workers are facing very high levels of job stressors and strains, which may develop into detrimental long-term outcomes. In addition, they point to the heavy burden of jobs in “businesses that continue to provide service to the public” (p. 8). While we agree...
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De­spite the im­por­tance of ca­reer goals for ca­reer self-man­age­ment, we know lit­tle about the self-reg­u­la­tory processes un­der­ly­ing ca­reer goal at­tain­ment. In this study, we draw on transac­tive goal dy­nam­ics the­ory to in­ves­ti­gate whether and how ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships impact ca­reer goal at­tain­ment. For test­ing our re­s...
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Purpose. Research on the relationship between job insecurity and job performance has thus far yielded inconclusive results. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to offer a more dynamic perspective on the effects of job insecurity on job performance. Approach. Drawing from cognitive appraisal theory, research on critical life events and stress re...
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This study investigates the joint effects of individual characteristics and the labour market on career mobility. We propose that level of education, openness to experience, and a favourable labour market relate positively to employees crossing organizational, industrial, and occupational boundaries. Management programme alumni (N = 503) provided i...
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*shared first authorship* The present study examines job insecurity in the context of dual-earner couples. Linking Conservation of Resources Theory (e.g., Hobfoll, 1989) with crossover research (e.g., Westman, 2001), we proposed that a partner’s job insecurity constitutes an additional resource threat. Thus, the partner’s job insecurity would exac...
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Objective: Our study investigates whether trajectory uncertainty moderates the relationship between traffic conflict and workload. Furthermore, we examine if the indirect effect of traffic density on workload through traffic conflict is conditional on the presence of trajectory uncertainty. Background: Although it is widely accepted that uncerta...
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This study investigates the associations between job stressors and accommodation (i.e., constructive and nondestructive reactions to negative behavior) in romantic relationships. We propose that situational constraints and workload negatively relate to self-regulatory resources that, in turn, are associated positively with constructive reactions an...
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Social networks are crucial for helping people in their careers. Moreover, social identity is reflected in and influenced by individuals’ networks. To date, there is little knowledge on how these different functions of networks might interact. A survey in which 450 individuals provided information on 2,499 contacts in their social networks indicate...
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In this symposium, we include five empirical papers that examine central work-related affective experiences—positive and negative affect, discrete emotions, and work engagement—and their dynamic interplay from different angles, hence shedding light on the psychological mechanisms underlying the emergence of affective experiences at work. Thereby, t...
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This two-wave panel study investigates the associations between working time, selective optimization with compensation in private life and relationship outcomes (i.e. relationship satisfaction and self-disclosure) in dual-career couples. We propose that one partner’s selective optimization with compensation in private life either mediates or modera...
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According to Affective Events Theory, the emotional elicitation process is initiated by the appraisal of affective events happening to employees. Moreover, the theory states that these elicited affective experiences influence attitude and behaviour in the workplace. In the present study this theoretical frame is applied to explain the interplay of...
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Purpose The paper aims at investigating the processes underlying the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity. We hypothesized that promotion focus mediates the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity and that creative process engagement mediates the relationship between promotion foc...
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This diary study investigates time allocation between work and private life of dual-earner couples. Addressing the association between positive and negative experiences in romantic relationships and time spent on work, we test propositions derived from a general control-theoretical approach. We also study the consequences of time allocation to work...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to address the relation between task and relationship conflicts at work and employee well-being. It seeks to examine psychological detachment from work during off-job time as a moderator in the relation between conflicts and well-being. Design/methodology/approach – In a field study, 291 white-collar employees...
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This longitudinal study examined the crossover of performance self-esteem within working couples. We focused on the long-term crossover process as well as its work-related consequences. We hypothesized that one partner’s (the actor’s) performance self-esteem relates to changes in the other partner’s (the partner’s) performance self-esteem over time...

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