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Organizational- and Economic Psycholgy
Organizational- and Economic Psycholgy

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Cook

  Scientific researcher
  Wilhelm-Raabe-Straße 43, 09120 Chemnitz, Room 4/206A
  Phone: +49 (0)371 531 33465




Academic Career 

  • since 2014: Scientific researcher at the Professorship of Organizational and Economic Psychology (TUC)
  • WS 15/16, WS 16/17 and WS 18/19 Lecturer at the Professorship of Social Psychology (TUC)
  • 2010 - 2014 Master of Science, Psychology (TU Chemnitz and University of Vienna)
  • 2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Science, Psychology (TU Chemnitz) 

Research Interests

  • Informal leadership in work teams
  • Behavior-based assessment of social variables 
  • Working with chronic illnesses
  • Social network analysis
  • Ethological approaches to organizational behavior
  • Assessment of interpersonal behavior via Sociometric Badges


  • Observational methods in organizational psychology (B.Sc.)
  • Negotiation (B.Sc.)
  • Employee selection and HRM (B.Sc.)
  • Teams and work groups in organizations (B.Sc.)
  • Stereotypes and prejudice (B.Sc.)
  • Behavioral Economics (M.Sc.)
  • Dysfunctions in teams (M.Sc.)
  • Innovations in organizations (M.Sc.)

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Cook, A. (S.), Zill, A., & Meyer, B. (2019). Observing leadership as behavior in teams and herds - An ethological approach to shared leadership research. The Leadership Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2019.05.003 (postprint)
  • Cook, A. (S.), Meyer, B., Gockel, C. & Zill, A. (2019). Adapting leadership perceptions across tasks: The micro origins of informal leadership transitions. Small Group Research, 50, 227-265. doi:10.1177/1046496418810437
  • Zill, A., Knoll, M., Cook, A. (S.), & Meyer, B. (2018). When do followers compensate for leader silence? The motivating role of leader injustice. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Online first publication. doi: 10.1177/1548051818820861

Book chapters

  • Cook, A. & Meyer, B. (in press). Assessing leadership behavior with observational and sensor-based methods: A brief overview. In B. Schyns, P. Neves, & R. Hall (Eds.) Handbook of methods in leadership research

Conference presentations

  • Cook A. (2018). An ethological approach towards the analysis of dyadic behavior in informal leadership research. Academy of Management Proceedings. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2018.12003abstract
  • Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Facing change –The impact of face-to-face contact on leadership perceptions in a new team task. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Altanta, USA.
  • Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Informal leadership transitions in teams - The role of perceived change in comptenence and interpersonal behavior. Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), St. Louis, USA.
  • Cook, A., Meyer, B., & Gockel, C. (2017). Change the task - change the leader? The impact of face-to-face contact on changes in leadership perceptions. 18th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Cook, A. (2016). It’s not just what I do – It’s what we do! Towards the analysis of dyadic behavior in informal leadership research. 15th International Studying Leadership Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Cook, A. & Krauth, J. F. (2016). Informal leadership behavior in the presence of formal leadership hierarchies - The impact of leadership motives and activity on leadership perceptions in teams. 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.
  • Cook, A. (2015). Identifying the Alphas: The assessment of emergent leadership via behavioral parameters using wearable sensors. 17th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway.


  • Cook, A. (S.), & Landwehr, J. (2018). Machiavellianism in Action – A pilot study on personality and interaction behavior in a UN simulation. 51. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • Cook, A. & Ruckau, S. (2016). Die Einsatzfähigkeit tragbarer Sensoren zu Konsumentenforschung an Messeständen [Using wearable sensors in consumer research at trade fair booths]. 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Leipzig, Germany.

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