Rohlfer, Sylvia

Business Management

PhD: University of Warwick, Warwick Business School

Office: E5.2


Sylvia Rohlfer is a member of CUNEF's research "Centre of Knowledge and Innovation" with a specialization in HRM, innovation and SME management from a comparative perspective. Her research interests include the impact of HRM strategy and employee voice practices on SME performance, the relationship between leadership, voice and innovation in SMEs as well as the cultural influences on strategy processes and SME management practice. Currently she leads a 3-year Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE project (Knowlege in, to and from emerging markets – K.I.TF.E.M.), after having participated in another European research project (E.N.T.I.C.E.) and led a project on people management in SMEs financed by FUNCAS (2015/2016). Apart from being an Editorial Advisory Board Member/Associate Editor of the international journals management revue and Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business, she has published in indexed international journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics, Chinese Management Studies, Relaciones Industrielles/Industrial Relations and European Business Review.


PhD in Industrial Relations and Business Studies, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

MA in European Industrial Relations. Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom and MA in Public Administration, Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Germany.

Diploma in Administrative Sciences, University of Konstanz, Germany.

Educación Digital – Competencias para formadores, CEU Digital, Junio 15 – August 20, 2021. 

Personal Leadership and Success, Columbia Business School Executive Education, February 2 – April 27, 2021. 

Teaching in Online and Hybrid Classes: Key Elements for Success. Harvard Business Publishing Education, 21-23 January 2021. 

Research Interests

SME human resource management and business performance; employee voice, leadership and innovation; HRM strategy and contextual forces; comparative research; 


Adjunct Professor of Management. Schiller University, Madrid Campus, Spain, Jan 2009 – Feb 2012.

Adjunct Professor of Management. Saint Luis University, Madrid Campus, Spain, Sep 2009 – Aug 2010. 

Associate Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit (Jul 2007 – Jun 2008), Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM (Oct 2002 – Jul 2007), Teaching Assistant (Sep 2001 – Sep 2002).  All the mentioned positions were carried out at Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Konstanz, Germany, Jan 1998 – Aug 2000.

Publications in Scientific Journals

Zhang-Zhang, Yingying; Rohlfer, Sylvia; Varma, Arup: “Strategic people management in contemporary highly dynamic VUCA contexts: A knowledge worker perspective”, Journal of Business Research, 144, 587-598, 2022.

Rohlfer, Sylvia; Hassi, Abderrahman; Jebsen, Simon : “Management Innovation and Middle Managers: The Role of Empowering Leadership, Voice and Collectivist Orientation”, Management and Organization Review, 18(1), 108-130, 2022.

Song, Henry; Zhang, Yingying; Tian, Mu; Rohlfer, Sylvia; Sharkasi, Nora: “Culture and regional innovation performance”, Chinese Management Studies, 13(2), 397-420, 2019.

Rohlfer, Sylvia; Zhang, Yingying: “Culture studies in international business: paradigmatic shifts”, European Business Review, 28(1), 39-62, 2016.

Slocum, Alesia; Rohlfer, Sylvia; Gonzalez-Canton, César: “Teaching business ethics through strategically integrated micro-insertions”, Journal of Business Ethics, 125(1), 45-58, 2014.

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