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. Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
MA in European Industrial Relations (with distinction). Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Diploma in Administrative Sciences. University of Konstanz, Germany
MA in Public Administration. Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Germany
SME human resource management and business performance; employee voice, leadership and innovation; HRM strategy and contextual forces; comparative research;
Work Package Leader, "Entrepreneuring Management of Human Resources to unleash innovation and forms of organization". Project Entrepreneurial Management for Innovation and Training (EM4FIT), Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE Grant #872618, Jan 2020 – Dec 2024
Research Team Member, Culture's effects on innovation in international business: a study on Japanese character-base video game industry, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, April 2019 – March 2022
Project Leader, Knowledge and innovation in, to and from Emerging Markets (KITFEM), Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE Grant #474447, Jan 2017 – Dec 2019
Project Leader, People Management in Micro- and Small Companies: a Cross-country, Cross-sectoral Study, FUNCAS, Spain, Dec 2014 – Nov 2015;
Research Team Member, Explaining the nature of technological innovation in Chinese Enterprises, People-2013-IRSES, Sep 2013 – Aug 2016
Visiting Professor (research). Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico (Jun – Aug 2018; Jul – Aug 2019); Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (Jun – Aug 2018; Dec 2018); Renmin University, Bejing, China (Jun – Aug 2013),
Associate Professor at CUNEF, Madrid, Spain, since Sep 2010
Adjunct Professor of Management. Saint Luis University, Madrid Campus, Spain, Sep 2009 – Aug 2010
Adjunct Professor of Management. Schiller University, Madrid Campus, Spain, Jan 2009 – Feb 2012
Associate Fellow. Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, Jul 2007 – Jun 2008
Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM. Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, Oct 2002 – Jul 2007
Teaching Assistant. Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, Sep 2001 – Sep 2002
Teaching and Research Assistant. University of Konstanz, Germany, Jan 1998 – Aug 2000
Publications in Scientific Journals
2020 Zhang, Y., Rohlfer, S. and Rajasekera, J. An eco-systematic view on cross-sector fintech: the case of Alibaba and Tencent. Sustainability, 12(21): 8907.
2019 Song, H., Zhang, Y., Tian, M., Rohlfer, S. and Sharkasi, N. Culture and regional innovation performance. Chinese Management Studies, 13(2): 397-420.
2016 Rohlfer, S. and Zhang, Y. Culture studies in international business: paradigmatic shifts. European Business Review, 28(1): 39-62.
2014 Slocum, A., Rohlfer, S. and Gonzalez-Canton, C.Teaching business ethics through strategically integrated micro-insertions. Journal of Business Ethics, 125(1): 45-58.
2013 Rohlfer, S.Does industrial relations research support policy? A comparative assessment of research on Spain. Relations Industrielles, 68(3): 431-456.
2012 Rohlfer, S.Perspectives on social pacts in Spain: social dialogue and the social partners. Management Revue, 23(1): 49-65.