Rohlfer, Sylvia

Department: Dirección de Empresas


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

Research Interests

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 Studies13(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. 


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