Dr. Esther Ostmeier

Senior Researcher      


Lazarettstr. 67
80636 Munich

Tel.: +49 (0)89 21234-308
E-Mail: Ostmeier (at)




Esther Ostmeier leads the project “Work climates in higher education and science” and develops theses on the future of education (education 5.0). Previously, between April 2016 and September 2020, she supported the projects Bavarian Graduate Studies and Clinician Scientists at the IHF. Before that, between 2014 and 2016, she was research assistant in the research unit Establishments and Employement at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg (Germany). 

Esther Ostmeier completed her dissertation thesis “Competencies for digital transformation: predictors of proactive and innovative work behaviors” at the TUM School of Management in July 2021. Further, she holds a degree in Labor Market and HRM (M.Sc.) from the FAU in Nuremberg and in Business Psychology (B.Sc.) from the Leuphana University in Luneburg (Germany). She has spent semesters abroad at the Univeristy of Nicosia (Cyprus) and the Université de Montréal (Canada).


Current projects

Work climates in higher education and science

School 5.0: Think tank on the future of education in Germany


Selected publications

Ostmeier, E., & Strobel, M. (2022). Building skills in the context of digital transformation: How industry digital maturity drives proactive skill development. Journal of Business Research, 139, 718-730.

Ostmeier, E., & Welpe, I. M. (2021). Innovationen in Forschung und Lehre. Was hemmt, was fördert? – Ergebnisse einer Umfrage unter Professoren und Professorinnen. Forschung & Lehre, 9, 730-732.

Ostmeier, E., Oechslein, K., & Welpe, I. M. (2021). Digitale Medien nutzen, um pädagogische Konzepte zeitgemäß zu gestalten. Pädagogische Führung, 6, 220-223.
Hohendanner, C.; Ostmeier, E., & Ramos Lobato, P. (2015): Befristete Beschäftigung im öffentlichen Dienst. Entwicklung, Motive und rechtliche Umsetzung. IAB-Forschungsbericht, 12/2015.

Milner, J., Ostmeier, E., & Franke, R. (2013). Critical incidents in cross-cultural coaching: The view from German coaches. Sydney Business School - Papers, 19–32.