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Wladislaw Rivkin

Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior

Dr. Wladislaw (Wlad) Rivkin is an Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior at Trinity Business School. His research focuses on how self-regulation affects employees’ mental health, well-being, and effectiveness. It has been published in high impact academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

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Wlad has completed his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Dortmund. Before joining Trinity College Dublin Wlad was a researcher at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors in Germany, and at Aston University in the UK. Wlad’s research agenda focuses on how to maintain and improve employees’ health, well-being, and effectiveness from stressors, which require employees’ self-regulation or self-control. He has vast expertise in applying experience sampling methodology (i.e. daily diary studies) and multilevel research. His research not only demonstrated that daily demands on employees’ self-control impair employees’ daily well-being but also identified psychological factors such as psychological detachment, affective commitment, and sleep quality, which can protect employees from the harmful effects of self-control at work.

Wlad has taught students at undergraduate-, postgraduate-, MBA- and executive levels in different countries including Germany, the UK, Ukraine, and Colombia. His teaching draws not only from his vast theoretical knowledge but also from his experience as a business trainer, and coach. In his, lectures Wlad emphasizes how to apply theories to solve practical challenges. In 2019 Wlad was invited to deliver a course at the Summer School of the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia titled: ‘Improving Employees’ Resilience in Turbulent Times - A Challenge for Future Leaders’

Wlad has a track record as a PI of several research projects funded by national governments, Industry, and the European Union. These projects focused on developing and evaluating organizational interventions to facilitate employee effectiveness involving leadership training and work design. He is currently the PI of the Diversity Innovation Support Scheme for SMEs project funded by the European Union’s H2020 program (

  • Diary Studies
  • Employee Well-being
  • Multilevel Analyses
  • Self-Regulation/Self-control
  • Servant Leadership


1. Can faith move mountains? How implicit theories about willpower moderate the adverse effect of daily emotional dissonance on ego-depletion at work and its spillover to the home-domain.
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(2), 137–149.

2. Which daily experiences can foster well-being at work? A diary study on the interplay between flow experiences, affective commitment, and self-control demands.
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23(1), 99–111.

3. Protect Your Sleep When Work is Calling: How Work-Related Smartphone Use During Non-Work Time and Sleep Quality Impact Next-Day Self-Control Processes at Work
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(8), 1757.

1. Rivkin, W., (2019). Gesundheitsorientierte Führung (Health Oriented Leadership)
In A. Gerlmaier, E. Latniak (Hrsg.), Handbuch Psycho-Soziale Gestaltung Digitaler Produktionsarbeit (Handbook of Psychosocial Design of Digital Work), (S. 344-348). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

2. Diestel, S., Rivkin, W., & Schmidt, K-H. (2017). Positive und negative Effekte der Selbststeuerung auf psychische Gesundheit und Motivation. (Positive and negative effects of Self-Regulation for Mental Health and Motivation)
In W. Jochmann, I. Böckenholt, & S. Diestel (Hrsg.), HR Exzellenz in Leadership & Transformation (HR Excellence in Leadership & Transformation) (S. 375-406), Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

3. Küper, K., Rivkin, W., & Schmidt, K. H. (2017). Training Interventions to Increase Innovation and Productivity in Age-Diverse Teams
In Advances in Ergonomic Design of Systems, Products, and Processes (pp. 115-124), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

  • BU3615 - Management Experience and Reflection
  • BU7045 - LEAD