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LMU Center for Leadership and People Management

Professor with TeamThe LMU Center for Leadership and People Management was established in 2007 as part of the Excellence Initiative at LMU Munich. The Excellence Initiative, launched by the German government, aims to promote world-class research and to raise the quality of universities and research institutions in Germany. The LMU Center for Leadership and People Management (CLPM) forms part of the university’s Institutional Strategy LMUexcellent (please follow the LMUexcellent link for further information).

It provides a specific human resource development program that promotes and facilitates the academic excellence of junior and senior faculty. Science supported program activities have been designed in line with strategic goals of LMU Munich (i.e. academic excellence, promotion of young scientists, interdisciplinarity, internationalization and equality), and educational demands of university academics.

With the launch of the Center, LMU has placed a special emphasis on the professional development of its academics, which is a noteworthy, and in many instances an exceptional investment. That is, LMU does not only provide financial support for excellent research projects but also for the professional development of its employees.

Employee Training & Development

SeminarThe high degree of innovation of the knowledge conveyed, the interdisciplinary integration of content and an ability to transfer that knowledge directly from professional experience to practice are key aspects of our developmental activities. That is, the aim of CLPM is to create an academic culture of excellence.  Therefore, the development of effective leadership and communication skills among university academics lies at the heart of its efforts. CLPM offers a spectrum of skill development activities (e.g. leadership, motivation, team development, and research) in various forms of delivery (e.g. short and intensive workshops, small group activities, lectures, individual coaching and moderated exchange of experience-knowledge sharing sessions).  

CLPM makes its knowledge, expertise and contacts available in order to enable university faculty to modernize, intensify or supplement the knowledge they have acquired in their professional experience. To facilitate this process we capitalize on innovative approaches such as moderated knowledge sharing sessions. Assistant professors employed at LMU moderate these four-hour meetings. Therefore, the Center meets its educational responsibility not only through standard lecture sessions but more importantly, by establishing corresponding practice oriented discussion groups.  Lastly, CLPM sets high standards for its programs and consistently utilizes the potentials of the university faculty and business executives in this process who, in addition to permanent personnel, work as external trainers.

Research Activities

The LMU Center for Leadership and People Management is involved in a range of research areas with an emphasis on: scientific evaluation and continuous improvement of our seminars, leadership development, cooperation and promotion of innovation and excellence in science and industry.  For example, we research selected significant and unique issues specific to the academic context. The identification of these unique characteristics helps us to create momentum for developing numerous competencies that are specific and relevant to academia. In the leadership development area, we use a variety of research activities to help us understand how leadership develops most effectively and then apply these findings to our program design. Finally, our frequent formal and informal interactions with researchers, social scientists, and colleagues from other educational institutions ensure transfer and rigorous appraisal of our activities.

Research Objectives:

  • Commence high-quality research encompassing aspects of academic excellence and leadership.
  • Propagate research findings nationally and internationally via scholarly and professional publications to inform future development of practice and strategy in the field of academic competency. 
  • Translate research findings into knowledge-based products for improving the teaching, development and practice of academics.