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Ramon Wenzel

Dr Ramon Wenzel

Research Fellow
Social Impact, Centre for

Contact details
Address
Centre for Social Impact
The University of Western Australia (M098)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 5675
Email
ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ramonwenzel

Research Fellow
Management and Organisations (UWA Business School)

Contact details
Address
Management and Organisations (UWA Business School)
The University of Western Australia (M098)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 5675
Email
ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ramonwenzel
Qualifications
BBusCom UAppSc(Berlin), MCom PhD W.Aust.
Biography
Dr Ramon Wenzel is a Research Assistant Professor in the Business School of The University of Western Australia where he is also a member of the Centre for Social Impact. He obtained his PhD at the UWA Business School as a member of the Management and Organisations group.

Ramon draws on human psychology and organisational management in an effort to understand work learning, workforce development, and training effectiveness. This research addresses - among others - training design and transfer, learning motivation, holistic training evaluation, and self-regulated learning at work. Through this work he leads the national 'Learning for Purpose' research program to inform policy and capacity building the not-for-profit sector.

In another capacity Ramon investigates the opportunities and risks of the ‘Big Data’ paradigm for the study and leadership of people at work by analysing the digital traces that we leave behind.

Ramon is skilled in psychometric instrument development, large complex online surveys, multi-level structural equation modelling, the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal panel data, and qualitative data analyses using machine learning algorithms.

A reflection of the importance and integrity of Ramon’s work is more than $1 million in external funding. Ramon has published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, large bibliographies, and national research reports. He often translates his scholarly research to the industry and the wider public. Ramon regularly presents inter/nationally at both academic and applied conferences and speaking series.

Born in Germany, Ramon completed an undergraduate degree in business communication management in Berlin, studied in Singapore, and earned a Master of Commerce from UWA. This diverse education and excellent professional opportunities in management and marketing exposed Ramon to different schools of thought and provided him with valuable analytical, communication, and managerial skills.
Key research
Dr Ramon Wenzel's principal research takes place at the intersections of Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, and novel technology-enabled methodology, he addresses:
the integration of formal and informal learning experiences as they relate to work
workforce development and capacity building in the Non-profit sector
the application of Big Data approaches for organisational and management research and practice
Publications
Wenzel, R. & Van Quaquebeke, N. (forthcoming) The Double-edged Sword of Big Data in Organizational Research. Organizational Research Methods (ABDC: A*), invited article.*

Wenzel, R. (2016) Learning for Purpose: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Capital Development in the Not-for-Profit Sector. In Tirmizi, A. & Vogelsang, J. Leading and Managing in the Social Sector. Palgrave.*

‘Business journals to tackle publication bias, will publish ‘null’ results’, The Conversation, 12th January 2016

Wenzel, R. (2015) ‘Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector’ Centre for Social Impact, WA (PDF)

Gerpott, F. H., Wenzel, R., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. & Voelpel, S. C. (2015). Age-Diverse Training Groups: How Knowledge Sharing & Psychological Safety Promote Learning Outcomes. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.*

Wenzel, R. (2015) Rejuvenating the Concept of Work Learning: A Holistic Framework for Research and Practice. 9th International Conference On Researching Work And Learning (RWL9), Singapore.*

Wenzel, R. & Van Quaquebeke, N. (2015). The Big Data (R)evolution in Organizational Research: An Introduction and Definition. In J.M. LeBreton (Chair). Big Data: Implications for Organizational Research, Symposium conducted at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

Wenzel, R. & Van Quaquebeke, N. (2015). Big Data as a Double Edged Sword: A SWOT-Analysis. In R.F. Piccolo & C. Buengeler (Chair). Big Data in Team Research: Applications, Techniques, and Implications, Symposium conducted at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.*

Gerpott, F. H., Wenzel, R., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. & Voelpel, S. C. (2015). Age-Diverse Training Groups: How Knowledge Sharing & Psychological Safety Promote Learning Outcomes. 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.* †

Gerpott, F. & Wenzel, R. (2015) Same, same but different? The Role of Diversity in Organizational Trainings. 9th International Conference On Researching Work And Learning (RWL9), Singapore.*

Gerpott, F. H., Wenzel, R., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. & Voelpel, S. C. (2015). Beyond the individual: The link between training group psychological safety climate, trait goal learning orientation and knowledge sharing as antecedents of training outcomes. 17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway.

Wenzel, R. (2014). Work Learning in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector: A Review, Reconceptualization, and Research Agenda. 28th Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management - ANZAM. Sydney, Australia.*

Wenzel, R. (2014) The Big Data (R)evolution: A Game Changer for Organisational Research?! 28th Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management - ANZAM. Sydney, Australia.*

Wenzel, R. (2014) Big Data and the Social Sciences: What can we learn and do? 4th ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference. Sydney, Australia.

Wenzel, R. (2014). Pathways to Training Transfer - Proactive Transfer Behaviour and Hope at Work. 74th Annual Meeting of Academy of Management. Philadelphia, PA.*

Wenzel, R. (2013). The MOOC Manifesto: What the disruption of Massive Open Online Courses holds for I/O Psychology (and beyond). 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference. Perth, WA.*

Wenzel, R. (2012). New Ideas for a Complex Paradigm: Testing the Role of Positivity within Training Transfer. Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Perth, WA.* † (ANZAM Conference Stream Award ”HRD and Organisational Change”)

Wenzel, R. (2012). In Desperate Need for Rejuvenation: Conceptualising and Measuring Training-Related Motivation. 72nd Annual Meeting of Academy of Management. Boston, MA.*

Wenzel, R., & Cordery, J. (2012). The Role of Proactivity in the Transfer of Training. 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. San Diego, CA*

Wenzel, R., Hems, L., Salignac F. (2012). Social Return on Education and Training: A Framework for Investing in Capacity Building in The Not-for-Profit Sector. Corporate Responsibility Research Conference. Bordeaux, France.*

Wenzel, R. (2011). Enabling teachers to use newly trained competencies: The role of psychological strengths in tertiary teacher training and development. Teaching and Learning Forum, Perth, WA.

Wenzel, R. (2010). The Role of Core Confidence in Training Transfer: A Proposed Systemic Cognitive-Motivational Model. Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Adelaide, SA.*

*denotes refereed; † denotes award
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
At the Centre for Social Impact Dr Ramon Wenzel leads 'Learning for Purpose' - a national program of work to research and realise capability development in the not-for-profit sector.

This national research program seeks to:
1) identify key competencies for the NFP sector
2) chart the needs and barriers to develop them on a national scale
3) investigate how in/formal work learning can develop and sustain these key competencies
4) identify organisational and managerial mechanisms to facilitate this work learning
5) measure the social impact of and enhance such work learning activities
6) develop and provide work respective learning to the NFP sector
Future research
Through his applied research Ramon seeks to stimulate thinking, build an evidence base, and promote good quality practice related to the full spectrum work learning. His work includes the evaluation and redesign of professional learning and training activities. By integrating the multiple types of formal and informal learning his future work seeks to inform personnel development and capacity building in the industry and the not-for-profit sector. Inquiries about applied collaborations are welcome.
Funding received
Flatau, P. & Wenzel, R.* (2015) ‘Realising Potential. Developing, Delivering & Researching an Action Learning Program for the West Australian Community Sector’, BHP Billiton A$ 290,540.

Flatau, P., Parker, S., Wenzel, R., Bednall, T., Hems, L., Lyden, A. (2014) 'Facilitating Capacity Building in the Australian Not-For-Profit Sector through Improved Work Learning', Australian Research Council (Linkage): A$ 340,000, Net Balance: A$ 150,000.

Flatau, P., Wenzel, R., Hems, L. (2012) 'The Social Return on Education & Training SRET - Researching the Development of Leadership Governance & Management Competence in the Australian Non For Profit NFP Sector', Origin Foundation: A$ 286,000.

Wenzel, R. (2010) Teaching Internship, UWA Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning: A$ 5,000

Wenzel, R. (2009) Australian Postgraduate Award (APA-I), Australian Research Council: A$ 136,000

Wenzel, R. (2008) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung International Postgraduate Stipend EUR 44,000

Wenzel, R. (2005) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Undergraduate Talent Scholarship EUR 38,000
Industrial relevance
Dr Ramon Wenzel's work is relevant in multiple domains, below are examples:

Training Effectiveness: Training and development activities often do not realise the benefits they were designed for because trainees tend to apply (too) little of what they have learned to their work place. This is called the ‘training transfer’ problem which is of considerable concern as invested money, time, and energy might not provide the desired returns. Accordingly, Dr Ramon Wenzel's research seeks to identify and operationalize key organizational and psychological processes underpinning the training transfer process.

Big Data: While the prospects arising through Big Data for advancing marketing and logistics - among others - organizational leaders have yet to fully realize the potential of the Big Data paradigm for the management, well-being, and performance of people at work. Dr Ramon Wenzel's work describes how to embrace Big Data by analyzing the digital traces workers leave behind. His research addresses data that mitigates issues of sampling, reactivity and response biases, and affords discovery and triangulation for unprecedented stratification, precision, and causal inferences. As a result, managers have enhanced ability to employ evidence-based decisions to execute organizational strategy.

Dr Ramon Wenzel's research has led to a number of consulting projects involving evaluation and redesign of learning and training programs and activities, and data scheme development.
Languages
English
German
Memberships
Academy of Management (AOM)
Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
Reviewer, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Honours and awards
Nominated on the Pro Bono Australia ‘Impact 25 for 2015’ list – influence For-Good
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Meeting
ANZAM Conference Stream Award ”HRD and Organisational Change”
UWA Business School Award for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching
Ramon teaches in the undergraduate, postgraduate, and MBA program including Human Resource Management, Organizational Learning and Innovation, and Organizational Behaviour.
In 2010 he received a faculty award for excellence in teaching.
Ramon has been involved in curriculum design and implementation including teaching toolkit development relating to software assisted self- and peer-evaluation processes for formative feedback and learning assurance.
He held a number of administration and management roles relating to online Learning Management Systems including online student guidance.
Useful links
www.business.uwa.edu.au/learning-for-purpose
www.learningforpurpose.org
Current projects
Ramon is involved in a number of projects that explore the application of Big Data to organisational research.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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