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Prof. Dr. Michael Göhlich

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg



Michael Göhlich is professor of education and head of the institute of education at the Friedrich Alexander University since 2002. He studied Special Education and German at the University of Education in Reutlingen and the University of Tübingen. After working as examined teacher he studied Adult Education and Psychology at the Free University of Berlin where he received his PhD in 1993. During his PhD studies he worked as lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1994 he was lecturer at the Technical University of Cottbus. From 1994 to 1995 he was assistant professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg. From 1995 to 2001 he was assistant professor at the Technical University in Berlin. In 2001 he finished his Habilitation at the Free University of Berlin. From 2001 to 2002 he was professor of General Education at the University of Siegen.

His research interests are: organizational education; adult and further education; intercultural and diversity education; learning in and of organizations; organizational development; human resources development; learning in transitions; collective patterns of practice and learning. He is coordinator of the BMBF interdisciplinary research project “Komplexitätsmanagement durch geisteswissenschaftliche Expertise. Übersetzungszwänge und –praxen von Organisationen in der bayerisch-böhmischen Grenzregion” (2009-2012) which combines pedagogical, linguistic and sociological research on managing complexity, translation and identity in and of cross-border organizations. Before (1999 to 2007) he was member of the project team B 5 “Die Erzeugung des Sozialen in Ritualen” in DFG SFB 447 “Kulturen des Performativen”, taking part both in the conceptualization of the project and in its realization. Since 2007, he is chairman of the research network on organizational education (Kommission “Organisationspädagogik”) in the German Society of Educational Science (DGfE).