Assistant professor, Career and Technical/Workforce Education
“Some of the big challenges that we face, both societal and scientific, are just not solvable by people sitting in their single-discipline silos – bringing those disciplines together in the long term is what provides the big, big breakthroughs.”– Kedar Pandya, EPSRC
In today’s business world, for the first time ever, up to five generations, rising numbers of women, and an unprecedented number of diverse employees work together in an increasingly volatile, fast-paced, and uncertain economy. Challenges in the workplace are bound to arise, including the potential for generational gaps and workplace discrimination based on gender or race. So, how can companies overcome these complicated issues to help all employees thrive in the modern workplace? How can organizations support older workers, women and minorities to raise the floor and break through the glass ceiling? How can employees reframe their challenges and utilize them as their competitive advantage?
Dr Nagy’s scholarly work aims to answer these questions and create a more sustainable and ethical approach to leadership, management, and career development by discovering and disseminating new ideas about organizational flourishing and what managers and employees can do about it. To provide solutions, she utilizes multi-level and cross-level theorizing to understand the idea of a positive new normal from a holistic perspective. Therefore, Dr Nagy’s research is inherently interdisciplinary and applies a global frame of reference. She generally aims to utilize and synthesize knowledge and methods from a wide array of fields (i.e., I/O psychology, behavioral economics, OB/HR), while making sure to communicate research findings in a way that is accessible to a broad audience and relevant for private industry, policy, and academia.
The novelty, importance and quality of Dr Nagy’s research program is corroborated by the fact that she was able to secure substantial external research funding (over $150’000), received the career fellowship for promising young researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation, as well as a nomination as best paper based on a dissertation and best paper of the Careers Division by the Academy of Management.
Dr. Nagy received her PhD in work and organizational psychology and her CAS in university teaching from the University of Bern, Switzerland, her MSc in social and economic psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, leadership development, personnel assessment, career development, and statistics and research methods.
Dr. Nagy has published in various international peer-reviewed journals, including the Human Relations, MIT Sloan Business Review, the Journal of Career Assessment, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences, such as the Academy of Management Conference and the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Conference.
View Dr. Nagy's recent publications on Google Scholar.
Nagy, N. & North, M. (2021). Why businesses should let go of the reliance on numeric age – Making the case for subjective age. MIT Sloan Management Review.
Nagy, N., Rudolph, C., & Zacher, H. (2021, December 17). Reciprocal Relationships Between Subjective Age and Retirement Intentions. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2021.2016700
Bunjak, A., Černe, M., Nagy, N., & Bruch, H. (2021). Job demands and burnout: The multilevel boundary conditions of collective trust and competitive pressure. Human Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/00187267211059826
Courses Taught/Currently Teaching
- Career Development in VTAE (ECW7167.001S21.18795)
- Equity & Access in the New Economy (ECW6696.799U21.58384)
- Emerging Work Competencies (ECT6766.799F21.95323)
- Vocational and Adult Education Program Planning and Implementation (ECW7105.002F21.89988)
- Directed Research: Vocational Education (ECT7910.002U21.53822)
Nagy, N. (2019, August). Job crafting strategies of older workers: A latent profile analysis. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM), in Boston, MA, USA.
Nagy, N. (2019, May). Person-Centered Applications Offering New Insights to Research in Work and Organizational Psychology. Presented at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), in Turin, Italy.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, A. (2018, May). Do We Act as Old as We Feel? An Examination of Job Crafting Behavior of Late Career Employees. Presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference (BPS), in Nottingham, UK.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, A. (2017, May). Alternative Age Concepts and Proactivity in Late Career. Presented at the Conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), in Dublin, Ireland.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, A. (2016, November). |The Relevance of Alternative Age Concepts for Late Career Employees. Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Nagy, N. & Spurk, D. & Hirschi, H. (2016, August). Time and the Sustainable Career. Part of the Symposium: Going the Distance: Contextualizing and Examining the Sustainable Career. Chaired by: Jos Akkermann, Ans De Vos, & Beatrice van der Heijden. Presented at the Academy of Management Conference in Anaheim, CA, USA.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, H. (2016, June). The importance of meaningful work for late career development. Presented at the American Counseling Association / National Career Development Association (ACA/NCDA) in Chicago, IL, USA.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, H. (2015, November). Career development and career support of older workers. Presented at the 3rd Age at the Workplace Meeting (AWM), in Limerick, Ireland.
Nagy, N. & Baumeler, F. & Hirschi, A. (2015, May). Career development of older versus younger workers: An organizational and community perspective. Presented at the Conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), in Oslo, Norway.
Nagy, N. & Hirschi, H. (2015, September). Career developmental challenges and opportunities
of older workers in light of today’s job market conditions. Presented at the 14th
Swiss Society of Psychology Conference (SSP/SGP), in Geneva, Switzerland.
Symposium Chair for Career Paths (Session 1726). McGovern, T., Mueller, P., Spogat, D. & Pfrombeck, J. (2019, August). Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM), in Boston, MA, USA.
Nagy, N. (2019, May). Person-Centered Applications Offering New Insights to Research in Work and Organizational Psychology. Presented at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), in Turin, Italy (symposium organizer).
Nagy, N. & Froidevaux, A. (2015, September). Digging into late-career issues: From exploring specific needs of older workers to transitioning to retirement. 14th Swiss Society of Psychology Conference (SSP/SGP), in Geneva, Switzerland (symposium organizer)