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Prof. Dr. Andres Claudius Pfister

Prof. Dr. Andres Claudius Pfister

Prof. Dr. Andres Claudius Pfister

ZHAW School of Applied Psychology
Zentrum Leadership, Coaching & Change Management
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

+41 (0) 58 934 83 60

Personal profile

Management role

Head of Centre, Center for Leadership, Coaching & Change Management

Position at the ZHAW

Professor Leadership

Expertise and research interests

Lecturer in the MAS Leadership & Management (Topics: Organization, Agility, Team, MbO, Problem Solving, Ethics)

Active in several customerspecific leadership development programs

Research and publications on the topics of leadership, agility, ethics and leadership responsibility, destructive leadership, leadership decision making, leadership in architecture and civil engineering,

Educational background

Master of Science in psychology (major in social- and economic psychology) at the University Basel
PhD in psychology with a focus on leadership at the University Zurich
CAS Didactics & Methodology IAP ZHAW
Certified Coach & Trainer of XSCALE Product Management
Certified Coach & Trainer of XSCALE Business Agility

Professional milestones

Professional milestones
1 year of Executive Search
Over 6 years of teaching, consulting, and research at the Swiss Military Academy (MILAK) at ETH, 4 years in the position of Head of Department for Leadership and Communication Studies at the MILAK.
2 years of lecturing at the ETH on the subject of leadership
Lecturer in MAS and CAS courses at the ETH (architects and civil engineers) and the University of Applied Science Bern (project-managers)
Several mandates in mid to large sized companies, NGO and GO.
Development and Implementation of blended learning leadership development programs in large corporations
Development of e-learing modules on different leadership topics
Coaching of leaders in agile setups

Membership of networks


Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Publikationen / Publications

Seiler, S., & Pfister, A. (2012). The Influence of Structural Aspects of a Leadership Scenario on Individual Mental Evaluation Processes. Journal of Leadership Studies, 6(2), p. 48-60.

Pfister, A., de Graaff, M., & van Gils, M. (2012). The Dynamic Five-Factor Model as a compass for military professionalism: A comparison between Switzerland and the Netherlands. In. J. Stouffer & D. Lindsay (Eds.). Military Professionalism – An international Perspective. Canadian Defense Academy Press.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, A. (2011). Coping with complexity – Preparing military leaders for an interlinked world. In J. Belanger & P. Lew (Eds.). Developing next generation military leaders: Challenges, imperatives, and strategies. Canadian Defense Academy Press.

Pfister, A. (2011). The dynamic five-factor model of leadership: Developing and testing a holistic approach to leadership behavior. Dissertation University of Zurich. Zurich: Switzerland

Seiler, S. & Pfister, A. (2009). Why did I do this? Understanding leadership behavior based on the dynamic five-factor model of leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 3, p. 41-52.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, A. (2008). Effective Intercultural Leadership - A Holistic Approach. In P. Murphy, G. Fogarty & J. Swann (Eds.). Selected Proceedings of the 49th Annual Conference of the International Military Testing Association. (pp. 240-252). Canberra: IMTA.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, A. (2007). Einflussfaktoren auf interkulturelles Führungsverhalten. In: L. Krysl (Hrsg.). Interkulturelle Kompetenz in den Streitkräften. (pp. 117-142) Wien: Landesverteidigungsakademie.

Jezernik, S., Pfister, A, Frueh, H., Colombo, G., & Morari, M. (2002). Robotic Orthosis Lokomat: Its use in the rehabilitation of locomotion and in the development of the biology-based neural controller. Proceedings of the 7th Annual IFESS Conference, (pp. 301-303). Ljubljana : Slovenia.

Konferenzbeiträge / Conference papers:

Pfister, A. (2013). Personality and cultural influences on scenario interpretation and leadership decision behavior. Paper presented at the 15th Annual ILA Global Conference. Montréal: International Leadership Association.

Pfister, A. (2012). Neue Wege der Ethikausbildung. Paper presented at the DACH Seminar. Landesverteidigungsakademie. Wien: Austria.

Pfister, A. (2011). Destructive leadership and its consequences in the swiss armed foces. Paper presented at the 53rd International Military Testing Association Conference (IMTA). South Kuta: Indonasia.

Pfister, A. & Seiler, S. (2010). The influence of culture, personality, and scenario interpretation of decision behavior. Paper presented at the 52nd International Military Testing Association Conference (IMTA). Lucerne: Switzerland.

Pfister, A. & Seiler, S. (2010). An empirical validation of the ‘Dynamic Five-Factor Model of Leadership’. Poster presented at the 12th Annual ILA Global Conference (ILA). Boston: International Leadership Association.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, A. (2009). Can Leadership Behavior be Predicted? The effect of time-pressure, danger and formalization on a leader's behavior. An empirical analysis based on the dynamic five-factor model of leadership. Paper presented at the Biannual Conference of the European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS). Stockholm: Sweden.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, a. (2008). The Dynamic Five-Factor Model of Leadership Behavior: First Empirical Results. Paper presented at the 50th International Military Testing Association Conference (IMTA). Amsterdam: Netherlands.

Seiler, S. & Pfister, a. (2007). Effective Intercultural Leadership : A holistic Approach. Paper presented at the 49th International Military Testing Association Conference (IMTA). Goald Coast: Australia.