Dr. Michael Josef Burtscher, Dipl.-Psych.

Michael Burtscher





Adresse: Universität Zürich
Psychologisches Institut
Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie
Binzmühlestrasse 14 / 13
8050 Zürich
E-Mail: m.burtscher@psychologie.uzh.ch


Teamwork: Leadership, communication, and diversity

Social sensing of interaction processes

Speaking-up and voice behavior

Job demands and resources in high-reliability occupations



Current projects: Speaking Up for patient safety

                            Advancing team science by social sensor-based measurement


Krenz, H. L., Burtscher, M. J., & Kolbe, M. (2019). “Not only hard to make but also hard to take:” Team leaders’ reactions to voice. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift Für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO). Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11612-019-00448-2

Burtscher, M. J. & Oostlander, J. (2019). Perceived Mutual Understanding (PMU): Development and initial testing of a German short scale for perceptual team cognition. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 35, 98-108. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000360

Burtscher, M. J., Levine, J. M. & Higgins, E. T. (2018). On the motivational basis of cue identification in teams. Small Group Research, 49, 519-544. doi:10.1177/1046496418791044

Klaic, A., Burtscher, M. J., & Jonas, K. (2018) Person-supervisor fit, needs-supplies fit, and team fit as mediators of the relationship between dual-focused transformational leadership and well-being in scientific teams. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27, 669-682. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2018.1502174

Burtscher, M. J., Meyer, B., Jonas, K., Feese, S., & Tröster, G. (2018). A time to trust? The buffering effect of trust and its temporal variations in the context of high-reliability teams. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 1099-1112. doi:10.1002/job.2271

Burtscher, M. J., Jordi-Ritz, E. M., & Kolbe, M. (2018). Differences in talking-to-the-room behaviour between novice and expert teams during simulated paediatric resuscitation: a quasi-experimental study. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 4, 165-170. doi:10.1136/bmjstel-2017-000268

Meyer, B., Burtscher, M. J., Jonas, K., Feese, S., Arnrich, B., Tröster, G., & Schermuly, C. C. (2016). What good leaders actually do: Micro-level leadership behavior, leader evaluations, and team decision quality. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25, 773-789. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2016.1189903

Kolbe, M., Grote, G., Waller, M. J., Wacker, J., Grande, B., Burtscher, M. J., & Spahn, D. R. (2014). Monitoring and talking to the room: Autochthonous coordination patterns in team interaction and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1254-1267. doi:10.1037/a0037877

Burtscher, M. J. & Meyer, B. (2014). Promoting good decisions: How regulatory focus affects group information processing and decision-making. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 17, 663-681. doi:10.1177/1368430214522138

Feese, S., Burtscher, M. J., Jonas, K., & Tröster, G. (2014). Sensing spatial and temporal coordination in teams using the smartphone. Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences, 4:15. doi:10.1186/s13673-014-0015-9

Kolbe, M., Burtscher, M. J., & Manser, T. (2013). Co-ACT—A framework for observing coordination behavior in acute care teams, BMJ Quality & Safety, 22, 596–605. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001319

Kolbe, M., Grote, G., Burtscher, M. J., Wacker, J., Manser, T., Grande, B., Nohynkova, R., & Spahn, D. R. (2013). Reply to Park et al. 'Speaking up and team performance'. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 116, 1184-1186. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31828c43

Burtscher, M. J. & Manser, T. (2012). Team mental models and their potential to improve teamwork and safety: A review and implications for future research in healthcare. Safety Science, 50, 1344-1354.doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2011.12.033

Kolbe, M., Burtscher, M. J., Wacker, J., Grande, B., Nohynkova, N., Manser, T., Spahn, D. R. & Grote, G. (2012). Speaking-up is related to better team performance in simulated anaesthesia inductions: An observation study. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 115, 1099-1108. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e318269cd3

Burtscher, M. J., Kolbe, M., Wacker, J., & Manser, T. (2011). Interactions of team mental models and monitoring behaviors predict team performance in simulated anesthesia inductions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 17, 257-269. doi: 10.1037/a0025148

Burtscher, M. J., Manser T., Kolbe, M., Grote, G., Spahn D. R., Grande B. & Wacker, J. (2011). Adaptation in anaesthesia team-coordination in response to a simulated critical event and its relationship to team-performance. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 106, 801-806. doi: 10.1093/bja/aer039

Burtscher, M. J., Wacker, J., Grote, G., & Manser T. (2010). Managing non-routine events in anesthesia: The role of adaptive coordination. Human Factors, 52, 282-294. doi:10.1177/0018720809359178



Burtscher, M. J. (2017, Mai). Getting different people on the same page: Teamwork in an age of diversity. Invited workshop at University of Zurich, Faculty of Science Switzerland.

Burtscher, M. J. (2017, Mai). Responding proactively to change: New perspectives on team adaptation. Symposium conducted at the 17th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin, Ireland.

Burtscher, M. J. (2016, Oktober). Using social sensors to clarify the behavioral underpinnings of teamwork and leadership. Invited presentation at University of St. Gallen, Schweiz.



Vorlesung "Werbe- und Konsumentenpsychologie"


Forschungskolloquium Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie


Masterarbeitsgruppe Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie

FS: Experimentalpsychologisches Praktikum

Forschungskolloquium Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie


Masterarbeitsgruppe Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie