Ramon Wenzel

Dr, BBusCom UAppSc(Berlin), MCom PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M263), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 15 Citations
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Personal profile


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.

Roles and responsibilities

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 overview

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

Current projects

Ramon is involved in a number of projects that explore the application of Big Data to organisational research.

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.

Teaching overview

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.


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




  • Learning, Training & Professional Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Not-For-Profit Workforce
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence

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returns on education Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
profit Social Sciences
knowledge Social Sciences
documentation Social Sciences
Group Social Sciences
climate Social Sciences
Organizational research Business & Economics

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Research Output 2010 2019

Age diversity and learning outcomes in organizational training groups: the role of knowledge sharing and psychological safety

Gerpott, F. H., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Wenzel, R. & Voelpel, S. C., Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Human Resource Management. 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

The double-edged sword of Big Data in organizational and management research: A review of opportunities and risks

Wenzel, R. & Van Quaquebeke, N., 1 Jul 2018, In : Organizational Research Methods. 21, 3, p. 548-591 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Management research
Organizational research
Big data
Analytical methods

Learning for purpose: challenges and opportunities for human capital development in the social sector

Wenzel, R., 2017, Leading and Managing in the Social Sector: Strategies for Advancing Human Dignity and Social Justice. Tirmizi, S. A. & Vogelsang, J. D. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, p. 113-137 (Management for Professionals).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Human capital development
Human capital

Organizational communities of practice and autonomous learning

Wenzel, R. & Cordery, J., 2017, Autonomous learning in the workplace. Ellingson, J. & Noe, R. A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 78-94 (SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)

Age-Diverse Training Groups: How Knowledge Sharing & Psychological Safety Promote Learning Outcomes

Gerpott, F. H., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Wenzel, R. & Voelpel, S. C., 30 Aug 2015, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2015. Humphreys, J. (ed.). 1 ed. Academy of Management, Vol. 2015. 11691. (Best Paper Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

human resources development

Projects 2014 2015