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BIO Olaf Zylicz

Associate Professor

Olaf Żylicz

Institute of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Warsaw
Department of Management
Head of the International Center for Research on Leadership


Business psychologist, trainer and coach. His research interests include leadership, business ethics, manager training and development as well as training and coaching effectiveness. He has developed several questionnaires for the assessment of managerial competencies, work motivation and work-related stress. Author of over forty professional publications.

He graduated with M.A. degree in Psychology from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and completed his doctoral degree at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. He received his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Additionally, he studied at Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt, Germany and IESE Business School, in Barcelona, Spain. He is a trainer, mentor, coach and examiner accredited by Noble Manhattan Coaching. From 2010 to 2013 he was Vice-Chair of the Polish Foundation for Management Research. From 2012 to 2017 he was Deputy Director for Education and later Director of the Business School at the Warsaw University of Technology. He lectured at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, the International Institute of Business in Kyev, Ukraine, the University of Connecticut, and the Goa Institute of Management.

His career in psychology spans over 25 years, including 15 years of business coaching. As a consultant, he collaborated with People Partnering and SMG-KR Human Resources. For a number of years, he also was providing psychological expertise, such as training, research and coaching to Hay Group. Currently his main focus is on coaching senior managers in Polish, English and German. His clients include Volkswagen Bank Polska, Universal McCann, MEC, Arup Bank Handlowy (City Handlowy), BASF, PZU, MAKRO, PwC, Paribas, Ghelamco, and PKO BP SA.

At SWPS University, he teaches organizational behavior, professional ethics, and leadership.


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