Kai Krautter

Lab Manager | Podcaster

Our society values employees who are passionate for their work. The day-to-day pursuit of passion, however, can be hard and challenging. In my research at Harvard Business School, I study how we can support employees to sustain their passion over time.

Do you struggle with burnout and overwork?

I'm also interested in the topic of productivity, especially how our society fosters a culture of never-ending productivity.

Do you find it difficult to switch off from work?

Please reach out to me if you have any thoughts or experiences on this topic, and feel free to check out my weekly (German) psychology podcast "Positiv Korreliert"!

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Research Output

Reis, D., Krautter, K., Hart, A., & Friese, M. (2022). Heterogeneity in mental health change during the COVID‐19 pandemic in Germany: The role of social factors. Stress and Health. Click Here

Parsons, S., Azevedo, F., Elsherif, M. M. M., … Krautter, K., … & Aczel, B. A. (2022). Community-Sourced Glossary of Open Scholarship Terms. Nature Human Behavior. Click Here

Krautter, K., Friese, M., Hart, A., & Reis, D. (2022). No Party No Joy? – Changes in Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Subjective Well-Being During Two COVID-19 Lockdowns. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Click Here

Baum, M.A.*, Hart, A.*, Elsherif, M.M., Ilchovska, Z.G., Moreau, D., Dokovova, M., LaPlume, A.A., Krautter, K., & Staal, J. (2022). Research without Borders: How to Identify and Overcome Potential Pitfalls in International Large-Team Online Research Projects. SAGE Publications Ltd. Click Here

Krautter, K., Lehmann, J., Kleinort, E., Koch, M., Spinath, F. M., & Becker, N. (2021). Test Preparation in Figural Matrices Tests: Focus on the Difficult Rules. Frontiers in psychology. Click Here



Positiv Korreliert

Together with Luise Hoenig, I publish a weekly podcast about statistics and psychological research. Each week, we discuss one psychological research paper including its theory, methods, results, and practical implications.

October 2021 - Present

Lab Manager and Research Assistant

Harvard Business School

Together with Prof. Jon Jachimowicz, I conduct experience sampling method and daily diary studies to examine the daily variations in employees' passion for work. For data analysis, I mostly use the programming languages Mplus and R.

January 2021 - Present

Student Assistant and Tutor

Saarland University

Together with Dr. Dorota Reis, I conducted an intensive longitudinal study during the COVID-19 pandemic. I also worked as a statistics tutor and created tutorials with videos and exercises for the programming language R.

September 2019 - September 2021


Harvard University

Visiting Research Fellow
September 2021 - May 2022

Saarland University

Psychology (B. Sc.)

German Grade: 1.3 (GPA: 3.7)

October 2018 - July 2021

Marie-Luise-Kaschnitz Secondary School

German Abitur

German Grade: 1.0 (GPA: 4.0)

October 2018 - July 2021


Positiv Korreliert is a German podcast of Luise Hoenig and Kai Krautter about psychological methods and research. You can find the podcast on several platforms, so choose the one that fits you the best.

In Season 1, Luise & Kai give a detailed introduction of research methods and statistics. They talk about population vs. sample, reliability vs. validity, self- vs. other-report, mean vs. median, p-value vs. confidence interval, and much more.

In Season 2, Luise & Kai pick one psychological research paper each week and talk about the theory, the study design, the methods, the results, and the theoretical and practical implications. Once per month, they invite a student to their podcast who then talks about their bachelors' or masters' thesis.

In Season 3, Luise & Kai will dive deeper into the organizational behavior literature and focus on the topics burnout and overwork. Inspired by a research paper, they will share their own experiences and invite guests to their podcast episodes.

My Thoughts

On LinkedIn, I share my ideas, observations, and experiences about overwork & burnout, as well as productivity & passion. Feel free to connect with me!

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