Chair of Economic Psychology & Leadership Ethics



The business scandals of the past decades have intensified the interest of research and practice in ethical decison making and the emergence of unethical behavior in organizations. Questionable business practices of companies and leaders, as well as misconduct by employees at the workplace, can often have far-reaching repercussions and lead to high financial costs, as well as the loss of trust and reputation. An urgent question for both business and academic research is, therefore, what circumstances influence the occurrence of unethical behavior. Behavioral ethics is a relatively new and promising line of research where psychologists, economists, and ethicists work together to better understand which personal and situational factors make unethical behavior easier or more difficult. The Chair of Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics at the LEIZ is a platform for such questions and related empirical studies.

In research and practice, social and emotional intelligence have received a great deal of attention in recent years as important prerequisites for successful interaction in business and elsewhere. Since the financial and economic crisis, moral intelligence is considered a new challenge. Moral intelligence ncompasses perception-, decision-making- and acting-related skills that are necessary to translate ethical values into practive, or to promote personal integrity. At the Chair of Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics, we conduct research into the conditions of moral intelligence. On the other hand, work at the Chair will contribute to measuring and promoting moral competencies through measuring devices and innovative tools.

The emergence of unethical behvavior in the work context often is not only a question of individual characteristics but is also depenent on the (value-)culture of an organization. With the term corporate ethical culture we summarize the structures, norms, values, and behaviors in businesses, which are made visible, for example, by role models, goal setting and subtle contextual factors (such as pictures, symboly, or a focus on profits) and can impact (un)ethical behavior. Key interests of the research at our Chair are how organizational cultures can be measured and how such mainly unwritten values and principles can impact the emergence of unethical behavior.

Head of the Chair

Tanner, Carmen
Tanner, Carmen Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2271
Room:FAB 3 | 1.53

Research Assistants

Witt, Nicole
Witt, Nicole Dr rer soc
Quality Management & Accreditation | Consultant for Organizational Development
Research Fellow
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2272
Room:FAB 3 | 1.67

Student Research Assistants

Ricarda Hommann

Hommann, Ricarda

Bachelor student

Foto: ZU/Elena Francomano
Foto: ZU/Elena Francomano

Riexinger, Lea

Bachelor student

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