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Asst. Professor Rainer Michael Rilke

Economics Group

Assistant Professor

Contact:

+49 (0)261 6509 814
rainer.rilke[at]whu.edu

Short biography:
Since May 2016, Dr. Rainer Michael Rilke has acted as assistant professor for 'Business Economics' at the IHK-Chair for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. His particular focus of research is in the field of “Behavioral Business Ethics”. Dr. Rilke tries to answer pressing questions like „What kind of incentives influence unethical behavior of employees? What are potential motives of employees, who tend to behave unethically? What can firms do in order to prevent these tendencies?” The basis of Dr. Rilke’s work is behavioral economics and uses field- and laboratory experiments to approach his research questions.

Dr. Rilke studied economics at the University of Bonn before he completed his dissertation at the University of Cologne (Chair of Corporate Development and Business Ethics, Prof. Bernd Irlenbusch). In his dissertation “Experiments on Ethical Behavior in Strategic Interactions: Cooperation, Honesty, and Fairness” he worked on the topic how incentives, bonuses and feedback systems influence lying and free riding of employees. In 2014 he finished his dissertation at the University of Cologne with a short research scholarship at the Harvard Business School.

After his dissertation he joined a consultancy firm with a focus on 'Forensic Investigation and Compliance'. Here he helped firms to discover unethical conduct and advised firms to install proper compliance measures.

Education

DateUniversityDegree
2014University of CologneDoctoral degree at Department of Corporate Development and Business Ethics (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch)
2009University BonnDiploma in Economics
2003Irmgardis Gymnasium CologneAbitur

Publications

Economics Group

Leib, M., Köbis, N. C., Rilke, R., Hagens, M., Irlenbusch, B. (accepted pre-print), Corrupted by algorithms? How AI-generated and human-written advice shape (dis)honesty, The Economic Journal.

Economics Group

Reggiani, T., Rilke, R. (accepted pre-print), Designing donation incentive contracts for online gig workers, Journal of Business Ethics.

Economics Group

Huynh, T. L. D., Stratmann, P., Rilke, R. (2024), No influence of simple moral awareness cues on cheating behaviour in an online experiment, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 108, 102126.

Finance and Accounting Group

Fischer, M., Rilke, R., Yurtoglu, B. (2023), When, and why, do teams benefit from self-selection?, Experimental Economics, Vol. 26 (4), pp. 749–774.

Economics Group

Litvinova, Y., Rilke, R., Günther, C. (2023), Me, myself, and I: image concerns and honesty in immersive VR, Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 149, 107950.

Economics Group

Rilke, R., Danilov, A., Weisel, O., Shalvi, S., Irlenbusch, B. (2021), When leading by example leads to less corrupt collaboration, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 188, pp. 288-306.

Economics Group

Irlenbusch, B., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2019), Designing feedback in voluntary contribution games: the role of transparency, Experimental Economics, Vol. 22 (2), pp. 552–576.

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