Assistant Professor Dr. Rainer Michael Rilke
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.
|2014||University of Cologne||Doctoral degree at Department of Corporate Development and Business Ethics (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch)|
|2009||University Bonn||Diploma in Economics|
|2003||Irmgardis Gymnasium Cologne||Abitur|
Designing donation incentive contracts for online gig workers
Reggiani, T., Rilke, R. (Pre-Print), Journal of Business Ethics
When, and why, do teams benefit from self-selection?
Fischer, M., Rilke, R., Yurtoglu, B. (Pre-Print), Experimental Economics
When leading by example leads to less corrupt collaboration
Rilke, R., Danilov, A., Weisel, O., Shalvi, S., Irlenbusch, B. (2021), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 188, pp. 288-306
Designing feedback in voluntary contribution games: the role of transparency
Irlenbusch, B., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2019), Experimental Economics, Vol. 22 (2), pp. 552–576
Asymmetric outside options in ultimatum bargaining: a systematic analysis
Hennig-Schmidt, H., Irlenbusch, B., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2018), International Journal of Game Theory, Vol. 47 (1), pp. 301-329
On the duty to give (and not to take): an experiment on moralistic punishment
Rilke, R. (2017), Journal of Business Economics : JBE = Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft : ZfB, Vol. 87, pp. 1129-1150
How to hire helpers?evidence from a field experiment
Conrads, J., Irlenbusch, B., Reggiani, T., Rilke, R., Sliwka, D. (2016), Experimental Economics, Vol. 19 (3), pp. 577–594
One-by-one or all-at-once?self-reporting policies and dishonesty
Rilke, R., Schurr, A., Barkan, R., Shalvi, S. (2016), Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 7 (113)
Reducing ambiguity in lotteries: evidence from a field experiment
Conrads, J., Reggiani, T., Rilke, R. (2016), Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 23, pp. 206-211
Team-goal incentives and individual lying behavior: Zielanreize in Teams und individuelles Lügenverhalten
Conrads, J., Ellenberger, M., Irlenbusch, B., Ohms, E., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2016), Die Betriebswirtschaft, Vol. 76 (1), pp. 103-123
On why hypocrisy thrives: reasonable doubt created by moral posturing can deter punishment
Lönnqvist, J., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2015), Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 59, pp. 139-145
Honesty in tournaments
Conrads, J., Irlenbusch, B., Rilke, R., Schielke, A., Walkowitz, G. (2014), Economics Letters, Vol. 123, pp. 90-93
Lying and team incentives
Conrads, J., Irlenbusch, B., Rilke, R., Walkowitz, G. (2013), Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol. 34, pp. 1-7