Leadership and HRM

What is the difference between effective and ineffective leadership? What motivates people to expend effort at work? How can people work together in ways that facilitate task accomplishment and high performance? What is the skill set employees need in the 21st century?

These and other questions are at the heart of what we do every day at the Chair of Leadership and Human Resource Management (HRM): We ask ourselves big questions, inspired by challenges that leaders and corporations face, and we set out to answer these question through rigorous research. We seek to publish our findings in widely read academic journals and we share our findings beyond academia in ways that allow others to connect with them. Thus we seek to inspire public debate on issues that are – or should be – at the top of the agenda for leaders and organizations.

Our research informs our teaching. We help leaders and those who aspire to be leaders, to become more effective, in part by understanding themselves better and in part by understanding others better. We facilitate and structure the exchange of ideas in class, and we infuse such discussions with scientific insights and practical management knowledge. Thus we seek to equip those who come to us to learn with the skills and the knowledge that are essential to succeed in the organizational settings of today and tomorrow.

We forge corporate connections to explore the needs of managers and leaders, and to consult with them on how to better meet their challenges. We believe that a vigorous exchange between academia and practice is vital for creating better, more competitive, and more fulfilling workplaces.

If you ask yourself questions about people in organizations, if you would like to learn more about leadership, or if you wish to engage in a dialogue about how our research can help advance your business, we would love to hear from you.

Recent Discoveries

Reading the face of a leader

In competitive settings, people prefer leaders with masculine faces. But is facial masculinity a trait that is similarly desired in men and women leaders? Across three studies, we discovered that people indeed prefer men and women leaders who have faces with masculine traits. But surprisingly, we find that people also prefer women with low facial masculinity as leaders in competitive contexts...

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The awestruck effect

Charismatic executives put their employees in awe, and that prevents employees from expressing their emotions openly. Over time, this can harm the success of a company. This is the astonishing conclusion of a new study by WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management...

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Group emotions: cutting the Gordian knots

Research has established that groups are pervaded by feelings. But group emotion research within organizational science has suffered in recent years from a lack of terminological clarity, from a narrow focus on small groups, and from an overemphasis on micro-processes of emotion transmission. We address those problems by reviewing and systematically integrating relevant work conducted not only in organizational science, but also in psychology and sociology...

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Prof. Dr.

Jochen Menges


Academy of Management Annals Best Article award

  • Menges, J. I. & Kilduff, M. 2015. Group emotions: Cutting the Gordian knots concerning terms, levels-of-analysis, and mechanisms. Academy of Management Annals, 9:1, 845-928. >DOI >PDF