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Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kerschreiter

Rudolf Kerschreiter

Division of Social, Organizational and Economic Psychology


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 27/214
14195 Berlin
(030) 838-451220

Office hours

Please arrange an appointment - with details of your concern - via email to sowipsy@ewi-psy.fu-berlin.de. If necessary please enclose relevant documents.

For questions about courses (e.g., eligibility criteria, application requirements, exams, grades) please contact sowipsy@ewi-psy.fu-berlin.de directly.



Curriculum Vitae


Since 2019

Professor (W3 position, full professor, tenured) and Head of the Division of Social, Organizational and Economic Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 2018

Visiting Lecturer, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin

Since 2020

Speaker of the Board of the Berlin Leadership Academy of the Berlin University Alliance (www.berlin-university-alliance.de/bla)

2015 - 2022

Head of the Dahlem Leadership Academy at Freie Universität Berlin


Guest Lecturer, ESMT Berlin


Professor (W2 position, full professor, tenured) and Head of the Division of Social, Organizational and Economic Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin


Professor of Social Psychology (W2 – interim), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich



Habilitation at the Department of Psychology and Education, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Venia legendi for psychology – appointed as university lecturer (Privatdozent)



Assistant Professor (C1) in the Social Psychology group (Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich


Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in Social Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich



Several stays as visiting researcher at:

Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Aston Business School, Aston University, UK



Facilitator, consultant and coach for Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Professional Development – executive education, coaching, and consulting


Research Associate in the Social Psychology group, (Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich


Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich





Teaching Award of the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the Arts


Teaching Award of the Department of Psychology and Education, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich


Burgen Scholar Award of the Academia Europaea


Activities in the Scientific Community


Editorial Boards

Since 2020

Organizational Psychology Review

Since 2017

German Journal of Human Research Management

Since 2012

Journal of Personnel Psychology


British Journal of Management


Ad-hoc Reviewer

Academy of Management Review

Applied Psychology: An International Review

British Journal of Management

British Journal of Social Psychology


European Journal of Psychological Assessment

European Journal of Social Psychology

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management / Zeitschrift für Personalforschung

Group & Organization Management

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für angewandte Organisationsforschung

Human Relations

Journal of Business Research

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Journal of Personnel Psychology / Zeitschrift für Personalpsychologie

Journal of Psychology / Zeitschrift für Psychologie

Journal of the Neurological Sciences

Management Decision

Organizational Psychology Review

Psychology of Sport & Exercise

Small Group Research

Social Psychological and Personality Science

Social Psychology / Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie

The Journal of Positive Psychology

Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie

Academic Service

Since 2011

Chair of the Examination Board of the Master's Degree Program in Psychology

Since 2013

Member of the Faculty Council of Education and Psychology

Since 2012

Member of the Development and Planing Commission of the Department of Psychology

Since 2018

Member of the Curriculum Commission for the Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs in Psychology

Since 2019

Member of the task force "Potential-oriented selection procedure for tenure-track professorships" at FU Berlin

Since 2011

Member of various appointment and habilitation committees

Reviewer of Grant Applications

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Prof. Kerschreiter is responsible for the following modules:

(Names of the modules are written in German in order to correspond to the course catalog)

B.-Sc. Psychology

  • Module "Sozialpsychologie“
  • Module "Arbeits-, Organisations- und Wirtschaftspsychologie“

M.-Sc. Psychology

  • Modul "Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie"
  • Modul "Forschungsvertiefung Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie"
  • Modul "Forschungswerkstatt" (further responsible person for this module is: Arbeitsbereich Gesundheitspsychologie)

The course catalog for the current semester can be found at the following links:

1. B.Sc. Psychology

2. M.Sc. Psychology



Research Focus Areas

  • Identity Leadership
  • Leader-Follower Interaction and Leadership Development
  • Virtual Teams and Group Processes (Cooperation, Feedback, Identification, Mimicry)
  • Social Identity in the Context of Flight and Migration
  • Social Exclusion – Effects of Attention and Expectancy
  • Motivation, Goal Setting, Healthy and Environment-Friendly Behavior
  • Preference-Consistent Information Processing in Individual and Group Decision Making


Identity Leadership

  • Bracht, E. M., Monzani, L., Boer, D., Haslam, S. A., Kerschreiter, R., Lemoine, J. E., Steffens, N. K., Akfirat, S. A., Avanzi, L., Barghi, B., Dumont, K., Edelmann, C. M., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Giessner, S., Gleibs, I. H., Gonzalez, R., Laguía Gonzalez, A., Lipponen, J., … van Dick, R. (2022). Innovation across cultures: Connecting leadership, identification, and creative behavior in organizations. Applied Psychology, 1–41. https://doi.org/10.1111/apps.12381
  • Van Dick, R., Coordes, B. L., Lemoine, J. E., Steffens, N. K., Halsam, S. A., …, Kerschreiter, R. (2021). Identity Leadership, Employee Burnout, and the Mediating Role of Team Identification: Evidence from the Global Identity Leadership Development Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(22), 12081. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212081
  • Van Dick, R., Lemoine, J., Steffens, N.K., Kerschreiter, R., Akfirat S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki O., Fransen, K., Gießner, S.R., Gonzales R., Kark R., Lipponen J., Markovits Y., Monzani L., Orosz G., Pandey D., Roland-Lévy C., Schuh, S., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.S., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X., & Haslam, S.A. (2018). Identity leadership going global: Validation of the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) across 20 countries. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91(4), 697-728. https://doi.org/10.1111/joop.12223
  • Van Dick, R., & Kerschreiter, R. (2016). The social identity approach to effective leadership: An overview and some ideas on cross-cultural generalizability. Frontiers of Business Research in China10(3), 363-384. https://doi.org/10.3868/s070-005-016-0013-3
  • Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Kerschreiter, R., Schuh, S. C., & van Dick, R. (2014). Leaders enhance group members' work engagement and reduce their burnout by crafting social identity. German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management, 28(1-2)173-194. https://doi.org/10.1177/239700221402800110


Leader-Follower Interaction and Leadership Development

  • Gerpott, F.H., & Kerschreiter, R. (2022). A conceptual framework of how meeting mindsets shape and are shaped by leader–follower interactions in meetings. Organizational Psychology Reviewhttps://doi.org/10.1177/20413866211061362
  • Gerpott, F. H. & Kerschreiter, R. (2021). Wer führt hier wen und wozu führt das? Eine 3x3 Matrix (in)formeller Führung. PERSONALquarterly73(4), 22-27.
  • May, D., Wesche, J. S., Heinitz, K., & Kerschreiter, R. (2014). Coping with destructive leadership: Putting forward an integrated theoretical framework for the interaction process between leaders and followers. Journal of Psychology / Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 222(4), 203-213. https://doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000187
  • Schyns, B., Tymon, A., Kiefer, T., & Kerschreiter, R. (2013). New ways to leadership development: A picture paints a thousand words. Management Learning, 44, 11-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507612456499
  • Schyns, B., Kiefer, T., Kerschreiter, R., & Tymon, A. (2011). Teaching implicit leadership theories to develop leaders and leadership: How and why it can make a difference. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 10, 397-408. http://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2010.0015
  • Peus, C., Kerschreiter, R., Frey, D. & Traut-Mattausch, E. (2010). What is the value? Economic effects of ethically-oriented leadership. Journal of Psychology, 218, 198 – 212. https://doi.org/10.1027/0044-3409/a000030
  • van Quaquebeke, N., Kerschreiter, R., Buxton, A., & van Dick, R. (2010). Two Lighthouses to Navigate: Effects of Ideal and Counter-Ideal Values on Follower Identification and Satisfaction with Their Leaders. Journal of Business Ethics, 93, 293-305. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-009-0222-x


Virtual Teams and Group Processes (Cooperation, Feedback, Identification, Mimicry)

  • Wilbert, J., Wesche, J. S., Handke, L., & Kerschreiter, R. (2023). Far but close: How leaders can strengthen social identification with virtual teams. Behaviour & Information Technology. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2023.2272202
  • Granulo, A., Kerschreiter, R., & Kocher, M. G. (2023). Cooperation and confusion in public goods games: Confusion cannot explain contribution patterns. Journal of the Economic Science Association. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40881-023-00139-1
  • Handke, L., Klonek, F. E., O’Neill, T. A., & Kerschreiter, R. (2022). Unpacking the role of feedback in virtual team effectiveness. Small Group Research, 53(1), 41-87. https://doi.org/10.1177/10464964211057116
  • Salazar Kämpf, M.*, Liebermann, H.*, Kerschreiter, R., Krause, S., Nestler, S., & Schmukle, S. C. (2018). Disentangling the sources of mimicry: social relations analyses of the mimicry-liking link. Psychological Science, 29(1), 131-138. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797617727121 *co-first authorship. 
  • Van Dick, R., van Knippenberg, D., Kerschreiter, R., Hertel, G., & Wieseke, J. (2008). Interactive effects of work group and organizational identification on job satisfaction and extra-role behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72, 388-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2007.11.009


Social Identity in the Context of Flight and Migration

  • Meyer, C., Alhaddad, L., Stammel, N., Sixtus, F., Wesche, J. S., Kerschreiter, R., Kanngiesser, P., & Knaevelsrud, C. (2023). With a little help from my friends: Acculturation and mental health in Arabic-speaking refugee youth living with their families. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1130199
  • *Sixtus, F., *Wesche, J. S., Tsantila, K, & Kerschreiter, R. (2019). How positive and negative contact experiences relate to identification and acculturation of persons with a migration background: Differentiating between majority, minority, and religious group identity. European Journal of Social Psychology49 (5), 903-923. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2572  * co-first authorship
  • Sixtus, F., Wesche, J. S., & Kerschreiter, R. (2019). Identity multiplicity, national group contact, and acculturation: The role of identity-related cognitions. Journal of Social Issues, 75, 486-514https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12325
  • *Sixtus, F., *Wesche, J. S., & Kerschreiter, R. (2018). Psychological and social conditions of successful migration: Review and extension of an integrative framework. Politische Psychologie / Political Psychology, 2018 (2), 332-348.  * co-first authorship


Social Exclusion – Effects of Attention and Expectancy

  • Niedeggen, M., Fang, X., Yang, Y.-F., & Kerschreiter, R. (2023). Electrophysiological evidence for sensitization effects elicited by concurrent social threats. Scientific Reports,13, 12285. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-39456-0
  • Fang, X., Yang, Y.-F., Kerschreiter, R., Niedeggen, M. (2022). From Loss of Control to Social Exclusion: ERP Effects of Preexposure to a Social Threat in the Cyberball Paradigm. Brain Sciences12, 1225. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12091225
  • Niedeggen, M., Kerschreiter, R., & Schuck, K. (2019). Loss of control as a violation of expectations: Testing the predictions of a common inconsistency compensation approach in an inclusionary cyberball game. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0221817. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0221817
  • Schuck, K., Niedeggen M., & Kerschreiter, R. (2018) Violated expectations in the cyberball paradigm: Testing the expectancy account of social participation with ERP. Frontiers Psychology, 9, 1762. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01762
  • Niedeggen, M., Kerschreiter, R., Hirte, D., & Weschke, S. (2017). Being low prepares for being neglected: Verticality affects expectancy of social participation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24, 574-581. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-016-1115-5
  • Werner, N. S., Kerschreiter, R., Kindermann, N. K., & Duschek, S. (2013). Interoceptive awareness as a moderator of affective responses to social exclusion. Journal of Psychophysiology, 27, 39-50. https://doi.org/10.1027/0269-8803/a000086


Motivation, Goal Setting, Healthy and Environment-Friendly Behavior

  • Bastini, K., Kerschreiter, R., Lachmann, M., Sawert, T., & Ziegler, M. (2023). Encouraging individual contributions to net-zero organizations: Effects of behavioral policy interventions and social norms. Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-023-05516-8
  • Giessner, S. R., Stam, D. A., Kerschreiter, R., Verboon, D., & Salama, I. (2020). Goal-setting reloaded: The influence of minimal and maximal goal standards on task satisfaction and goal striving after performance feedback. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 161, 228-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.08.004
  • Bekk, M., Spörrle, M., Hedjasie, R., & Kerschreiter, R. (2016). Greening the competitive advantage: Antecedents and consequences of green brand equity. Quality and Quantity, 50(4), 1727-1746. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-015-0232-y
  • Diethert, A. P., Weisweiler, S., Frey, D., & Kerschreiter, R. (2015). Training motivation of employees in academia: Developing and testing a model based on the theory of reasoned action. Special Issue “Theories of Motivation and Emotion in Training Research”. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft,18(1), 29-50.
  • Fleig, L., Kerschreiter, R., Schwarzer, R., Pomp, S. & Lippke, S. (2014). 'Sticking to a healthy diet is easier for me when I exercise regularly': Cognitive transfer between physical exercise and healthy nutrition. Psychology & Health, 29(12), 1361-1372. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2014.930146
  • van Quaquebeke, N., Graf, M. M., Kerschreiter, R., Schuh, S. C., & van Dick, R. (2014). Ideal Values and Counter-ideal Values as Two Distinct Forces: Exploring a Gap in Organizational Value Research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 16, 211-225. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12017
  • Kastenmüller, A., Frey, D., Kerschreiter, R., Tattersall, A. J., Traut-Mattausch, E., & Fischer, P. (2012). Perceived openness of climate during training and transfer motivation: Testing two short and simple interventions. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 64, 211-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2011.631711


Preference-Consistent Information Processing in Individual and Group Decision Making

  • *Mojzisch, A., *Kerschreiter, R., Faulmüller, N., Vogelgesang, F., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2014). The consistency principle in interpersonal communication: Consequences of preference confirmation and disconfirmation during collective decision making. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 961-977. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036338  * co-first authorship
  • Faulmüller, N., Mojzisch, A., Kerschreiter, R., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2012). Do you want to convince me or to be understood? Preference-consistent information sharing and its motivational determinants. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1684-1696. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167212458707
  • Faulmüller, N., Kerschreiter, R., Mojzisch, A., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2010). Beyond group-level explanations for the failure of groups to solve hidden profiles: The individual preference effect revisited. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 653-671. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430210369143
  • Kerschreiter, R., Schulz-Hardt, S., Mojzisch, A., & Frey, D. (2008). Biased information search in homogeneous groups: Confidence as a moderator for the effect of anticipated task requirements. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 679-691. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167207313934
  • Mojzisch, A., Schulz-Hardt, S., Kerschreiter, R., Brodbeck, F. C., & Frey, D. (2008). Social validation in group decision making: Differential effects on the decisional impact of preference-consistent and preference-inconsistent information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1477-1490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2008.07.012
  • Mojzisch, A., Schulz-Hardt, S., Kerschreiter, R., & Frey, D. (2008). Combined Effects of Knowledge About Others' Opinions and Anticipation of Group Discussion on Confirmatory Information Search. Small Group Research, 39, 203 - 223. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496408315983
  • Brodbeck, F. C., Kerschreiter, R., Mojzisch, A., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2007). Group decision making under conditions of distributed knowledge: The information asymmetries model. Academy of Management Review, 32, 459-479. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2007.24351441
  • Schulz-Hardt, S., Brodbeck, F. C., Mojzisch, A., Kerschreiter, R., & Frey, D. (2006). Group decision making in hidden profile situations: Dissent as a facilitator for decision quality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 1080-1093. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.91.6.1080
  • Brodbeck, F. C., Kerschreiter, R., Mojzisch, A., Frey, D., & Schulz-Hardt, S. (2002). The dissemination of critical, unshared information in decision-making groups: The effects of pre-discussion dissent. European Journal of Social Psychology, 32, 35-56, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.74.


Guest Editor for Special Issues

  • Peus, C., Kerschreiter, R., Traut-Mattausch, E. & Frey, D. (2010). Ethics and economic success. Special Issue of the Zeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology.