Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and Head of Department of Leadership and Management at the KLU. He is additionally affiliated (part-time) with the University of Exeter as a Distinguished Research Professor. He is recognised as one of the Top100 German speaking business scholars (in WirtschaftsWoche and in the under 40 category in the last two Handelsblatt rankings). A psychologist by training, he pursued his PhD at the University of Hamburg and as a visiting scholar at various business schools around the globe. In 2008, he received the ERIM top talent post-doc fellowship at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University where he later also taught as an Assistant Professor.
In his research, Van Quaquebeke focuses on the issue of leadership. Among others, he explores the communicative basis of successful leadership, the importance of values, ways of leading ethically, and the function of interpersonal respect. He is involved in the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA), which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian aid operations via psychological insights, the Exeter Centre for Leadership, and the Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies.
Van Quaquebeke currently serves as Senior Associate Editor for The Leadership Quarterly (LQ) and on the editorial boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP). He was awarded repeated scholarships by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) as well as an award by the German government for the innovative approach of the RespectResearchGroup which he headed for ten years. He received KLU’s best overall teaching award three times (2012, 2014, 2019). His recent research on "respectful inquiry” as a leadership tool received the biennial innovation award by the IO chapter of the German Psychological Society (DGPs). His work is frequently mentioned in the public media.
Before turning academic, Van Quaquebeke has worked in various internal and external consultancy roles. Today he bridges the gap from science to practice with his spin-off re|spic|ere, as part of the teaching body within KLU's executive education, and by authoring popular video-blended courses on:
- The Psychology of Leadership (German, English 1, 2, 3)
- The Psychology of Negotiations (German, English)
- (Self) Managing Remote Work (German, English).
Students who wish to write a thesis with Prof. Dr. Van Quaquebeke are requested to enroll and watch his “Introduction to Thesis Supervision” videos before reaching out. Amongst others, they also explain the format of the proposal to be handed in before registering the thesis.
Up Close & Personal
“What sets the KLU apart for me is the clarity of our mission: Leadership and logistics”
– Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke
Visiting Scholar at Business School, University of Western Australia, AUS
Visiting Scholar at Business School, University of Otago, NZ
Full Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Kühne Logistics University, GER
Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Kühne Logistics University, GER
Director of RespectResearchGroup, GER
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Research Institute in Management & Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies, NL
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Top Talent Program) Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Research Institute in Management & Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies, NL
Visiting Scholar at University of New South Wales, Australian Graduate School of Management, Center for Corporate Change, AUS
Visiting Scholar at Monash University, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, AUS
Visiting Scholar at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Department of Organization and Personnel Management, NL
Visiting Scholar at Aston University, Aston Business School, Work and Organizational Psychology Group & Aston Centre for Leadership Excellence, UK
Lecturer at University of Hamburg, Psychology Department, Social Psychology, GER
Doctoral Degree (Dr. phil equivalent to Ph.D.) in Psychology at the University of Hamburg, GER
Diploma in Psychology at the University of Hamburg, GER (Cooperation project with Fraunhofer Institute IPK Berlin)
2017 - Best Paper Award, Journal of Personnel Psychology
Niels Van Quaquebeke received the Best Paper Award of the Journal of Personnel Psychology (together with Daniel Gläser and Suzanne van Gils) for "Pay-for-performance and interpersonal deviance: Competitiveness as the match that lights the fire", in Journal of Personnel Psychology, 16, 77-90. Link to article
2017 - Biennial Most Innovative Scientific Article Award conferred by German Psychological Society (DGPs) IO chapter (AOW)
Niels Van Quaquebeke received the Most Innovative Scientific Article Award of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (together with Will Felps) for "Respectful inquiry: A motivational account of leading through asking question and listening", in Academy Management Review, 43 (1), 5–27. Link to article
2012/2014 - Handelsblatt Ranking: Top100 business researcher under 40 in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria
Niels Van Quaquebeke was recognised as one of the Top100 business researchers under 40 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the Handelsblatt Rankings of 2012 and 2014.
2012/2014 - Best Teaching Award at Kühne Logistics University
Niels Van Quaquebeke received KLU’s Best Teaching Award that is conferred once a year based on the students’ evaluations of their lectures and seminars.
2007 - RespectResearchGroup: Outstanding Innovative Project
As part of the German Government initiative “Germany - Land of Ideas”, the RespectResearchGroup was recognised as outstanding innovative project. The RRG was founded by Niels Van Quaquebeke in 2003 who also headed the group until 2013.
- Dr. Daniel Gläser, subject:RESOUL - on a mission for meaningful workplaces, Cologne, Germany
- Suzanne van Gils, PhD, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway
- Dr. Matthias Graf, Gartner HR Consulting, Cost & Operations, Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Jennifer Korman, Sozialstiftung, Germany
- Dr. Christina Mölders, Hochschule Fresenius, Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Jasper Neerdaels, Universität Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany
- Susan Reh, PhD, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
- Lea Rüsch, PhD, Instituto de Empresa (IE), Madrid, Spain
- Mojtaba Salem, PhD, Technical University Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
- Dr. Catharina Vogt, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, Münster, Germany
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