Prof. Dr.
Niels Van Quaquebeke

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Head of Management Department

Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and Head of the Management Department at the KLU. He is recognised as one of the Top100 German speaking business scholars under 40 in the last two Handelsblatt rankings. A psychologist by trade, 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 in leadership, ways of leading ethically, and the function of interpersonal respect. As a researcher, he is currently involved in the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA), which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian aid via psychological insights, and the Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies, which seeks to generally understand the role of leadership as an asset in organizations.

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 twice. 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 has furthermore been sponsored with more than 200.000 Euro from varying funding organizations and 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 a popular video-blended book on the “psychology of leadership".

Contact

Tel: +49 40 328707-241
Fax: +49 40 328707-209
niels.quaquebeke@the-klu.org

Networks

Selected Publications

Academic Positions

2014

Visiting Scholar at Business School, University of Western Australia, AUS

2014

Visiting Scholar at Business School, University of Otago, NZ

Since 2013

Full Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Kühne Logistics University, GER

2011-2013

Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Kühne Logistics University, GER

2003-2013

Director of RespectResearchGroup, GER

2010-2011

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Research Institute in Management & Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies, NL

2008-2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Top Talent Program) Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Research Institute in Management & Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies, NL

2006

Visiting Scholar at University of New South Wales, Australian Graduate School of Management, Center for Corporate Change, AUS

2006

Visiting Scholar at Monash University, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, AUS

2005

Visiting Scholar at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Department of Organization and Personnel Management, NL

2005

Visiting Scholar at Aston University, Aston Business School, Work and Organizational Psychology Group & Aston Centre for Leadership Excellence, UK

2004

Lecturer at University of Hamburg, Psychology Department, Social Psychology, GER

Education

2007

Doctoral Degree (Dr. phil equivalent to Ph.D.) in Psychology at the University of Hamburg, GER

2003

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.