Behavioural Ethics: the study of moral and immoral behavior in business settings


On this website I will in the future publish refreshing articles and opinions on Behavioural Ethics. Starting with the announcement of two special events.

The events will take place on December 19, 2014 at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management


Inaugural Lecture:

Understanding Immoral Conduct in Business Settings: A Behavioural Ethics Approach


During this ceremony I will publicly accept the appointment as endowed professor of Behavioural Ethics at the Rotterdam School of Management. In this lecture I will set out my vision on the field of Behavioural Ethics and the potential practical relevancy for Business Education.

The start of the twenty-first century revealed corporate scandals of perplexing magnitude, such as the Enron, Worldcom, and Parmalat debacles. This left society shocked and millions of shareholders and employees financially hurt. More recently, the global banking and economic crises that started with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008 has further stimulated stakeholders such as governments, local communities, shareholders and employees to put pressure on organizations to manage their employees and managers in ways that reduce immoral conduct. In response, the scientific study of moral and immoral conduct of organizational managers and employees -referred to as “behavioral ethics”- has rapidly grown into an accepted field of scientific enquiry. In this inaugural address, I distinguish behavioral ethics from normative approaches to business ethics and present a brief overview of the history and the current status of the field. I illustrate how progress can be made in the field of behavioral ethics using examples from my own research in the areas of organizational justice, ethical leadership, and power and hierarchy. I then present a research program that addresses some of the limitations of the field of behavioral ethics that I consider to be the most critical. I close by addressing how insights from behavioral ethics research can be made more practically relevant by becoming integrated in the curricula of business schools and by applying these insights to improve the moral conduct of organizations and their members.

Printed version of the Inaugural Lecture
During the ceremony, I will present the inaugural lecture in shortened form. If you attend the lecture, you will also receive the printed version of the full inaugural lecture. If you are not able to attend but would like to receive the printed version of the inaugural lecture, leave your address details here and I will send it to you for free!



The psychology of immoral behavior


With great honor I announce this very unique international event on Behavioural Ethics. We have lined up 5 top internationally renowned scholars to share some of their knowledge and ideas.

This symposium address the psychology of immoral behavior in business context in a manner that it aides professionals in their reflection on ethical conduct in organizational settings. Research will be presented in a non-technical manner, emphasizing the relevance of the findings to the practice of business ethics. Topics vary from the roles of self-regulatory processes and emotions in regulating moral conduct to issues of leadership, justice, and trust.

Putting executive pay in context
David De Cremer, KPMG professor in management studies
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK

Narcissism and Moral Leadership
Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton, UK

Nostalgia: The gift that keeps on giving
Tim Wildschut, University of Southampton, UK

Expectations for Moral Behavior: What we want from ourselves, our leaders, and our organizations (& how we often fall short of these expectations)
Jennifer Jordan, University of Groningen

Regulating (im)moral behavior – the role of moral identity
Laetitia Mulder, University of Groningen



Time Event
10:00 – 13:00 Symposium: “The psychology of immoral behavior”
16:00 – 16:45 Inaugural: Lecture “Understanding Immoral Conduct in Business Settings: A Behavioural Ethics Approach”
16:45 – 18:00 Reception


Register Today!

Join us on one or both of these events. Participating is free and gives you an opportunity to get in contact with likeminded people in the field.


Kind regards, and I hope to see you on the 19th of December 2014,


Prof. Dr. Marius van Dijke

Scientific director of the Erasmus Centre of Behavioural Ethics

Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management