Research at the Chair of Human Resource Management

We focus on research questions in the areas of future of work, (digital) leadership, as well as incentives and motivation from an economic perspective. In close collaboration with partners from science and practice, we design (digital) leadership and cooperation strategies and investigate employee motivation and performance in the context of new work forms and environments. It is important to us that our research finds its way into science as well as into practice. In our research, we follow an interdisciplinary approach and combine organizational and personnel economic approaches with methods from experimental economics. In addition to classical economic laboratory experiments, we conduct field experiments and randomized controlled trials. We regularly publish our research results in leading scientific journals such as European Economic Review, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and The Leadership Quarterly. Prof. Nieken is also the co-spokesperson of the Karlsruhe Decision & Design Lab (KD2Lab) and a member of the editorial board of The Leadership Quarterly.

Main Topics:

  • Incentives
  • (Digital) Leadership
  • Employee motivation
  • (Un)ethical behaviour
  • Performance measurement
  • Teams and ccoperation


  • Behavioral economic theories
  • Experimental economic research
    • Laboratory experiments
    • Eye-tracking
    • Field experiments
    • Randomized controlled trials
  • Empirical data analysis