My research centers around compensation practices, performance evaluation, and the role of managers' traits in decision making. I study these phenonema in for-proft and not-for-profit settings. For example, in my most recent research, I study how clawback compensation schemes affect cooperation among top managers. My research has been published in academic journals such as European Accounting Review, Management Accounting Research, Public Management Review, or the Journal of Business Ethics. The findings have regularly been featured in the public press such as Barron’s, Le Temps, or the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

You can also find more on my research in a Viadrina podcast (in German): Part1 & Part2.

I teach cost accounting, management control, experimental methods, and business ethics courses in undergraduate and graduate programs.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, collect vintage watches, and play tennis.

My Research

Selected Working Papers

The interactive effects of manager narcissism and the framing of the manager’s incentive scheme on employee effort (with Miriam Maske and Bernhard Hirsch). Presented at AAA 2020, ABO 2020, MAS 2021 (link)

From Victims to Perpetrators: Unraveling the Ripple Effect of Dishonest Reporting in Organizational Budgeting (with Tim Schwertner and Miriam Maske). Presented at ACMAR 2024, EAA 2024

Selected Publications

For a complete list of publications, see my Google Scholar or ORCiD accounts.


Earnings Management and the Role of Moral Values in Investing (with Rajna Gibson Brandon, Carmen Tanner and Alexander F. Wagner)

  • European Accounting Review, 2023. (link)

Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together? The Joint Effects of Manager and Subordinate Narcissism on Performance Evaluation (with Miriam Maske)

  • European Accounting Review, 2023. (link)

How corporate charitable giving reduces the costs of formal controls (with Bernhard Reichert)

  • Journal of Business Ethics, 2022. (link)

Negative media reporting and its effects on performance information use in public spending (with David Lindermüller and Bernhard Hirsch)

  • Public Management Review, 2022. (link)

How managerial accountability mitigates a halo effect in managers’ ex-post bonus adjustments (with Miriam Maske and Bernhard Hirsch)

  • Management Accounting Research, 2021. (link)

The impact of clawback provisions on information processing and investment behavior (with Bernhard Hirsch and Bernhard Reichert)

  • Management Accounting Research, 2017. (link)

Selected Contributions in the Public Press

Narzissten haben nützliche und gefährliche Seiten. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 11.07.2022 (link)

What kind of person can resist corruption? Psychology Today, 15.03.2022 (link)

Investing in managerial honesty. VoxEU and The World Economic Forum, 05.11.2018 (link)

Honesty’s the Best Policy? Yes, Investors Say. Barron’s, 24.11.2017 (link)

L’intégrité morale peut répondre aux attentes des investisseurs. Le Temps, 12.10.2017 (link)

Research Grants

ESSEC Business School Research grant (CERESSEC grant number 043-263-1-8-05-P-1) €4600 “Who is corrupt? Experimental research on petty corruption in an auditing setting” in 2018

My Teaching

I teach cost accounting, management control, business ethics, and experimental methods in B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD programs. I have been teaching at institutions such as European University Viadrina, ESCP Berlin, Zeppelin University, or UniBW Munich.


Exemplary courses taught:

  • An Introduction to Business Ethics and Sustainability Management (B.Sc.)
  • Cost Accounting (B.Sc.)
  • Management Control (M.Sc.)
  • Experimental Methods in Business Research (PhD)