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Tobias Dennerlein

Tobias Dennerlein

Assistant Professor of Management
Organizational Behavior/Human Resources


Ph.D. in Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam and HEC Lausanne
M.Sc. in Business and Economics (Dipl.-Kfm.), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dr. Tobias Dennerlein is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources area of the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University. He serves on the Editorial Review Board at Human Relations and as an ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. Dr. Dennerlein’s research examines how managers’ leadership styles (e.g., empowering leadership) affect employee motivation and downstream behavior (e.g., creativity or unethical pro-organizational behavior). He uses both experimental and cross-sectional methods in his research.

Dr. Dennerlein’s research has been published in premier outlets, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology. His research has received popular press attention from outlets such as The Economist and Forbes. Dr. Dennerlein also presents his work regularly at leading management conferences such as the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conferences.

Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Dennerlein was an Assistant Professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, where he taught classes and workshops on leadership, teams, motivation, conflict, and power at the Executive and MBA level.

Journal Articles

  • Dennerlein, T.; Kirkman, B. L. (2023). The forgotten side of empowering others: How lower social structural empowerment attenuates the effects of empowering leadership on employee psychological empowerment and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. Online first | Related Website |
  • Dennerlein, T.; Kirkman, B. L. (2022). The hidden dark side of empowering leadership: The moderating role of hindrance stressors in explaining when empowering employees can promote moral disengagement and unethical pro-organizational behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 107 (12), 2220–2242. | Related Website |
  • Koopman, Joel; Scott, Brent A.; Matta, Fadel K.; Conlon, Donald E.; Dennerlein, Tobias (2019). Ethical leadership as a substitute for justice enactment: An information-processing perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 104 (9), 1103–1116. | Related Website |

Office: KRAN 329

Quick links

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Area(s) of Expertise

leadership; motivation; teams; unethical behavior; multi-level modeling; experimental research