Chair of Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics
Carmen Tanner conducts research in the fields of Ethical Decision Making and Behavioral Business Ethics. She has worked at universities in Bern, Fribourg, and Zurich, and at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA, among others. From 2004 until 2010 she held a professorship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich. She is the Director of the "Center for Responsibility in Finance" (CRF) established in 2011 within the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.
In January 2015, Carmen Tanner took up the Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership Ethics at Zeppelin University’s "Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ. Her work focuses upon research, teaching, and continuing education on the area of business management. Carmen Tanner is also Vice Director of LEIZ.
Introduction to the Chair Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics
Behavioral business ethics – What makes ethical decision-making harder or easier Questionable business practices of companies and leaders, as well as misconduct by employees at the workplace, can often have far-reaching repercussions and lead to high financial costs, as well as the loss of trust and reputation. An urgent question for both business and academic research is, therefore, what circumstances influence the occurrence of unethical behavior. Behavioral business ethics is a relatively new and promising line of research where psychologists, economists, and ethicists work together to better understand which personal and situational factors make unethical behavior easier or more difficult. Carmen Tanner’s Chair at the LEIZ is a platform for such questions and related empirical studies.
Introduction to the Chair Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics
Corporate culture The development of unethical business practices is not only a question of individual factors but also depends on the value- and corporate culture of an organization. Under corporate culture we subsume the prevailing structures, norms, values and behaviors of a business. These are reinforced for example by role models, goal settings and even subtle contextual factors (such as pictures, symbols, focus on money). Often, the unwritten rather than the made explicit values and principles of a Code of Ethics are what shape a business culture. Thus, the focus is on the specification and the role of compliance and integrity dimensions and how these factors impact on the development of misconduct within organizations. We are currently developing and testing an instrument that measures relevant indicators of an ethical and responsible business culture. The goal is to frequently conduct a monitoring via the Corporate Ethical Culture Scale, collecting data on business culture periodically and on a large scale for the interested public.
Moral intelligence – Self-navigation system and one’s own values In research and practice, social and emotional intelligence have received a great deal of attention in recent years as important prerequisites for successful interaction in business and elsewhere. Since the financial and economic crisis, moral intelligence has been seen as a new challenge. At the LEIZ Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership Ethics, we conduct research into motivational as well as perception-, decision-making- and acting-related conditions for moral intelligence. On the other hand, work at the Chair will contribute to measuring and promoting moral competencies through measuring devices and innovative tools.
The enigma of honesty – A question of costs or values? Questions and discussions on the topic of (dis)honesty in the business and financial context have been popular again for quite some time. The economic and financial crisis, numerous fraud scandals at large companies (Enron, Worldcom, VW), banks (Libor scandal, currency manipulation) or people (Madoff, Adoboli) have contributed to this. But why do people behave honestly or dishonestly? That is a question we have been dealing with for many years in interdisciplinary research projects (Psychology, Economy & Finance, Ethics). The interactions between situational and motivational determinants of honesty are examined on the basis of experimental studies.
Arnold, S. / Tanner, Carmen / Wölfing Kast, Sybille: Die Wirkung ausgewählter Kontextbedingungen auf das ökologisch nachhaltige Einkaufsverhalten: Resultate einer Tagebuchstudie, 1999, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4686
Tanner, Carmen / Wölfing Kast, Sybille / Arnold, S.: Typisierung von Konsumenten und Konsumentinnen aufgrund personaler und verhaltensbezogener Unterschiede, 1999, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4687
Wölfing Kast, Sybille / Tanner, Carmen / Arnold, S.: Die Wahrnehmung von handlungsrelevanten Infor¬mationen für ein ökologisch nachhaltiges Einkaufsverhalten durch verschiedene Konsumtypen, 1999, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4688
Tanner, Carmen / Wölfing Kast, Sybille / Arnold, S. / Sätteli, Karin: Internale und externale Restriktionen und Ressourcen des ökologisch nachhaltigen Lebensmitteleinkaufs, 1998, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4689
Wölfing Kast, Sybille / Tanner, Carmen / Arnold, S. / Sätteli, Karin: Die Vermittlung handlungsrelevanter Informationen für den ökologisch nachhaltigen Lebensmitteleinkauf, 1998, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4690
Arnold, S. / Tanner, Carmen / Jaeggi, C. / Foppa, Klaus: Fragebogen zur Erfassung von Umweltein¬stellungen und Umweltverhalten: Itemanalyse und deskriptive Angaben, 1995, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4682
Katsarov, Johannes / Christen, Markus / Schmocker, David / Tanner, Carmen / Mauerhofer, Ralf: Training moral sensitivity through video games: A review of suitable game mechanisms, 2019, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/9519
Katsarov, Johannes / Christen, Markus / Mauerhofer, Ralf / Schmocker, David / Tanner, Carmen: Training Moral Sensitivity Through Video Games: A Review of Suitable Game Mechanisms, 2017, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/6631
Dogan, Azade / Morishima, Yosuke / Heise, Felix / Tanner, Carmen / Gibson, Rajna: Prefrontal connections express individual differences in intrinsic resistance to trading off honesty values against economic benefits, 2016, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/6282
Christen, Markus / Ineichen, Christian / Tanner, Carmen: «Moralische Intelligenz» in der medizinischen Praxis: Zur Nutzung moralpsychologischer Konstrukte und Messverfahren in klinischer Diagnostik und Weiterbildung, 2016, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/6367
Christen, Markus / Ineichen, Christian / Tanner, Carmen: How “moral” are the principles of biomedical ethics? – a cross-domain evaluation of the common morality hypothesis, 2014, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4638
Stöckli, Peter Lucas / Tanner, Carmen: Are integrative or distributive outcomes more satisfactory? The effects of interest-based versus value-based issues on negotiator satisfaction: Negotiator satisfaction, 2014, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4639
Tanner, Carmen / Medin, Douglas L. / Iliev, Rumen: Influence of deontological versus consequentialist orientations on act choices and framing effects: when principles are more important than consequences, 2008, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4649
Tanner, Carmen: Wenn Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten die Umweltverträglichkeit von Lebensmitteln beurteilen – Ergebnisse experimenteller Studien Wenn Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten die Umweltverträglichkeit von Lebensmitteln beurteilen – Ergebnisse experimenteller Studien, 2006, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4651
Tanner, Carmen / Jungbluth, Niels: Evidence for the coincidence effect in environmental judgments: Why isn't it easy to correctly identify environmentally friendly food products?, 2003, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4655
Tanner, Carmen / Wölfing Kast, Sybille: Promoting sustainable consumption: Determinants of green purchases by Swiss consumers: Promoting Sustainable Consumption, 2003, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4656
Tanner, Carmen / Wölfing Kast, Sybille: Restriktionen und Ressourcen nachhaltiger Einkaufsgewohn¬heiten: Segmentierung Schweizer Konsumenten und Konsumentinnen, 2002, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4657
Christen, Markus / Fischer, Johannes / Huppenbauer, Markus / Tanner, Carmen / van Schaik, Carel: Empirically informed ethics: Morality between facts and norms, 2013, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/4665
Christen, Markus / Thouvenin, Florent / Hauser, Christian / Tanner, Carmen: Big Data Ethics Recommendations for the Insurance Industry. A Consolidation Report outlining the results of the NRP 75 project: "Between Solidarity and Personalisation - Dealing with Ethical and Legal Big Data Challenges in the Insurance Industry, 2019, https://zu.ub.uni-freiburg.de/data/9708