Rolf van Dick

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Rolf van Dick (born 5 April 1967 in Duisburg) is a social psychologist in Germany.[1][2]


Rolf van Dick graduated in psychology at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.[3] He earned his Ph.D. in 1999 from Philipps-University Marburg, supervised by Ulrich Wagner. From 1995 to 2002, he was working as a lecturer and assistant professor at the Philipps-University Marburg. From 2003 to 2006, he worked at Aston University, Birmingham, England, first as a senior lecturer, and from 2005 to 2007 as a full professor and chair of Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

Since 2006 Rolf van Dick has held the chair for Social Psychology at the Institute for Psychology at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and also is teaching at Goethe Business School, Frankfurt. He has been a visiting professor in Beijing (Renmin University, 2016) and Shanghai (Jiao Tong University, 2016), Kathmandu (Nepal, 2009), Rhodes (University of the Aegaean, Greece, 2002) and at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA in 2001). At Goethe University, he was Director of the Institute of Psychology, and from 2011 to 2015 he served as Dean of the Department of Psychology and Sports Sciences. Since June 2016 he also holds a Professorship at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Work Research Institute (AFI), Norway and he is a member of the Psychology Review Board (Fachkollegium) of the German Science Foundation (DFG).

Rolf van Dick is co-founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO) at Goethe University.

Rolf van Dick is/was in various editorial functions at the British Journal of Management (Editor-in-chief), the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (Associate Editor), and the Journal of Personnel Psychology (Editor-in-chief). He is/was a member of various editorial boards including the British Journal of Management, the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Journal of Change Management, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Psychology Review, Organizacionnaâ psihologiâ (Organizational Psychology), Science You Can Use (SIOP/APA annual series), Social Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, and the German journals Politische Psychology, Zeitschrift für Personalpsychologie, Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie and Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie.

Research interests and awards[edit]

Among Rolf van Dick's main research interests are inter- and intragroup-processes, especially the application of the social identity approach to diversity, leadership, mergers, teamwork, etc. Rolf van Dick conducts his research in laboratory settings as well as in field studies or through cooperation with companies and schools. He has published more than 60 books and book chapters and over 100 papers in academic outlets (such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, "Journal of Management", Journal of Marketing, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). He is also a regular contributor to practitioner outlets such as the German edition of the Harvard Business Manager.

In 2008, Rolf van Dick was awarded with the University Teaching excellence award by the 1822-Foundation (German: Universitätspreis für exzellente Lehre der 1822-Stiftung).[3] In 2009 and 2016 he was awarded the YAVIS price for excellent teaching at the Department of Psychology.

List of publications (selection)[edit]

  • Hirst, G., Van Dick, R., & Van Knippenberg, D. (2009). A social identity perspective on leadership and employee creativity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 963-982.[2]
  • Meyer, J.P., Becker, T.E., & Van Dick, R. (2006). Social identities and commitments at work: Toward and integrative model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27, 665-683.
  • Richter, A., West, M.A., Van Dick, R., & Dawson, J.F. (2006). Boundary spanners’ identification, intergroup contact and effective intergroup relations. Academy of Management Journal, 49, 1252-1269.
  • Ullrich, J., Christ, O., & Van Dick, R. (2009). Substitutes for procedural fairness: Prototypical leaders are endorsed whether they are fair or not. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 235-244.[2]
  • Wieseke, J., Ahearne, M., Lam, S.K., & Van Dick, R. (2009). The role of leaders in internal marketing. Journal of Marketing, 73, 123-145.[2]
  • Häusser, J.A., Kattenstroth, M., van Dick, R., & Mojzisch, A. (2012). ‘We’ are not stressed. Social identity in groups buffers neuroendocrine stress reactions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 973-977.
Book chapters
  • Van Dick, R. & Haslam, S.A. (2012). Stress and well-being in the workplace: Support for key propositions from the social identity approach. In: J. Jetten, C. Haslam, & S.A. Haslam (eds.), The social cure: Identity, health, and well-being (pp. 175–194). Hove and New York: Psychology Press.
  • Haslam, S.A. & Van Dick, R. (2011). A social identity analysis of organizational well-being. In D. De Cremer, R. Van Dick, & K. Murnighan, (eds.). Social psychology and organizations. New York: Taylor & Francis.[4]
  • Riketta, M., & Van Dick, R. (2009). Commitment’s place in the literature. In H.J. Klein, T.E. Becker, & J.P. Meyer (eds.), Commitment in organizations: Accumulated wisdom and new directions (pp. 69–95). (SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series) New York: Routledge.
  • Sluss, D., van Dick, R., & Thompson, B. (2011). Role theory in organizations: A relational perspective. In S. Zedeck (Ed.), Handbook of I/O-Psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 505–534). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • De Cremer, D., Van Dick, R., & Murnighan, K. (Eds.). (2011). Social psychology and organizations. Taylor & Francis (Series in Organization and Management).[5]
  • Löwstedt, J., Larsson, P., Karsten, S., & Van Dick, R. (Eds.), (2007). From Intensified Work to Professional Development – A Journey through European schools. Brussels: PIE Lang.
  • Van Dick, R. (2006). Stress und Arbeitszufriedenheit bei Lehrerinnen und Lehrern. Zwischen „Horrorjob“ und Erfüllung. [Stress and work satisfaction among teachers] Marburg: Tectum. 2nd edition


  1. ^ "Leitantrag: SPD-Führung stellt eigene Reformen zur Diskussion". Der Spiegel (in German). 24 October 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick" (faculty data page), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 2011, webpage: GU.
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae" for Rolf Van Dick, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 2011, webpage (PDF): SP-19.
  4. ^ Book chapter list, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2011, webpage: GU books.
  5. ^ Book list, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2011, webpage: GU books.

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