KPMG Professor of Management Studies
PhD (University of Southampton)
Leadership effectiveness, trust building, maintenance and repair, organisational justice, executive pay and bonuses, behavioural economics and decision-making, behavioural ethics, creativity and innovation, challenges in China and the West.
Subject group: Organisational Leadership & Decision-Making
David De Cremer is an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Annals and has been a member on the editorial boards of, among others, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Social Influence, Social Justice Research, Leadership Quarterly.
He teaches at the MBA, EMBA and executive level, with a specific focus on organisational behaviour, corporate social responsibility and ethics, contemporary issues in leadership, trust as a business asset, negotiations and decision-making. He provided consultancy to companies like, among others, Novartis, Barclays, KPMG, AB Inbev, Solvay, IBM, Rabobank, ING, Cisco, Bayer, DSM, and Huawei.
He has edited several academic books on the following topics: "Social psychology and economics", "Advances in the psychology of justice and affect", "Psychological perspectives on ethical behavior and decision making", "Social psychology and organizations", and "Behavioral business ethics: Shaping an emerging field". In addition, he has also written popular books on "When good people do bad things: On the psychology behind the financial crisis", "Making negotiations predictable: What science tells us?" and "The proactive leader: How to overcome procrastination and be a bold decision maker".
His recent work has been discussed, among others, in the Scientific American, Bloomberg News, The Economist, Forbes, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS Money Watch, and Psychology Today. He has written opinion pieces for economic newspapers and magazines (e.g. The Financial Times) and in 2009-2010 he was named the most influential economist in the Netherlands (Top 40 of economists).
Prior to his current position, David De Cremer was Professor of Management at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS; where he is a visiting professor now) and London Business School (LBS). Previously, De Cremer held teaching and research positions at Rotterdam School of Management, New York University, and Harvard University.
Awards & honours
- Recipient of the "Postgraduate Study Visit Award" (1998, by the British Psychological Society, BPS).
- Recipient of the Award for "Outstanding Social Psychology PhD-thesis" by the British Psychological Society (BPS; 2000).
- Finalist for the best Ph.D.-thesis in Group Psychology (American Psychology Association (APA) Award 2000).
- Fellowship Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (Summer School on affect and decisions) at Stanford University (July-August, 2004)
- Elected member to Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2005)
- Recipient of the "Jos Jaspers Early Career Award for Outstanding contributions to social psychology" by the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP; 2005).
- Included in the "Cream of Science" (2005, showcase of Dutch prominent research; "Keur der Wetenschap")
- Membership "Young Academy of Science" (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, "De Jonge Akademie", KNAW, 2006-2010): young scientists who have made their mark in the research world and have a wide-ranging interest in science. Fellowship is only awarded via an intensive selection procedure employed by all the Dutch Universities and the KNAW.
- Recipient of a Research Fellowship at the J.F. Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA, for the academic year 2007-2008.
- Emerald LiteratiNetwork 2006 Highly Commended Award (award for highly recommended articles to read in an Emerald journal: Leadership and Organization Development Journal)
- Recipient of the "Comenius European Young Psychologist Award" by the European Federation of Psychology, 2007 (this early career award is a competition open to all areas within psychology).
- Recipient of the "best paper award" for an article published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (publishing year 2006).
- Recipient of the 2008 "International Society for Justice Research Early Career Contribution Award".
- Recipient of the "best paper award" at the annual WAOP (Work and organizational psychology association in the Netherlands) conference, 2008.
- Elected "ERIM (Erasmus Research Institute for Management Research) research fellow" at Rotterdam School of Management
- Number 1 position in the top-40 of Dutch Economists in 2009-2010 (list of the 40 best publishing professors employed at business and economics departments in the Netherlands)
- Recipient of the 2011 ERIM (Erasmus Research Institute of Management; Rotterdam School of Management) "impact on managerial practices" award
- Finalist of 2011 "Huibregtsen Award for outstanding scientific innovation and valuable contribution to society" award in the Netherlands.
- Finalist of the "outstanding publication in organizational behaviour competition 2011" by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.
- Recipient of the 2013 CEIBS Research Excellence Award
- Recipient of the CEIBS 2013 External Academic Honor
Brebels, L., De Cremer, D. and van Dijke, M. (2014) "Using self-definition to predict the influence of procedural justice on organizational-, interpersonal-, and job/task-oriented citizenship behavior." Journal of Management, 40(3): 731-763 (DOI: 10.1177/0149206311410605)
De Cremer, D., Pillutla, M.M. and Reinders Folmer, C. (2011) "How important is an apology to you? Forecasting errors in predicting the true value of apologies." Psychological Science, 22(1): 45-48 (DOI: 10.1177/0956797610391101)
De Cremer, D. and van Dijk, E. (2009) "Paying for sanctions in social dilemmas: the effects of endowment asymmetry and accountability." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 109(1): 45-55 (DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.01.004)
Brebels, L., De Cremer, D. and Sedikides, C. (2008) "Retaliation as a response to procedural unfairness: a self-regulatory approach." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(6): 1511-1525 (DOI: 10.1037/a0012821)
De Cremer, D. and Tyler, T.R. (2007) "The effects of trust in authority and procedural fairness on cooperation." Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(3): 639-649 (DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.92.3.639)
De Cremer, D. and van Knippenberg, D. (2004) "Leader self-sacrifice and leadership effectiveness: the moderating role of leader self-confidence." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 95(2): 140-155 (DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2004.04.002)