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Jochen Menges

Jochen Menges

University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

BA, MA (University of Heidelberg), PhD (University of St Gallen)

Research interests

Leadership (especially charismatic leadership, leadership climates, effective leadership behaviours and leader-follower interactions); and affect in organisations (especially group emotions, collective and individual emotion regulation, motivation and emotion, and emotional intelligence).

Subject group: Organisational Leadership & Decision-Making

Professional experience

Jochen's research focus is on the social dynamics between leaders and followers and on the role of emotions and motivation in organisational life. Jochen examines, for example, what makes leaders charismatic, how charismatic leaders affect followers, how leaders infuse emotions in those who look up to them, how leaders develop and use emotional intelligence, how emotions spread to affect collectivities, and how organisations can create cultures that feature high levels of engagement and low levels of exhaustion.

In his research, teaching and consulting, Jochen has worked with companies and organisations such as Ambrosetti, British Telecom, Google, Jaguar Land Rover, L'Oreal, Microsoft, Nordea, Save the Children, Waldburg Zeil Hospitals, and The World Bank. Jochen has taught at startup incubators such as Plug & Play in Silicon Valley and The Venture Cafe Foundation in Boston. Jochen is also an expert on the medium-sized companies of the Mittelstand, the backbone of Germany's economy. He led a major employer quality assessment study, for which he evaluated more than 450 Mittelstand companies in Germany regarding their potential to attract and retain talent.

Jochen is amongst the founders of the Experimental Laboratory at Cambridge Judge Business School. He conducts carefully controlled experiments to understand the causality of the social dynamics that he observes in organisations, as well as survey and archival studies. Jochen is a member of the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal (2016-2019) and The Leadership Quarterly (since 2016), and served as consulting editor of Emotion (2012-2015). He has also been an executive board member of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence since 2012, and an expert member for the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace project by the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence.

His research has been featured in the media around the world, for example, by the BBC, CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and Die Zeit.

Previous appointments

Jochen was previously a Research Associate at the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at Yale University in the United States. He is currently also appointed as a University Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Management at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Awards & honours

  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Journal, 2017
  • Academy of Management Annals Best Article Award, 2015
  • Academy of Management Best Paper Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division, 2013
  • Finalists for the SAGE Best Paper Award, 2013
  • Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Emotions and Organisational Life, INSEAD, 2008
  • German Study Award (Deutscher Studienpreis), 2007
  • German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) Scholarship, 2002-2005
  • Baden-Württemberg Stipend (Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg) Scholarship, 2002-2003

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Jochen Menges's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Knight, A., Menges, J.I. and Bruch, H. (2017) "Organizational affective tone: a meso perspective on the origins and effects of consistent affect in organizations." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.0671) (forthcoming)

Conroy, S., Becker, W. and Menges, J.I. (2017) "The meaning of my feelings depends on who I am: work-related identifications shape emotion effects in organizations." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.1040) (forthcoming)

Menges, J.I., Tussing, D., Wihler, A. and Grant, A. (2017) "When job performance is all relative: how family motivation energizes effort and compensates for intrinsic motivation." Academy of Management Journal, 60(2): 695-719 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.0898)

Brands, R., Menges, J.I. and Kilduff, M. (2015) "The leader-in-social-network schema: perceptions of network structure affect gendered attributions of charisma." Organization Science, 26(4): 1210-1225 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2015.0965)

Menges, J.I. and Kilduff, M. (2015) "Group emotions: cutting the Gordion knots concerning terms, levels-of-analysis, and mechanisms." Academy of Management Annals, 9(1): 849-932 (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2015.1033148)

Journal articles

Fiedler, K., Schenk, W., Watling, M. and Menges, J.I. (2005) "Priming trait inferences through pictures and moving pictures: the impact of open and closed mindsets." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(2): 229-244 (DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.88.2.229)

Bruch, H. and Menges, J.I. (2010) "The acceleration trap: it's not just individuals who burn out - companies do, too." Harvard Business Review, 88(4): 80-86

Kilduff, M., Chiaburu, D.S. and Menges, J.I. (2010) "Strategic use of emotional intelligence in organizational settings: exploring the dark side." Research in Organizational Behavior, 30: 129-152 (DOI: 10.1016/j.riob.2010.10.002)

Menges, J.I., Walter, F., Vogel, B. and Bruch, H. (2011) "Transformational leadership climate: performance linkages, mechanisms, and boundary conditions at the organizational level." The Leadership Quarterly, 22(5): 893-909 (DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.07.010)

Uhlmann, E.L., Leavitt, K., Menges, J.I., Koopman, J., Howe, M. and Johnson, R.E. (2012) "Getting explicit about the implicit: a taxonomy of implicit measures and a guide for their use in organizational research." Organizational Research Methods, 15(4): 553-601 (DOI: 10.1177/1094428112442750)

Becker, W.J. and Menges, J.I. (2013) "Biological implicit measures in HRM and OB: a question of how, not if." Human Resource Management Review, 23(3): 219-228 (DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2012.12.003)

Nohe, C., Michaelis, B., Menges, J.I., Zhang, Z. and Sonntag, K. (2013) "Charisma and organizational change: a multilevel study of perceived charisma, commitment to change, and team performance." The Leadership Quarterly, 24(2): 378-389 (DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.02.001)

Menges, J.I. and Kilduff, M. (2015) "Group emotions: cutting the Gordion knots concerning terms, levels-of-analysis, and mechanisms." Academy of Management Annals, 9(1): 849-932 (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2015.1033148)

Tasselli, S., Kilduff, M. and Menges, J.I. (2015) "The microfoundations of organizational social networks: a review and an agenda for future research." Journal of Management, 41(5): 1361-1387 (DOI: 10.1177/0149206315573996)

Momm, T., Blickle, G., Liu, Y., Wihler, A., Kholin, M. and Menges J.I. (2015) "It pays to have an eye for emotions: emotion recognition ability indirectly predicts annual income." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36(1): 147-163 (DOI: 10.1002/job.1975)

Brands, R., Menges, J.I. and Kilduff, M. (2015) "The leader-in-social-network schema: perceptions of network structure affect gendered attributions of charisma." Organization Science, 26(4): 1210-1225 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2015.0965)

Menges, J.I., Kilduff, M., Kern, S. and Bruch, H (2015) "The awestruck effect: followers suppress emotion expression in response to charismatic but not individually considerate leadership." The Leadership Quarterly, 26(4): 626-640 (DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.06.002)

Silberzahn, R. and Menges, J.I. (2016) "Reading the face of a leader: women with low facial masculinity are perceived as competitive." Academy of Management Discoveries, 2(3): 272-289 (DOI: 10.5465/amd.2014.0070)

Kunze, F. and Menges, J.I. (2017) "Younger supervisors, older subordinates: an organizational-level study of age differences, emotions, and performance." Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(4): 461-486 (DOI: 10.1002/job.2129)

Gino, F., Staats, B., Jachimowicz, J.M., Lee, J. and Menges, J.I. (2017) "Reclaim your commute." Harvard Business Review, May-June: 149-153

Menges, J.I., Tussing, D., Wihler, A. and Grant, A. (2017) "When job performance is all relative: how family motivation energizes effort and compensates for intrinsic motivation." Academy of Management Journal, 60(2): 695-719 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.0898)

Conroy, S., Becker, W. and Menges, J.I. (2017) "The meaning of my feelings depends on who I am: work-related identifications shape emotion effects in organizations." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2014.1040) (forthcoming)

Knight, A., Menges, J.I. and Bruch, H. (2017) "Organizational affective tone: a meso perspective on the origins and effects of consistent affect in organizations." Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.0671) (forthcoming)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Menz, M., Ebersbach, L. and Menges, J.I. (2007) Mergers und acquisitions: von der Strategie zur Integration [Mergers and acquistions: from strategy to integration]. Bern: Haupt Verlag.

Menges, J.I., Ebersbach, L. and Welling, C. (2008) Erfolgsfaktor Emotionales Kapital - Menschen begeistern, Ziele erreichen [Emotional capital, a success factor: inspire people, reach goals]. Bern: Haupt Verlag.

Menges, J.I. (2009) Organizational-level affect: antecedents, boundary conditions, and consequences of emotional climates and competencies. Bamberg: Difo-Druck GmbH.

Book chapters

Menges, J.I. and Bruch, H. (2009) "Organizational emotional intelligence and performance: an empirical study." In: Härtel, C.E.J., Zerbe, W.J. and Ashkanasy, N.M. (eds.): Research on emotions in organizations: vol.5. Bingley: Emerald, pp.181-209

Menges, J.I. (2012) "Organizational emotional intelligence: theoretical foundations and practical implications." In: Härtel, C.E.J., Zerbe, W.J. and Ashkanasy, N.M. (eds.): Research on emotions in organizations: vol.8. Bingley: Emerald, pp.355-373

Walter, F., Vogel, B. and Menges, J.I. (2013) "A theoretical examination of mixed group mood: the construct and its performance consequences." In: Zerbe, W.J., Ashkanasy, N.M. and Härtel, C.E.J. (eds.): Research on emotions in organizations: vol.9: Individual sources, dynamics, and expressions of emotion. Bingley: Emerald, pp.119-152

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Contact details

Jochen Menges
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 766447
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

j.menges@jbs.cam.ac.uk