Rasmus Pichler

PhD Candidate

BA (Zeppelin University), MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Year of entry: 2018

I’m a PhD Candidate in the Strategy and International Business subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School. My research focuses on the phenomenon of corporate wrongdoing – company actions that violate norms and harm stakeholders. In particular, I study how the interplay of top management and firm behaviour with corporate and societal governance mechanisms affects corporate wrongdoing.

Rasmus Pichler.

My details

Contact details

[email protected]

Research topic

Corporate Wrongdoing, Top Management, and Social Control

Research interests

Corporate wrongdoing; social evaluations; upper echelons theory; theory of the firm.


Strategic Management


Professor Shahzad Ansari and Professor Thomas Roulet


Rasmus holds a BA in Sociology, Politics and Economics from Zeppelin University and an MPhil in Strategy, Marketing and Operations from the University of Cambridge. Before embarking on his PhD, Rasmus worked in the corporate social responsibility department of a global automotive supplier and as a management consultant for clients in the technology, mobility and financial services sectors.

Publications and papers

Pichler, R., Roulet, T. and Paolella, L. (2023) “A bailout for the outlaws: interactions between social control agents and the perception of organizational misconduct.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 84: 31-50 (DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20230000084002)

Roulet, T.J. and Pichler, R. (2020) “Blame game theory: scapegoating, whistleblowing and discursive struggles following accusations of organizational misconduct.” Organization Theory (DOI: 10.1177/2631787720975192) (published online Nov 2020)