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Chair of Human Resource Management and Leadership
University of Zurich

Expertise

  • Social dynamics between leaders and followers
  • Role of emotions in organizational life

Professor Jochen Menges holds the Chair of Human Resource Management and Leadership at the Department of Business Administration at the University of Zurich. He also works as a University Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Previously, Professor Menges has served as the Chair of Leadership and HRM at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf, Germany. He received his doctoral degree in management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, spent a year at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at Yale University in the United States, and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Jochen’s research focuses on the social dynamics between leaders and followers, and on the role of emotions and motivation in organizational life. He studies how leaders can successfully inspire people to pursue collective goals and how people can work together in ways that contribute to their productivity and well-being. He has published his work, for example, in top-tier academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as in leading managerial journals such as Harvard Business Review. Jochen serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of the Academy of Management Journal and The Leadership Quarterly, and previously he was a Consulting Editor for Emotion. He received several awards for his research, among them in 2016 the Annals of the Academy of Management Best Article Award for his work on group emotions. His discoveries have 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. He has also given two TEDx talks, and his online videos have been watched more than 100,000 times.

In his research, teaching and consulting, Professor Menges has worked with a diverse set of companies and organizations including British Telecom, Google, Jaguar Land Rover, L'Oreal, Microsoft, Nordea, Rolls-Royce, Trivago, and The World Bank. Professor Menges has taught at start-up incubators such as Plug & Play in Silicon Valley and The Venture Café Foundation in Boston, and he has led a major employer quality assessment study, for which he gathered survey responses from more than 60,000 employees and evaluated more than 450 companies in Germany regarding their potential to attract and retain talent. Professor Menges 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.


Professor Menges has taught at all academic levels and received multiple best teacher awards, both at the University of Cambridge and at WHU. Together with his students at WHU, Professor Menges launched the Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge, a one-week intense leadership course that has meanwhile raised more than 200’000 Euro in support of the work of Save the Children, a leading independent children’s rights organization.

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