Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick


Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick
(狄若夫 Рольф Ван Дик როლფ ვან დიკი رولف فان دك  רולף ואן דיק )

Professor of Social Psychology, Chair of the Department,

Fellow, International Association of Applied Psychology


Goethe Universität · Institut für Psychologie · Abt. Sozialpsychologie
Hauspostfach 74 · 60323 Frankfurt

Campus Westend · Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 · 60323 Frankfurt
Gebäude PEG · Raum 5.G029

Phone: +49 (0)69 798-35285

Office hours:

Thursday, 9-10 am, PEG building, room 5.G029

About me

I enjoy what I do every day – teaching, research, but also managing myself and others. I started as a PhD student at Philipps-University Marburg, worked a few years at Aston University in the UK. In 2006 I started in Frankfurt and in the past years I applied social identity theory to various phenomena that are relevant in and for Organizations such as Leadership, Health, Diversity, Mergers. I greatly enjoy traveling and was visiting professor in Nepal, China, Italy, Japan, the US, Greece and Norway (where I was part time professor at the Work Research Institute Oslo). I consider it a personal strength to be a good networker and communicator and this has helped me establish wonderful research collaborations with literally hundreds of colleagues in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe and on every other continent (except the Arctic).


2018-2021: Vice President at Goethe University

2011-today: Scientific Director, Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations

2006-today: Professor of Social Psychology at Goethe University

2005-2007: Professor of Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior at Aston University, Birmingham

2003-2004: Senior Lecturer at Aston University, Birmingham

1999-2002: Assistant Professor, Philipps-University Marburg

1999:           PhD (Dr.rer.nat) at Philipps-University Marburg (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wagner)

Research interests

  • Inter- and intragroup relations from a social identity perspective
    • Health and Well-being
    • Leadership
    • Diversity
    • Mergers & Acquisitions


I teach courses in Social Psychology and Organizational Psychology


  • Appointment for Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
  • Winner of the YAVIS-Price 2016, awarded by the students for the best teaching.
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Managerial Psychology in the Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence

Selected Publications:

  • Van Dick, R. (2015). Stress lass’ nach! Wie Gruppen unser Stresserleben beeinflussen. [How groups influence the experience of stress]. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Van Dick, R. & Fink, L. (2018). Führungsstile. Persönlichkeiten und Prominenten über die Schulter geschaut. Heidelberg: Springer.

  • Kaluza, A., Boer, D., Buengeler, C., & Van Dick, R. (2020). Leadership Behaviour and Leader Self-Reported Well-being: A Review, Integration and Meta-Analytic Examination. Work and Stress34:1, 34-56, DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2019.1617369

  • Van Dick, R., & Diamond, J. (2020). Resilient aus der kollektiven Krise: Wie Organisationen von Individuen und Nationen lernen können. OrganisationsEntwicklung 1/20, 46-51.  
  • Junker, N. M., van Dick, R. Avanzi, L., Häusser, J. A., & Mojzisch, A. (2019). Exploring the mechanisms underlying the social identity – (ill-)health link: Experimental and longitudinal evidence. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58, 991-1007.
  • Ciampa, V., Steffens, N.K., Schuh, S.C., Fraccaroli, F., & van Dick, R. (2019). Identity and Stress: An application of the expanded model of organizational identification in predicting strain at work. Work & Stress, 33, 351-365.
  • Van Dick, R., Fink, L., Steffens, N.K., Peters, K., & Haslam, S.A. (2019). Attributions of leaders’ charisma increase after their death: the mediating role of identity leadership and identity fusion. Leadership, 15(5), 576-589. DOI: 10.1177/1742715018807042
  • Kauff, M., Stegmann, S., van Dick, R., Beierlein, C., & Christ, O. (2019). Measuring Beliefs in the Instrumentality of Ethnic Diversity – Development and Validation of the Pro-Diversity Beliefs Scale (PDBS). Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 22, 494-510.
  • Goldschmidt, I., Van Dick, R., Jacobi, C., Junge, N., Pfister, E. Richter, N., & Baumann, U. (2019). Impact of immunosuppression on executive functioning after pediatric liver transplantation. An observational cohort study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 68, 480-487. doi:10.1097/MPG.0000000000002274
  • Vahle-Hinz, T., Baethge, A., & Van Dick, R. (2019). Beyond one work day? A daily diary study on causal and reverse effects between experienced workplace incivility and behaving rude towards others. European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, 28, 272-285, DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2019.1576633
  • Mayer, K., Junge, N., Goldschmidt, I., Leiskau, C., Becker, T., Lehner, F., Richter, N., van Dick, R., Baumann, U., & Pfister, E.-D. (2019). Psychosocial outcomes and resilience after paediatric liver transplantation in young adults. Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology, 43, 150-160.
  • Braun, S., Hernandez Bark, A., Kirchner, A., Stegmann, S., & Van Dick, R. (2019). Emails from the boss – curse or blessing? Relations between communication channels, leader evaluation and employees’ attitudes. International Journal of Business Communication, 56, 50-81.
  • Kunzler, A.M., Chmitorz, A., Bagusat, C., Kaluza, A.J., Hoffmann, I., Schäfer, M., Quiring, O., Rigotti, T., Kalisch, R., Tüscher, O., Franke, A.G., van Dick, R., Lieb, K. (2018). Construct validity and population-based norms of the German Brief Resilience Scale (BRS). European Journal of Health Psychology, 25(3), 107-117.
  • Van Dick, R., Lemoine, J.E., Steffens, N.K., Kerschreiter, R., Akfirat, S.A., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., Giessner, S., Gonzáles, R., Kark, R., Lipponen, J., Markovits, Y., Monzani, L., Orosz, G., Pandey, D., Roland-Lévy, C., Schuh, S.C., Sekiguchi, T., Song, L.J., Stouten, J., Tatachari, S., Valdenegro, D., van Bunderen, L., Vörös, V., Wong, S.I., Zhang, X-a., & Haslam, S.A. (2018). Identity leadership going global: Validation of the Identity Leadership Inventory across 20 countries. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91, 697-728. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12223
  • Avanzi, L., Albertini, S., Fraccaroli, F., Sarchielli, G., De Plato, G., & van Dick, R. (2018). Exploring identity dynamics from a combined social exchange and social identity perspective. International Public Management Journal, 21, 677-702.
  • Bracht, E.M., Junker, N.M., & Van Dick, R. (2018). Exploring the social context of self-leadership—Self-Leadership-Culture. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, 2, 119-130.
  • Baethge, A., Vahle-Hinz, T., Schulte-Braucks, J., & Van Dick, R. (2018). A Matter of Time? Challenging and hindering effects of time pressure on work engagement. Work & Stress, 32, 228-247.
  • Schlögel, U, Stegmann, S., Maedche, A. & Van Dick, R. (2018). Age stereotypes in distributed software development: The impact of culture on age-related performance expectations. Information and Software Technology, 97, 146-162.
  • Schuh, S.C., Zhang, X-a., Tian, P., Morgeson, F. & Van Dick, R. (2018). Are you really doing good things in your boss’s eyes? Interactive effects of subordinate innovative behavior and leader-member-exchange on supervisor ratings of job performance. Human Resource Management, 57, 397-409.  DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21851
  • Schlögel, U., Stegmann, S., Maedche, A. & Van Dick, R. (2018). Age stereotypes in agile software development – an empirical study on performance expectations. Information Technology & People, 31, 41-62. DOI:10.1108/ITP-07-2015-0186.
  • Avanzi, L., Fraccaroli, F., Castelli, L., Marcionetti, J., Crescentini, A., Balducci, C., & Van Dick, R. (2018). How to mobilize social support against workload and burnout: The role of organizational Identification. Teaching and Teacher Education, 69, 154-167.