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Simon Piest

Foto: Yvonne Most Fotografie

Foto: Yvonne Most Fotografie

Foto: Yvonne Most Fotografie

Following my psychology studies in Groningen and Amsterdam, I did my doctorate at bema between 2015 and 2020. My dissertation was on the question of how negative effects of competition between employees can be reduced—without reducing motivation at the same time. In general, I am interested in the role of psychological aspects in business ethics. Accordingly, I use the methodology of behavioral experiments in my research. These can take place in the lab or online.

I worked as a research assistant at bema between 2015 and 2021.

I wrote my dissertation on the topic:

Competition and Unethical Behavior – Utilizing Stat Competitivness to Reduce Cheating in Contests Among Employees.

From 2015 to 2018 I was also member of the doctoral program "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business" at the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics.   


De Biasi, K., Grimm, J., Piest, S., & Schreck, P. (2017): Rana Plaza and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles: Collective Action in the Name of Human Rights. The Case Centre, Case 717-0052-1   .

Piest, S. (2020). Competition and Unethical Behavior: Utilizing State Competitiveness to Reduce Cheating in Contests Among Employees. Doctoral dissertation, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.   

Piest, S. & Schreck, P. (2020). Contests and unethical behavior in organizations: a review and synthesis of the empirical literature. Management Review Quarterly.   

Piest, S. & Schreck, P. (2020). Rankings in Unternehmen: Wie Manager unmoralisches Verhalten in Mitarbeiterwettbewerben reduzieren können. WCGE Policy Brief Series, Policy Brief #4   .