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Niki A. den Nieuwenboer

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3176
University of Kansas

Academic Area



Ph.D. RSM Erasmus University (the Netherlands)

Master's KU Leuven (Belgium) 

Master of Arts Leiden University (the Netherlands) 

Research Interests

Unethical behavior in organizations 

Ethics and compliance management 

Qualitative research methods

Teaching Interests

Ethical Decision Making in Business

Current activities

Niki's research interests center on understanding the causes of (un)ethical behavior within organizations, with a special focus on the social dynamics and processes that cause otherwise “normal” people to engage in unethical behavior. Her current work focuses on the role of social status, socioeconomic status, envy and ostracism in people’s propensity to engage in (pro-organizational) unethical behavior, the improvisational practices that managers engage in to induce unethical behavior in their subordinates, and the challenges that ethics and compliance officers face in fulfilling the ethics role in organizations. 

Niki has published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Annual Review of Psychology, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Business Ethics Quarterly, and she won reviewer awards from the OB (2010, 2011) and OMT (2011) Divisions of the Academy of Management. She has served on and chaired the Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award Committee (2011-2013), as well as the Business Ethics Quarterly Best Paper Award Committee (2010-2011), and serves as a member of the OMT Research Committee of the Academy of Management (2013-2014). 

Niki was runner-up in Duke University's annual Fuqua School of Business Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE) Dissertation Proposal Competition in 2007 and runner-up in the Doctoral Dissertation Competition of the SIM Division of the Academy of Management in 2009. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Niki worked for KPMG Forensic in Brussels, Belgium, as a consultant in ethics management. 


Treviño, L. K., Den Nieuwenboer, N. A., Kreiner, G. E., & Bishop, D. 2014. Legitimating the legitimate: The challenges of ethics and compliance work in organizations. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 123 (2): 186-205.

Treviño, L. K., Den Nieuwenboer, N. A., & Kish-Gephart, J. J. 2014. (Un)ethical behavior in organizations. Annual Review of Psychology, 65: 635–660. Download paper.

Den Nieuwenboer, N. A. & Kaptein, M. 2008. Spiraling down into corruption: A dynamic analysis of the social identity processes that cause corruption in organizations to grow. Journal of Business Ethics, 83 (2): 133-146.

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