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Niki A. den Nieuwenboer

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall, 3176
University of Kansas


Academic Area

Organizational Behavior and Ethics

Current activities

Niki den Nieuwenboer’s research focuses on deviance in the workplace. Among others, she studies how middle managers can force subordinates to deceive upper management about their performance, the influence of social status desires on misconduct, the challenges that ethics and compliance officers face in enacting their role, and the role of meaning in moral disengagement. Her more recent projects include work on how organizations can overcome ethics scandals, and work on dyslexia in the workplace. The latter project examines such things as the dignity slights that many dyslectics face and how they deal with those.

Den Nieuwenboer has published, among others, in Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Annual Review of Psychology, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She sits on the editorial review board of Business Ethics Quarterly and won the journal’s Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2020. In 2017, den Nieuwenboer won, together with Gary Weaver, the Best Business Ethics Paper Award sponsored by Journal of Business Ethics of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, for the paper “Context, meaning and agency in moral disengagement: A symbolic interactionist perspective.” Den Nieuwenboer was runner-up in the Doctoral Dissertation Competition of the Social Issues in Management Division in 2009 and runner-up in Duke University's annual Fuqua School of Business Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE) Dissertation Proposal Competition in 2007. Prior to earning her Ph.D., den Nieuwenboer worked for KPMG Forensic in Brussels, Belgium, as a consultant in ethics management.


  • Ph.D. in Management Studies, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands
  • Master's in Applied Ethics, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • M.A. in Social and Organizational Psychology (includes B.A. in Psychology), Leiden University, the Netherlands

Selected Publications

Den Nieuwenboer, N. A., Vieira da Cunha, J., & Treviño, L. K. (2017). Middle managers and corruptive routine translation: The social production of deceptive performance [Journal Articles]. Organization Science, 28(5), 781–803.
Treviño, L. K., Den Nieuwenboer, N. A., & Kish­‐Gephart, J. J. (2014). (Un)ethical behavior in organizations [Journal Articles]. Annual Review of Psychology  , 65, 635–660.
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 [Journal Articles]. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 123(2), 186–205.
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 Articles]. Journal of Business Ethics, 83(2), 133–146.

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