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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’s research interests center around deviance in the workplace. Her current work focuses on the influence of social status on misconduct, the role of social structure in the emergence, maintenance and demise of (wide-spread) unethical behavior, and on the identity challenges that ethics and compliance officers face in fulfilling the ethics role in organizations. More recently, she has started a project to examine the challenges that dyslectics face in the workplace, and how they deal with those.

Niki has a forthcoming publication in Organization Science, and 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).

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. 


  • 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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