Europe & North America

Corruption in the Public Sector (CorPuS)


Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

  • Dennis Hilgers ( is a professor of Public and Nonprofit Management at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and head of the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Management. His research focuses on managing innovation and performance in public administrations.

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien)

  • Lisa Schmidthuber ( is a post‐doctoral researcher at the Department of Management’s Institute for Public Management and Governance at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). She obtained her doctoral degree in business administration from Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz, in 2018 with a paper-based dissertation on open government and the exploration and exploitation of external knowledge in the public sector. Her research interests include public innovation management, digital transformation, and accounting innovation.


Universiteit Antwerpen

  • Lode De Waele ( has obtained his PhD at the faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He started his PhD in 2013, after being employed in the public sector for several years as an accountant, cabinet member, and senior consultant. His main research interests focus on hybridity, performance management, public service motivation, dark triad personalities and corruption. He teaches courses such as Strategic Management and European and International Environments, in which he addresses the functioning of NGO’s and the European Union. In addition, he gives guest lectures about Sino-European trade relations to both European and Chinese students. Furthermore, he supervises postgraduate students in the Master of Public Management program at the Antwerp Management School.


Universität Hamburg

  • Kristina S. Weißmüller ( is Assistant Professor in Public Administration at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands, specialized in behavioural and experimental PA/PM research. Her research focuses on public sector corruption and the psychological effects of ‘publicness’ on behaviour, e.g. regarding strategic choice, motivation, leadership, and negotiation in PPPs.


Università Tor Vergata, Rome

  • Fabio Monteduro ( is Associate Professor at Faculty of Economics at Università Tor Vergata.

LUISS University

  • Fabian Homberg ( is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at LUISS Business School. His current research interests are public service motivation and incentives in private and public sector organizations. He has also been involved in research projects on top management team diversity, motivation, and recently small scale corruption. Among others his research has appeared in Organization Studies, Group and Organization Management, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Manpower, American Review of Public Administration and Journal of Management and Governance. He holds a doctorate from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has won several grants including funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the British Academy and the UK Intellectual Property Office.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Arjen van Witteloostuijn ( is Dean of the School of Business and Economics. He is also affiliated to the University of Antwerp. In his previous positions he has been affiliated to the Tilburg University, the University of Groningen, the Maastrich University, the University of Durham, the Utrecht University, Cardiff Business School. As of 2015, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He is a multitalented and highly productive researcher who is also active in political debate. The question that runs through all his work is why some institutions (in the broad sense of the word) are successful while others are not. Van Witteloostuijn’s interdisciplinary approach is unique; he combines insights from general economics, business economics, business science, and the social sciences in innovative studies that examine the behaviour and structure of organisations.


University of Oslo

  • Kristoffer Kolltveit ( is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. "My main research interest has been how values and norms guide the decisions of bureaucrats. The CorPus-project gave me the opportunity the explore related issues through experimental research. In addition, CorPuS enables research cooperation across the world, and to establish ties with new colleagues."


Universidad de Navarra

  • Guillem Ripoll ( is an Assitant Professor at the University of Navarra (School of Economics and Business). His research revolves around the expansion of the concept of public service motivation; specifically, he investigates the relationship between motivation and ethics. He is actively involved in the CorPuS project since April 2018 because “the topic is interesting, the methodological approach novel, and the colleagues terrific.”


Universität Bern

  • Adrian Ritz ( is Full Professor (Ordinarius) of Public Management at the KPM Center for Public Management at the University of Bern in Switzerland. His current research interests include leadership, motivation, performance, and human resource management in the public sector. His work has been published in journals such as e.g. Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Theory and Research, Public Administration or Human Resource Management. He joined the project because of its comparative approach and his interest in experimental research in the field of motivation and behaviour in the public sector.

United States (USA)

Brigham Young University

  • Robert K. Christensen ( is associate professor in Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics in the Marriott School. Rob’s research focuses on prosocial and antisocial behaviors in public service organizations. "I joined this project because my department has been working towards highlighting the critical intersection between public management and ethics. Government corruption remains one of the leading concerns in the world. It is exciting to be part of work that seeks to understand and reduce public sector corruption."