Faculty Profile

Suzanne van Gils

Lecturer - Department of Communication and Culture


Suzanne van Gils, PhD, is a lecturer in management communication and ethics. Her research interests focus on (im)moral behavior in organizations, identity processes, and leader-employee interactions. Recent projects focus among others on the use of respect as a way for managers to engage employees. Moreover, Suzanne serves as co-promotor on the PhD project of M. Untung Manara on corruption at Maastricht University.

Suzanne's teaching focuses on communication for leadership, ethics, and business communication in general

Before joining BI in 2019, Suzanne has worked as an assistant professor at Maastricht University, and as a post-doctoral research fellow at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Suzanne's work has been published in journals such as Human Relations, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Business ethics. An overview of recent publications can be found on Suzanne's Researchgate profile or on Google scholar.


Árnadóttir, Augusta; Kok, Gerjo, van Gils, Suzanne & Ten Hoor, Gill (2019)

Waste separation: a study among university students in the Netherlands.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 Doi: 10.3390/ijerph16010093

van Gils, Suzanne & Horton, Kate (2019)

How can ethical brands respond to service failures? Understanding how moral identity motivates compensation preferences through self-consistency and social approval

Journal of Business Research, 95, s. 455- 463. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.07.042

van Gils, Suzanne; Van Quaquebeke, Niels, Borkowski, Jan & van Knippenberg, Daan (2018)

Respectful leadership: Reducing performance challenges posed by leader role incongruence and gender dissimilarity

Human Relations, 71(12), s. 1590- 1610. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718754992

van Gils, Suzanne; Hogg, Michael, Van Quaquebeke, Niels & van Knippenberg, Daan (2017)

When organizational identification elicits moral decision making: A matter of the right climate.

Journal of Business Ethics, 142, s. 155- 168. Doi: doi: 10.1007/s10551-015-2784-0

Glaeser, Daniel; van Gils, Suzanne & Van Quaquebeke, Niels (2017)

Pay-for-Performance and Interpersonal Deviance: Competitiveness as the Match That Lights the Fire

Journal of Personnel Psychology, 16, s. 78- 91. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000181

Righetti, Francesca; Luchies, Laura, van Gils, Suzanne, Slotter, Erica, Witcher, Betty & Kumashiro, Madoka (2015)

The Prosocial Versus Proself Power Holder

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(6) Doi: doi.org/10.1177/0146167215579054

Giessner, Steffen R.; Van Quaquebeke, Niels, van Gils, Suzanne, van Knippenberg, Daan & Kollee, Janine (2015)

In the moral eye of the beholder: The interactive effects of leader and follower moral identity on ethical leadership and leader-member exchange

Frontiers in Psychology, 6 Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01126

van Gils, Suzanne; Van Quaquebeke, Niels, van Knippenberg, Daan, van Dijke, Marius & De Cremer, David (2015)

Ethical leadership and follower organizational deviance: The moderating role of follower moral attentiveness

Leadership Quarterly, 26(2), s. 190- 203. Doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.08.005

van Gils, Suzanne; Van Quaquebeke, Niels & van Knippenberg, Daan (2010)

The X-Factor: On the Relevance of Implicit Leadership and Followership Theories for Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Agreement.

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 19, s. 333- 363. Doi: 10.1080/13594320902978458

van Gils, Suzanne & Buhmann, Alexander (2019)

Leadership communication can improve work: The effects of ethical value communica-tion on meaningful work, employee identification, and levels of stress

[Academic lecture]. EUPRERA Annual Congress.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2012 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University PhD
2007 Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam Master of Science
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2013 - 2018 Maastricht University Assistant professor
2012 - 2013 Kühne Logistics University Post-doctoral research fellow