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Prof. Dr. Christian Vögtlin

Prof. Dr. Christian Vögtlin

Prof. Dr. Christian Vögtlin

ZHAW School of Management and Law
Center for Corporate Responsibility
Theaterstrasse 17
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 66 19

Work at ZHAW


Head of Centre Co-Head Center for Corporate Responsibility


Research, education and advisory activities in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, with a focus on responsible leadership, responsible innovation and political corporate social responsibility.


  • Corporate Responsibility (Bachelor, Master, Continuing Education)
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Organizations and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • Change Management Circular Economy


  • Head of Research, Department of Organisational Studies and Ethics
    Audencia Business School
    2022 - 2022
  • Professor, Department of Business & Society
    Audencia Business School
    2016 - 2022
  • Senior Researcher
    University of Zurich
    2011 - 2016
  • Visiting Scholar
    ESADE Business School
    2012 - 2012

Education and Continuing education


  • Habilitation in Business Administration
    University of Zurich
    2017 - 2017
  • PhD in Business Administration
    University of Zurich
    2011 - 2011



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
  • Vögtlin, Christian; Walther, Andreas,


    The hormonal bias to responsible leadership [paper].


    Taneja, Sonja, ed.,

    Academy of Management Proceedings.

    83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Boston, MA, USA, 4-8 August 2023.

    Academy of Management.

Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

  • Voegtlin, C., Scherer A. G., Stahl, G. K. & Hawn, O. 2022, Grand Societal Challenges and Responsible Innovation, Journal of Management Studies, 59(1), 1-28, DOI:
  • Hietschold, N. & Voegtlin, C. 2021. Blinded by a Social Cause? Differences in Cognitive Biases between Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, online first, DOI:
  • Scherer, A. G. & Voegtlin, C. 2020. Corporate Governance for Responsible Innovation: Approaches to Corporate Governance and Their Implications for Sustainable Development. Academy of Management Perspectives, 34(2), 182–208, DOI:
  • Voegtlin, C., Frisch, C., Walther, A. & Schwab, P. 2020. Theoretical Development and Empirical Examination of a Three-Roles Model of Responsible Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 167(3), 411-431, DOI:
  • Patzer, M., Voegtlin, C. & Scherer, A. G. 2018. The Normative Justification of Integrative Stakeholder Engagement: A Habermasian View on Responsible Leadership. Business Ethics Quarterly, 28(3), 325-354, DOI:
  • Robertson, D. C., Voegtlin, C. & Maak, T. 2017. Business Ethics: The Promise of Neuroscience. Introductory article for the Special Issue of Neuroscience and Business Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics, 144(4), 679–697, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-016-3312-6.
  • Voegtlin, C. & Scherer A. G. 2017. Responsible Innovation and the Innovation of Responsibility: Governing Sustainable Development in a Globalized World. Journal of Business Ethics, 143(2), 227-243, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-015-2769-z.
  • Maak, T., Pless, N. & Voegtlin, C. 2016. Business Statesman or Shareholder Advocate? A Multilevel Contingency Model of Responsible CEO Leadership Styles in a Global World. Journal of Management Studies, 53(3), 463-493, DOI: 10.1111/joms.12195.
  • Voegtlin, C. 2016, What Does It Mean To Be Responsible? Addressing the Missing Responsibility Dimension in Ethical Leadership, Leadership, 12(5), 581-608, DOI: 10.1177/1742715015578936.
  • Voegtlin, C. & Greenwood, M. 2016. Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management: A Systematic Review and Conceptual Analysis. Human Resource Management Review, 26(3), 181-197, DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2015.12.003.
  • Walther, A., Voegtlin, C., & Ehlert, U. 2016. Steroid Hormones Moderate the Association Between Trait Negative Affect and Symptoms of Burnout After a Social Problem-Solving Task in Young Men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 71, Supplement, 51, Abstract of Conference Proceeding,
  • Voegtlin, C., Boehm, S. & Bruch, H. 2015. How to Empower Employees: Using Training to Enhance Work Units’ Collective Empowerment, International Journal of Manpower, 36(3), 354-373.
  • Voegtlin, C. & Pless, N. 2014. Global Governance: CSR and the Role of The UN Global Compact, Journal of Business Ethics, 122(2), 179-191, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2214-8.
  • Voegtlin, C., Patzer, M. & Scherer, A. G. 2012. Responsible Leadership in Global Business: A New Approach to Leadership and Its Multi-Level Outcomes, Journal of Business Ethics, 105(1), 1-16, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-0952-4.
  • Voegtlin, C. 2011. Development of a Scale Measuring Discursive Responsible Leadership, Journal of Business Ethics, Special Issue on Responsible Leadership, 98(Supplement1), 57-73, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-1020-9.