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Thomas Mussweiler

Professor of Organisational Behaviour


BSc PhD (University of Trier)

Thomas Mussweiler is a professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. He is an expert on the psychological foundations of organizational behaviour. More specifically, his interests include trust and cooperation, judgment and decision making, negotiation and influence, the self, interpersonal processes and stereotyping. Much of Professor Mussweiler’s research focuses on social comparison processes – he examines how comparing with others changes people’s self-image, their motivation and performance.

Professor Mussweiler is the recipient of a series of prestigious national and international awards, including the European Young Investigator Award and the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award, and is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 70 scientific articles in a broad spectrum of the leading journals of his field, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Making.

Professor Mussweiler has extensive teaching experience at a variety of institutions. In his 20 years of teaching, he has taught decision making, negotiation, organisational behaviour and social psychology to a variety of different audiences.

Research Awards


  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2015 - present

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2006

  • European Young Investigator Award (EURYI), European Science Foundation (ESF), 2004

  • Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award, German Psychological Association (DGPs), 2004

  • Jos Jaspars Award, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), 2002

  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2001

  • Career development grant (Emmy Noether), German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000 - 2005

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG), 1998 - 2000

  • Fulbright Scholar, 1991 - 1992

Research Interests

  • Trust and cooperation
  • Negotiation and bargaining
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Self and identity
  • Social influence