Rasmus Pichler
Assistant Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Rasmus is an Assistant Professor of Organization Theory at the Department of Organisation and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

His research illuminates the phenomenon of organisational misconduct – actions in or by an organization that violate norms and harm stakeholders, such fraud, human rights violations, violence and abuse, bribery, and others. In particular, he focuses on the social construction of organizational misconduct. He studies how social construction processes unfold between accused organizations and norm-enforcing actors such as such as regulators, courts, or the media, and how these processes affect organizational outcomes as well as the decision-making of top management. Overall, Rasmus work thus sheds light on the broad social problem of how organizations can be held accountable for harm that they cause.

Rasmus obtained his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Cambridge. Before embarking on his academic career, he worked in the corporate social responsibility department of a global automotive supplier and as a management consultant for clients in the technology, mobility and financial services sectors.


Academic (2)
  • Pichler, R., Roulet, T. J., & Paolella, L. (2023). A Bailout for the Outlaws: Interactions Between Social Control Agents and the Perception of Organizational Misconduct. Research in the sociology of organisations.

  • Roulet, T. J., & Pichler, R. (2020). Blame Game Theory: Scapegoating, Whistleblowing and Discursive Struggles following Accusations of Organizational Misconduct. Organization Theory, 1(4).


Organisational Scandals & Misconduct

  • Study year: 2023/2024, 2022/2023
  • Code: B3EL116
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Strategic People Management

  • Study year: 2023/2024
  • Code: BM01POC
  • Level: Master

Managing the Organisational Environment

  • Study year: 2023/2024
  • Code: BM02POC
  • Level: Master

Managing the Organisational Environment

  • Study year: 2023/2024
  • Code: BM20HRM
  • Level: Master

Past courses

Changing a Mature Business

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: B3T5104
  • Level: Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3

Organisatietheorie & -dynamiek

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BK2111
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Pre-master

Organisational Responses to External Pressures

  • Study year: 2022/2023
  • Code: BMME191
  • Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

Organisational Theory & Dynamics

  • Study year: 2022/2023, 2021/2022
  • Code: BT2111
  • Level: Bachelor 2, Bachelor 3, Pre-master