Business Leaders Survey 2016

TUM School of Management’s Chair of Research and Science Management headed by Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, worked with the German Wertekomission, the initiative for value-conscious leadership, to tackle the question: Which value perceptions are guiding today’s leaders in their relationships with employees as well as their own leadership role?

The survey, which has been carried out periodically since 2006, has the goal to make decision-makers’ reasoning and acting transparent. The Business Leader Survey poses a unique possibility to comprehend the development of the understanding of values in the german economy.

The underlying data set for the Business Leaders Survey 2016 consisted of interviews with 674 executives from Germany, with about 80 percent holding middle and upper management positions. Next to six individual core values (responsibility, trust, integrity, respect, sustainability, and courage), the study also captured personal value preferences regarding key company goals (HR-orientation, innovative drive, performance orientation, and internal stability).

Among the key findings of the study, now in its eighth year, the authors found: Leaders operate at the intersection between the increasingly complex and competitive demand of the market on one hand, and the rising sensibility towards value aspects in business and society on the other. The majority of German business leaders rejected a “me”-focused leadership style and encourages companies to choose cooperation and innovative drive as their core values. The study concluded: The fact that German managers oppose absolutist and egomaniacal leaders driven by selfishness – that’s an encouraging sign in the year 2016.”

Further information as well as the complete study (in German) can be downloaded here.

A coverage of the Business Leaders Survey 2016 can also be retrieved from German newspaper Handelsblatt on their website.

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