Applied Ethics and Morality Research Group

In 2021, a research group unique in its interdisciplinary approach to study dis/honesty in organizations was established at the Faculty of Business Administration, Prague University of Business and Economics. The group includes scholars working in the fields of business ethics, moral psychology, and experimental economics (see our publications). The group uses an in-house laboratory and has a large database of participants.

In addition to research, the group holds regular research seminars and is starting to work on the transfer of the-state-of-the-art findings to the business, government and non-profit sectors, and media.

Research Seminars

If you are interested in receiving notifications of upcoming seminars, please subscribe to the seminar invitations here. The schedule of the seminars for fall 2022:

Time Speaker University Title
5. 10.; 16:00 Margarita Leib University of Amsterdam Corrupted by Algorithms? How AI-generated and Human-written Advice Shape (Dis)honesty 
19. 10.; 16:00 Tom Gordon – Hecker Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Randomizing the tracks: A robust preference for randomization over inaction and directed-action in moral dilemmas
2. 11.; 16:00 Yochanan Bigman Hebrew University of Jerusalem How Algorithmic Discrimination Affects Moral Outrage and Stereotypes
16. 11.; 16:00 Avner Ben-Ner University of Minnesota Are responses to unethical behavior motivated by self-interest or moral concerns? Experimental evidence from receiver feedback in a sender-receiver deception game
30. 11.; 16:00 Philip Pärnamets  Karolinska Institutet Trust in groups and trust in individuals

→ 30.11. 2022 seminar is canceled! Philip Pärnamets will present next semester.

Our Team

Principal Investigators doc. Ing. Mgr. et Mgr. Štěpán Bahník, Ph.D.[mail]
Head of the research group; Associate Professor, Department of Management; specializes in judgment and decision-making, social and moral psychology, programming, methodology, and statistical analysis
doc. Ing. Petr Houdek, Ph.D.[mail]
Associate Professor, Department of Management; specializes in behavioral economics
doc. Ing. Marek Hudík, Ph.D.[mail]
Associate Professor at the Department of Managerial Economics; focuses on game theory, microeconomics, and experimental economics
Researchers Ing. Tomáš Miklánek, M.A., Ph.D.[mail]
Research Associate at the Department of Managerial Economics; specializes in research of pro-social behavior and tax morale using experimental methods
Puneet Arora, Ph.D.[mail]
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Management; specializes in applied research using behavioral theories and experimental methods, especially in the context of education and household finance
Doctoral Student Ing. Mgr. Marek Vranka[mail]
PhD student in Business Economics and Management; focuses on behavioral interventions, moral and social psychology and participates in replication studies in psychology
Doctoral Student, Team Administrator Mgr. Nikola Frollová[mail]
PhD student in Business Economics and Management; focuses on leadership, managerial decision-making, and psychological interventions; responsible for organization of seminars and laboratory management

Selected Publications


  • Role of social preferences in cooperative behavior, PI: Tomáš Miklánek, Czech Science Foundation, 2022-2025
  • Behavioral Organizational Politics: Experiments in Prosocial Political Behavior, PI: Petr Houdek, Czech Science Foundation, 2022-2024
  • Experimental study of predictors of corrupt behavior, PI: Štěpán Bahník, Czech Science Foundation, 2019-2022
  • Testing External Validity of Experiments on Dishonest Behavior, PI: Petr Houdek, Czech Science Foundation, 2018-2021

Past Research Seminars

The schedule of the seminars for spring 2022.

Time Speaker University Title
10.3./13:00 – 14:00 Simon Columbus University of Copenhagen Monetary incentives and cooperation
7.4./13:00 – 14:00 Karolina Aleksandra Scigala

Aarhus University

Corrupting the good people
28.4./ 13:00 – 14:00 Michał Białek University of Wroclaw Signalling through (moral) judgments: predictability dominates immediate consequences of our choices?
12.5./ 13:00 – 14:00 Armenak Antinyan Cardiff Business School Loss and Social Preferences
26.5./ 13:00 – 14:00 Nils Köbis Center for Humans and Machines (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) How ai influences human ethical behavior.


The schedule of the seminars for fall 2021.

Time Speaker University Title
11. 11. 2021; 17:00-18:30 Christian Truelsen Elbæk University in Aarhus, Denmark Material Scarcity and Unethical Economic Behavior: A systematic review and meta-analysis
25. 11. 2021; 17:00 – 18:30 Christoph Schild University of Siegen, Germany Predicting (monetarily incentivized) dishonesty
9. 12. 2021; 17:00 – 18:30 Katarzyna Cantarero SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland Honesty interventions. Can short, appraisal interventions bolster honest behavior?