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Academy of Behavioral Economics 2021

Remote Leadership: Scientific Evidence, Facts & Solutions

Working from home – once a privilege, now an imperative. The Covid-19 pandemic has sped up this transformation at an unprecedented rate. The impact on the task of leading people cannot be underestimated: what does good leadership look like when employees and supervisors alike are sequestered in their living rooms?

Thanks to the pandemic, telling good leaders from bad has never been easier. In fact, one year into the crisis, scientists have detected a number of indicators for successful remote leadership. By measuring teams’ engagement and results, and comparing them to the behaviour of their leaders, researchers have come to a number of surprising conclusions.

In spite of all the empty cubicles, hallways and cafeterias, productivity and motivation need not decline because of the lack of in-person meetings – provided leaders know how to create an environment of collaboration, trust and care for each other. In their eighth Academy of Behavioral Economics, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and FehrAdvice & Partners will present the latest evidence and facts from the forefront of experimental science. Together with some of the most respected experts, we will look into the success factors for remote collaboration.

Raffaella Sadun

Raffaella Sadun

Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. Sadun's research focuses on the economics of productivity, management and organizational change. Her research documents the economic and cultural determinants of managerial choices, as well as their implications for organizational performance in both the private and public sector.

Ernst Fehr

Ernst Fehr


Professor of Microeconomics and Experimental Economics. Fehr is director of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich and a member of the board of directors of FehrAdvice & Partners. The “most influential Swiss economist” (NZZ) was recipient of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in 2013.

Gerhard Fehr

Gerhard Fehr


CEO and Executive Behavioral Designer at FehrAdvice & Partners. Fehr advises politicians, board members, CEOs and top managers of large companies. Fehr graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in business administration and has more than 10 years of management experience.



19.00 (CET)
Alexis Johann, Executive Behavioral Designer and Partner, FehrAdvice & Partner

Ernst Fehr, Professor of Microeconomics and Experimental Economics, University of Zurich

Raffaella Sadun, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Gerhard Fehr, CEO & Executive Behavioral Designer, FehrAdvice & Partners

Panel discussion and Q&A



27 January 2021, 19.00 (CET)


The online event will take place on Zoom. You will receive the participation link right after your registration.

The event is free of charge.

Changes to the programme
The programme is subject to change.


Documentation material will be published here shortly after the event.