Prof. Dr. Hugo M. Kehr



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research work of Professor Kehr (b. 1965) looks at the effects of goals and subconscious motives, the role of will power and self-regulation, fears and overcoming them, and the effects of visions and leadership styles on motivation.

After completing on undergraduate course in business studies at LMU Munich and the University of Montpellier, he earned his PhD and acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in psychology at LMU in 2000. He went on to conduct research at UC Berkeley as a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. In 2002 he received a Heisenberg grant and was appointed to posts at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and IESE in Barcelona (2003). From 2004 to 2006 he held a chair at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Since 2006 he has held the Chair of Psychology at TUM.  Dr. Kehr has published four monographs on his work as well as numerous articles in prestigious German and international publications. Since 2008 he has organized the Munich Symposium on Motivation (MSM) at TUM, a conference that brings together leading international researchers.


  • Visiting Fellow der University of New South Wales, Sydney (2009)
  • Highly Commended Award by EmeraldLiteratiNetwork (2008)
  • Nominierung für den Newman-Award der Academy of Management (2003)
  • Heisenberg-Fellowship der DFG (2002)
  • Humboldt-Fellowship (2001)

Rawolle M, Strasser A, Schultheiss OC, Kehr HM: "The motivating power of visionary images: Effects on motivation, affect, and behavior". Journal of Personality. 2016; 85(6): 769-81. 


Trapp J, Kehr HM: "How the influence of the implicit power motive on negotiation performance can be neutralized by a conflicting explicit affiliation motive". Personality and Individual Differences. 2016; 94: 159–162. 


Rawolle M, von Wallis MS, Badham R, Kehr HM: "No fit, no fun: The effect of motive incongruence on job burnout and the mediating role of intrinsic motivation". Personality and Individual Differences. 2015; 89: 65-68. 


Gröpel P, Kehr HM: "Motivation and self-control: Implicit motives moderate the exertion of self-control in motive-related tasks". Journal of Personality. 2014; 82: 317-328.


Kehr HM: “Integrating implicit motives, explicit motives, and perceived abilities: The compensatory model of work motivation and volition.” Academy of Management Review (Special issue: The future of work motivation theories). 2004; 29: 479-499.