Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Prof. i. R. Dr. phil. Wolfgang Scholl

Prof. i. R. Dr. phil. Wolfgang Scholl
emeritus professor
schollwo (at)

Visiting address
Zum Großen Windkanal 2 , Room 301
Phone number
(030) 2093-9355
(030) 2093-9332
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Consultation on arrangement


1969 Graduation (bac. theol.) in protestant Theology after studying at the Universities of Tübingen, Göttingen and Mainz
1969-1974 Study of Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim
1974-1975 Research scientist at the SFB 24 "Social and economic psychology of decision making"
Ph.D. with a dissertation on "Participation and power in task orientated groups. A field experiment on the theory of the need for group-organization"
1975-1983 Senior scientist at the Institute of Organization at the University of Munich, Department of Economic Science
1983-1984 Expert consultant at Siemens AG, Munich, Central Management Office, Department of Leadership and Cooperation
1984-1992 Professor of Economic and Social Psychology at the University of Göttingen
since 1993 Professor of Organizational and Social Psychology at the Humboldt-University Berlin
1995 Foundation of the interdisciplinary research organization "artop e.V. - workplace design and technology, organizational and personnel development"

Research interests

Processes of Power and Social Influence

The constructs power (restrictive control), influence (promotive control) and manipulation are theoretical distinguished. Empirical studies illuminate the determinants and outcomes of these social interactions in organizations and groups.

Group Research

Group research deals with both the practical questions raised within organizational psychology (e.g., group performance and forming work groups), as well as with the more theoretical questions raised within social psychology (e.g. social interaction, information processes).

Innovation and Information

The aim is to identify and theoretically explain the factors that influence the success of the innovation process. Information transfer and exchange processess (including information pathgologies), communication and cooperation, as well as decision-making processes all play a central role in the studies.


Data from a longitudinal study concerning mobility and related topics (e.g., attitude toward technology and environment, vehicle preferences) are analyzed, our interest lying in econonomical, social and developmental psychological issues.

General Theoretical Work

The major focus of these texts are often theoretical aspects, for example the publications on social interaction and the discussion papers.