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Anne-Kathrin Klesse obtained her PhD from Maastricht University and then worked at Tilburg University as an Assistant Professor in Marketing. In October 2016, she joined Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She frequently spends time at Stanford Graduate School of Business as a visiting scholar.  In her research, Anne-Kathrin studies consumer judgement and decision making. In one stream of research, she investigates how we can nudge consumers to make "better" decisions, such as saving money, eating healthier or making sustainable consumption choices. Here, she considers a broad set of factors, such as the language in which information is received or the way in which consumers express their decisions (e.g., by speaking or button pressing). Most of her ongoing research attempts to understand how technology impacts consumer decision-making. For instance, she explores whether different device interfaces (e.g., voice-operated versus touch-, or click-operated) prompt different decisions. Moreover, she investigates customers’ perceptions of and reactions to product recommendations generated by algorithms (vs. humans). Her research has been awarded with the prestigious VENI grant (by NWO) and was published in leading Marketing journals, such as Journal of Consumer Research (JCR), Journal of Marketing Research (JMR), and Journal of Marketing (JM).   Anne-Kathrin currently teaches Marketing Beyond Borders: Managing Cross Cultural Challenges in the Marketing Management Programme,  co-organizes the Honours Program, and gives (guest) lectures on Consumer Behavior and Experimental Research. She is a member of the Psychology of AI lab from the Erasmus Centre of Data Analytics (ECDA).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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