S.R. (Steffen) Giessner

Endowed Professor
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2004

Steffen R. Giessner is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

He holds an MSc in Psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a PhD in Psychology from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. His research is located at the intersection of organizational psychology and management. His primary research topics are employee support during organizational merger, follower’s perceptions of leadership, antecedents of leader behavior, and non-verbal communication of power. He has authored and co-authored papers in the areas of organizational behavior, management, and psychology. His research received media coverage in outlets like the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Manager and Wall Street Journal.

  • F. Belschak, G. Jacobs, S.R. Giessner, K.E. Horton & P.S. Bayerl (2017). When the going gets tough, machiavellians get going: Reactions to organizational change. Journal of Applied Psychology, submitted.
  • S.I.W. Wong, E. Solberg, P. Junni & S.R. Giessner (2016). The role of human resource management practices in mergers & acquisitions. In C..L. Cooper, S..Y. Tarba, R..M. Sarala & M..F. Ahammad (Eds.), Mergers and acquisitions in practice (pp. 138-161). New York: Routledge
  • G. Jacobs & S.R. Giessner (2014). Führung von Veränderungsprozessen: Die Bedeutung von Identität und der Umgang mit Widerstand. In J Felfe (Ed.), Trends der psychologischen Führungsforschung – Neue Konzepte, Methoden und Erkenntnisse (pp. 491-500). Hogrefe
  • S.R. Giessner & G. Jacobs (2014). Identität und Prototypikalität. In J. Felfe (Ed.), Trends der psychologischen Führungsforschung – Neue Konzepte, Methoden und Erkenntnisse (pp. 117-128). Hogrefe
  • S.R. Giessner, J. Ullrich & R. van Dick (2012). A Social Identity Analysis of Mergers & Acquisitions. In D. Faulkner, S. Teerikangas & R. Joseph (Eds.), Handbook of Mergers & Acquisitions (pp. 474-495). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • S.R. Giessner (2009). Diskriminierung und Toleranz bei Unternehmensfusionen. In Andreas Beelman & Kai Jonas (Eds.), Diskriminierung und Toleranz: Psychologische Grundlagen und Anwendungsperspektiven (pp. 399-418). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • D. van Knippenberg, B. van Knippenberg & S.R. Giessner (2007). Extending the follow-centered perspective: Leadership as an outcome of shared social identity. In B Shamir, R. Pillai, M.C. Bligh & M. Uhl-Bien (Eds.), Follower-centered perspective on leadership: A tribute to the memory of James R. Meindl (pp. 51-70). Greenwich: Information Age Publishing
  • S.R. Giessner (2003). Eine Intergruppenperspektive auf Unternehmensfusionen [An intergroup perspective on organizational mergers]. In J. Straehle (Ed.), Interkulturelle Mergers & Acquisitions. Eine interdisziplinare Perspektive [Intercultural merger and acquisitions. An interdisciplinary perspective] (pp. 168-194). Berlin: Sternenfels
  • N. van Quaquebeke, E.H. Witte, S.R. Giessner & T. Eckloff (2008). Macht: Energie der sozialen Welt? 360° Journal, 4 (-), 17-26.

Editorial positions

  • The Leadership Quarterly

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Organizational Psychology Review

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Personnel Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Frontiers in Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Applied Psychology

    Editorial Board

Organization Membership

Past courses

PhD in Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource Management

People are the greatest asset of organizations delivering complex products or services. For such knowledge-intensive work, it is of crucial importance that individuals proactively contribute their knowledge, expertise, and creativity in collaborative team efforts to realize high-quality performance. With growing diversity and reliance on cross-national collaborations, this also increasingly includes the ability to bridge gaps in understanding and experience to achieve effective collaboration and synergy. All of this renders an understanding of the factors influencing the motivation, collaboration, and performance of people at work of growing importance to business success. The influence of such factors is the domain of study of organizational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM)– the study of individuals, groups and organizational practices at work. In studying these influences, ERIM’s research group OB/HRM highlights the role of leadership, team work, HR practices and employee well-being in the performance of individuals and teams. The research group is looking for a PhD candidate in OB/HRM to be part of this program of research. The specific focus of the project will be determined in a collaboration between the PhD candidate and the supervising faculty, but the expectation is that the focus would be aligned with the core expertise of the supervisory team in leadership, diversity, HR management, performance management, teamwork, creativity, and empowerment.

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  • Fellowship - ERIM postdoc programme (2004)

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Address

Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T10-29
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Work in progress

F. Belschak, G. Jacobs, S.R. Giessner, K.E. Horton & P.S. Bayerl (2017). When the going gets tough, machiavellians get going: Reactions to organizational change. Journal of Applied Psychology, submitted.

Latest publication

S.I. Wong, S.R. Giessner, C. van Ballen & V. Roufanis (2017). Using new ways of working to attract millennials. Communication for Leaders, 24-25.