S.R. (Steffen) Giessner

Endowed Professor
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member 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.

  • Wong, S.I.W., Solberg, E., Junni, P. & Giessner, S.R. (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.
  • Giessner, S.R. & Jacobs, G. (2014). Identität und Prototypikalität. In J. Felfe (Ed.), Trends der psychologischen Führungsforschung – Neue Konzepte, Methoden und Erkenntnisse (pp. 117-128). Hogrefe.
  • Jacobs, G. & Giessner, S.R. (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.
  • Giessner, S.R., Ullrich, J. & van Dick, R. (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.
  • Giessner, S.R. (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.
  • van Knippenberg, D., Knippenberg, B. van & Giessner, S.R. (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.
  • Giessner, S.R. (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.
  • van Quaquebeke, N., Witte, E. H., Giessner, S.R. & Eckloff, T. (2008). Macht: Energie der sozialen Welt? 360° Journal, 4 (-), 17-26.

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Applied Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • The Leadership Quarterly

    Editorial Board

  • Journal of Personnel Psychology

    Editorial Board

  • Organizational Psychology Review

    Editorial Board

  • Frontiers in Psychology

    Editorial Board

Organization Membership

Past courses
  • Fellowship - ERIM postdoc programme (2004)



Visiting address

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

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Wong, S.I. & Giessner, S.R. (2017). The thin line between empowering and laissez-faire leadership: An expectancy match perspective. Journal of Management, Accepted (online first). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206315574597