prof.dr. S.R. (Steffen) Giessner

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
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. His most recent book on Leading with Presence addresses how one can develop the non-verbal aspect of leadership impact.

Publications

  • Academic (42)
    • Korman, B. A., Tröster, C., & Giessner, S. R. (2021). The Consequences of Incongruent Abusive Supervision: Anticipation of Social Exclusion, Shame, and Turnover Intentions. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 28(3), 306-321. https://doi.org/10.1177/15480518211005463

    • Knoll, M., Götz, M., Adriasola, A., Al-Atwi, AA., Arenas, A., Atitsogbe, KA., Barrett, S., Bhattacharjee, A., Blanco C., ND., Bogilovi?, S., Bollmann, G., Bosak, J., Bulut, C., Carter, M., Cerne, M., Chui, S., Di Marco, D., Duden, G., Elsey, V., ... Zacher, H. (2021). International Differences in Employee Silence Motives: Scale Validation, Prevalence, and Relationships with Culture Characteristics across 33 Countries. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 42(5), 619-648. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2512

    • Connelly, CE., ?erne, M., Fieseler, C., Giessner, S., & Wong, SI. (2021). Working in the digitized economy: HRM theory & practice. Human Resource Management Review, 31(1), 1-7. [100762]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2020.100762

    • Knippenberg, D., Giessner, S., Sleebos, E., & Ginkel, W. (2021). A motivated information processing perspective on the antecedents of empowering leadership. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 51(2), 79-89. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12718

    • Chartier, C. R., Arnal, J. D., Arrow, H., Bloxsom, N. G., Bonfiglio, D. B. V., Brumbaugh, C. C., Corker, K. S., Ebersole, C. R., Garinther, A., Giessner, S. R., Hughes, S., Inzlicht, M., Lin, H., Mercier, B., Metzger, M., Rangel, D., Saunders, B., Schmidt, K., Storage, D., & Tocco, C. (2020). Many Labs 5: Registered Replication of Albarracín et al. (2008), Experiment 5. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 3(3), 332-339. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245920945963, https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245920945963

    • Belschak, F., Jacobs, G., Giessner, S., Horton, K., & Bayerl, S. (2020). When the going gets tough: employee reactions to large-scale organizational change and the role of employee machiavellianism. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41(9), 830-850. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2478

    • Ebersole, CR., Mathur, MB., Baranski, E., Bart-Plange, D., Buttrick, NR., Chartier, CR., Corker, KS., Corley, M., Hartshorne, JK., IJzerman, H., Lazarevic, LB., Rabagliati, H., Ropovik, I., Aczel, B., Aeschbach, LF., Andrighetto, L., Arnal, JD., Arrow, H., Babincak, P., ... et al., . (2020). Many Labs 5: Testing pre-data collection peer review as an intervention to increase replicability. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 3(3), 309-331. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245920958687

    • Rosa, M., Giessner, S., Guerra, R., Waldzus, S., Kersting, AM., Veli?kovi?, K., & Collins, EC. (2020). They (don’t) need us: Functionality impacts perceptions of representativeness and commitment when lower-status groups go through intergroup change. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02772

    • Giessner, S., Stam, D., Kerschreiter, R., Verboon, D., & Salama, I. (2020). Goal-setting reloaded: The influence of minimal and maximal goal standards on task satisfaction and goal striving after performance feedback. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 161, 228-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.08.004

    • Giessner, S., & Schubert, TW. (2019). Power and vertical positions in an organization chart: A pre-registered replication report of Study 3a and a modification of Study 1a, Giessner & Schubert (2007). Collabra: Psychology, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.216

    • Monzani, L., Knoll, V., Giessner, S., van Dick, R., & Peiró, J. M. (2019). Between a rock and hard place: Combined effects of authentic leadership, organizational identification, and team prototypicality on managerial prohibitive voice. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 22(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1017/sjp.2019.1

    • Rosa, M., Giessner, S., Guerra, R., Waldzus, S., Kersting, A-M., Veličković, K., & Collins, E. C. (2019). They (Don't) Need Us: Functional Indispensability Impacts Perceptions of Representativeness and Commitment When Lower-Status Groups Go Through an Intergroup Merger. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2772. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02772

    • Toscano, H., Schubert, TW., & Giessner, S. (2018). Eye Gaze and Head Posture Jointly Influence Judgments of Dominance, Physical Strength, and Anger. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 42(3), 285-309. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-018-0276-5

    • Klein, RA., Vianello, M., Hasselman, F., Adams, BG., Adams, RB., Alper, S., Aveyard, M., Axt, JR., Bahnik, S., Batra, R., Berkics, M., Bernstein, MJ., Berry, D., Bialobrzeska, O., Binan, E., Bocian, K., Brandt, MJ., Busching, R., Redei, AC., ... Giessner, S. (2018). Many labs 2: Investigating variation in replicability across sample and setting. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(4), 443-490. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245918810225

    • van Dick, R., Lemoine, JE., Steffens, N. K., Kerschreiter, R., Akfarit, SA., Avanzi, L., Dumont, K., Epitropaki, O., Giessner, S., & et al., . (2018). Identity Leadership Going Global: Validation of the Identity Leadership Inventory (ILI) across 20 Countries. Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology, 91(4), 697-728. https://doi.org/10.1111/joop.12223

    • Houwelingen, G., Stam, D., & Giessner, S. (2017). So close and yet so far away: A psychological distance account of the effectiveness of leader appeals. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47(12), 665-676. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12469

    • Rosa, M., Kavanagh, E., Kounov, P., Jarosz, S., Waldzus, S., Collins, E., & Giessner, S. (2017). Change commitment in low status merger partners: The role of information processing, relative ingroup prototypicality and merger patterns. The British Journal of Social Psychology, 56(3), 618-630. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12189

    • Reh, S., Quaquebeke, N., & Giessner, S. (2017). The aura of charisma: A review on the embodiment perspective as signaling. The Leadership Quarterly, 28(4), 486-507. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2017.01.001

    • Rast, DE., Hogg, MA., & Giessner, S. (2016). Who trusts charismatic leaders who champion change? The role of group identification, membership centrality and self-uncertainty. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 20(4), 259-275. https://doi.org/10.1037/gdn0000053

    • Giessner, S., Horton, K., & Humborstad, SIW. (2016). Identity management during organizational mergers: Empirical insights and practical advice. Social Issues and Policy Review, 10(1), 47-81. https://doi.org/10.1111/sipr.12018

    • Wong, SI., & Giessner, S. (2015). The thin line between empowering and laissez-faire leadership: An expectancy match perspective. Journal of Management, 44(2), 757-783. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206315574597

    • Giessner, S., Quaquebeke, N., van Gils, S., Knippenberg, D., & Kollee, JAJM. (2015). In the moral eye of the beholder: The interactive effects of leader and follower moral identity on perceptions of ethical leadership and LMX quality. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1126. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01126

    • Giessner, S., Knippenberg, D., Ginkel, W., & Sleebos, E. (2013). Team-oriented leadership: The Interactive Effects of Leader Group Prototypicality, Accountability, and Team Identification. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(4), 658-667. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0032445

    • Kollee, JAJM., Giessner, S., & Knippenberg, D. (2013). Leader evaluations after performance feedback: The role of follower mood. The Leadership Quarterly, 24(1), 203-214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2012.10.007

    • Gleibs, I. H., Täuber, S., Viki, G. T., & Giessner, S. (2013). When what we get is not what we want - The role of implemented versus desired merger patterns in support for mergers. Social Psychology, 44(3), 177-190. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000102

    • Rast, DE., Hogg, MA., & Giessner, S. (2012). Self-uncertainty and support for autocratic leadership. Self and Identity, 12(6), 635-649. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2012.718864

    • Zanolie, CKK. C. K. K., Van Dantzig, S., Boot, I. I., Wijnen, J., Schubert, TW., Giessner, S., & Pecher, D. (2012). Mighty metaphors: Behavioral and ERP evidence that power shifts attention on a vertical dimension. Brain and Cognition, 78(1), 50-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2011.10.006

    • Eisenbei?, SA., & Giessner, S. (2012). The Emergence and Maintenance of Ethical Leadership in Organizations: A Question of Embeddedness? Journal of Personnel Psychology, 11(1), 7-19. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000055

    • Giessner, S., Ullrich, J., & van Dick, R. (2011). Teaching & Learning Guide for: Social Identity and Corporate Mergers. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(7), 500-504. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00359.x

    • Giessner, S. (2011). Is the merger necessary? The interactive effect of perceived necessity and sense of continuity on post-merger identification. Human Relations, 64(8), 1079-1098. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726711406979

    • Giessner, S., Ryan, MK., Schubert, TW., & Quaquebeke, N. (2011). The power of pictures: Vertical picture angles in power pictures. Media Psychology, 14(4), 441-463. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2011.620541

    • Giessner, S., Ullrich, J., & van Dick, R. (2011). Social Identity and Corporate Mergers. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(6), 333-345. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00357.x

    • Giessner, S., & Quaquebeke, N. (2010). Using a relational models perspective to understand normatively appropriate conduct in ethical leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 95(supplement 1), 43-55. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-0790-4

    • Hakimi, NA. N., Knippenberg, D., & Giessner, S. (2010). Leader Empowering Behaviour: The Leader's Perspective. British Journal of Management, 21(3), 701-716. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2010.00703.x

    • Quaquebeke, N., & Giessner, S. (2010). How embodied cognitions affect judgments: Height-related attribution bias in football foul calls. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32(1), 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.32.1.3

    • Schubert, TW., Waldzus, S., & Giessner, S. (2009). Control over the Association of Power and Size. Social Cognition, 27(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2009.27.1.1

    • Giessner, S., Knippenberg, D., & Sleebos, E. (2009). License to fail? How leader group prototypicality moderates the effects of leader performance on perceptions of leadership effectiveness. The Leadership Quarterly, 20(3), 434-451. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2009.03.012

    • Giessner, S., & Mummendey, A. (2008). United we win, divided we fail? Effects of cognitive representations and performance feedbacks on merging groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38(3), 412-435. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.439

    • Schubert, TW., & Giessner, S. (2008). The naked power: Understanding nonverbal communication of power. In-Mind Magazin, 2(6).

    • Giessner, S., & Knippenberg, D. (2008). "License to fail": Goal definition, leader group prototypicality, and perceptions of leadership effectiveness after leader failure. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 105(1), 14-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2007.04.002

    • Giessner, S., & Schubert, TW. (2007). High in the Hierarchy: How Vertical Location and Judgments of Leaders' Power are Interrelated. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 104(1), 30-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2006.10.001

    • Giessner, S., Viki, GT., Otten, S., Terry, DJ., & Täuber, S. (2006). The challenge of merging: Merger patterns, pre-merger status and merger support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32(3), 339-352. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167205282151

  • Professional (10)
    • Mulder, F., Giessner, S., & Caldas, M. (2020). Leadership: why many heads are better than one. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 2(2020).

    • Lam, H., Giessner, S., & Shemla, M. (2020). Tips: Loneliness and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/126802

    • de Jong, R., & Giessner, S. (2020). Responsible leadership: creating shared value. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 2(2020).

    • Wong, SI., Giessner, S., van Ballen, C., & Roufanis, V. (2017). Using new ways of working to attract millennials. Communication for Leaders, (1), 24-25. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/100773

    • Giessner, S., & Wong, SI. (2016). The fine line between hands-on and hands-off leadership. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 25(1), 11-13. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/93039

    • Humborstad, SIW., Giessner, S., & Solberg, E. (2015). Key to Success in Mergers & Acquisitions. Communication for Leaders, 2015(2), 8-9. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/79157

    • Dijke, M., Giessner, S., Tulder, R., & Gilbert, R. (2014). What value ethical leadership? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 18(2), 8-11. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/77104

    • Giessner, S. (2011). Identity management key to successful mergers. RSM Insight, 6(2), 7-9. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/40072

    • Quaquebeke, N., Eckloff, T., Zenker, S., & Giessner, S. (2009). Leadership in the Eye of the Beholder: Cognitive Construction, Recognition, and Interpretation of Leadership. Personalfuhrung, 1, 34-41.

    • Quaquebeke, N., Witte, E. H., Giessner, S., & Eckloff, T. (2008). Macht: Energie der sozialen Welt? 360° Journal, 4, 17-26.

  • Academic (1)
    • Knoppers, A., Obdeijn, M., & Giessner, SR. S. (2021). Leading with presence: Fundamental tools and insights for impactful, engaging leadership. Emerald Publishing Limited.

  • Academic (7)
    • Wong, SIW., Solberg, E., Junni, P., & Giessner, S. (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). Routledge.

    • Jacobs, G., & Giessner, S. (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., & Jacobs, G. (2014). Identität und Prototypikalität. In J. Felfe (Ed.), Trends der psychologischen Führungsforschung – Neue Konzepte, Methoden und Erkenntnisse (pp. 117-128). Hogrefe.

    • Giessner, S., 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 University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601462.001.0001

    • Giessner, S. (2009). Diskriminierung und Toleranz bei Unternehmensfusionen. In Andreas Beelman, & Kai Jonas (Eds.), Diskriminierung und Toleranz: Psychologische Grundlagen und Anwendungsperspektiven (pp. 399-418). VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

    • Knippenberg, D., Wisse, BM., & Giessner, S. (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). Information Age Publishing.

    • Giessner, S. (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). Sternenfels.

  • Internally prepared (1)
    • Giessner, S. (2004). United we run, divided we fail? Effects of cognitive representations and performance feedbacks on merging groups. University of Jena, Germany.

  • Popular (1)
    • Giessner, S. (2016). Organisational mergers. A Behavioural perspective on identity management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Inaugural Adresses http://hdl.handle.net/1765/79983

  • Professional (2)
    • Knoppers, A. (Author), Obdeijn, M. (Author), & Giessner, S. (Author). (2021). How To Have Effective Zoom Meetings—And Make Them Less Boring. Web publication/site, Forbes.

    • Lam, H. (Author), Giessner, S. (Author), & Shemla, M. (Author). (2020). Four Simple Ways To Combat The Loneliness Caused By COVID-19. Web publication/site http://hdl.handle.net/1765/126805

  • The Leadership Quarterly (Journal)

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  • Journal of Applied Psychology (Journal)

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  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (Journal)

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  • Organizational Psychology Review (Journal)

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  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Natalia Hakimi
  • Time frame: 2005 - 2010
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Victoria Visser
  • Time frame: 2006 - 2013
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  • PhD Candidate: Eliza Byington
  • Time frame: 2007 - 2013
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  • PhD Candidate: Suzanne van Gils
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2012
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  • PhD Candidate: Inga Hoever
  • Time frame: 2008 - 2012
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Merlijn Venus
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2013
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  • PhD Candidate: Joost Leunissen
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2014
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  • PhD Candidate: Jeanine Porck
  • Time frame: 2009 - 2013
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Julija Mell
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2015
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  • PhD Candidate: Anne-Sophie Lenoir
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2015
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Nick van der Meulen
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2016
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  • PhD Candidate: Yingjie Yuan
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Burcu Subasi
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
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  • PhD Candidate: Jasmien Khattab
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Jelle de Vries
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2016
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  • PhD Candidate: Laura M. Giurge
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2017
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  • PhD Candidate: Elisa Maira
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2018
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Christina Wessels
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2017
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Jing Wu
  • Time frame: 2014 - 2020
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jorrit Alkema
  • Time frame: 2015 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Ho Wa (Hodar) Lam
  • Time frame: 2016 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Lisanne van Bunderen
  • Time frame: 2013 - 2018
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jingtao Zhu
  • Time frame: 2018 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Fan Jia
  • Time frame: 2014 - 2019
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Pisitta Vongswasdi
  • Time frame: 2016 - 2020
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Jun Xiao
  • Time frame: 2015 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Rowan Moelijker
  • Time frame: 2021 -
2014
June
10
2014
February
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Research Seminar
As: Contact, Coordinator
2013
October
10
2010
May
27
ERIM Conference
As: Coordinator
2009
June
17
Conference
As: Coordinator
2009
April
15
  • Fellowship - ERIM postdoc programme (2004)

Address

Visiting address

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

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Postbus 1738
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Netherlands