Prof. Steffen Giessner

Steffen Giessner

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


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.

Professional experience

Full Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Organisation and Personnel Management


Professional Publications (6)

Scholarly Publications (37)

Work in Progress

  • F. Belschak, G. Jacobs, S.R. Giessner, K.E. Horton & P.S. Bayerl (2018). When the going gets tough, machiavellians get going: Reactions to organizational change. Journal of Applied Psychology, inRevision.

Semi Scientific Publications

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

Doctoral Thesis


Editorial positions (6)

  • 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 Memberships


Organisational Behaviour

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Code: BAP071
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1

Behavioural Foundations

  • Study year: 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BERMFC001
  • ECTS: 3 Level: Master

Behaviour in organisations

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BKB010
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Bachelor 1

IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2018/2019
  • Code: BM-IMRC
  • ECTS: 5 Level: Master

Past courses

Human resource management

  • Study year: 2017/2018
  • Code: BM13MIM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

High performance leadership, a psychological perspective

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME043
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

High performance leadership, a psychological perspective

  • Study year: 2014/2015, 2013/2014
  • Code: RSMME041
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

Network & leadership

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BKCHEB06
  • ECTS: 10 Level: Master

Organizational Behaviour

  • Study year: 2013/2014
  • Code: BAP71
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1


  • Fellowship - ERIM postdoc programme (2004)