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


Work in Progress

  • A. Knoppers, M. Obdeijn & S.R. Giessner (2021). Leading with presence. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald

Professional Publications (10)

Scholarly Publications (49)

Semi Scientific Publications (2)

  • S.R. Giessner & H.W. Lam (Hosts) (2020, jul 16). Understanding loneliness at work during COVID-19 and in the future. [webcast]. In RSM Alumni Live Lecture.
  • 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


Media items

  • Flexible work arrangements = Appealing work arrangements?

    While it may be one question whether flexible work arrangements (i.e., work conditions enabling work from home and providing flexible office spaces) have positive or negative effects on innovation and productivity, another one is…


    PhD candidate Susan Reh has won the Best Poster Award at the Early Career Summer School of the European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) in Birmingham, UK. Reh investigates these research questions…


    The doctoral research of Dominique Board was titled "Understanding Tran Active Memory Systems in Virtual Teams: The role of integration and differentiation, task dependencies and routines" and Steffen Giessner is mentioned to have…

Discovery items

RSM Discovery magazine 38 – out now!

Issue 38: under the editorship of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership is devoted to exploring just some of the many facets of leadership.

Tips: Loneliness and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis

No man/woman is an island. It is normal to feel lonely while working from home. Use these four tips to prevent loneliness.

Power to the people: the fine line between hands-on and hands-off leadership

Employees have different ideas about empowering leadership. Listen to them, says Prof. Steffen Giessner.

RSM Discovery Debate: Ethical Leadership

Is it possible to be an ethical leader in today’s shareholder-focused economy?


Theories on Change, on Differences and on Behaviour

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BM02OCC
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master

HRM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTHRM
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

OCC Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021
  • Code: BMMTOCC
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

Past courses

Behaviour in organisations

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2015/2016
  • Code: BKB010

IM Research clinic

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM-IMRC
  • Level: Master

Organisational Behaviour

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015
  • Code: BAP071

Behavioural Foundations

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

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)