Thorsten Auer, M.Sc.

Organizational Behavior

Research Associate

Office Address:
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

About Thorsten Auer

Thorsten Auer has been working for the chair of Prof. Dr. Kirsten Thommes since November 2018. He completed his bachelor studies at the University of Hildesheim in the field of International Information Management. Afterward, he moved to Paderborn for his master's degree and completed the study program Management Information Systems. In the course of this study, he participated in the Asian Studies in Business and Economics (ASBE) program of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, which included a stay at Oita University in Japan. At the same time, he completed an additional bachelor's degree in Applied Sports Science in Paderborn.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 01.11.2018: Research associate and PhD candidate at the Chair of Organizational Behavior, Paderborn University

04/2014 - 09/2018: Master of Science Management Information Systems, Paderborn University

10/2014 - 08/2018: Bachelor of Arts Applied Sports Science, Paderborn University

10/2015 - 02/2016: ASBE program at Oita University, Japan

10/2010 - 10/2013: Bachelor of Arts International Information Management, Hildesheim University

08/2012 - 12/2012: Semester abroad at NTNU Trondheim, Norway

14.10.2019: BGM-Award of the institute for sports sociology

Award for an outstanding final thesis in the field of corporate health management on the topic:

"Significance of communication processes in corporate health management - data analysis on the effect of health promotion measures on employee productivity"


Research Interests

My research interests comprise ethics in behavioral economics and collaboration in organizations.

Using various quantitative research methods, I primarily investigate in the following areas:

  • Corrupt behavior on the individual and organizational level
  • Ethnic discrimination in the labor market
  • Team processes and their effects on productivity and corporate health


Latest Publications

Long‐term effects of institutional conditions on perceived corruption – A study on organizational imprinting in post‐communist countries
T.F. Auer, K. Knorr, K. Thommes, Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility 32 (2022) 478–497.
Same Different but not Same Same: Ethnic Discrimination in Application Procedures in the German Public Sector
T.F. Auer, H. Ekemen, C. Hagedorn, C. Heise, C. Rese, Empirical Economics Letters 21 (2022) 47–55.
Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung: Ein leeres Versprechen?
T.F. Auer, L. Sennefelder, H. Meier, Public Health Forum 30 (2022) 214–216.
Is Corruption Imprinted? A Study on Preconditions of Corruption in Post-Communist Countries
K. Knorr, T.F. Auer, K. Thommes, in: Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020.
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Teaching Areas

At the chair, I have supervised the following courses:


  • Fundamentals of Scientific Work for Research Projects (M.184.2159)
  • Organizational Behavior (M.184.3152)


  • Fundamentals of Scientific Work for Research Projects (M.184.4159)
  • Introduction to the Methods of Empirical Economic and Social Research (M.184.5161)

Current Courses

The researcher does not teach any courses in the current semester.

Additional Activities

Additionally, I am part of the faculty's mentoring program as a supervisor since the winter semester 2020/21.

Artistc Scientific Research

15.06.2023: Conference presentation

18.03.2022: Conference presentation

19.11.2021: Conference presentation

18.11.2021: Workshop presentation

16.06.2021: Conference presentation

04.12.2020: Conference presentation

11.09.2020: Workshop presentation

09.08.2020: Conference presentation

12.07.2019: Workshop presentation