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Department of Management

Dr Susan Reh

Dr Susan Reh

Senior Lecturer in Management




Susan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management at the University of Exeter Business School. Prior to joining the school in 2021, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in organizational psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD in organizational behaviour at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands in cooperation with the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany.  

Susan’s research revolves around workplace dynamics and how these unfold over time in areas such as well-being, aging, or social comparisons and interpersonal behaviour. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly.  

Nationality: German


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (NL) in cooperation with Kühne Logistics University (GER)
  • M.Sc. in Management (Kühne Logistics University, GER)
  • B.Sc. in Psycholgy (University of Hamburg, GER)

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Research interests

  • workplace dynamics
  • social comparison
  • (counter-)productive work behaviors
  • emotions
  • age and well-being

Susan’s research revolves around workplace dynamics and how these unfold over time in areas such as well-being, aging, or social comparisons and interpersonal behaviour. Using such a temporal lens, she investigates, for instance, how emotional job demands affect employees’ emotional well-being and job satisfaction across the working lifespan, or how work sets people on more or less favourable trajectories of well-being. In another line of research, she studies why employees undermine rising stars who pose a threat to their future status and how social comparisons between may facilitate knowledge exchange and cooperation.

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Journal articles

Reh S, Van Quaquebeke N, Tröster C, Giessner SR (2022). When and why does status threat at work bring out the best and the worst in us? a temporal social comparison theory. Organizational Psychology Review, 12(3), 241-267. Abstract.
Reh S, Wieck C, Scheibe S (2021). Experience, vulnerability, or overload? Emotional job demands as moderator in trajectories of emotional well-being and job satisfaction across the working lifespan. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(11), 1734-1749.
Reh S, Tröster C, Van Quaquebeke N (2018). Keeping (future) rivals down: Temporal social comparison predicts coworker social undermining via future status threat and envy. J Appl Psychol, 103(4), 399-415. Abstract.  Author URL.
Reh S, Van Quaquebeke N, Giessner SR (2017). The aura of charisma: a review on the embodiment perspective as signaling. Leadership Quarterly, 28(4), 486-507. Abstract.
Reh S, Giessner SR, Van Quaquebeke N (2015). Leader Charisma: an Embodiment Perspective. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2015(1).
Reh S, Troester C, Van Quaquebeke N (2014). Keeping Rivals Down: the Effect of Social Comparison Dynamics on Workplace Behavior. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014(1).
Pottgen J, Dziobek I, Reh S, Heesen C, Gold SM (2013). Impaired social cognition in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 84(5), 523-528.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards and Honours

  • Award for best PhD thesis, Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Foundation (2019)
  • Best paper proceedings at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2018
  • Best Poster Award at the EAWOP Early Career Summer School 2016

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