Daniela Noethen
Assistant Professor, Department of People Management and Organisation in ESADE
Contracted Doctoral Professor


  • PhD in Business Administration. Jacobs University Bremen - Germany
  • Bachelor and Master in Psychology. University of Bonn - Germany

Areas of interest

  • Expatriate management
  • Knowledge transfer in work teams
  • Implications of the aging workforce for organisational behaviour


Before joining ESADE as an Assistant Professor in the Department of People Management and Organisation, Daniela Noethen obtained her PhD in Business Administration (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany). Furthermore, she holds a Diploma in Psychology (University of Bonn, Germany, equivalent to bachelor plus master) and spent a year studying Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Canada).
Daniela Noethen believes that knowledge management becomes increasingly important in times of imminent demographic change, and that organisations must grasp the knowledge of large waves of retiring employees lest huge costs be incurred. Her dissertational research dealt with knowledge transfer in teams as one means of preventing knowledge loss. The results of her research into predictors of knowledge transfer suggest that antecedents often differ in their influence depending on the transfer behavior examined (sharing or seeking knowledge) and the level of analysis (individual or team). In another study of intergenerational knowledge transfer, she found that there is only slightly more knowledge transfer from older to younger employees than without such an age difference between employees, and only slightly more knowledge transfer in age-diverse teams. This suggests that in order to protect retiring employees' knowledge from being lost to the organisation, knowledge transfer must be supported more heavily.
Daniela Noethen's more recent research deals with management of expatriates, a group of employees that is key for transferring knowledge in multinational corporations (MNCs). Applying the theory of knowledge management and organizational learning to the field of expatriate management lead to important insights regarding expatriate selection, compensation, repatriation etc. Moreover, studying the boundary conditions established through different types of expatriate assignments or characteristics of the expatriates themselves, she revealed important consequences for how MNCs should best manage their expatriates.
For her future research, Daniela Noethen is interested in models for measuring knowledge transfer and knowledge loss, and means of preventing knowledge loss other than knowledge transfer in teams. Moreover, she wants to shed more light on the role of expatriates as knowledge agents as well as study their management from a knowledge management point of view.

Selected publications

Bonache, J. A. & Noethen, D. (2014). The impact of individual performance on organizational success and its implications for the management of expatriates. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (14), pp. 1960-1977. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2013.870287.

Noethen, D. & Bonache, J. A. (2013, August). Star versus guardian assignments: Why expatriates should be managed differentially. In 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Buena Vista.

Lvina , E., Johns , G., Treadway , D. C., Blickle , G., Liu , Y. L., Liu , J. & et al. (2012). Measure invariance of the Political Skill Inventory (PSI) across five cultures. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 12 (2), pp. 171-191.

Noethen, D. & Voelpel, S. (2011). Der einfluss von führungskräften auf einstellungen und verhaltensweiesn ihrer mitarbeiter und konsequenzen für relevante handlungsfelder im demografischen Wandel. In Godde , B., Heidemeier , H. & Staudinger , U. M. (Eds.), Den demografischen Wandel meistern: Eine Frage der Passung. Ergebnisse des 'demopass' Projekts (pp. 79-96). [S.l.]: W. Bertelsmann Verlag.

Noethen, D. (2011, August). Preventing knowledge loss when employees expect to leave. In 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), San Antonio.

Noethen, D. & Voelpel, S. (2010, August). A multilevel investigation of predictors of sharing and seeking knowledge in teams. In 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Academy of Management (AOM), Montreal.

Noethen, D., Biemann, T. & Voelpel, S. (2010, May). Premises for sharing and seeking knowledge in work teams - a multilevel perspective. In 72th Annual Meeting of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), Bremen.

Noethen, D., Biemann, T. & Voelpel, S. (2010, March). Intergenerational knowledge transfer in work teams: A social network perspective. In Workshop on Social Network Perspectives in HRM, Copenhagen.

Noethen, D., Biemann, T. & Voelpel, S. (2009, May). A multilevel investigation of the effects of age, motivation, and job autonomy on knowledge sharing and seeking in work teams. In Workshop on Research Advances in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, Toulouse.

Ferris , G. R., Blickle , G., Schneider , P. B., Kramer , J., Zettler , I., Solga , J. & et al. (2008). Political skill construct and criterion-related validation: A two-study investigation. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23 (7), pp. 744-771.

Blickle , G., Meurs , J. A., Zettler , I., Solga , J., Noethen, D., Kramer , J. & et al. (2008). Personality, political skill, and job performance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72 (3), pp. 377-387.

Bröder , A., Noethen, D., Schütz , J. & Bay , P. (2007). Utilization of covariation knowledge in source monitoring: No evidence for implicit processes. Psychological Research, 71 (5), pp. 524-538.