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Karin Knorr

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University of Paderborn
Faculty of Business Administration & Economics
Chair for Business Administration,
esp. Organizational Behavior
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn 




(+49) 52 51 / 60 2386


(+49) 52 51 / 60 35 50




***Please contact me by e-mail. Telephone availability is not given until further notice at the moment (Status: 01.05.2020).***

Brief biography

Karin Knorr has been a research associate at the chair for Organizational Behavior at the University of Paderborn since October 2018. She completed her bachelor's degree in International Business Studies at the University of Paderborn including a semester abroad at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. After that, she continued her studies at the University of Paderborn with a Master in Business Administration. Parallel to this and to her doctorate, she continued to complete a master's degree in business and economics pedagogics.




80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver, BC, Canada


36th EGOS Colloquium "Organizing for a Sustainable Future: Responsibility, Renewal & Resistance" in Hamburg


Convention „Aus der Zeit gefallen? Die deutsche Uhrenindustrie im Bann der Krise“ [Translation: Fell out of time? The German watch industry under the grip of the crisis] at the  University of Stuttgart

31.03.2020-01.04.2020 “Crafting World-Leading Outputs from Qualitative Research Workshop” at the University of Liverpool Management School


Lecture at the faculty workshop of the University of Paderborn


Paper Development Workshop: Presentation for the Special Issue "Business Ethics in the Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern Europe" of the Journal of Business Ethics at the University of Regensburg


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Conference Abstracts

Is Corruption Imprinted? A Study on Preconditions of Corruption in Post-Communist Countries

K. Knorr, T.F. Auer, K. Thommes. Is Corruption Imprinted? A Study on Preconditions of Corruption in Post-Communist Countries. 2020.

Journal Articles

History as a source of organizational identity creation

S. Oertel, K. Thommes, Organization Studies (2018), 39(12), pp. 1709-1731

We analysed the self-representation of twelve watchmaking firms located in a cluster in East Germany to understand how they apply rhetorical history to craft their identity. The findings show that there are common elements of rhetorical history that help organizations craft their identity, but there are also differences based on each firm’s historical background. While some firms specifically relate their identity to their own history, others mainly employ cluster-level history, while still others may even self-construct fictional historical roots. By discussing these findings, we contribute to a better understanding of how an organization’s identity is crafted and how history is utilized in such identity creation.

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