Publikations Prof. Dr. Meinald Thielsch

Prof. Dr. Meinald Thielsch at Google Scholar

  • International Publications (Peer-reviewed)

    Schäpers, P., Windscheid, L., Mazei, J., Thielsch, M. T. & Hertel, G. (in press). “Like will to like” or “opposites attract”? Management board diversity affects employer attractiveness. Gender in Management: An International Journal.

    Abstract: Purpose: How diversity in management boards affects employer attractiveness has yet to be fully clarified. We contrast the two main theoretical rationales—similarity attraction and diversity attraction – and examined whether potential employees are more attracted to an organization with a homogenous board (in terms of gender and ethnicity) or to an organization with a diverse board. Design/methodology/approach: Participants (N = 629) were simultaneously presented with two pictures of management boards, whereby the gender and ethnic composition of the boards was manipulated. Moreover, to examine whether social desirability influences the ratings of an organization’s attractiveness, survey anonymity was varied using an indirect questioning technique. Findings: Our findings supported the diversity attraction rationale: Organizations with genderbalanced, multicultural boards were seen as more attractive than organizations with monolithic boards. However, this effect seemed to be influenced—at least partially—by social desirability. Research limitations/implications: Additional research is needed to examine the extents to which people care about the degree of similarity between themselves and a management board. Practical implications: Our findings illustrate board composition as an employer branding strategy. Specifically, our results indicate that an organization can benefit from a diverse management board when this information is communicated to applicants. Social implications: People’s attitudes towards organizations with diverse boards seem—in part—to be rooted in their motivation to comply with social norms. Originality/value: Theoretical accounts (similarity attraction theory vs. diversity attraction) lead to somewhat contradicting predictions, and the available empirical evidence was rather indirect and correlational. Our study provides a controlled empirical investigation contrasting the two contradicting predictions.


    Thielsch, M. T. & Hirschfeld, G. (2021). Quick assessment of web content perceptions. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 37 (1), 68-80.

    Thielsch, M. T., Kirsch, J., Thölking, H., Tangelder, L. & Lamers, C. (2021). Fight or flight? Behaviour and experiences of laypersons in the face of an incipient fire. Ergonomics, 64 (2), 149-170.

    Thielsch, M. T., Röseler, S., Kirsch, J., Lamers, C. & Hertel, G. (2021). Managing pandemics – demands, resources, and effective behaviors within crisis management teams. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 70 (1), 150-187.

    Meeßen, S. M., Thielsch, M. T. & Hertel, G. (2020). Trust in Management Information Systems (MIS): A Theoretical Model. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 64 (1), 6-16.

    Meeßen, S., Thielsch, M. T., Riehle, D. & Hertel, G. (2020). Trust is Essential: Positive Effects of Information Systems on Users’ Memory require Trust in the System. Ergonomics, 63 (7), 909-926.

    Niemann, L. & Thielsch, M. T. (2020). Evaluation of Basic Trainings for Rescue Forces. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 17 (3).

    Thielsch, M. T. & Hadzihalilovic, D. (2020). Evaluation of Fire Service Command Unit Trainings. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science.

    Dames, H., Hirschfeld, G., Sackmann, T. & Thielsch, M. T. (2019). Searching vs. Browsing - The influence of consumers’ goal directedness on website evaluations. Interacting with Computers, 31(1), 95-112.

    Ellwart, T., Ulfert, A.-S., Antoni, C., Becker, J.,  Frings, C., Göbel, K., Hertel, G., Kluge, A., Meeßen, S., Niessen, C., Nohe, C., Riehle, D., Runge, Y., Schmid, U., Schüffler, A., Siebers, M., Sonnentag, S., Tempel, T., Thielsch, M. T., Wehrt, W. (2019). Intentional Forgetting in Socio-Digital Work Systems: System Characteristics and User-related Psychological Consequences on Emotion, Cognition, and Behavior. AIS Transactions on Enterprise Systems, 4(1).

    Hertel, G., Meeßen, S. M., Riehle, D. M., Thielsch, M. T., Nohe, C., & Becker, J. (2019). Directed forgetting in organisations: The positive effects of decision support systems on mental resources and well-being. Ergonomics, 62(5), 597-611. doi:

    Klumb, P. L. & Thielsch, M. T. (2019). TBS-DTK-Rezension »S-Tool – Ein Online-Befragungsinstrument zur Erhebung von Belastungen, Ressourcen und Befinden am Arbeitsplatz«. Report Psychologie, 44 (3), 21-23.

    Schulte, N. & Thielsch, M. T. (2019). Evaluation of Firefighter Leadership Trainings. International Journal of Emergency Services. 8 (1), 34-49.

    Thielsch, M. T., Haines, R. & Flacke, L. (2019). Experimental investigation on the effects of interface aesthetics on user performance in different virtual tasks. PeerJ, 7:e6516.

    Thielsch, M. T. & Hirschfeld, G. (2019). Facets of website content. Human-Computer Interaction. 34 (4), 279-327.

    Thielsch, M. T., Wetterkamp, M., Boertz, P., Gosheger, G. & Schulte, T. L. (2018). Reliability and validity of the Spinal Appearance Questionnaire (SAQ) and the Trunk Appearance Perception Scale (TAPS). Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 13:274.

    Schulte*, T. L., Thielsch*, M.T., Gosheger, G., Boertz, P., Terheyden, J. H. & Wetterkamp, M. (2018). German Validation of the Quality of Life Profile for Spinal Disorders (QLPSD). European Spine Journal, 27 (1), 83-92. (* geteilte Erstautorenschaft)

    Thielsch, M. T., Brinkmöller, B. & Forthmann, B. (2018). Reasons for responding in student evaluation of teaching. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 56, 189-196.

    Thielsch, M. T., Meeßen, S. M. & Hertel, G. (2018). Trust and Distrust in Information Systems at the Workplace. PeerJ 6:e5483.

    Thielsch, M. T. & Thielsch, C. (2018). Depressive symptoms and web user experience. PeerJ 6:e4439.

    Bölte, J., Hösker, T., Hirschfeld, G. & Thielsch, M. T. (2017). Electrophysiological correlates of aesthetic processing of webpages: A comparison of experts and laypersons. PeerJ, 5:e3440.

    Thielsch, M. T. & Wirth, M. (2017). Web-based annual reports at first contact: corporate image and aesthetics. Technical Communication, 64 (4), 282-296. [PDF]

    Wetterkamp, M., Thielsch, M. T., Gosheger, G., Boertz, P., Terheyden, J.H., Schulte, T. L. (2017). German Validation of the BIDQ-S questionnaire on body image disturbance in idiopathic scoliosis. European Spine Journal, 26(2), 309-315.

    Douneva, M., Jaron, R. & Thielsch, M.T. (2016). Effects of different website designs on first impressions, aesthetic judgments, and memory performance after short presentation. Interacting with Computers, 28(4), 552-567. [PDF]

    Douneva, M., Haines, R. & Thielsch, M.T. (2015). Effects of interface aesthetics on team performance in a virtual task. In Proceedings of the 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2015), Münster. [PDF]

    Hirschfeld, G. & Thielsch, M. T. (2015). Establishing meaningful cut points for online user ratings. Ergonomics, 58 (2), 310-320. [final draft] [PDF]

    Nestler S., Thielsch, M. T., Krasteva, E. & Back, M. D. (2015). Will They Stay or Will They Go? Personality Predictors of Dropout in an Online Study. International Journal of Internet Science, 10 (1), 37-48. [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T., Engel, R. & Hirschfeld, G. (2015). Expected usability is not a valid indicator of experienced usability. PeerJ Computer Science, 1:e19[PDF]

    Froncek, B., Hirschfeld, G. & Thielsch, M. T. (2014). Characteristics of effective exams – Development and validation of an instrument for evaluating written exams. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 43, 79-87. [PDF]

    Hirschfeld, G., von Brachel, R. & Thielsch, M. T. (2014). Selecting items for Big Five questionnaires: At what sample size do factor loadings stabilize? Journal of Research in Personality, 53, 54-63. [final draft] [PDF]

    Speer, P., Wersching, H., Bruchmann, S., Bracht, D. Stehling, C., Thielsch, M. T., Knecht, S. & Lohmann, H. (2014). Age- and gender-adjusted normative data for the German version of Rey’s Auditory Verbal Learning Test from healthy subjects aged between 50 and 70 years. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36(1), 32-42. [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T., Blotenberg, I. & Jaron, R. (2014). User evaluation of websites: From first impression to recommendation. Interacting with Computers, 26 (1), 89-102. [PDF]

    Hirschfeld, G., Thielsch, M. T. & Zernikow, B. (2013). Reliabilities of Mental Rotation Tasks: Limits to the Assessment of Individual Differences. BioMed Research International, 2013. [PDF]

    Moshagen, M. & Thielsch, M. T. (2013). A short version of the visual aesthetics of websites inventory. Behaviour & Information Technology, 32 (12), 1305-1311. [final draft] [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T. & Hirschfeld, G. (2012). Spatial frequencies in aesthetic website evaluations – explaining how ultra-rapid evaluations are formed. Ergonomics, 55 (7), 731-742. [final draft] [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T. & Perabo, I. (2012). Use and evaluation of presentation software. Technical Communication, 59 (2), 112-123. [final draft] [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T., Träumer, L. & Pytlik, L. (2012). E-Recruiting and fairness – the applicant’s point of view. Information Technology and Management, 13 (2), 59-67. [final draft]

    Moshagen, M. & Thielsch, M. T. (2010). Facets of visual aesthetics. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68, 689-709. [final draft] [PDF]

    Thielsch, M. T. & Hirschfeld, G. (2010). High and low spatial frequencies in website evaluations. Ergonomics, 53, 972-978. [final draft] [PDF]

    (listed were only publications in English, for further publications in German language please click here