Dr. Kai Oliver Thiele

  • Doctoral Researcher (2013 - 2017)



German Institute for Japanese Studies: DIJ, Tokyo, Japan, Visiting Doctoral Researcher


Research Institute of Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University, Japan, Visiting Doctoral Researcher

2013 - 2017

Hamburg University of Technology, Doctoral Researcher (PhD)

2010 - 2011

University of Kansas, USA, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

2009 - 2013

University of Hamburg, Germany, M.Sc. Business Mathematics

2006 - 2009

University of Hamburg, Germany, B.Sc. Business Mathematics

Fields of Research

  • Cross-Border M&A research, especially with regard to employee identification during mergers
  • Analysis, development and improvement of PLS path modeling methods

Publications & Working Papers

Thiele, K. O. (2018). The Views of Japanese Employees on Cross-Border M&As. Wiesbaden: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-658-22524-7

Hair, J. F., Hult, G. T. M., Ringle, C. M., Sarstedt, M., & Thiele, K. O. (2017). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: A Comparative Evaluation of Composite-based Structural Equation Modeling Methods, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS), 45(5), 616-632.

Bebenroth, R., & Thiele, K. O. (2016). When Organizational Justice Matters for Affective Merger Commitment. Thunderbird International Business Review, 59(2), 227-241.

Sarstedt, M., Hair, J. F., Ringle, C. M., Thiele, K. O., & Gudergan, S. (2016). Estimation Issues with PLS and CBSEM: Where the Bias Lies!. Journal of Business Research, 69(10), 3998-4010.

Thiele, K. O., Sarstedt, M., & Ringle, C. M. (2016). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: A Comparative Evaluation of Six Structural Equation Modeling Methods. In: Kim, K. (Eds.), Celebrating America’s Pastimes: Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Marketing?. Developments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science, (pp.991-992). Cham: Springer.

Bebenroth, R., & Thiele, K. (2015). Identification to oneself and to the others: Employees' perceptions after a merger (No. 106/2015). Duisburger Arbeitspapiere Ostasienwissenschaften. [Link]

Presentations & Seminars

Thiele, K. (2015). When Organizational Justice Matters for Affective Merger Commitment. 2016 Management Theory and Practice Conference, University of Kyoto, Kyoto (Japan).

Thiele, K. (2015). PLS-SEM: A useful tool in social science research, The Japanese Association of Administrative Science, Osaka (Japan).

Thiele, K. (2015). An introductory course on PLS-SEM, Kobe University, Kobe (Japan).

Thiele, K. (2015). The Employees' View on Cross-Border M&As in Japan: What do Employees Need to Speak in Favor of an Acquisition?, Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ), Tokyo (Japan).

Bebenroth, R. & Thiele, K. (2015). M&A Workshop 2015 "How to Conduct a Successful Post Merger Integration?", Kobe University, Kobe (Japan). [Link]

Thiele, K., Sarstedt, M. & Ringle, C. M. (2015). A Comparative Evaluation of New and Established Methods for Structural Equation Modeling, Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, Denver (USA).

Thiele, K. (2015). Recent methodological advances on the application of partial least squares structural equation modeling in marketing research, University of Colorado Denver, Denver (USA).

Thiele, K. (2015). Great success or devastating failure – how the employees’ view determines the outcome of inbound M&As in Japan -, Hosei University, Tokyo (Japan).

Thiele, K. O., Sarstedt, M., & Ringle, C. M. (2015). Mirror, mirror on the wall. A comparative evaluation of new and established structural equation modeling methods. Paper presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Partial Least Squares Path Modeling – The Conference for PLS Users, Seville (Spain).

Thiele, K. (2013). PLS-SEM Method and its Application, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan).

Thiele, K. (2013). PLS Partial Least Squares Method, TUHH TokyoTech Research Forum, Tokyo (Japan).

Thiele, K. (2013). PLS Path Modeling and its Application in Consumer Research, KEIO & JACS Global Marketing Seminar, Tokyo (Japan). [Link]

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