Dr. Lukas Thürmer


In his research, Lukas Thürmer focusses on the question of how teams reach their (performance-) goals. Since September 2017, Lukas Thürmer is working at the Chair for Social- and Economic Psychology at the University of Göttingen (Prof. Stefan Schulz-Hardt), first in a secondment during his Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship and permanently since November 2018. Lukas was a member of Prof. Florian Kunze’s chair for Organisational studies from September 2016 until October 2018 during his Marie Curie Fellowship. From September 2016 to August 2017, his workplace was at the University of Pittsburgh, where he examined the role of attribution processes in teams together with Prof. John Levine. From September 2017 to October 2018, he investigated the role of these processes in decision making and organizational performance at the Chair for Organisational Studies in Konstanz and at the Chair for Social- and Economic Psychology at the University of Göttingen. From 2009 to 2013, he completed his doctorate on performance and goal achievement in teams at the University of Konstanz’s Chair for Social Psychology & Motivation and the Department of Psychology, New York University (Prof. Peter Gollwitzer). Since 2013, he was employed there as a research associate and represented the chair as an interim professor during the winter semester 2015/2016. Lukas Thürmer frequently publishes his research in scientific journals, including Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS), Motivation and Emotion, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making (JBDM). He further regularly translates his work to the business context, for instance in a chapter in the book “Organizational Planning” (Frese & Mumford [Eds.], 2015). His work has been discussed in the Harvard Business Review.