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Phd in Business Studies and Economics(Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany), MSc in Business Studies(FernUniversität Hagen, Germany), MA in Social Pedagogic(Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of International Management
-:Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan
:Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan
:Professor of Strategic Management, German University in Cairo, Egypt
:Lecturer in Management, University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK


Empowerment of the few and disempowerment of the many – Disempowerment in Thai ‘One Tambon One Product’ organisations (OTOPs)
The South East Asian Journal of Management   10(1) 30-53   2016
Revitalising cooperatives of agricultural communities: OTOP organisations in Thai villages
DIEFENBACH Thomas, Chalermporn, S., Diefenbach, T.
Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia   19 online, without page numbers   2016
Inclusiveness and exclusiveness of Japanese-style management abroad – Some evidence from Southeast Asia
The South East Asian Journal of Management   9(1) 52-69   2015
DIEFENBACH Thomas, Hibbert, P.; Sillince, J.A.A.; Cunliffe, A.
Organizational Research Methods   17(3) 278-298   2014
International Journal of Management and Decision Making   12(4) 413-432   2013

Books etc

Hierarchy and organisation – Toward a general theory of hierarchical social systems
Routledge   2013   
Incompetent or immoral leadership? - Why many managers and change leaders get it wrong, in: By, R.T. / Burnes, B. (eds.) (2012): Organizational Change, Leadership and Ethics: Leading Organizations toward Sustainability, London: Routledge.
Routledge   2012   ISBN:978-0-415-59244-4
Reinventing bureaucracy and hierarchy: from the bureau to network organisations
Emerald   2012   
Management and the Dominance of Managers
Routledge   2009   ISBN:978-0415443357
The Ideological Use of New Public Management Concepts during Organizational Change Initiatives, in: By, R.T. / Macleod, C. (eds.) (2009): Managing Organizational Change in Public Services: International Issues, challenges and cases
Routledge   2009   ISBN:978-0-415-46758-2

Conference Activities & Talks

Does the Japanese management model work for Japanese companies abroad? – Some evidence from Vietnam
Annual Conference on Management and Social Sciences   2013   
OTOPs in Thailand - Economic success and social failure
Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Business Ethics Studies (JABES)   2013   
Knowledge-sharing between medium-sized companies across borders
APUGSM Conference 2013 - International Winter Conference on Business & Economic Research   2013   
Potential impact of the political movement in the Thai Red-Shirt village on OTOP (One Tambon One Product) organizations
2012 Asia Pacific Conference   2012   
Moral dimensions of empowerment and dis-empowerment in post-modern organisations
ICBMR - The 7th International Conference on Business and Management Research   2012   

Research Grants & Projects

Socio-philosophical and critical analysis of organisations, individuals within organisations, the ethical and social aspects of business and the state of contemporary, past and future societies.
Interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional and critical investigation of a) hierarchical social systems, b) ruling elites and their power, interests and ideology, and c) subordinates and their compliance.
Ethical principles and social responsibilities of organisations and their senior management.
Strategic decision-making and change management based on ethical principles.
Investigation of alternative organisations, business models, decision-making concepts and others striving for egalitarian forms of organising work and life.
Identification and investigation of alternative and innovative forms of organisations and business models striving for non-hierarchical and egalitarian forms of organising work and life.