Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Klaus Schoefer

Chair in Marketing


Professor Schoefer joined NUBS in March 2010, having previously held positions at the University of Vienna's Department of Business Administration and the Nottingham University Business School. On becoming the Business School's inaugural Chair in Marketing, he led the growth of the then newly formed Marketing Subject Group from 6 to 15 members. He later established as well as jointly directed a research group focusing on Services Marketing/Management which subsequently contributed to having the research performance of Newcastle University's marketing academics ranked 96th in an international comparison of universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US (Soutar et al., 2015).

Professor Schoefer holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and obtained the venia docendi (Habilitation - Dr. habil.) in Business Studies. His research relates predominantly to the field of services marketing/management where he focuses on consumer behaviour-related topics such as customer experience management, service branding, service innovation, service failure/recovery, and technology-mediated service encounters. Characteristic of his work is the utilisation of mixed methods research designs and the examination of cross-cultural variations where appropriate. His work has appeared, amongst others, in the Journal of Service Research [AJG:4]British Journal of Management [AJG:4]Industrial Marketing Management [AJG:3], Journal of Business Research [AJG:3] and the Journal of International Marketing [AJG:3]  and received best paper awards at major conferences (e.g., British Academy of Management Conference 2016 Best Developmental Paper Award) as well as from academic journals (e.g., Journal of Service Research Best Paper Award 2017).

Roles and Responsibilities at NUBS (Past and/or Present)

  • Head of the Marketing Subject Group (2010-2013)
  • Ex officio member of the Business School's Executive Board (2010-2013)
  • Chaired Professor of Marketing (2010-present)
  • Head of the Services Marketing Research Group (2013-2018)
  • Ex officio member of the Research, Innovation and Impact Committee (2010-2019)
  • Chair of the RIIC's Accreditation and Research Development Sub-Groups (2018-2019)
  • Chair of the Marketing Subject Board of Studies (2010-2013)
  • Acting PhD Convenor for Marketing (2016)
  • Personal tutor (2010-present)
  • Academic mentor (2019-present)
  • Deputy Director of Research (2017-2019)                                                                 
  • Elected member of the University's Senate (2015-2018)


  • Industriekaufmann, Chamber of Commerce, Rhineland-Palatinate, Neustadt/Wstr. (Germany): 1990
  • Dipl.-Bw. (FH) in Management und Rechnungswesen/Controlling, University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen (Germany): 1996
  • M.A. in Corporate Strategy and Governance, University of Nottingham (UK): 1998
  • Ph.D. in Marketing, University of Nottingham (UK): 2002
  • Habilitation (Dr. habil.) in Business Studies (focus on Marketing), University of Vienna (Austria): 2009

Previous Positions

  • 2004-2010 Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2003-2004 Lecturer, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2002 Management Consultant, Accenture, Kronberg, Germany
  • 1997 Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • 1991-1994 Industriekaufmann, Julius Fillibeck Soehne GmbH & Co. KG, Neustadt/Wstr., Germany
  • 1990-1991 National Service, German Armed Forces, Ellwangen/Jagst, Germany
  • 1987-1990 Apprenticeship as an Industriekaufmann, Julius Fillibeck Soehne GmbH & Co. KG, Neustadt/Wstr., Germany


  • External Examiner, MSc in Global Marketing, The York Management School (2017-2021)


  • Academy of Marketing UK
  • European Marketing Academy (EMAC)
  • German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
  • Accenture Alumni Network


  • German
  • English

Selected Research Output


Research Interests

  • Service Failure/Recovery
  • Buyer-Seller Relationships
  • Service Innovation
  • (Services) Branding
  • Brand Transgressions
  • Dysfunctional Customer Behaviour
  • Technology-Mediated Service Encounters
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Customer Experience (Management)/Customer Journey
  • Transformative Service Research
  • Digital Services
  • B2B/Industrial/Professional Services
  • Servitisation
  • Retailing
  • Higher Education Pedagogy
  • Marketing/Management Education

Esteem Indicators

Professor Schoefer regularly reviews manuscript submissions for a number of academic journals (e.g., Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, International Marketing Review, International Business Review, Industrial Marketing Management, Managing Service Quality, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, BuR - Business Research and Marketing ZFP – Journal of Research and Management) as well as for various scholarly Marketing Conferences (e.g., European Academy of Marketing Conference, Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, SERVSIG, and Academy of Marketing Conference). In addition to this, he acts as an ad hoc reviewer for research grant applications submitted to the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB).

Current Doctoral Supervision

  • Abraham Joseph (Start: academic year 2016/17): Corporate re-branding                                             
  • Koblarp Chandrasapth (Start: academic year 2017/18): Online consumer communities [*AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow 2018]
  • Hao "Aaron" Liu (Start: academic year 2018/19): global/local branding
  • Ye Yang (Start: academic year 2017/18): e-branding
  • Haiyan "Cindy" Chen (Start: academic year 2020/21): transformative services

Research Collaborations

  • Prof Christina Sichtmann (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Prof Markus Blut (Durham University Business School, UK)
  • Dr Nima Heirati (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Prof Fred Lemke (Vlerick Business School, Belgium)
  • Prof Fernando Fastoso (Pforzheim University, Germany)
  • Dr Mayoor Mohan (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
  • Prof Brian P. Brown (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
  • Dr Marek Gnusowski (Poznan University of Economics, Poland)
  • Dr Anders Wappling (Northumbria University, UK)


  • Student interactions (together with Marek Gnusowski)
  • Mobile payment (together with Markus Blut, Nima Heirati and Anders Wappling)

Awards & Prizes

  • Nottingham University Doctoral Scholarship Award (1998-2002)
  • Scholarship Award (1998-2002)
  • Science Award of the ITB 2004 for Best International Doctoral Thesis
  • British Academy of Management Conference 2016 Best Developmental Paper Award - Marketing and Retail
  • Journal of Service Research Best Paper Award 2017
  • Nomination for the VHB Best Paper Award 2021

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Undergraduate Teaching at NUBS [Past and/or Present]

Module leader and teaching contribution to:

  • MKT1000 Essentials of Marketing - Part 1 [BA/BSc] - Academic year: 2010/11 - 2011/12
  • MKT2008 Services Marketing [BA/BSc] - Academic year: 2014/15 - 2015/16
  • BUS3005 Advanced Business Topics [BA] - Academic year: 2018/19 - present
  • UG Dissertation Supervision - Academic year: 2009/10 - present

Postgraduate Teaching at NUBS [Past and/or Present]

Module leader and/or teaching contribution to:

  • NBS8088 Marketing [MA] - Academic year: 2015/16 - present
  • NBS8517 Consumer Behaviour [MSc] - Academic year: 2015/16 - present
  • NBS8514 Marketing Research [MSc] - Academic year: 2010/11 - 2012/13
  • NBS8236 Customer Relationship Management [MSc/MA] - Academic year 2014/15 - 2015/16
  • NBS8562 Contemporary Trends in Marketing [MSc] - Academic year: 2019/20
  • NBS8520 Individual Project [MBA] - Academic year: 2018/19
  • NBS9124 Marketing [MBA] - Academic year: 2020/21
  • NBS8124 Strategic Marketing [MBA] - Academic year: 2010/11, 2018/19 - present
  • PG Dissertation Supervision - Academic year: 2009/10 - present

Doctoral Teaching at NUBS [Past and/or Present]

Module leader and/or teaching contribution to:

  • NBSDBA Research Methods [DBA] - Academic year: 2010/11 - 2015/16
  • NBS8556 Core Readings in Management and Business Studies [PhD] - Academic year: 2012/13 - 2016/17
  • NBS8554 Research Designs in Management and Business Studies [PhD] - Academic year: 2012/13 - 2016/17
  • PGR Thesis Supervision - Academic year: 2010/11 - present 

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