He has published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organisations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, Management Accounting Research and Organizational Research Methods. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Management Accounting Research and serves as a reviewer for Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, Management Accounting Research, Journal of Business Economics, Journal of Management Control, Schmalenbach Business Review and Die Betriebswirtschaft (Business Administration Review).
Professor Mahlendorf studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Dresden, London School of Economics, and Queen Mary's University London. He received his PhD from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. His dissertation on escalation of commitment in failing projects received the Péter Horváth Management Accounting Award 2009 and the Austrian Management Accounting Award. From 2009 to 2014, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Management Accounting and Control at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. Further, he was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University as well as the Arizona State University.
Professor Mahlendorf has designed and taught seminars for executives of major international corporations like SAP, Bayer, and Henkel. He has consulted large organisations such as The Federal Employment Agency on topics such as performance measurement and benchmarking.