4th Annual OS ConJunction Day

Last Friday, the 4th OS ConJunction Students and Alumni Day took place at the Kaiser Leopold Saal at the University of Innsbruck. The theme for this year’s event was “Organizing Creativity and the Creativity of Organizing”.

After an introduction by Richard Weiskopf and Leonhard Dobusch, Birthe Soppe gave a talk on “How organizations make creativity valuable”. She provided insights from her empirical research on game development in the creative industry. She raised the topic of competing logics of market and creativity. This topic was revisited in a lively panel discussion, with five invited panelists, moderated by Katharina Zangerle.

blog_image-1120614David Prieth, artist, and Managing Director of PMK started the panel round with sharing his own creative process, as often spontaneous reactions to social political issues.

Andrei Siclodi, Director of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen places great value on traveling and cultural exchange. The residency program in his organization offers artists and independent theorists the needed support to realize critically themed projects.

The need for “calmness, and stillness” to be creative was raised by Martina Ertl, Organizational Developer, Agile Coach at D. Swarovski KG. In answering audience questions with respect to Agile, she asserts that implementation of “self-empowered team” can be “human-oriented” to avoid the stress of constant multi-tasking.

Florian Ladstätter, Organizational Developer & Fundraiser at Die Bäckerei, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Innsbruck – School of Management, mentioned that he still sees with his “research goggles” on, and finds that “creativity can be a monster.” The challenge of not just be creative once, “but be creative all the time,” may be faced by creating “resonance” through collaboration.

Referring to the imperative of being creative, Maria Wieninger (OS Alumni), Consultant at Transformation Management GmbH asserts that, “you can’t force someone to be creative…. But you can set the frame for the possibility to do so.”

In the second half of the event, Leonhard Dobusch gave a warm welcome to his former colleague Elke Schüssler, University of Linz. She shared her research on “How creativity is organized”.

The formal part of the event was concluded by the graduation speech of the Master’s class of 2019.

As with previous years, the ConJunction Day continued with a more informal, but just as (if not more) important part at Brennpunkt Coffee Competence, with great food, drinks and conversations. A true ConJunction of different ideas, experiences and generations.

Like last year, we had about 110 participants.  We are looking forward to welcome as many, or even more, next year. Stay tuned for the OS ConJunction Day 2020!

Gender Lecture zu “Offenheit als Organisationsprinzip: Offen für Diversität oder Exklusion durch Offenheit?”

Kommenden Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2020, habe ich die große Ehre die 60. Innsbrucker Gender Lecture bestreiten zu dürfen (PDF des Plakats). Im Seminarraum VI (Theologie), Karl-Rahner-Platz 3/1. Stock, Raum-Nr. 102 wird es dabei um das Thema “Offenheit als Organisationsprinzip: Offen für Diversität oder Exklusion durch Offenheit?” gehen. Hier der Abstract:

Organisationale Offenheit, unterstützt durch digitale Technologien, erfreut sich in immer mehr Feldern wachsender Beliebtheit. Nicht nur im Bereich unternehmerischer F&E („Open Innovation“) sondern auch zur Strategiefindung („Open Strategy“), im öffentlichen Sektor („Open Government“) oder in der Wis- senschaft („Open Science“) wird mit einem Mehr an Offenheit das Versprechen von erhöhter Transparenz und Inklusion verbunden. Gleichzeitig zeigen Untersuchungen von radikal offenen Organisationsformen wie der freien Online-Enzyklopädie Wikipedia, dass Offenheit keineswegs automatisch mit mehr Diversität einhergeht. Vielmehr stellt sich die Frage, inwieweit bestimmte Formen von Offenheit sogar bestimmte Gruppen von Menschen besonders exkludieren.

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“Warum sich Bloggen lohnt” bei der Langen Nacht des Schreibens

Am 20. November 2019 lud die Bibliothek der Universität Innsbruck bereits zum zweiten Mal in diesem Jahr zur “Langen Nacht des Schreibens”. Ich durfte dabei einen Vortrag halten zum Thema “Warum sich Bloggen lohnt” – für WissenschaftlerInnen genauso wie für Studierende, zum Beispiel anlässlich ihrer Bachelor- oder Masterarbeit.

Angesichts des Themas ist es natürlich eine Selbstverständlichkeit, zumindest die Slides ebenfalls zu verbloggen und damit dem Titel des Vortrags auch praktisch zu entsprechen.

Call for papers: 2020 EGOS Colloquium on Sustainability Transitions: Bridging Systems and Organizational Perspectives to Tackle Grand Challenges

Together with my colleagues Taran Thune (University of Oslo) and Jochen Markard ( ETH Zurich), I am convening a track on “Sustainability Transitions: Bridging Systems and Organizational Perspectives to Tackle Grand Challenges” on the forthcoming EGOS Colloquium in Hamburg in July 2020.  

Introduction to the theme

We live in a world facing a variety of grand challenges connected to environmental and societal sustainability, including food, water and energy security, climate change, natural disasters, poverty and inequality. How societies and organizations deal with such challenges, and commit to developing more sustainable futures, while discontinuing unsustainable businesses and practices is a key concern and research topic (Ferraro et al., 2015; Geels et al., 2017; George et al., 2016; Markard et al., 2012).
This sub-theme will bring together scholars who study grand sustainability challenges and transformation from different perspectives, including systems and organizations. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore new approaches, perspectives, and methods.

Read more on egosnet.org



 Deadline for submission of short papers:

  • Tuesday January 14, 2020, 23:59 Central European Time (CET) 

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! 

New Article in Organization Studies: »From Universalizing Transparency to the Interplay of Transparency Matrices«

On 26 October 2015, BBC News published an article entitled China ‘social credit’: Beijing sets up huge system. It describes how the Chinese government is building an ‘omnipotent “social credit” system that is meant to rate each citizen’s trustworthiness’. Warnings about the advent of ‘digital dictatorship’ and phrases like ‘Big Data meets Big Brother’ have proliferated in research and Western public media ever since, and they reflect a rapidly growing focus on the contemporary global process whereby power and control become entwined with digitalization and result in new and often concerning forms of transparency.

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Panel »Wege zur digitalen Souveranität« bei den Medientagen München 2019

Am Panel bei den #MTM19 mit Mackenzie Nelson (Algorithm Watch), Stefan Primbs (Bayrischer Rundfunk), Jan-Hendrik Passoth (TU München), Annika Sehl (Universität der Bundeswehr München) und Moderatorin Pauline Tillmann (Deine Korrespondentin); (Foto: Medientage München)

Im Rahmen der Medientage München 2019 durfte ich an einem spannenden Panel zum Thema “Wege zur digitalen Souveranität: Gemeinwohlorientierte Plattformen und offene Infrastrukturen” mitwirken. Ein Video der Diskussion ist mittlerweile bei YouTube verfügbar.

Einige Punkte, die mir wichtig waren, kurz zusammengefasst:

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Program of the 4th OS ConJunction Day: »Organizing Creativity and the Creativity of Organizing«


It’s that time of the year again. The winter semester just started, the trees are turning from green to yellow, and, most importantly, the annual OS ConJunction Day is coming up! This year, it’s all about creativity and organizing. How is creativity organized? What role does creativity play in organizations? How do organizations make creativity valuable? These and many more questions will be explored in talks and a panel discussion. After the formal part, we look forward to nice conversations over food and drinks at Brennpunkt Coffee Competence.


November 29th 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Kaiser Leopold Saal, Faculty of Theology

Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck


3:00 p.m. Meet and Greet

3:15 p.m. Welcome

Prof. Leonhard Dobusch & Prof. Richard Weiskopf

3:30 p.m. Research 1: How organizations make creativity valuable

Prof. Birthe Soppe

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Creativity at work

5:00 p.m. Coffee break

5:30 p.m. Research 2: How creativity is organized

Prof. Elke Schüssler, University of Linz

6:00 p.m. Crossing Genealogies

                  Graduation speech and welcoming fresh(wo)men

6:30 p.m. Concluding Thoughts

7:00 p.m. Eat and Meet

                 Food, drinks, and conversation at Brennpunkt Coffee Competence


We kindly ask you to register for the OS ConJunction Day before November 15th 2019 under the following link. We are looking forward to your participation and hope to welcome many of you!