6th Annual ConJunction Day

Our master’s program Organization Studies Students and Alumni Day will take place on the 18th of November 2022. After a Covid interruption last year and the online event in 2020, we are very excited to meet in person again! The theme of ConJunction this year is “Organizing (for) Sustainability.”

Since we last met, the master’s program has grown significantly! So we expect a good number of current students and alumni to turnout. If you plan to attend, please register via this link.

The main event starts at 15:00 and will take place at the Kaiser-Leopold-Saal, Faculty of Theology, Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck. Map via this link.

We are excited about the research talk by Assoc. Prof. Birthe Soppe. We also have Julia Wolf (OS Alumna, GemNova), Alessia Zoppelleto (University of Trento), and Bernhard Staudt (BMW) as panel guests for a discussion on Organizing (for) Sustainability, moderated by Prof. Leonhard Dobusch.

As further inspirations, there will be three brief master’s theses presentations related to the vital theme of sustainability by Lavigne Chore, Alwin Baumhöver & Niklas Hugot, and Milena Eberharter. This is followed by a graduation speech and the welcoming of the newly admitted freshwo:man. The social event will follow, starting at around 19:00, at Sixty Twenty.

The detailed program is below.

CfA: 1st Organizing Creativity – Transalpine Paper Development Workshop

Image created by DALL·E with the keyword “Organized Creativity”

May 12-13 of next year, the Johannes Kepler University in Linz will host the 1st Transalpine Paper Development Workshop on “Organizing Creativity”. From the Call for Applications:

The First Creativity Paper Development Workshop is an opportunity for academics to develop their ongoing work, empirical or conceptual, related to creativity, broadly defined. The workshop will be developmental with each paper having as a discussant a senior scholar with a track record of multiple publications in creativity. Authors will also receive feedback from peers with similar research interests. It should be of special interest to colleagues who recently graduated with a Ph.D., and doctoral students with quite well-developed manuscripts; scholars more advanced in their careers are also welcome to attend. This workshop aims to become an annual opportunity for early scholars in Business/Management to establish themselves in the vibrant international community of scholars interested in the study of creativity. It aims to initiate and support a budding community of Europe-based researchers with a shared interest in creativity and to offer them an environment to come together, know each other as well as established scholars, benefit from close interpersonal relations, and initiate new exciting collaborations. We see this workshop as an opportunity to develop a standing working group on creativity, especially among Central and Southern European Universities.

Deadline for submitting applications based on abstracts of around 500 is 11.59 pm, January 25th, 2023. Email for submission: creativity@jku.at.

New Book Chapter: »Meta-organisations as Drivers for Sustainability across Tourism Clusters in the Alps«

We analyzed the case of “Alpine pearls” with a meta-organizational lens

Monica Nadegger and I are happy to share the news that our contribution to the volume “Clusters and Sustainable Regional Development: A Meta-Organisational Approach”, edited by Evgeniya Lupova-Henry and Nicola Francesco Dotti is now available online. The abstract of the chapter entitled “Meta-organisations as drivers for sustainability across tourism clusters in the Alps: A case study of ‘Alpine Pearls’” reads as follows:

The tourism industry faces the urgent need to change its business models to become more sustainable. However, to face such a global challenge, destinations must collaborate beyond their geographical boundaries. While tourism research has theorised intra-destination collaboration through the concept of tourism clusters, literature on organising collective action towards a common goal beyond destination boundaries remains scarce. This chapter takes a meta-organisational perspective to understand inter-destination collaboration with an illustrative example of ‘Alpine Pearls’ – a European tourism association for green mobility and sustainable travel. It shows the rationale for collaboration, the types of member organisations, and the decision-making structures typical for meta-organisations and tourism clusters. The research question looks at how ‘coopetitive’ intra-destination dynamics and meta-organisational inter-destination management can be combined to facilitate sustainable development. The study suggests that intra-destination ties in tourism clusters and inter-destination collaboration in meta-organisations can help destinations strive for sustainable development.

In case your institution does not provide access to the volume, I would be happy to send you a copy of the full-text of the chapter.

Best Paper Award at SMS 2022 for Paper “Taking individual choices seriously: Self-selection and the coordination of strategy work”

At the 42nd Strategic Management Conference in London, the paper “Taking individual choices seriously: Self-selection and the coordination of strategy work” co-authored by Martin Friesl, Christoph Brielmaier (both University of Bamberg) and myself, was awarded the Best Paper Award of the Strategy Practice Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Christoph was so kind to collect our award certificate in London.

The Abstract of the paper reads as follows:

An increasing body of work investigates the participation of a diverse set of actors in strategy making. There is also a converging view in strategy practice and process research that diverse participation in the strategy process has positive implications for corporate renewal and success. In this paper, we argue that extant research tends to gloss over a fundamental condition underpinning participation in such types of strategizing: participation does largely do not involve a hierarchical mandate but is the result of processes of self-selection on the individual level. While this may seem self-evident, it is of crucial importance. These forms of strategizing are, therefore, not the outcome of deliberate top-down choice, nor do they form a ‘random’ pattern. Rather, they are based on an ‘endogenous’ logic, which explains whether an individual self-selects into the process or not. Thus, it is this logic of self-selection that ultimately gives rise to strategic outcomes. This paper aims to make three contributions to strategy practice and process research. It differentiates two forms of self-selection (managed and unmanaged) and describes their implications on the level of the organization and the level of the individual. Moreover, this paper also theorizes the underlying mechanisms governing selection choices.

We are currently revising the article for publication in a journal. In case you are interested in the conference paper, I am happy to provide it via e-mail.

Between Retro- and Neo-Taylorism: A Brief Review of “Severance” on AppleTV+

The dystopian workplace TV series “Severance”, which has been described as a mixture of “Lost” and “The Office” and was nominated for 14 (!) Emmy Awards, offers a lot of reflection for anyone interested in organization and management. Having finished the show’s first season comprising 9 one-hour episodes, let me offer some observations in this blog post (which is based on a Twitter thread).

Let’s start with the Retro-Tayloristic premise and setting: the basic idea of the “severance procedure”, which separates employee’s non-work memories from work memories, describes the ultimate wet dream of Tayloristic management scholars and professionals. Taylor’s “Scientific Management” treats organizations as machines and workers as tools that ought to follow formalized operational procedures to the letter. Management’s task is to develop, measure, optimize and control these procedures. This is exactly what the severance procedure promises to offer: workers able to solely focus on work tasks they do not (need to) understand without any personal and extra-organizational interference or distraction.

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Neuer zfo-Artikel: »Fehlschläge offen Einräumen: Über das Nachleben gescheiterter Startups«

(Bild wurde mit Hilfe der AI-Bildgenerierungssoftware DALL·E 2 erstellt, der Schriftzug händisch eingefügt.)

Auf Basis unseres bei Long Range Planning erschienen Beitrags “Open about organizational failure: A communication perspective on postmortem impression management” haben Nils Köster, Erik Schäfer, Christoph Seckler und ich für die transferorientierte zfo – Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation eine deutsche Fassung mit stärkerem Fokus auf Ableitungen für unternehmerische Praxis verfasst:

  • Offen über eine gescheiterte Unternehmensgründung zu kommunizieren bietet die Chance für ein (Re-)Framing der Unternehmensgeschichte – auch nach der formalen Beendigung der Geschäftstätigkeit. Die Unternehmensgeschichte kann noch lange darüber hinaus fortgeschrieben werden.
  • Über das eigene unternehmerische Scheitern kann in verschiedenen Subgenres berichtet werden. Die Subgenres bieten jeweils unterschiedliche Chancen für das Impression Management.
  • In ihren Post-mortem-Statements sollten die Gründer:innen darauf achten, dass das Genre und die Impression-Management-Strategie zusammenpassen.
  • Das Leben nach dem formalen Tod einer Organisation währt so lange, wie die Folgekommunikation andauert. Gründer:innen, die an einem langen Nachleben ihrer Organisation interessiert sind, sollten daher dafür sorgen, dass die digitalen Statements möglichst lange im Internet zu finden sind. Suchmaschinenoptimierte, persönliche Blogs scheinen ein geeigneter Ort dafür zu sein – solange die Domain nicht aufgegeben wird.

Hier entlang zum Volltext des Beitrags “Fehlschläge offen einräumen: Über das Nachleben gescheiterter Startups”.

Why attend conferences? In-person encounters

The European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Symposium 2022 took place on the WU Campus in Vienna. (Photo: Marilyn Poon)

I follow quite a few academia-related accounts on Twitter (the hazards of doing digital methods). Just before embarking on my first conference this summer, I came across a tweet by a PhD student (in an anonymized fashion) asking: what’s the big deal about going to conferences anyway?

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Call for Applications: PhD program on „Entrepreneurship, Management & Innovation“ at Leuphana University Lüneburg

Foto: Gerritgutzeit, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Leuphana University of Lüneburg, one of the most dynamic hubs for organization studies scholarship in the German-speaking area, is inviting applications for its PhD program on „Entrepreneurship, Management & Innovation“, incl. scholarship opportunities in the areas of management or psychology:

Our doctoral programme is aimed at future scholars in the fields of entrepreneurship, management and innovation. Our goal is to train doctoral students for research positions at leading universities or for research-related careers in consulting firms, governments or industry. You will receive training at the forefront of current research on entrepreneurship, management and innovation in our doctoral programme and develop a strong knowledge base in your respective research area. You will acquire skills to further develop theories, design scientifically sound research designs and publish your research results in renowned international journals. As a doctoral student, you will learn the necessary tools to contribute to debates in your research field as an independent scholar.

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2022.