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

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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.

New Article: “Governing by protection: Studying the problematization of whistleblower protection in the EU”

Check out this new article published by doctoral fellow Paul Zimmermann on “Governing by protection: Studying the problematization of whistleblower protection in the EU”, which has recently been published in Administrative Theory and Practice:

Despite the proliferation of whistleblower protection legislation across the world, increasingly scholars report that these laws fail to fully protect the whistleblower. In this paper, I direct attention to the politics of whistleblower protection and suggest that the Foucauldian concept of problematization can help to clarify how legal regulation is involved in the exercise of political power. I situate my study in the EU context and the Whistleblower Protection Directive drawing on Carol Bacchi’s WPR approach. The study finds, that by mobilizing the engagement of workers in law enforcement, whistleblower protection works as a technology of power to rectify the problematics of EU government. I conclude by reflecting on the ethico-political implications of governmentalizing whistleblower protection in advanced liberal democracies.

Job: Projektmitarbeit am Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

Prof. Barbara Herzog-Punzenberger vom Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft sucht kurzfristig ein:e Projektmitarbeiter:in: Studierende, die sich mit Fragen der Migration, Mehrsprachigkeit und Ungleichheit beschäftigen (wollen), Interesse an deskriptiver Statistik und entsprechende Lehrveranstaltungen absolviert haben, einige Übung im Erstellen von Tabellen und zugehöriger Grafiken in Excel aufweisen, dabei sehr genau und verlässlich sind, Deadlines einhalten, eine schnelle Auffassungsgabe haben und teamfähig sind, können sich ab sofort melden, wenn sie bis Ende August einen Arbeitsauftrag im ungefähren Stundenumfang eines Vollzeitmonats für € 2.200,– erledigen und dabei Einblick in einen der hochwertigsten Datensätze im Bildungsbereich bekommen wollen.

Senden Sie Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung umgehend an barbara.herzog-punzenberger@uibk.ac.at.

PhD Position in the area of Management Control at the Department of Organization and Learning

There is currently an open PhD position at the Department of Organization and Learning. The position is in the area of management control (Supervisor: Professor Martin Messner). It addresses potential candidates with an interest in empirical research in topics such as corporate planning, performance measurement, data analytics and digital transformation, corporate governance, or sustainability control. Candidates should be close to finishing their master’s degree and ideally be able to start the position in autumn/winter 2022.

Application deadline is June 21, 2022. For more information on how to apply, please see: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/karriereportal.details?asg_id_in=12684

Philosophisches Café mit Richard Weiskopf: “Organisation und die Kritik des Wahrsprechens (parrhesia)”

Am Donnerstag, 18. November um 18 Uhr liefert Richard Weiskopf einen Impulsvortrag zum Thema “Organisation und die Kritik des Wahrsprechens (parrhesia)” im Rahmen des Philosophischen Cafés in der Innsbrucker Bäckerei.

Im Anschluss gibt es wie beim Philosophischen Café üblich die Möglichkeit zur Diskussion und zum informellen Austausch bei Speis und Trank. Es sind Covid-Bestimmungen zu beachten, es gilt die 2G-Regel. Darüber hinaus werden aufgrund der prekären pandemischen Lage alle Besucher:innen gebeten, sich zeitnah vor der Veranstaltung zusätzlich testen zu lassen, um einen möglichst sicheren und entspannten philosophischen Abend zu ermöglichen.

Job: Universitätsassistent/in prae doc at the Department of Organisation Studies at WU Vienna

For those interested in an academic career in organization studies, please check out this job offer at the department of Organization Studies at WU Vienna (own translation):

The Department of Organization Studies researches current issues in the field of organization and governance. Do you want to deepen your interest in these topics and at the same time gain first experiences in teaching? With this position, the possibility of a path into academia is just as open to you as a later step into business.

Deadline for applications is November 3, 2021.

Werkstudent/in gesucht: Projekt “Talents – Lost in Transition?”

Unter Leitung von Stephan Laske, ehemaliger Professor am Institut für Organisation und Lernen, plant die TMAG ein qualitatives Forschungsprojekt zum Thema Bindung von hochqualifizierten Mitarbeiter:innen und sucht dafür eine/n Werkstudent/in. Aus der Ausschreibung (PDF):

Im Mittelpunkt des Projekts steht die Frage, welche Gründe dazu führen, dass sich Mitarbeiter*innen in Organisationen trotz herausfordernder Aufgabenstellungen, guter Bezahlung, konkreter Fördermaßnahmen, einem angenehmen Arbeitsklima und interessanter Karriereperspektiven (z.B. Nominierung als Talent oder Potenzialträger*innen) gegen eine Weiterführung ihres Beschäftigungsverhältnisses entscheiden. Darüber hinaus wollen wir erfahren, welche Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen die Talente von Seiten der Organisation erwarten, damit sie sich längerfristig an die Organisation binden wollen.
Als Forschungsmethodik stellen wir uns eine qualitative Studie vor, in deren Rahmen ca. sieben Tiefeninterviews mit Betroffenen geführt werden.

Bewerbungsfrist ist der 25. August 2021.

New Article in SBUR: “How do Potential Applicants Make Sense of Employer Brands?”

Source: Auer et al. (2021: 64)

Manfred Auer, together with Gabriele Edlinger and Andreas Mölk, has just published an article addressing the question “How do Potential Applicants Make Sense of Employer Brands?” in the newly merged Open Access journal of the German Academic Association of Business Research (VHB):

The aim of this paper is to investigate processes of subjective employer brand interpretations. We draw on the first-person perspectives of sought-after applicants who articulated their thoughts while being exposed to employer brand material and on subsequent in-depth interviews with the study participants about their assessments of the various employers’ attractiveness. Sensemaking as a theoretical framework to understand meaning-making in processes of actors’ engagement with artifacts is employed to analyze this qualitative data. Based on our empirical findings, we present a process model that illustrates how potential applicants make sense of employer brands. This dominant sensemaking journey includes three different stages: exploring the employer brand material, constructing a plausible employer image and assessing employer attractiveness. However, this trajectory is neither the only possible way nor completely linear and predictable since deviations, particularly the complete breakdown of making sense of employer brand material, are possible.

Check out the full text here.

Efficiency, Efficiency, Everyhwere Efficiency: From a Linguistic Detail to a Paradigm in Organization Studies

This reflection essay is authored by Fabian Lugert and Richard Kempert, students in the master program Organization Studies at University of Innsbruck.

As students of Organization Studies, we often find ourselves in discussions, less often they get as intense as the one we had over the meaning and performativity of the word efficiency. This was challenging for us, because we constantly get confronted with the terms “efficiency”, “efficient” or “inefficient”. Subjectively perceived the word stem is used in every paper we read, which is not surprising as it is widely used and variable in its use. The most general definition of “efficiency” seems to be “doing the things right” (Drucker 1963). Other sources differ in their explanations. For example, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the good use of time and energy in a way that does not waste any” (Cambridge Dictionary “Efficiency”). Another explanation provided by the dictionary: efficiency is “a situation in which a person, company, factory, etc. uses resources such as time, materials, or labor well, without wasting any” or “a situation in which a person, system, or machine works well and quickly” (Cambridge Dictionary “Efficiency”).

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