Guest Lecture by Prof. Elke Schüßler on »The Case of Rana Plaza«

elke_schuessler_fotoIn the course of the joint research seminar by Julia Brandl and myself, we are happy to host Elke Schüßler, Professor on Organization at Johannes Kepler University Linz, with a guest lecture  on “Focusing Events and Changes in the Governance of Garment Global Production Networks: The Case of Rana Plaza“.

Elke Schüßler does research and teaches on issues of management, focusing especially on dynamics of globalization, digitalization and climate change and the development of new forms of value creation. A particular interest revolves around the governance of organizations and interorganizational relationships on regional, national and transnational levels and the tension between path dependence and creativity in organizational and institutional change. She has recently co-edited a Special Issue on digital technology and creative industries in Technological Forecasting and Social Change and a book on new forms of value creation in the music industry. She is the winner of the Academy of Management Best Paper Award 2014 for her innovative research on UN climate conferences as field-configuring events.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 18:00-19:30 at SOWI SR 8 and it is open to anyone.

Learning from Your Students: Tools for Digital Interactivity in Class

When presenting in class, students in my courses are required to include at least one “interactive part” involving their fellow class mates. The main goal of this rule is to foster experience-based learning and to make student presentations more varied. How the students involve their colleagues is entirely up to them; collateral benefit of this openness is that I profit immensely from the creativity and diversity of ideas and techniques put forward by the students.

Over the course of the past semester, for instance, I not only saw but experienced various tools for digital interactivity – some of which were really helpful in raising attention levels and understanding. Please find below a selection of three such digital tools, all of which are browser-based and work on laptops, tablets and smartphones alike:


Kahoot: the mobile-friendly tool provides an easy way to set up competitive quizzes, where participants get points for correct and fast answers. In the end, there is a ranking and a winner. According to Kahoot’s website, the tool works with up to 500 participants. In a German blog post, Daniel Giere describes his experiences with Kahoot in the field of history.  Continue reading “Learning from Your Students: Tools for Digital Interactivity in Class”

“Clash of Cultures”: re:publica-Panel über Bewegungen und ihre Organisationen

re:publica TENVon 2. bis 4. Mai findet in Berlin bereits zum 10. Mal die als Blogger-Konferenz gestartete re:publica statt, die mittlerweile zur wohl größten Digitalkulturkonferenz Europas geworden ist. Das Themenspektrum ist dementsprechend breit und gemeinsam mit Volker Grassmuck, Kathrin Passig und Monic Meisel bin ich bei einem Panel rund um Bewegungen und digitale Communities sowie mit ihnen verbundene, formale Organisationen mit an Board. Aus der Ankündigung des martialisch betitelten Panels “Clash of Cultures“:

Wikipedia, Freifunk und der öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk – drei Wissensinstitutionen, die dem Gemeinwohl, der res publica verpflichtet sind. So unterschiedlich sie sind, besteht das Verhältnis von Basis zu Institution jeweils aus den drei Schritten: Beauftragen, Bezahlen, Begutachten.

Zur Einstimmung auf die re:publica sei an dieser Stelle noch auf das Video meines letztjährigen Vortrags zur “Bewilligungskultur im Netz” verwiesen: