ConJunction 2022 Impressions

Below are some visual impressions from our 6th annual ConJunction, the OS Students and Alumni event. Prof. Weiskopf ceremoniously started the event. Next, Prof. Soppe shared her current work on the challenges faced by people working in the “increasingly stigmatized” oil and gas industry. The inspiring research talk was followed by a lively panel discussion hosted by Prof. Dobusch, with panel guests Julia Wolf (OS Alumna, GemNova), Alessia Zoppelleto (University of Trento), and Bernhard Staudt (BMW).

After the coffee break, Alwin Baumhöver, Niklas Hugot, and Milena Eberharter presented their master’s theses related to organizing (for) sustainability. Last but not least, Katharina Albertini gave the valedictorian speech on behalf of the graduating class.

The informal and best part of the event, the “eat and meet” was held at 6020. It was wonderful to meet again in person!

There is a newly created LinkedIn group for our ConJunction community. Spread the word!

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.”

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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.