|“Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.”
|The Chair of Organization & Management is part of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Zurich. In our research and teaching we are concerned with different aspects of organization and management, which we examine using different theoretical and methodological approaches. More specifically, in our research we address questions concerning the practice of strategy, top management team dynamics, routine dynamics, organizational spaces and the relation between management research and practice. In our teaching we cover a wide range of topics such as organization theory, organization design, change management and strategy as practice. We are fully committed to excellence and responsibility across the entire range of our activities.|
March 6th, 2019, New PhD Position
The Chair of Organization and Management is looking for a new PhD student. If you are interested, please check out the position announcement (PDF, 27 KB). We look forward to receiving your application!
March 1st, 2019, Magic Mountain Chamonix
This week we traveled to Chamonix, France for this year’s "Winter Magic Mountain" – the first of our biannual strategy workshops in 2019. As always, we used the retreat to discuss research, teaching and administration related topics concerning the future of the Chair of Organization and Management. In between discussions, we enjoyed the beautiful Alpine scenery around the Mont Blanc both on skis and by foot. Once again, we had a very fruitful strategy workshop and a great time with the whole team.
Feb 20th, 2019, Happy Spring Term
Welcome back to FS19! We hope 2019 started off well for all of you. In particular, we wish all students a good start into this new term and all the best for the next few months. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in BWL II and Organisation und Führung (undergraduate level) as well as in Organization Theories (master level). If you are interested in writing your thesis at our chair, please register for the information event on March 8th by sending an email to Kalliopi Vagias.
Feb 14th, 2019, Two New Semester Assistants
We are happy to introduce to you our new semester assistants Melanie Michael (left) and Ventana Pünchera (right) who will work with us at the chair this spring term. Melanie is now in the sixth semester of her undergraduate studies. She is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Law. Ventana is pursuing her master’s degree in Management and Economics. She spent a mobility semester in Singapore and likes to travel around the world and experience different cultures. We are looking forward to working with Melanie and Ventana and wish both an interesting and exciting time at our chair!
Feb 7th, 2019, New Researcher in Residence: Madalina Stoicovici Pop
Today our newest researcher in residence has arrived: Madalina Stoicovici Pop, PhD student at Aarhus University, BSS in Denmark. Madalina’s research focuses on inter-organizational strategizing, which she studies from a Strategy-as-Practice perspective. More specifically, she is interested in strategizing for grand challenges, looking at, for example, open strategy practices, space and sensemaking in the context of Smart Cities. We are happy to have Madalina here and wish her an inspiring and productive time at our chair!
Jan 21st, 2019, Call for Proposals: Strategy Practice IG, SMS 2019
Our colleague Shenghui Ma, who is serving as the Program Chair for the Strategy Practice IG at the Strategic Management Society, is calling for research proposals for this year's Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Specifically, Shenghui invites proposals that fit the thematic focus of the Strategy Practice IG, namely, the doing of strategy: it is interested in opening the ‘black box’ of strategy work by examining the actors, activities and practices that are involved in formulating, implementing, and changing strategies. In response to this year’s conference theme Out of the Spotlight “Strategies”, Shenghui particularly seeks proposals that reveal what strategy making looks like in industries, countries, or other contexts that so far have received little public and scholarly attention.
Jan 4th, 2019, Katharina Dittrich Joined Warwick Business School
In August 2018, our colleague Katharina Dittrich left our team to join Warwick Business School (UK) as an Assistant Professor in Organization Studies (tenure track). Katharina had been at the Chair of Organization and Management since 2010 and completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor David Seidl and Professor Andreas Scherer in 2014. While we miss her in Zurich, we were able to send some OM spirit (the picture tells more) to accompany Katharina in Warwick. We are happy that she quickly settled in and continute to wish her all the best for this new step in her career.
Dec 18th, 2018, Happy Holidays
As an exciting 2018 – including new publications, various conference participations and research presentations, saying goodbye to former team member Katharina Dittrich and welcoming new team member Theresa Gebauer, research stays at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the HEC Montréal and hosting visiting scholars from Germany, Colombia and Brazil – comes to a close, we wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to continuing our interactions and collaborations with you all in 2019!
Dec 14th, 2018, SAP Exchange in London
This week, David Seidl and Tania Weinfurtner joined a small Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) reunion in London, including Paula Jarzabkowski, Jane Lê and Paul Spee. The SAP team from Cass Business School had organized half a day full of presentations and research exchange, including a more informal catch-up over a very nice Christmas dinner. As part of the event, David and Tania had the opportunity to present their current work on strategic interactions.
Dec 6th, 2018, Tutors Wanted for BWL II
We are currently looking for two tutors (Bachelor and Master) for our BWL II assessment lecture taking place in spring 2019. For more detailed information please have a look at the following job description: Tutor BWL II Details (PDF, 276 KB)
Oct 27th, 2018, Public Panel Discussion on Social Media for Academics
On behalf of our faculty's CareerElixier peer-mentoring group and co-sponsored by the UZH Graduate Campus, Violetta Splitter recently organized a public panel discussion on „Social Media for Academics“ (JPG, 157 KB). An excellent panel consisting of experts Mark Carrigan, Priska Feichter, Andreas Scherer and Lisa Schwaiger discussed the pros and cons of social media use in academia, shared strategies for successfully applying social media for academic purposes and reflected on the public role of research.
Oct 14th, 2018, David Seidl on Academic Writing
On October 12th, David Seidl taught a PhD seminar on „Writing for Leading Academic Journals“ at the UZH Institute of Sociology, organized by the chair of Katja Rost. Based on a sample of well-known published papers, participants learnt about the key elements of successfully crafting an article, such as strategies on setting up an argument, relating theory and empirics to each other, and constructing a convincing structure.
Oct 2nd, 2018, David Seidl at Cambridge University
Sept 25th, 2018, Tania Weinfurtner Appointed Engagement Officer at the SMS
We congratulate our team member Tania Weinfurtner for having been appointed Engagement Officer of the Strategy Practice Interest Group (IG) at the Strategic Management Society (SMS). In this new function, which was casted for the very first time, Tania assists the leadership team with enhancing the active engagement of the IG’s members. All the best to Tania for her new role!
Sept 17th, 2018, Happy Autumn Term
Welcome back to HS18! We hope everybody had a lovely summer break and wish all students a good start into a new autumn term full of interesting and fun courses. We are excited to see many of you in our seminars on Family Businesses (undergraduate level), the Practice of Strategy (Master level) and Organization, Management, and Theories of the Firm (PhD level). Because David Seidl is on sabbatical at the University of Cambridge this fall, Change Management and the Case Studies seminar are not taking place in HS18, but we are looking forward to teaching both again in HS19. If you are interested in writing your bachelor or master thesis at our chair, please register for the information event on October 23rd by emailing Kalliopi Vagias.
September 10th, 2018, Magic Mountain at Lake Geneva
Last week we spent three days at Lake Geneva for our biannual internal strategy workshop - or “Magic Mountain”, as we call it. Amongst other topics concerning research, teaching and chair administration, we reviewed our teaching activities from the spring and started developing a new chair vision. In addition to these intensive reflection and development sessions, we went swimming in the lake, visited Geneva and toured the new International Red Cross Museum.
September 3rd, 2018, Current Researcher in Residence: Rodrigo Assunção Rosa
Our new researcher in residence has arrived: Rodrigo Assunção Rosa from the Business Administration School of São Paulo - Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil, has been awarded a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and Artists and is now staying with us at the Chair of Organization and Management for the next twelve months. Rodrigo is a PhD candidate in the area of organizational strategy. His research interests are related to strategic practices and routine dynamics. More specifically, Rodrigo’s work is about the interdependence of routines in the context of Distance Education. He seeks to understand how patterns of actions can be modified, taking into account both endogenous and exogenous aspects. We are happy to have Rodrigo here and wish him an inspiring and productive time at our chair!
August 27th, 2018, Showcase Symposium at AoM Co-organized by Violetta Splitter
At this year's Academy of Management (AoM) Conference in Chicago, Violetta Splitter, Toke Bjerregaard (Aarhus Business School) and Kasper Elmholdt (Aalborg University) organized a symposium on the practice turn in management research. The symposium was awarded as showcase symposium by the Strategizing-Activities-and-Practices interest group and the Entrepreneurship division. For more information on the content of and the distinguished speakers involved in this event please click here.
August 14th, 2018, Two New Semester Assistants
We would like to introduce to you our new semester assistants Céline Rupper (left) and Leonie Richter (right) who will work with us at the chair this fall term. Both Céline and Leonie are studying Business Administration at the UZH. Céline is now in the fourth semester of her master studies and has recently been on exchange in Stockholm. Next to her studies she is part of the Women’s Career Network (WCN), a student-led organization for female economics and law students. Leonie is currently in the seventh semester of her undergraduate studies. She is part of the student association of economics and likes to travel around the world. We are looking forward to working with Céline and Leonie and wish both an interesting and exciting time at our chair!
July 24th, 2018, Just Published: Towards a Spatial Perspective
We are happy to announce that Tania Weinfurtner and David Seidl’s paper “Towards a spatial perspective: An integrative review of research on organisational space” has been accepted for publication in the Scandinavian Journal of Management and is now available online. Based on a review of the recent literature on organisational space, the article identifies boundaries, distance and movement as constitutive of space and discusses four major spatial themes that the literature engages with. On that basis, Weinfurtner and Seidl (2018) develop an integrated research framework for studying organisational phenomena from a spatial perspective.
July 18th, 2018, Katharina Dittrich Elected as PDW Chair at the AoM
We congratulate our team member Katharina Dittrich for having been elected PDW Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group (IG) at the Academy of Management (AoM). This position is part of a five-year leadership track, which cycles through PDW Chair, Program Chair, Incoming IG Chair, IG Chair, Outgoing IG Chair. All the best to Katharina for her new role!
July 12th, 2018, Happy Summer!
As the spring term and exams have come to a close, we wish everybody a happy summer and a relaxing and fun summer break full of sunshine, swimming and ice-cream.
July 5th, 2018, Strategy-as-Practice Community Day at EGOS 2018
Together with Georg Reischauer (Austria), Philip Gylfe (Finland) and Matthias Wenzel (Germany) Tania Weinfurtner organized this year’s Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) Community Day at the 34th European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium in Tallinn. The aim of this year’s SAP Community Day was to provide a forum for discussion on how SAP research can be inspired and expanded on its way ahead. You can watch Paul Adler’s thought-provoking keynote, the author-editor dialogue with Eero Vaara and the final panel discussion on the future of SAP research on the SAP YouTube channel or the SAP Facebook page. Thank you to everybody who participated in this event and thereby made it so insightful and stimulating!
June 26th, 2018, New Article on Open Strategy in the Journal "Die Volkswirtschaft"
Violetta Splitter and David Seidl published a new article on Open Strategy - an emerging trend towards more transparent and inclusive forms of strategy making - in the latest edition of the Swiss journal "Die Volkswirtschaft". The article describes the drivers, forms and dilemmas of this new trend. To access the article (in German) please follow this link.
June 19th, 2018, Current Researcher in Residence: Martha Eugenia Reyes Sarmiento
From May to June 2018, Martha Eugenia Reyes Sarmiento, PhD candidate in Administration from the Universidad EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia), is visiting the Chair of Organization and Management as a researcher in residence. Entitled "A Strategy-as-Practice Perspective on Trust-in-Action," Martha's PhD project focuses on the question of how trust enables and constrains the practices of strategy making. Drawing on a grounded theory approach, she analyzes how strategy practitioners trust the strategic planning practice and what the implications of performing this practice in a pluralistic organization are. It is great to have Martha with us in Zurich and we hope she is having an insightful and inspiring research stay at the chair.
June 12th, 2018, Royston Greenwood on New Developments in Institutional Theory
As part of our Distinguished Scholars Seminar Series, this term Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta, Canada) held a workshop on the “Recent Developments in Institutional Theory". During his three-day workshop on April 25-27, seminar participants were introduced to the foundations and the recent developments of institutional theory. The participants also had the chance to present and discuss their own research projects. We would like to thank Royston for his inspiring workshop!
June 5th, 2018, Finalist Best Teaching Award 2018
Just as in 2017, David Seidl was selected as one of the finalists for this year's Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching. The 2018 award focuses on how teaching motivates students to look into and challenge current research. As the stimulation of critical thinking through our teaching is a top priority for us, we are very happy to have been nominated by our students. Thank you, and congratulations to award-winner Prof. Dr. Silja Häusermann.
May 29, 2018, Royston Greenwood Awarded UZH Honorary Doctorate
We are happy and proud that one of our collaborators, Royston Greenwood of the University of Alberta, Canada, was awarded a honorary doctorate at the University of Zurich. The Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics honored Royston Greenwood for his research into organizations and his work towards a theory of institutions, which sheds light on the interplay between organizations and society.
May 23, 2018, Christoph Tonini (CEO Tamedia) in our Lecture "Organisation & Führung"
Christoph Tonini, CEO of Tamedia, recently joined our undergraduate lecture on organization and leadership, where he presented the current trends in the media industry and the strategies pursued by Tamedia to tackle these. Due to the ongoing digitalization, the media industry faces major revenue losses within its prevalent core business model. It was very interesting to hear from Christoph Tonini how Tamedia managed to turn the challenges of the digitalization into opportunities and how Tamedia successfully diversified its product portfolio. Take the opportunity to watch Tonini's presentation here.
May 18th, 2018, BWL II: Winner of «Challenge the Prof”
In our undergraduate lecture Business Administration II, UZH student Simon won the first weekly prize for the best results in our game “Challenge the Prof.” Congratulations to Simon for this superb achievement, we hope you enjoy the Luxemburgerli!
May 7th, 2018, New Team Member: Theresa Gebauer
We are happy to welcome our new team member Theresa Gebauer! Theresa has her first day as research associate and PhD candidate at our chair today. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Management and Economics from the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, and received a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Zurich. In her master thesis, Theresa analyzed the sense-making around a strategic change initiative in an inter-organizational setting. We wish her all the best for her PhD studies and a fruitful and exciting time at our chair!
March 23rd, 2018, Katharina Dittrich to join Warwick Business School as Assistant Professor
Our colleague Katharina Dittrich will join Warwick Business School (UK) as an Assistant Professor in Organization Studies (tenure track) in August 2018. Katharina joined the Chair of Organization and Management in 2010 and completed her PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Professor David Seidl and Professor Andreas Scherer. While we will miss her in Zurich, we are very happy for her and wish her all the best for this new chapter and her future academic career!
Feb 15th, 2018, Shenghui Ma Elected as Associate Program Chair
We are pleased to announce that our colleague Shenghui Ma was elected to be the Associate Program Chair for the Strategy Practice Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. As part of this three-year track, the Associate Program Chair position will be followed by the Program Chair position in the second year and the Chairperson position in the third year. This is a great opportunity for Shenghui to contribute towards raising the profile of the Strategy Practice Interest Group and the themes in the strategic management field that it seeks to advance. Shenghui is committed to his new role and we wish him good luck with it!
Feb 7th, 2018, Happy Spring Term
Welcome back to FS18! We hope 2018 has been treating everybody well and wish all students a good start into a new spring term full of interesting and fun courses. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in BWL II and Organisation und Führung (undergraduate level) as well as in Organization Theories (master level). If you are interested in writing your thesis at our chair, please register for the information event on March 28th by emailing Kalliopi Vagias.
Jan 29th, 2018, Tania Weinfurtner at the HEC Montréal
From January to June 2018 our colleague Tania Weinfurtner is visiting the HEC Montréal, Canada. As a visiting doctoral researcher she is hosted by Prof. Ann Langley and Prof. Linda Rouleau at the Strategy as Practice Study Group. Tania's PhD project on strategy development and organizational space examines how strategic issues emerge and develop across space and time. Visiting the HEC Montréal is a great opportunity for her to have extensive exchanges with outstanding scholars in her field and to discuss and advance her project in an innovative and inspiring environment. Tania’s research stay is sponsored by the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich. We wish her a great, inspirational and productive time in Montréal!
Jan 15th, 2018, Current Researcher in Residence: Christian Mahringer
Christian Alexander Mahringer, PhD student and research fellow at the University of Stuttgart in Germany (Prof. Dr. Birgit Renzl), is currently visiting the Chair of Organization and Management as a researcher in residence. Christian holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany and a Master’s degree in business administration and business psychology from the Private University Seeburg Castle in Austria. He has practical experience in several manufacturing firms in Germany and abroad. His research focuses on the role of actors in organizational routines. We are happy to have Christian and wish him a very productive and inspiring time at UZH!
Jan 8th, 2018, Violetta Splitter at the University of Oxford
From September 2017 to August 2018 our colleague Violetta Splitter is visiting the University of Oxford, UK. As an academic visitor she is hosted by Prof. Richard Whittington at the Saïd Business School. Her current project on open strategy examines how more participative strategy development influences organizational power structures and knowledge flows. Visiting Oxford is a great opportunity for Violetta because she will have extensive exchanges with outstanding scholars in her field and will discuss her project in a traditional and inspiring environment. Violetta's research stay is sponsored by the SNF Early PostDoc.Mobility Fellowship. We wish her a great, inspirational and productive time in Oxford!
Jan 3rd, 2018, Tutors Wanted for BWL II!
We are currently looking for tutors for our BWL II assessment lecture taking place in spring 2018. For more detailed information, please have a look at the following job description: Tutor BWL II Details (PDF, 92 KB)