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Department of Business Administration Chair of Organization and Management

Professor David Seidl and Team



“Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.”
(Karl Weick)
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.


January 25th, 2023: Goodbye Christoph

Today was Christoph Brielmaier’s last day at our office. For the past four months, Christoph, originally from the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, has visited our Chair as researcher in residence.

Dear Christoph, thank you for your visit! It was a great pleasure having you here and we look forward to continuing working with you and seeing you again in person for our OpenStrategy Workshop in June. Meanwhile we wish you all the best for your exciting research projects!


January 23rd, 2024: Winter Magic Mountain Offsite

Last weekend, we held our cherished annual Winter Magic Mountain offsite, this year set against the picturesque backdrop of Meiringen.

Throughout the offsite, we blended interactive workshops and social activities. In the mornings and evenings we dedicated time to reflect on our recent and future teaching activities or finalized the Chair’s vision and mission for 2033. We further engaged in enriching dialogues about inviting future guest speakers, and organized our community engagement. Additionally, we delved into proactive discussions for example about opportunities and challenges in research and teaching, with a keen focus on AI.

During the day we had a lot of fun and created unforgettable memories, whether skiing down the slopes, hiking through breathtaking landscapes, sharing meals on the mountainside, or cooking and enjoying self-made pasta during cozy evenings with the Extended Chair Family.

It was a very enjoyable, productive and fun weekend. Eagerly anticipating, we already look forward to reconvening for our next Magic Mountain in the summer. 


January 18th, 2024: Time to celebrate!

What an eventful day at the office yesterday! Not only did we successfully conduct our Change Management exam, but we also had the pleasure of welcoming back our esteemed former chair member, Shenghui Ma for a visit. The day continued with a meeting with the Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. team, giving us great insight into their recent Open Strategy project. Additionally, we seized the opportunity to re-celebrate David's birthday, spreading extra cheer. Ultimately, we finalized our arrangements for our Magic Mountain offsite in Meiringen starting this afternoon. 

Here's to many more days filled with learning, celebration, and team spirit!


December 27th, 2023: Thank you Tania!

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank Tania Räcker for her three-year term as Membership Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group at the Academy of Management.

During her term, and together with the hard-working Membership Committee, Tania was able to:
- Enhance SAP conference engagement
- Expand year-round member engagement
- Strengthen inclusion and diversity in the IG
- Increase IG visibility
- Foster the SAP brand

We are grateful and proud that Tania represented our team in this role at the vibrant SAP@AOM community and are excited that Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel now continues as Chair representative in his role as new SAP Secretary.


December 21st, 2023: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Chair of Organization and Management wishes you a peaceful holiday season and a happy, prosperous New Year! 

Today we held our final lecture in Change Management and have thus concluded the lecture period for this semester. 


The festive season gives us now the chance to look back on a year with numerous highlights - the last of which were gatherings within our team and with our colleagues of the faculty to celebrate and exchange on the successful year. We would like to thank everyone with whom we have been in contact and who helped us to jointly shape the year 2023.

We are very much looking forward to our new teaching portfolio and new forms of academic exchange in 2024!

... and If you have not had the chance to take a look at our Christmas card: Here it is!


December 19th, 2023: Open Strategy Network

As Robin Engelbach of our Chair has taken a leading role in organizing the Open Strategy Network, we are delighted that so many of you have re-connected with or newly joined the OSN - it is great to see the OSN community growing and flourishing! 

In the OSN December newsletter attention has been drawn on two upcoming Open Strategy events our Chair is also involved in: 




The Oxford & Zurich Open Strategy Workshop  The workshop on Open Strategy: Taking stock and moving forward with many distinguished experts in the field will take place in Zurich from July 1-2, 2024, with no participation fee and a joint train ride to the EGOS colloquium. The submission deadline for an extended abstract of up to 2000 words is January 25, 2024, via

EGOS Subtheme 36: Diversity and Inclusion in Strategizing

The subtheme organized by Theresa Langenmayr, Violetta Splitter, and Janne Tienari is part of the 40th EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) colloquium in Milan (IT) taking place from July 4-6, 2024 and aiming to bring together scholars who conduct research on diversity and inclusion in top management teams (TMT) or participation in strategy making (Open Strategy). The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2024, via the EGOS website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at both events.



December 18th, 2023: Chair Christmas Events

The last two weeks, our team had the joy of embracing the festive spirit with two wonderful events. 

We enjoyed the Chair Christmas Apéro & Dinner, a delightful gathering with the extended Chair Family that brought everyone together and a lot of joy to the team.

We also participated in the annual End-of-Year Dinner of the UZH Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at the University of Zurich. The event was a splendid opportunity for personal reconnection and celebration among faculty members. The evening was marked by great conversations, a shared sense of accomplishment, and a festive atmosphere that truly encapsulated the spirit of the season.

We wish all our colleagues a peaceful holiday season and a happy and successful new year ahead.


December 12th, 2023: SMS Voting Results

We are delighted to announce that our chair member Theresa Langenmayr and two of our former researchers in residence have been elected to leadership roles within The Strategic Management Society for the upcoming year.

Theresa Langenmayr will fill the Associate Program Chair role for the Strategy Practice Interest Group
Martha Eugenia Reyes-Sarmiento and Peter Smith will fill a Representative-at-Large role on the Strategy Practice Interest Group

We congratulate and thank them for their efforts and for enriching the Strategy as Practice community.


December 11th, 2023: Farewell to Violetta

We are very proud to announce that our colleague Violetta Splitterreceived a call from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

With both joy and a touch of sadness, we bid farewell to Violetta, who has been an integral part of Davids Chair for over 14 years. Starting in March, Violetta will embark on a new journey as Fellow of St Peter's College, University of Oxford and Associate Professor for Strategy at Saïd Business School.


We are immensely proud of Violetta and extend our best wishes for this new chapter in her academic career. However, her presence will be greatly missed here in Zurich. Our heartfelt thanks to you, Violetta, for the enriching time we have spent together, your dedication to teaching, the collaborative research projects, and the countless memorable experiences during our Magic Mountains and team events.

On the other hand we are delighted that our collaborative efforts on various topics will continue, with ongoing regular interactions. Violetta, you are always warmly welcomed at the Chair and our future events.


November 22nd, 2023: Diversity and Inclusion EGOS Subtheme 36

It is our pleasure to announce an exciting subtheme at next year’s EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) on "Diversity and Inclusion in Strategizing – Integrating TMT and Participation Research" organized by Theresa Langenmayr, Violetta Splitter and Janne Tienari.

Link to the subtheme:






October 25th, 2023: Congratulations Theresa!

Today, we are overjoyed to announce that our esteemed chair member, Theresa Langenmayr, has successfully defended her PhD in Open Strategy. 

Her remarkable insights have contributed greatly to the advancement of this emerging research field, and we are thrilled that Theresa will continue her journey with us as a Post-Doc. 

We wholeheartedly wish her all the best in her future career and are excited about what is yet to come.

Congratulations Theresa!


October 20th, 2023: Trip to the Swiss Mountains

Last weekend we had two awesome days as a team in the Swiss mountains in beautiful Gruebi. Thank you so much Violetta Splitter for organizing the trip!


October 18th, 2023: Relaunch Open Strategy Network

This week we relaunched the Open Strategy Network with numerous new features and a new look & feel .

The OSN is a hub for everyone interested in Open Strategy. Become a member today and start exploring a rich array of resources we have curated on Open Strategy, such as videos, scholarly papers, PPT-slides, and more! 

Btw: The OSN truly lives up to its name — so feel free to provide any feedback or input you might have!


October 11th, 2023: New Researcher in Residence

Welcomed by the autumn sun, our new researcher in residence arrived this week: Christoph Brielmaier from the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, will be staying with us at the University of Zurichfor the next four months. Christoph is a doctoral student at Prof. Dr. Martin Friesl’s Chair of Strategy and Organization at the University of Bamberg. 

Christoph's research interests, which revolve around Open Strategy, the attention-based view and new roles in new forms of organizing, are very well aligned with ours. Given these shared interests, we hope that Christoph will have a particularly inspiring and productive time at our chair. It is a pleasure to have you here, Christoph!


October 9th, 2023: Congratulations to Kristina Komardina!

Congratulations to Kristina Komardina for winning the University of Zurich spring term 2023 semester award with her outstanding master's thesis: «Creativity in Open Strategy»

The thesis was supervised by Theresa Langenmayr and Kristina was specially nominated by David Seidl for her very good academic contribution. The award was presented to her a few days ago by the rector of the university.


October 5th, 2023: Workshop at The Strategic Management Society Conference in Toronto

Last Saturday, Theresa Langenmayr, Renate Kratochvil, and Jeanine Porck organized an exciting workshop at The Strategic Management Society Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Ann Langley, Melissa Graebner, Becky Reuber, Laura Doering and Christine Shropshire provided insights into how to connect macro phenomena to micro strategizing along a qualitative research study: the implications of selecting a historical or real time, single or multiple case, possible data sources, and different approaches to analyzing and theorizing from your data.

September 28th, 2023: Distinguished Scholar PhD Seminar

It was a pleasure to welcome Prof. Tammar B. Zilber from the The Hebrew University Business School, Israel, as lecturer in our Distinguished Scholar PhD Seminar series here at University of Zurich.

During the three-day seminar Tammar shared invaluable insights into the process of theorizing and writing qualitative work from both an author's and a reviewer's perspective. She meticulously outlined the journey from field materials to making a substantial theoretical contribution. During the seminar, Tammar emphasized the significance of engaging oneself in the theoretical conversation and provided recommendations on accomplishing the "Conceptual Leap". She further underscored the pivotal role of writing as a method of inquiry, with the publishing process serving as an essential conduit for surfacing new insights and introducing previously unconsidered perspectives.

Especially the lively discussions and the hands-on work on our individual paper projects added a unique and significant dimension to the seminar.

We thank Tammar for the great time here in Zurich and hope to welcome her back very soon. 

September 21st, 2023: Semester Kick-off

We were thrilled to kick off the new semester with a series of engaging lectures on strategy as practice, change management, & organizational consulting this week! It’s wonderful to see both new and familiar faces. Enjoy a glimpse of this week through this initial capture. 


September 20th, 2023: New Researcher in Residence

Last week, just before the start of the new term, our new researcher in residence arrived: Yalan Yang from Fudan University, China. 

She will be staying at our chair at the University of Zurich for the next twelve months. Yalan is a doctoral student at the School of Management at Fudan University. Her research interests revolve around founder identity and strategic change in new ventures. 

It is a pleasure to have Yalan here, and we wish her an inspiring and productive time at our chair!

September 18th, 2023: Welcome Back & Happy Fall Term

Welcome back to HS23! We hope everybody had a lovely summer break and wish all students a good start to a new term full of interesting courses.


We are excited to see many of you in our lecture Change Management (Bachelor level) as well as in our Practice of Strategy and Case Study seminars (Master level). Next week, we offer a doctoral seminar with Tammar Zilber (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on Theorizing and Writing Qualitative Work (PhD level). If you are interested in writing your bachelor's or master's thesis at our chair, please visit our online info event on September 29th and apply by October 31st by emailing Kalliopi Vagias. Our lectures will also be available online; our seminars will take place in class only.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

July 17th, 2023, Open Strategy: Taking stock and moving forward

We are thrilled to announce that we will be co-hosting a workshop with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford on "Open Strategy: taking stock and moving forward" on July 01-02, 2024 in Zurich.

For the event, we are calling for extended abstracts of about 2000 words that fit the general workshop theme on open strategizing. The submission deadline is January 25, 2024. There will be no registration fee and we are planning a joint, direct train ride (about 3h) from Zurich to EGOS 2024 in Milan on Tuesday afternoon, to participate in the SAP Community Day on Wednesday.

We currently already have several leading experts in the field of Open Strategy who have confirmed their participation, including

  • Fleur Deken
  • Leonhard Dobusch
  • Martin Friesl
  • Julia Hautz
  • Katja Hutter
  • David Seidl
  • Violetta Splitter
  • Peter Smith
  • Eero Vaara
  • Richard Whittington
  • Alex Wilson
  • Basak Yakis-Douglas

We also invite Open Strategy practitioners to join us at the event.

If you want to download the PDF version of the call or save the event's date directly to your calendar you can find both here:



July 14th, 2023, Case Studies: Organizational Consulting

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering our Case Studies: Organizational Consulting seminar for master's students again this fall semester.


We will again visit leading management consultancies such as 

  • Accenture DACH
  • Bain & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Deloitte
  • Kearney
  • Oliver Wyman
  • PvL Partners
  • Roland Berger

You can find more information and the requirements for your application here:
The application deadline is August 20, 2023.



July 4th-8th, 2023, EGOS Colloquium in Cagliari

From Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th of July, David Seidl, Violetta Splitter, and Robin Engelbach attended and contributed to the EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) Colloquium 2023 in Cagliari, Italy.

On Wednesday, Robin convened the Strategy-as-Practice Community Day with the theme "In Search of a Good Life: Strategizing Between Vision and Tradition," which included a panel discussion, presentations of special issues and a community project, as well as roundtables. Many thanks to David and Violetta, who each hosted a roundtable and facilitated the interactive community project session.

From Thursday on, Violetta convened Sub-theme 43: "Imagining Roles in New Forms of Strategizing and Organizing" where David also presented the forthcoming paper "Struggling with your subject position in the interplay between open and conventional strategy discourses" co-authored by Theresa Langenmayr and Violetta Splitter.

It was a great pleasure to see so many colleagues and friends in the community again and to enjoy the Italian food, drinks, and hospitality. We are already looking forward to the next EGOS Colloquium in Milan in combination with our University of Oxford & University of Zurich Open Strategy Workshop on July 1-2, 2024. 

Community Project: Elgar SAP Encyclopedia :
Oxford & Zurich Open Strategy Workshop:



June 7th, 2023, Open Strategy Exchange

Today we had the great pleasure to host an exchange on the topic of Open Strategy between the chairs of Julia Hautz, Leonhard Dobusch (both from Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck), and Martin Friesl (from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) here at the University of Zurich.

We kicked off the exchange with lunch at the cafeteria with the opportunity to catch up on the latest news. The event's program was based on several short presentations by all the participants on their current Open Strategy projects. In active feedback and discussion sessions, each participant was then able to get inspiring input from the others on his or her data collection or paper project. 

It was great to see that there are so many interesting papers to come and that some new opportunities for collaboration have emerged from this exchange.

We would like to thank Julia Hautz, Kristina Stoiber, Thomas Ortner, Christoph Brielmaier, and Milena Leybold once again for coming to Zurich, sharing their latest insights, and for their inspiring input on our research. We look forward to our next exchange, presumably in Innsbruck, and wish all participants the best for their projects.



May 22nd-26th, 2023, Distinguished Scholar Seminar with Martha Feldman

It was a pleasure to welcome Prof. Martha Feldman from the University of California, Irvine - The Paul Merage School of Business again as a lecturer in our Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series here at University of Zurich.

During the three-day seminar, Martha provided the international PhD and post-doctoral students with valuable insights into the theories of power and empowerment. We started with theories that are relatively static and moved to theories that are more dynamic and relational. Throughout the course, we reflected on the difference between thinking about power as cause and power as consequence and the relationship between these two ways of thinking about power. 

We would like to thank you, Martha, for the great time here in Zurich. It is always a great pleasure to welcome you at our chair and to engage in deep and insightful discussions. As a figurehead of the practice-shift in strategy research, we are honored to have the opportunity to learn from your profound insights and knowledge. We would be very happy to see you again soon in Zurich, Irvine or at one of the SAP-track's international conferences and meetings.



April 14th, 2023, Exchange with Jochen Koch's Chair of Management and Organization

The last two days we had a very interesting and exciting academic and personal exchange in Zurich with Jochen Koch's Chair of Management and Organization at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

On Thursday we met in the Mensa of the University of Zurich and got to know each other over lunch. This was followed by paper presentations and discussion sessions on the urgency of acting on grand challenges, diversity and inclusion in Open Strategy, and multimodal communication processes. These inspiring and productive sessions were combined with short breaks to allow for further discussion. The day ended with a joint dinner at the Kunsthaus Zürich.
Today, we continued with more paper presentation and discussion sessions on interactions and strategic issues, microfoundations of knowledge integration, and creativity in effectual processes. Over lunch, we reflected on the ideas and outcomes of the exchange and outlined further avenues for exchange and collaboration.
We would like to thank Jochen Koch, Lorenzo Skade, Elisa Lehrer, and Paul Vetter once again for coming to Zurich, sharing their latest insights, and for their inspiring input on our research. We look forward to another exchange and wish them all the best for their papers.



April 5th, 2023, Current Researcher in Residence: Peter Smith

After a long Covid break our new researcher in residence has arrived: Peter Smith from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will be staying with us at the Chair of Organization and Management for the next three months. Peter is a lecturer and researcher in the University of Auckland’s Department of Management and International Business. His research interests are based on the practice of strategy; specifically, he is interested in how an individual’s practice of management and strategy, in an organization, makes a difference to the firm’s strategy. It is a pleasure to have Peter here, and we wish him an inspiring and productive time at our chair!



February 20th, 2023, Welcome Back & Happy Spring Term

Welcome back from your holidays to FS23! We hope you all had a great start to the new year. We are looking forward to a fresh start on campus and to seeing many of you in our seminar Qualitative Forschungsmethoden and our lectures 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 24th, 2023 (14-15h) by sending an email to Kalliopi Vagias. On May 22nd, 24th, and 26th we offer a Distinguished Scholars Seminar with Martha Feldman (University of California, Irvine) on the topic „Power & Organization“.



January 22nd, 2023: Organization Studies Article on Openness as Organizing Principle

Violetta Splitter, Leonhard Dobusch, Georg von Krogh, Richard Whittington, and Peter Walgenbach just published their special issue paper in Organization Studies.

Their article "Openness as Organizing Principle: Introduction to the Special Issue" has been published in the OS Special Issue: "Open Organizing in an Open Society? Conditions, Consequences and Contradictions of Openness as an Organizing Principle". 
 You can find the full article here



January 15th, 2023, Winter Magic Mountain Arosa

This weekend our annual Winter Magic Mountain took place in Arosa. During the offsite we combined workshops and creative sessions with great social activities. In the mornings we conducted workshops on our key topics for 2023 and in the afternoons seized the great weather for outdoor activities.

We all had a lot of fun and an unforgettable weekend on the ski and sled slopes, lunching together at the mountain hut or enjoying the traditional Swiss Raclette with the extended Chair Family in the evening.



January 1st, 2023, New Semester Assistant, Gloria Pünchera

We are happy to introduce our new semester assistant Gloria Pünchera, who recently started working for us at the chair.

We are very much looking forward to working with Gloria and wish her an interesting and exciting time at our chair! Gloria, who is currently studying Business Administration (major) with History, Society and Politics (minor) at UZH, will support our teaching and research activities in various ways.



December 24th, 2022, Merry Christmas!

The Chair of Organization and Management wishes you a peaceful holiday season and a happy, prosperous New Year! The festive season gives us the chance to look back on a year with numerous highlights - the last of which were gatherings within our team and with our colleagues of the faculty to celebrate and exchange on the successful year. We would like to thank everyone with whom we have been in contact and who helped us to jointly shape the year 2022.

We are very much looking forward to our new teaching portfolio and new forms of academic exchange in 2023!



Fall term, 2022: Violetta Splitter joined the Universität der Künste Berlin as Full Professor

We are proud to announce that our colleague Violetta Splitter joined the University of Arts Berlin (Germany) as a guest Professor in October 2022. We are very happy for Violetta and wish her all the best for this new chapter in her academic career while we are also very glad that Violetta continues to work at our Chair as Senior Research Associate (Oberassistentin).




November 21st, 2022: We had our chair Christmas party to which all team members and their families were invited

It was a great and fun evening that started with an aperitif and then continued with a joint cheese fondue. During the dinner our "Schrottwichteln" provided some surprises and laughs.



November 3rd, 2022: UZH Spring Term Semester Award 2022 for Chantal Wey

Chantal Wey received the UZH spring term 2022 semester award with her outstanding bachelor's thesis: «Arbeitsumgebung und Produktivität: Analyse anhand der Covid-19 bedingten Homeoffice-Pflicht»

The thesis was supervised by Tania Weinfurtner and Chantal was specially nominated by David Seidl for her very good academic contribution. The award was presented to her by the rector of the university.




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May 22/24/26, 2023

Anne Smith

October 24th-26th, 2022

Nils Brunsson

May 11th-13th, 2022

Stefano Brusoni & Anna Deréky

November 2/3/9, 2021

Tor Hernes

April 14th-16th, 2021

Jane Le

November 4th-6th, 2020

Richard Whittington

April 21th-22nd, 2020

Linda Rouleau

December 4th-6th, 2019

Tomi Laamanen
May 22nd-24th, 2019

Royston Greenwood
April 25th-27th, 2018

Paula Jarzabkowski

November 20th-22nd, 2017

Stewart Clegg

June 26th-28th, 2017

Luciana D'Adderio

May 16th-18th, 2017

Eero Vaara
October 3rd-5th, 2016

Ann Langley
December 17th-18th, 2015

Julia Balogun
October 19th to 20th, 2015

Theodore Schatzki
September 7th-9th, 2015

Feng Liu
May 11th, 2015

Max Bergman
November 3rd-5th, 2014

Royston Greenwood
September 24th-26th, 2014

Sally Maitlis
May 7th-9th, 2014

Martin Kornberger
April 17th, 2013

David Courpasson
April 8th, 2013

Karen Golden-Biddle
March 6th-8th, 2013

Klaus Weber
December 12th, 2012

Davide Nicolini
November 22nd, 2012

Colin Eden
October 31st, 2012

Martha Feldman
Sept 10th-13th, 2012

Loizos Heracleous
May 21st-25th, 2012

Michael Lounsbury
April 25th, 2012

Dirk Baecker
November 23rd, 2011

Dvora Yanow
November 9th-11th, 2011

Dvora Yanow
May 25-27th, 2011

Bill McKinley
May 18th, May 24th,
June 1st & June 8th, 2011

Mats Alvesson
October 4th, 2010

Ann Langley
September 29th, 2010

Kathleen Eisenhardt
May 17th-19th, 2010
(Seminar Cancelled)

Hari Tsoukas
December 2nd-4th, 2009

Paula Jarzabkowski
October 19th-21st, 2009

Bill McKinley
June 9th, 2009

Anne Huff
May 18th-19th, 2009