|“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.|
June 14th, 2021: Just Published: „What Theory Is“
June 7th, 2021: End of Spring Term
This week marks the end of the first term we entirely delivered without presence on campus. We hope that we could provide you with an engaging teaching curriculum in spite of all the restrictions on campus life during the past months. We want to thank all participants for their commitment and wish you good luck for the remaining online examinations. We wish you a relaxed summer vacation and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back in class in Fall Term for the lecture Change Management (Bachelor level) as well as our seminars The Practice of Strategy and Case Studies (Master level). In November, we offer a doctoral seminar with Stefano Brusoni (ETH) on Writing Qualitative Work (PhD level).
May 1st, 2021: Just Published: How to Interview Elites
David Seidl, Shenghui Ma and Terry McNulty have just published an article in Strategic Organization in which they discuss the opportunities and challenges of interviewing business elites. This article is part of a special issue on qualitative methods. The article is now available online.
April 29th, 2021: Violetta Splitter at ESOTalks
Last week Violetta Splitter gave a keynote at the newly founded social practices & processes group among Brazilian universities. In her presentation „Practice Theoretical Perspectives on Open Strategy: Implications of a Strong Programme“, she talked about the use of different practice theories to examine open strategizing. A recording of her talk and the discussion can be found here.
April 19th, 2021: PhD Seminar with Tor Hernes
On April 14-16, Tor Hernes (Copenhagen Business School) taught a Distinguished Scholars Seminar on the topic “Time and Organization”. In the 3-day workshop, we discussed different ways of understanding time and how our interpretation of time influences our research. We focused on debates about time in organizational research, and discussed how views of time may challenge how organizational are interpreted. Many thanks to Tor for this great seminar and to all participants for making this such an insightful and lively online experience!
April 1st, 2021, New Researcher in Residence: Hans Erik Haugvaldstad
Our new researcher in residence has arrived: Hans Erik Haugvaldstad, PhD Candidate at the University of Stavanger in Norway. In his research project, based on a collaboration between a municipality in the South-Western part of Norway and the University of Stavanger, he looks at strategic practices of digital transformation in the municipal sector on both inter-organizational and organizational levels. Hans Erik visits the Chair of Organization and Management as part of a research stay funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Given the current restrictions on campus life, we are all the more happy to have Hans Erik with us and wish him an inspiring and productive time at our chair!
February 22nd, 2021, Happy Spring Term
Welcome back to FS20! We hope 2020 started off well for all of you. In particular, we wish all students a good start into the new, fully virtual term and all the best for the upcoming months. We are looking forward 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 12th by sending an email to Kalliopi Vagias.
January 1st, 2021, New Semester Assistants
We are happy to introduce to you our new semester assistants Chantal Wey (left), Saverio Olivito (center) and Ronja Friedl (right) who will work with us at the chair starting this year. We are very much looking forward to working with Melanie and Ventana and wish both an interesting and exciting time at our chair! Furthermore, we are very grateful to our previous and long-term semester assistants Leonie Richter, Ventana, and Julia Pünchera, and wish them all the best for their future.
December 24th, 2020, Merry Christmas!
The Chair of Organization and Management wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The festive season gives us the chance to look back on a turbulent year with numerous highlights - the last of which was a virtual gathering with all team and extended chair family members to celebrate the end of the year. We want to thank everyone for making 2020 a successful year despite all restrictions to campus life. We hope that next year will make it possible to return to teaching on campus, and we are already very much looking forward to our new teaching portfolio and new forms of academic exchange in 2021!
December 1st, 2020, Violetta Splitter and Tania Weinfurtner Elected Reps-at-Large at the SMS
We congratulate our team members Violetta Splitter and Tania Weinfurtner for having been elected Representatives-at-Large of the Strategy Practice Interest Group at the Strategic Management Society (SMS). In this function, they will support the Interest Group and leadership team, for example in organizing events, such as as part of the annual conference, and fostering member engagement. All the best to Violetta and Tania for their new roles!
November 13th, 2020, Tutors Wanted for BWL II
November 13th, 2020, Best PhD Paper Award
We are happy to announce that a paper by Theresa Langenmayr has been rewarded with the Best PhD Paper Award at this year’s Strategic Management Society (SMS) Conference in the Strategy as Practice Interest Group: “From Idealism to Pragmatism: The clash between open-strategy and traditional strategy discourses” co-authored with Violetta Splitter and David Seidl.
November 4-6, 2020: PhD Seminar on Research Methods with Jane Le
As part of our Distinguished Scholars Seminar Series, this term Jane Le (WHU, Germany) gave a PhD seminar on “Research Methods Practice: Interpretive Analysis”. During the three-day course conducted online, Jane deepened the participants' understandings of various qualitative research methods, focusing on interpretive analysis. We would like to thank Jane for this exciting and highly interactive seminar, which provided great new insights for many of our research projects.
October 9th, 2020, Student Assistant wanted for FS 2021
September 24th&25th, 2020: OMTF 2020
In cooperation with the Department of Sociology, the Chair of Organization and Management organized and hosted OMTF 2020. This annual PhD Seminar on Organization, Management, and Theories of the Firm (OMTF) is jointly organized by eleven research groups from all over Switzerland. This year, it was held at UZH’s Campus Centrum. For all participants, this was a unique opportunity to present new ideas and engage in interdisciplinary discussions on current issues in organization and management studies. We thank the hosts for organizing such a successful conference and we’re already very much looking forward to participating in next year’s seminar.
September 7th, 2020: Happy Fall Term
Welcome back to HS20! We hope everybody had a lovely summer break and wish all students a good start into a new fall term full of interesting and fun courses in the midst of such challenging circumstances. We are excited to see many of you in our lecture Change Management (Bachelor level) as well as in our seminars Practice of Strategy and Case Studies (Master level). In December, we offer a doctoral seminar with Jane Lê (WHU) on Writing Qualitative Work (PhD level). If you are interested in writing your bachelor or master thesis at our chair, please register for the information event on October 2nd, 2020, 14-15h (via Zoom) by emailing Kalliopi Vagias. This term, our lecture will be available online; our seminars will take place as usual (in class, at our institute).
September 3rd, 2020: Peer-Mentoring Group CareerElixier Goes Virtual
September 1st, 2020: Theresa Langenmayr at Cass Business School
August 10th, 2020: Interview with Theresa Langenmayr in JUMS
She now gave an interview to JUMS and talks about helpful tips and tricks for writing and managing a thesis project.
You can find the interview under the following link.
August 6, 2020: Publication in AOM Proceedings
August 1st, 2020, Tania Weinfurtner Elected Membership Chair at the AOM
We congratulate our team member Tania Weinfurtner for having been elected Membership Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group at the Academy of Management (AOM). Amongst other things, in this function Tania is responsible for the Interest Group’s membership communications, including the regular newsletter, and jointly responsible for membership liaison and campaigns. All the best to Tania for her new role!
August 1st, 2020: Publication in HBR China
June 12th, 2020: Teacher of the Hour Award
June 1st, 2020: End of Spring Term
April 23rd, 2020: PhD Seminar with Richard Whittington
April 1st, 2020: Home Officers at Work
March 30th, 2020, Extensions to Our Digital Teaching Program
March 12th, 2020, Teaching in Times of COVID-19
February 17th, 2020, Happy Spring Term
Welcome back to FS20! We hope 2020 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 April 3rd by sending an email to Kalliopi Vagias.
February 3rd, 2020, How CEOs Can Seek Advice
January 14th, 2020, SO! WHAT Award
December 24th, 2019, Merry Christmas!
December 19th, 2019, End of Fall Term
December 12th, 2019, Brian Pentland Visits the Chair
December 6th, 2019, PhD Seminar with Linda Rouleau on Organizational Ethnography in Practice
As part of our Distinguished Scholars Seminar Series, this term Linda Rouleau (HEC Montréal, Canada) gave a PhD seminar on “Organizational Ethnography in Practice”. During the three-day course, Linda deepened the participants' understandings of organizational ethnography as a research approach. In a very interactive and hands-on way, she covered the process of an ethnographic study in its entirety, including the doing of fieldwork, headwork and textwork. We would like to thank Linda for this extremely interesting and fun seminar, which provided great new insights for many of our research projects.
November 28th, 2019, Jöri Engel (Swisscom) in our lecture „Change Management“
Today, Jöri Engel (CEO Swisscom Immobilien AG), joined our undergraduate lecture „Change Management“. Engel spoke about his experiences in recent change initiatives in the field of working environments as well as about his experience as Head of Corporate Real Estate Management at Swisscom AG in general. His practical insights into major change management initiatives were not only extremely interesting but also perfectly complemented the theoretical insights into change management that we teach in the lecture.
November 21st, 2019, Tutors Wanted for BWL II
November 18th, 2019, Just Moved
We are pleased to announce that the Chair of Organization and Management has fully moved to a new building which we share with all other chairs of the Department of Business Administration. The new address is: Plattenstrasse 14, 8032 Zürich.
You can now find us on the fourth floor of the renovated brick stone building, in offices PLM J-415 to J-423. We are very happy about this move as it improves the accessibility of our chair, and we hope that it leads to an increasing exchange with our colleagues from the Department. Feel free to visit us at any time. The old address (Universitätsstrasse 84, 8006 Zürich) is no longer in use.
November 11th, 2019, Just Published: CEO Advice Seeking
We are happy to announce that together with Shenghui Ma (Fudan University) and Yasemin Kor (University of Cambridge), David Seidl has published a paper “CEO advice seeking: An integrative framework and future research agenda” in the Journal of Management. In this paper, the authors reviewed the burgeoning but dispersed literature on CEO advice seeking. Using an integrative framework, they synthesized research findings to generate a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of CEO advice seeking, and developed a research agenda that extends the current scope of analysis.
October 16th, 2019, PhD Seminar with Linda Rouleau
We are happy to announce the next seminar in our Distinguished Scholars Series: Prof. Linda Rouleau from HEC Montréal will teach a 3-day seminar on "Theorizing and Writing Qualitative Work" at UZH on December 4th-6th, 2019. The seminar will focus on organizational ethnography (OE) and how to apply OE to your own research project. If you want to attend, please apply by sending an email to Kalliopi Vagias (email@example.com) with a motivation letter and CV until October 31st, 2019. For PhD students, it is possible to attain 3 credits from the course. For further information, please check the syllabus on the course page.
October 4th, 2019, Case Studies seminar kick-off
Today, we kicked off our Case Studies master seminar. During the seminar, students will have the opportunity to visit five different consultancies and crack case studies. We look forward to an exciting seminar!
October 1st, 2019, OMTF 2019
From Wednesday to Friday last week, three members of the chair as well as our two researchers in residence participated in the OMTF 2019. This annual PhD Seminar on Organization, Management, and Theories of the Firm (OMTF) is jointly organized by eleven research groups from all over Switzerland. This year, it was held at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. For all participants, this was a unique opportunity to present new ideas and engage in interdisciplinary discussions on current issues in organization and management studies. We thank the hosts for organizing such a successful conference and we’re already very much looking forward to participating in next year’s seminar.
September 23rd, 2019, Shenghui Ma joined Fudan University as Associate Professor
We are proud to announce that our colleague Shenghui Ma joined the School of Management at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) as an Associate Professor in Business Administration in September 2019. Shenghui joined the Chair of Organization and Management in 2010 and completed his PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Professor David Seidl. After that, he worked at the Chair as a Senior Researcher and Lecturer. While we will miss him in Zurich (and we know he will certainly miss us), we are very happy for him and wish him all the best for this new chapter of his academic career!
September 19th, 2019, Happy Fall Term
Welcome back to HS19! We hope everybody had a lovely summer break and wish all students a good start into a new fall term full of interesting and fun courses. We are excited to see many of you in our lecture Change Management (Bachelor level) as well as in our seminars Practice of Strategy and Case Studies (Master level). In December, we offer a doctoral seminar on Writing Qualitative Work (PhD level). If you are interested in writing your bachelor or master thesis at our chair, please register for the information event on September 27 by emailing Kalliopi Vagias.
September 16th, 2019, New Researcher in Residence: Hung M. Nguyen
On the first day of the new term, our newest researcher in residence arrived: Hung M. Nguyen is working as a postdoctoral researcher at Grenoble School of Management (France). He is currently focusing on social business models in developing countries, managerial innovation, craft organizations and fab labs. We are happy to have Hung here and wish him a stimulating time at the chair!
September 2nd, 2019, Just Published: A Luhmannian Approach to Research on Organizational Communication
August 27th, 2019, Just Published: Implementation of Strategic Change
We are happy to announce that Theresa Langenmayr's Master thesis “Implementation of Strategic Change by Franchisees: A Sensemaking Perspective” has been accepted for publication in Junior Management Science and is now available online. In her thesis Theresa gained insights into franchisees’ sensemaking activities. Drawing on sensemaking theories and the franchising literature, her case study on franchisees in the automotive industry reveals how social processes of interaction within and across organizational boundaries influence interpretations of change initiatives.
August 5th, 2019, New Team Member: Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel
We are happy to welcome our new team member Benjamin Grossmann-Hensel! Benjamin has his first day as research associate and PhD candidate at our chair today. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Economics and in Japanese Studies and a Master's degree in Philosophy, all from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. As part of his university career, he also studied sociology, which fits very well to our social theory-driven research focus. We wish Benjamin all the best for his PhD studies and a fruitful and exciting time at our chair!
July 19th, 2019, Magic Mountain Basel
This week we held our annual "Summer Magic Mountain", the second of our biannual strategy workshops in 2019. This time we spent two days in Basel to discuss research, evaluate our teaching performance in the spring term and organize administration-related topics concerning the identity and future of the Chair of Organization and Management. In between and after discussions we experienced the unique Basel summer lifestyle including Rhine swimming as well as drinks and dinner next to the river and with a wonderful old-town view. In sum and as always, this Magic Mountain was a perfect combination of fruitful discussions and a lovely time with the team.
July 4th, 2019, New Researcher in Residence: Kexiang Wang
In the last week of June our newest researcher in residence arrived: Kexiang Wang, PhD student at the Ocean University of China. Kexiang does research on the key factors of sustainable innovation at SMEs from a strategic-management perspective. We are happy to have Kexiang here and wish him an inspiring and productive time at the chair!
June 27th, 2019, SAP Day at Cass Business School
On June 26th, our team and the Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) team around Paula Jarzabkowski met for a small-scale SAP workshop at Cass Business School. The day was full of interesting research presentations, constructive feedback and stimulating informal exchanges, and ended with a lovely dinner. Thank you to everyone for the inspiring day!
June 7th, 2019, Tomi Laamanen on Cognition, Attention and Strategic Issue Management
As part of our Distinguished Scholars Seminar Series, this term Tomi Laamanen (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) gave a PhD seminar on “Cognition, Attention and Strategic Issue Management.” During the three-day course Tomi deepened the participants' understandings of how cognition and attention co-evolve in the organization and how these dynamics influence how organizations respond to internal and external strategic issues. We would like to thank Tomi for this extremely interesting seminar, which provided great new insights for many of our research projects.
May 31st, 2019, Article on Inclusive Strategizing at AXA UK & Ireland
May 23rd, 2019, BWL II: Winners of «Challenge the Prof»
May 2nd, 2019, Christoph Tonini (CEO Tamedia) in our Lecture "Organisation & Führung"
Today, Christoph Tonini, CEO of Tamedia, joined our undergraduate lecture on organization and leadership. Tonini spoke about Tamedia and the future of the media industry. His insights into Tamedia’s strategic approach to tackle the challenges the industry faces was not only extremely interesting but also perfectly complemented the theoretical insights into strategic management that we teach in the lecture.
April 17th, 2019, Michael Lounsbury in Zurich
This week Michael Lounsbury from the University of Alberta had a brief stopver in Zurich. We met him for an extended lunch with a beautiful view of Zurich and, most importantly, shared an inspiring conversation with him about his research, including his latest endeavor on cultural entrepreneurship, our research and the intersections of both. It was lovely to have you here, Mike - see you again soon!
April 4th, 2019, SAP-R in London
This week, our team participated in the latest SAP-R workshop in London, co-organized and co-hosted by Warwick Business School and the Chair of Organization and Management of the University of Zurich. The exciting program of the half-day event included two revise-and-resubmit (R&R) presentations with corresponding feedback sessions (one for the Strategic Management Journal, one for Organization Science) and 22 projects discussed at eight different round tables. In an open and fun environment, the workshop thereby successfully leveraged the wisdom of the Strategy-as-Practice community to advance R&Rs and early stage work towards publication and to learn about current research projects and forthcoming papers.
March 28th, 2019, Research on Gender Promotion Gap
March 20th, 2019, Call for Papers: Organization Studies Special Issue on Open Organizing
We would like to draw your attention to a call for papers that we hope will be of interest to you: Violetta Splitter, Leonhard Dobusch, Georg von Krogh, Peter Walgenbach and Richard Whittington are co-editing an Organization Studies special issue on ‘Open Organizing in an Open Society?’. Submission deadline is November 30th, 2019. For more information please klick here.
March 6th, 2019, New PhD Position
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.
February 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.
February 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!
February 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!
January 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.
January 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
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 Fall Term
Welcome back to HS18! We hope everybody had a lovely summer break and wish all students a good start into a new fall 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”
May 7th, 2018, New Team Member: Theresa Langenmeyr
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!