From May 18-20, 2016 the 21st conference of the International Academy of Management and Business took place in Montreal, Canada. I presented a paper entitled “Exploring the Strategic Impact of Online Communities: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective.” In the paper we argue that online communities may help organizations to attain a competitive advantage by allowing them to sense and seize opportunities and reconfigure resources. We present three cases and describe how organizations have employed them accordingly. The paper was nominated for the Best Applied Research Award. You can find more details about the conference and my presentation below. Continue reading Conference Presentation: The Strategic Impact of Online Communities
In der Ausgabe 2/2016 des personal manager erschien ein Beitrag von Harald Schirmer (Manager Digital Transformation & Change, Continental AG) und mir mit dem Titel: Digitales HRM – Gestalten oder Verwalten? Das Magazin informiert Personalverantwortliche fundiert und praxisnah über aktuelle Veränderungen im Human Resource Management. In dem Artikel diskutieren Herr Schirmer und ich die Auswirkung der Digitalen Transformation auf das Personalmanagement. Wir erklären, was wir unter der Digitalen Transformation verstehen, wie sich das Personalwesen durch diese Entwicklung verändert und welche Rolle das HRM in der Digitalen Transformation spielen kann und sollte. Unten finden Sie eine Entwurfsversion (diese enthält zusätzlich eine digitale Agenda für Personaler!) und den gedruckten Artikel zum Download. Continue reading Neuer Artikel: Digitales HRM – Gestalten oder Verwalten?
In der Ausgabe 1/2016 der Zeitschrift Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement erschien ein Beitrag von Heinz-Theo Wagner, Ben Ellermann und mir mit dem Titel: “Online Communities als Quelle von Ideen und Innovationen.” Die Zeitschrift richtet sich richtet sich an Fach- und Führungskräfte aus dem Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement oder dem Betrieblichen Vorschlagswesen. Sie vermittelt neueste Erkenntnisse des Ideen- und Innovationsmanagements, stellt Erfahrungsberichte aus der Praxis vor und liefert so konkrete Hilfen für den erfolgreichen Umgang mit guten Ideen. In dem Artikel fassen wir den aktuellen Stand der Forschung zum Thema Online Communities mit Innovationsbezug zusammen und diskutieren Implikationen für die Praxis. Das Abstract des Artikels sowie die Links zu einer Entwurfsversion und zum fertigen Artikel finden Sie unten. Continue reading Neuer Artikel: Online Communities als Quelle von Ideen und Innovationen
At my school, the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), we’re organizing a series of seminars called Methods in Business Research. We’re aiming to hold these seminars about two times a year. This year we had Steve Borgatti (University of Kentucky), giving a seminar on Social Network Analysis, for example. For one of the seminars in 2016, we’ll have Professor Ann Langley from HEC Montréal. Ann will be teaching her course ‘Reading, Doing & Publishing Research in Strategy & Management’ from April 4-7, 2016, in Heilbronn, Germany. Ann’s a great scholar, a fabulous teacher, and a very nice person to work with. I know this because I was fortunate enough to have taken her course during my stay at McGill University last winter. I can thus highly recommend it. You can find more details below. Continue reading Strategy Seminar with Ann Langley from April 4-7, 2016
As reported earlier this year, we, i.e., a project group from the (German) Association for Community Management, ran a social media and community management survey over the summer of 2015. Our goal was to gain a better understanding of the working conditions of social media and community professionals in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We were also curious about the organizational context in which these practitioners are embedded and how their communities contribute to organizational performance. We have presented the results at several practitioner conferences, namely the Social Business Club (part of IBM Business Connect) in Cologne and the CommunityCamp in Berlin. Following these presentations, we published the report, entitled ‘The Status of Social Media and Community Management in the DACH Region‘. You can find our conference presentation and more details regarding the content of the study below. Continue reading Study: Social Media and Community Management in D-A-CH
At this year’s Academy of Management Conference, which will take place in Vancouver, BC, in August, my colleague Christine Moser (VU Amsterdam) and I are going to organize a panel symposium entitled ‘Online Communities Research: Quo Vadis? Perspectives on Knowledge Work, Collaboration, & Innovation’. We are proud to have have Linus Dahlander (ESMT), Samer Faraj (McGill), Ann Majchrzak (USC), and Yuqing Ren (University of Minnesota) as panelists. The symposium is sponsored by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division, Business Policy and Strategy Division, and the Technology and Innovation Management Division. Our session is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2015, from 3:00-4:30pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Room 224. If you are a management scholar interested in online communities, we hope to meet you there. You can find the abstract below. Continue reading AoM 2015: Session on Online Communities
This year it’ll be the 5th time I’m attending the Academy of Management Conference. I have good memories of the doctoral consortia and workshops I attended in the early years of my PhD. Here are two of my blog posts from back then: Reflections on the AoM in 2011 and Reflections on the AoM in 2012. Over the years, the conference has become a standard summer event for me. This year, I teamed up with my colleague Madeleine Rauch (European University Viadrina/German Graduate School of Management and Law) to organize a symposium entitled ‘Dynamic Capabilities: Bridging Diverging Conversations’. We have brought together an interesting set of papers from researchers surrounding our research group on dynamic capabilities. We’re delighted to have Gianmario Verona (Bocconi) and Oliver Schilke (University of Arizona) as facilitators for the discussion. The symposium is sponsored by the Business Policy and Strategy Division, and the Technology and Innovation Management Division. Our session is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2015, from 8:00-9:30am at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Room 205. If you are a strategy or innovation scholar interested in dynamic capabilities, we hope to meet you there. You can find the abstract below. Continue reading AoM 2015: Session on Dynamic Capabilities
A little while ago, I’ve taken on the role as head of the research committee of the Association for Community Management. The Association is a professional organization, representing the interests and supporting the development of social media and community professionals in the German-speaking part of Europe. I guess it’s the German equivalent of the Community Roundtable in the US. We’ve recently put together a project group, consisting of several researchers and practitioners, in order to develop a social media and community survey, which we’re launching today. Our objective is to analyze the working conditions of social media and community professionals and the organizational context in which they are embedded. We’re also trying to better understand how communities contribute to organizational performance. If you’re working as a social media or community manager in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, I’d like to encourage you to take the survey.