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The DCR Doctoral Program: Celebrating 10 Years

My doctoral program recently turned 10. I joined the the doctoral program in Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships in 2011. The program was the reason for me to return from the UK to Germany. I was extremely excited about the opportunity. And the program did deliver: We were given absolute freedom to work independently on our research projects, had the opportunity to attend numerous research events, such as summer schools, workshops and conferences, and were supervised by experienced and well-published academics.

Shortly upon graduation from the doctoral program, in 2014, I became a Visiting Professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I was privileged to spend some time with Samer Faraj’s Research Group on Complex Collaboration, whose work had strongly influenced my dissertation. In a sense, it was the culmination of my journey in the doctoral program and, of course, the foundation for my current work as a professor at Munich Business School.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, all members of the doctoral program were recently asked to write s short note of reflection. I chose to contemplate my first visit to the Academy of Management Conference, one of the world’s biggest management conferences, in the summer of 2011. (One of my key takeaways was…)

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Beiträge auf der GeNeMe 2020

Vor einigen Tagen wurde der Tagungsband der 23. GeNeMe-Konferenz veröffentlicht, welche im Oktober in Dresden bzw. virtuell stattfand.

GeNeMe steht für Gemeinschaften in neuen Medien. Im Kern geht es bei der Konferenz um den Einsatz neuer Medien in Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Verwaltung und Lehre – in aller Regel mit einem Fokus auf wissensintensive Arbeit in verschiedenen Community-Kontexten. Die GeNeMe-Konferenz ist in den letzten 20 Jahren zu einer festen Institution herangewachsen. Sie ist eine der wenigen wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen im deutschsprachigen Raum mit dezidiertem Community-Fokus. Im Jahr 2018 durfte ich eine der GeNeMe-Keynotes halten.

Schwerpunkte sind in diesem Jahr waren unter anderem Digitale Strategie und Plattformökonomie, Knowledge Communities, innovative Mensch-Computer-Kommunikation sowie Wissenstransfer und Kompetenzaneignung. Erfreulicherweise gab es diverse Beiträge von KollegInnen der Munich Business School. Ich selbst habe zwei Online-Panels organisiert und eine Studie präsentiert, die ich im Folgenden kurz beschreibe.

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How to Create an Academic Poster? Tips and Tricks

I recently had to prepare a poster in order to present my research at the Academy of Management Conference. At the beginning of the process, I ran a little search on the internet and came across a number of really helpful sources which I wanted to share here before I forget about them again 😉

First, I thought about preparing both my oral and a poster presentation with the help of Prezi, a presentation tool I have introduced before. Although I quickly decided against that, my query actually led me to the first excellent source of information, a blog post entitled Technology Tools for Academics: Prezi by Lavanya M Proctor. Besides a nice review of the software, Lavanya refers to a Prezi on poster design by Sarah Walkowiak which I have embeded below.

Another rather humorous set of instructions is provided in a blog post entitled Designing conference posters by Colin Purrington. Colin included a section on software tools for poster presentations which quickly led me to discover Postergenius.

The American Psychological Association has also published a manual called Displaying Your Findings: A Practical Guide for Creating Figures, Posters, and Presentations, the reference to which I have included below. I ordered a copy through our library and really like the chapter on poster design. Last but not least, I’d like to mention as a place for you to store your work upon completion and a way to share your ideas with rest of the world.

Please feel free to add other relevant sources in the comment section below.


Nicol, A. A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (2003). Displaying Your Findings: A Practical Guide for Creating Figures, Posters, and Presentations. American Psychological Association.

Save the date: Sunbelt 2013 in Hamburg May 21-26, 2013

Here are some interesting news for the ones among you who are interested in social network analysis (SNA) and live in Germany. Next year’s SUNBELT conference is going to be conveniently close as it is held in Hamburg from May 21-26. It will be organized by Betina Hollstein, Sonja Drobnic, and Michael Schnegg, all from the University of Hamburg. More information should follow shortly on the website, the INSNA blog, and on Facebook.

Talking about network analysis, @bkeegan pointed me to an extremely interesting article by Tom Valente published in the journal Science the other day. In the article, Tom describes different types of interventions that help to drive change in a network. Some of you probably find this interesting as well. Please see below for the full reference and the link to the article.


Valente, T. W. (2012). Network Interventions. Science, 337(6090), 49–53. doi:10.1126/science.1217330

ICWSM12: Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

The 6th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is definitely on my shortlist of conferences I would like to attend in 2012. It will take place from June 5 to June 8 in Dublin, Ireland. Keynote speakers include Andrew Tomkins, Patrick Meier and Lada Adamic.

The International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) is a unique forum that brings together researchers from the disciplines of computer science, linguistics, communication, and the social sciences. The broad goal of ICWSM is to increase understanding of social media in all its incarnations. Submissions describing research that blends social science and computational approaches are especially encouraged.

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