Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies – Vol. 25, Issue 2

2nd Issue 2014
Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies, Volume 25

Open Issue

Marco Guerci & Abraham B. Rami Shani
Stakeholder involvement in Human Resource Management practices: Evidence from Italy
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Signe Pihl-Thingvad
Is self-leadership the new silver bullet of leadership? An empirical test of the relationship between self-leadership and organizational commitment
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Alexander Fliaster & Tanja Golly
Innovation in small and medium-sized companies: Knowledge integration mechanisms and the role of top managers’ networks
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Britta Boyd
Book review: Pramodita Sharma, Philipp Sieger, Robert S. Nason, Ana Cristina González L., Kavil Ramachandran (Editors): Exploring transgenerational entrepreneurship: The role of resources and capabilities
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Call for Papers

Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption
edited by Ortrud Leßmann, Torsten Masson, Wenzel Matiaske & Simon Fietze

Forthcoming Issues

Managing Diversity
edited by Gerd Groezinger, and Wenzel Matiaske

Labour Time – Life Time
edited by Wenzel Matiaske, Simon Fietze, Gerd Grözinger, and Doris Holtmann

Innovation Management & Innovation Networks
edited by Susanne Gretzinger, Simon Fietze, and Wenzel Matiaske

Financial Participation
edited by Wenzel Matiaske, Andrew Pendleton, and Eric Poutsma

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44th GESIS Spring Seminar: Challenges for Empirical Social Science Research: Assessing Data Quality – Identifying Structures in Complex Data

Institution: GESIS Institute for Social Sciences

Date: March 2-20, 2015

Place: GESIS Cologne

Language of instruction: English

Registration and further information

Course Overview: The GESIS Spring Seminar comprises three training courses for social scientists interested in advanced techniques of data analysis and in the application of these techniques to data. Each course comprises lectures and exercises using personal computers. While in the lectures the logic of models and the corresponding analysis strategies are explained, during the exercises participants are given the opportunity to apply these methods to data. Different types of data are investigated in each course. The courses can be booked either separately or as a block.

Each year, the focus of the Spring Seminar is on another key theme. In 2015, it is “Challenges for Empirical Social Science Research: Assessing Data Quality – Identifying Structures in Complex Data”. The three courses mainly deal with various data reduction techniques for identification and visualisation of latent dimensions.

The courses will start on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Fridays at about 4:00 p.m.

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Call for Papers/Book Chapters: The role of TRIZ in enhancing creativity for innovation – international research and viewpoints on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

Call for Papers/Book Chapters
The role of TRIZ in enhancing creativity for innovation – international research and viewpoints on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

edited by
Alexander Brem
Professor of Technology and Innovation Management University of Southern Denmark

Leonid Chechurin
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management
Lappeenranta University of Technology


To come up with innovative ideas which fulfill the criteria to be new and breakthrough is key and at the same time difficult for companies.

One important supporting element to raise the quantity and quality of innovation is TRIZ (the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, in English named TIPS). With its systematic approach it can be used as a logical approach to creative problem solving.

TRIZ has the following advantages in comparison with traditional innovation supporting methods:

  • Marked increase of creative productivity.
  • Rapid acceleration of the search for inventive and innovative solutions.
  • Scientifically founded approach to forecasting evolution of technological systems, products and processes.

This methodology is now being taught at several universities and has been applied by an increasing number of global organizations.

Hence, with this book, the Editors would like to give an overview of current trends and enhancements within TRIZ in an international context. The goal is to show different roles of TRIZ in enhancing creativity for innovation in research, and with selected viewpoints in practice.

All submitted paper proposals will be double-blind reviewed to ensure the highest quality.

Book Chapter Synopses with suggested topics

Topics include but are not limited to theories, methods, techniques and experiences on:

  • innovation processes and its linkages to TRIZ through all of its stages;
  • methodological support to creative and inventive design;
  • research on TRIZ-based or inspired theories, methodologies, techniques;
  • computers instruments to support TRIZ-based deployment;
  • patent mining, knowledge harvesting and representing;
  • TRIZ education initiatives, feedback or studies;
  • further advanced Innovative, Inventive & creative design processes;
  • inventiveness, creativity, innovation measurements (or assessment);
  • professional/industrial case studies where TRIZ has played a significant role.

Moreover, selected viewpoints from practice will be included.


In advance, all potential authors must commit on our publication schedule to make sure that contributors will follow the same format.

Full paper submissions due: December 31st, 2014
Results of double-blind reviews available: March 31st, 2015
Revised paper submission deadline: June 1st, 2015
Book publication: Winter 2015/16

Publication information

All book chapters will be individually downloadable and accessible via or if someone buys the entire book in print or eBook from the Springer shop or affiliated partners such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc.

Each chapter is Search Engine Optimized (using the abstract and title/authors) and thus Google can find individual chapters upon a keyword search directly leading to SpringerLink.

All contributors get a discount of 33% on any Springer title purchased from the Springer online shop.

The MS Word template as well as the Author Guidelines are available online:

Please submit your paper only via E-Mail to Leonid Chechurin.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Creativity in Innovation Management

International Journal of Innovation Management (IJIM)

Call for Papers:
Special Issue on Creativity in Innovation Management

Guest Editors

In order to reflect the interdisciplinary character of creativity, the Editors of this special issue cover three fundamental areas:

Why and for what can we use creativity: Business and managerial aspects
Alexander Brem, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark

How can we interact in creative settings: Psychological and social aspects
Rogelio Puente-­‐Diaz, Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

How can we activate creative thinking: Cognitive and neural aspects
Marine Agogué, HEC Montréal, Montréal, Canada


In  today’s  business  world  creativity  has  become  one  of  the  most  important  success  factors (Florida, 2002). The understanding of “organizational creativity as the creation of  a  valuable,  useful  new  product,  service,  idea,  procedure,  or  process  by  individuals  working together in a complex social system” (Woodman et al., 1993) is vital for the innovation  process  of  a  company  and  serves  as  a  mainspring  especially  at  the  early  beginning of an innovation (Bilgram et al., 2008). Innovation as the practical application of created ideas in turn is a critical success factor for a company’s competitive advantage and long-­‐term success.

Creativity  has  been  studied  across  several  disciplines  including  psychology,  social  sciences, economics, education and the arts. However, a homogenous definition and classification of the term creativity has often been neglected (Plucker & Beghetto, 2004; Puccio & Cabra, 2012; Simonton, 2013). Moreover, creativity has been recognized as not manageable for a long time. Therefore, studies on creativity have looked at factors that “can manage for creativity” (Amabile & Mukti, 2008) such as leadership competencies or a  working  environment  that  positively  influences  and  supports  or  hampers  creative  processes in an organization. A further shortcoming of creativity research has been that it has traditionally distinguished between two generic types of creativity. The everyday creativity inherent in the average person (e.g. Richards, 2007) and the creative genius, associated with famous talents in certain fields (e.g. Simonton, 1997). Especially in the context of business and management literature, there is still need for further research to demystify  creativity  as  being  a  natural  force  without  control,  and  to  elaborate  its  role  within the management of innovation.

Hence, the question arises how this multifaceted and interdisciplinary topic of creativity can be included in innovation management, which is the focus of this Special Issue.

Subject coverage

In  this  context,  theoretical  and  conceptual  papers  on  creativity  in  innovation  management from different disciplines are welcome. Interdisciplinary research is as well  encouraged.  Empirical  studies  that  feature  examples  and  results  of  creativity  in  innovation management are encouraged, as well as papers on success factors and risks. Comparative studies that examine similarities and differences between different sectors and countries are also welcome.

  • Suggested topics for this special issue are:
  • Definition and measurement of creativity
  • Integration in the Front End of Innovation
  • Insights into creative processes and creative cognition
  • Levers on creative thinking during ideation
  • Creativity along the innovation process
  • Linkage of creativity with prototyping and manufacturing
  • Business Model Innovation and Creativity
  • Management of networks for creativity
  • Incentivation for creativity
  • Research on creativity techniques
  • Use of collaboration tools for creativity
  • Role of innovation culture on creative processes
  • Boundaries of creativity and design
  • Individual and (interdisciplinary) team creativity
  • Similarities/differences between facilitating creativity and innovation

Moreover, studies on country comparisons influence of industry and firm size as well as gender-­‐related differences are in the scope of this Call for Papers.

Notes for prospective authors

Submitted  papers  must  not  have  been  previously  published  or  be  currently  under  consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers will be refereed by an international Special Issue Editorial Board through a double-­‐blind peer review process.

A  guide  for  authors,  sample  copies  and  other  relevant  information  is  available  at

In  addition,  selected  articles  will  be  invited  being  released  in  a  book  published  by  Imperial College Press.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: April 1, 2015
Notification to authors: July 15, 2015
Revisions due: August 15, 2015
Second round decisions: October 15, 2015
Revisions due: NOvember 15, 2015
Final Editorial Decision: December 15, 2015
Journal publication: Spring 2016


Amabile, T. M., & Mukti, K. (2008). Creativity and the role of the leader. Harvard Business Review, 86(10), 100-­‐109.

Bilgram,  V.,  Brem,  A.,  &  Voigt,  K.-­‐I.  (2008).  User-­‐centric  innovations  in  new  product  development:  Systematic identification of lead users harnessing interactive and collaborative online-­‐tools. International Journal of Innovation Management, 12 (3), 419-­‐458.

Florida, R. (2002). The rise of the creative class. New York: Basic Books.

Plucker, J.A., & Beghetto, R.A. (2004). Why creativity is domain general, why it looks domain specific, and why the distinction doesn’t matter. In R.J. Sternberg, E.L. Grigorenko, & J.L. Singer (Eds.), Creativity: From potential to realization (pp. 153-­‐167). Washington, DC: American Psychology Association.

Puccio,  G.  J.,  &  Cabra,  J.  F.  (2012).  Idea  generation  and  idea  evaluation:  Cognitive  skills  and  deliberate  practices. In M. Mumford (Ed.), Handbook of Organizational Creativity (pp. 189-­‐215). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Richards, R. (2007). Everyday creativity: Our hidden potential. In R. Richards (Ed.), Everyday creativity and new views of human nature (pp. 25–54). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Simonton, D. K. (1997). Creative productivity: A predictive and explanatory model of career trajectories and landmarks. Psychological Review, 104, 66–89.

Simonton,  D.  K.  (2013).  What  is  a  creative  idea?  Little-­‐C  versus  Big-­‐C  creativity.  In  K.  Thomas  &  J.  Chan  (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Creativity (pp.69-­‐83). Cheltenham, GL: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Woodman, R. W., Sawyer, J.E., & Griffin, R.W. (1993). Toward a theory of organizational creativity. Academy of Management Review, 18(2), 293-­‐321.




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SDU BIB: Getting Published in the Social Sciences

Institution: University Library of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark)

Lecturer: Emerald Group Publishing

Date: 4 December, 15.00-17.00

Place: University Library of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark), Campusvej 55, meeting room ‘BIB Undervisningslokale’

Language of instruction: English

Registration (preferably before 1 December)

Course Overview:

Emerald will introduce the publishing and peer review process of international academic publishers and go into details of what editors and reviewers look for, when evaluating a manuscript. Emerald will also present journal selection strategies, and more hands-on paper structuring and writing tips.

The seminar will enable authors at University of Southern Denmark to give their papers the best possible chances of getting accepted and published.

The seminar is specifically targeted at young researchers, but everyone is welcome.

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Call for Papers: 11th International Young Scholar German Socio-Economic Panel Symposium

March 12-13, 2015
Delmenhorst (Bremen), Germany

We are pleased to announce the 11th International Young Scholar German Socio-Economic Panel Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for doctoral students and young postdoctoral researchers of all relevant disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, psychology, sociology, public health, geography) to present empirical research in progress – carried out with panel data (especially SOEP data). Each accepted paper will be discussed by a leading senior researcher, giving participants the unique opportunity to receive thorough and individual feedback on their research project.

Moreover, we will award the Joachim-Frick Memorial Prize for the most innovative, best written and best presented symposium paper. The award comes with € 200 prize money.

We encourage interested young scholars to submit a preliminary paper or an extended abstract (about 350 words in English) before November 21, 2014. We will inform you whether your proposal has been accepted by December 19, 2014. The deadline for submission of the full paper is February 10, 2015.

All accepted papers will be made accessible to commentators one month prior to the symposium. During the symposium, each presenter will have about 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for commentary by a senior researcher and 15 minutes for plenary discussion. The official language of the symposium is English.

Catering as well as accommodation will be provided. The conference fee is € 25.

The symposium is organized by the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University in collaboration with the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK).

Please send your applications to

For further inquiries, please contact:

Katharina Klug
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
Wiener Straße/Ecke Celsiusstraße
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49(0) 421 218-66366

Ulrike Ehrlich
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
Wiener Straße/Ecke Celsiusstraße
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49(0) 421 218-66434

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GESIS: Meet the data: Beziehungs- und Familienpanel (pairfam)

Institution: GESIS Institute for Social Sciences

Lecturer: Dr. Claudia Schmiedeberg, Nina Schumann & Philipp Schütze,  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Date: December 4-5, 2014

Place: GESIS Mannheim

Language of instruction: German


Course Overview: Das Beziehungs‐ und Familienpanel pairfam („Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics“) ist eine multidisziplinäre Längsschnittstudie zur Erforschung partnerschaftlicher und familialer Lebensformen in Deutschland. Das auf 14 Jahre angelegte DFG-finanzierte Langfristvorhaben startete im Jahr 2008 mit einer Ausgangsstichprobe von 12.402 zufällig ausgewählten Ankerpersonen. Die im jährlichen Abstand durchgeführten Befragungen der Ankerpersonen sowie ihrer Partner, Eltern und Kinder ermöglichen eine detaillierte Analyse partnerschaftlicher und familialer Verläufe. Die Längsschnittstruktur und das Multi-Actor-Design bieten dabei einzigartige Potenziale, erfordern jedoch auch spezielle Kenntnisse in der Datenaufbereitung und -analyse.

Im Rahmen dieses Workshops werden die Datenstruktur und die verfügbaren Datensätze der ersten fünf pairfam-Wellen vorgestellt sowie Analysemöglichkeiten anhand von anwendungsorientierten Beispielen präsentiert. Dies beinhaltet konkrete Hinweise zum Datenmanagement (z.B. Zusammenführen verschiedener Datensätze für Quer- und Längsschnittanalysen, Verwendung generierter Variablen und Datensätze) sowie die gemeinsame Umsetzung von Beispielanalysen unter Anwendung von Verfahren der Längsschnittdatenanalyse (Panel- und Ereignisdatenanalyse). Darüber hinaus wird es eine Einführung in Design, Stichprobe, inhaltliche Themengebiete und Dokumentationsmaterialien der Studie geben.

Für die anwendungsorientierte Umsetzung wird das Statistikprogramm Stata verwendet.

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GESIS: Offene Fragen und quantitative Inhaltsanalyse

Institution: GESIS Institute for Social Sciences

Lecturer: Cornelia Züll, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Date: December 2-3, 2014

Place: GESIS Mannheim

Language of instruction: German


Course Overview: Gegenstand des Workshops ist der Umgang mit offenen Fragen, wie sie in einem ansonsten standardisierten Fragebogen eingesetzt werden. Das Themenspektrum umfasst verschiedene Ansätze der Codierung der Antworten. Dazu gehören die konventionelle Inhaltsanalyse mit und ohne Software-Unterstützung genauso wie die dictionär-basierte (automatische) Inhaltsanalyse. Zunächst wird kurz auf die offene Frage im Interview eingegangen, bevor die zentrale Frage des Codierens der Antworten mit Hilfe der Inhaltsanalyse diskutiert wird. Hier wird der Workshop ausführlich die folgenden Themen ansprechen: Erstellung eines Kategoriensystems, verschiedene Möglichkeiten der Kategoriendefinition, der Codierprozess selbst und die Frage der Reliabilität und Validität der Kategorien und Codierungen. Im Anschluss daran wird kurz auf andere Formen der Analyse von offene Fragen eingegangen.

In praktischen Übungen kommt sowohl die manuelle als auch die computergestützte Inhaltsanalyse zur Anwendung. Statistische Programme zur Auswertung der Codierdaten, z.B. SPSS, werden nur am Rande behandelt.

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GESIS: Harmonizing your data with CharmStats

Institution: GESIS Institute for Social Sciences

Lecturer: Dr. Kristi Winters, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Date: November 27-28, 2014

Place: GESIS Köln

Language of instruction: English


Course Overview: Harmonizing variables is an important part of social research but precise and transparent documentation of harmonization can be time-consuming and tedious. The GESIS software package CharmStats provides a quick and easy way to harmonize your variables. CharmStats allows you to work with your own variables, to document the process as you go and even electronically publish your completed harmonizations for review and citation.

In ’Harmonizing your data with CharmStats’ participants will receive the software packages QuickCharmStats and CharmStats Pro and training in them. The course content includes advice on planning a data harmonization strategy, data management practices, the CharmStats interface, importing data for use in CharmStats, creating Projects in CharmStats, how to generate syntax for use in SPSS and Stata with QuickCharmStats, and how to publish harmonizations as citable references with CharmStats Pro.

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GESIS: Quality in mixed methods research

Institution: GESIS Institute for Social Sciences

Lecturer: Prof. Alan Bryman, University of Leicester

Date: November 27, 2014

Place: GESIS Mannheim

Language of instruction: English


Course Overview: This talk will introduce some of the main quality considerations involved in mixed methods research. It will begin by asking questions about why quality criteria are an issue for social researchers generally and then examine some of the ways in which quality criteria are couched in the context of both quantitative and qualitative research. The session will explore the different contexts of mixed methods research and their implications for quality issues. It then examines different approaches to bespoke criteria for mixed methods research using several examples to illustrate the general points made. Some general themes are extracted from these writings and are employed as a structure for the rest of the talk. At the end, some general lessons and implications will be drawn.

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