MREV – Call for Papers: Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Special Stream of Management Revue (MREV)
Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Managing Editor:
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Hundred years ago, Henri Fayols “Administration Industrielle et Générale”, a milestone in the history of organizational thought, was published. This centenary motivates the editors of the Management Revue to launch a stream on the history of organiational studies. In the forthcoming volumes, and rather on an infrequent basis, we would like to publish contributions which not only introduce the reader to one or several, interrelated seminal works of organizational theory, but also provide accompanying commentaries and an analysis of their history of effects.

The reason for this format is, given our discipline’s forgetfulness of history, to provide orientation, which not only serves teaching and young management scholars. While reference to classic thought contributes to scientific advancement in other fields of the social sciences, in our field some research issues are being addressed over and over again – without putting the associated arguments and findings in an adequate historical context. In this respect, addressing the history of thought should be understood as a contribution to the advancement of management research.

We would like to avoid a strict delimitation of the era being addressed. Contributions on contemporaries of Fayol like Frederik Winston Taylor, Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth or Henry L. Gantt und Karol Adamiecki are as welcome as contributions are on Fayol’s predecessors or successors. By  no means we are exclusively committed to the “engineers of the organisation”; economists, legal scholars and particularly the labour science community and psychologists should also be given due attention. A temporal upper boundary shall nevertheless be the 1970s, when, most notably induced by Alfred D. Chandler, strategic management and the reflection on it started to thrive.

This stream will be open to submissions until the end of 2017 in the first place. It will be maintained and edited by Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany). Submissions shall accord with the formatting guidelines of the Management Revue. Please submit your manuscripts electronically via our online submission system using “SI Organisation Studies” as article section.

Looking forward to your contribution!
Wenzel Matiaske

Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies – Vol. 27, Issue 3

3rd Issue 2016
Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies, Volume 27

Open Issue

Per V. Freytag, Pia Storvang
Dynamics of a facilitator’s role: Insights from the Danish construction industry
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Christiane Rau, Anne-Katrin Neyer, Agnes Schipanski, Fiona Schweitzer
A long way home: How an intra-organizational innovation network overcomes its political boundaries
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Gary Florkowski, Miguel R. Olivas-Luján
Predicting HR’s involvement and influence in strategic decision-making
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Thorsten Jochims
Social reciprocity as a critical success factor for small and mid-size enterprises: Work relationships as reflections of social exchange structures
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Call for Papers

Digital Working Life
Guest Editors:
Mikael Ottosson & Calle Rosengren, Lund University (Sweden)
Doris Holtmann & Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Demands in the modern workplace
Guest Editors:
Sascha Ruhle, Johannes Siegrist, Stefan Süß & Eva-Ellen Weiß, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Germany)

Post-Growth Organization
Guest Editors:
Matthias Rätzer & Ronald Hartz Technical University Chemnitz (Germany)
Ingo Winkler, University of Southern Denmark

VHB ProDok: Experimental Research in Accounting (October 31-November 3, 2016)

Institution: VHB ProDok

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus C. Arnold (Universität Bern)

Date: 31. Oktober – 3. November 2016

Place: Harnack-Haus, Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Ihnestr. 16-20, 14195 Berlin,

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to

The purpose of this course is to provide broad exposure to the research opportunities available using experimental data to explore management and financial accounting topics. Therefore, this course covers recent experimental studies from financial and managerial accounting areas that apply behavioral decision theory, psychology, and economics to address a variety of accounting research questions. This includes published research, as well as working papers, mainly from leading accounting researchers in the field.

The goals of this course are

  • to familiarize students with recent experimental research in accounting,
  • to help students develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate such research,
  • to help students find the right research method for their question and to challenge the limits of the experimental research method
  • to help students develop rigorous experimental designs for conducting their own research.

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VHB ProDok: Design and Application of Modern Heuristics (October 10-13, 2016)

Institution: VHB ProDok

Lecturer: Franz Rothlauf (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Information Systems and Business Administration)

Date: 10.-13. Oktober 2016

Place: Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Jakob-Welder-Weg 9, 55128 Mainz

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to

Modern heuristics like evolutionary algorithms, genetic programming, variable neighborhood search, tabu search, simulated annealing, and others are widely applied to large, difficult, or realistic optimization problems, for which efficient classical optimization methods are not available. Unfortunately, many text books teach such methods by providing detailed descriptions of the functionality of single examples of modern heuristics neglecting the underlying and common concepts. As a result, the design and application of modern heuristics is often not a systematic task but a result of repeated trial and error. Applicants apply textbook approaches and are wondering why they do not perform well when used for problems of realistic size or complexity.

This course takes a different approach. It teaches the basic, method-independent principles and design guidelines of modern heuristics and how they can be used to systematically develop superior heuristic optimization methods for problems of choice.

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VHB ProDok: Empirical Accounting Research (September 13-16, 2016)

Institution: VHB ProDok

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Joachim Gassen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Date: 13. bis 16. September 2016 in Berlin

Place: Berlin

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to

This course focuses on empirical archival accounting research, covering theoretical, methodological and technical aspects of this research program. The course concentrates on financial accounting issues but also touches on some auditing topics. After this course, participants should

  • have a clear understanding about the theoretical foundations of positive and capital market-based financial accounting research,
  • understand the methodological approaches to and common pitfalls of empirical archival research designs,
  • have acquired information about how to execute empirical archival studies, including the concept, usability and inter-operability of different data sources, like Compustat, CRSP, Worldscope, Datastream and I/B/E/S,
  • and, based on their own research proposal, have received constructive feedback on how to design and execute a viable study in the area of empirical financial accounting research.

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VHB ProDok: Behavioral Decision Making in Business Research (September 27-30, 2016)

Institution: VHB ProDok

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian D. Schade (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Date: 27. bis 30. September 2016 in Berlin

Place: Harnack-Haus, Berlin, Ihne-Str. 16-20, 14195 Berlin,

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to

Part of business research is moving away from the assumption of homo economicus and rational decision making. Consequently, decision making of consumers, investors, managers, entrepreneurs etc. is now often modelled differently than it has been only few years ago. Whereas applying approaches of normative decision theory has been the standard and still is in some fields, many researchers are now taking into account replicable and systematic features of actual behavior that are underlying the models of behavioral decision and game theory.

After this course, participants will understand this shift in paradigm, know the basic approaches of behavioral decision and game theory, will be able to understand research papers in those fields, and will be able to develop research ideas in their fields of interest, based on behavioral approaches.

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HSU-Doktorandenkurs: Measuring Preferences using Conjoint Analytic Methods and Advanced Compositional Approaches

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Syddansk Universitet, Sønderborg (SDU), Denmark

Lecturer: Prof. Martin Meißner, Department of Environmental and Business Economics, SDU

Date: 01.12.2016, 09:00-17:00 (incl. breaks)

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Aula-Gebäude, Raum 3

Language of instruction: English

Registration: Non-members of the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität may click here firstly to create an HSU-Ilias-account, and secondly here to join the course.

The participants of this course develop a sound understanding of the benefits of using conjoint analytic preferences measurement approaches and alternative advanced compositional approaches. Participants gain practical experience of using conjoint-analytic methods, and develop a better understanding of the value of measuring preferences.

The course starts with introducing the basic concepts behind the measurement of stated preferences, specifically focusing on conjoint analysis. The most often used approaches, i.e. traditional conjoint analysis, adaptive conjoint analysis and choice-based conjoint analysis are introduced. We deliberate on advantages and disadvantages of the approaches and also discuss advanced compositional approaches, like pairwise-comparison based preference measurement and the adaptive self-explicated approach. During the workshop we will further talk about all the important stages of designing a preference measurement study. We pay special attention to the types of research questions that conjoint analysis can answer. We also discuss the most important questions you should answer before setting up your preference measurement/conjoint study: What is the optimal choice of attributes and attribute level? What is a good experimental design? How should I design my survey design and present potential choice scenarios? How do I analyze the results?

Participants will have the opportunity to use Sawtooth Software on their own laptops and build their own conjoint analysis survey during the course. Based on this experience, participants will be able to improve the planning of their own future experiments.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Bradlow, Eric T. (2005), “Current Issues and a ‘Wish List’ for Conjoint Analysis,” Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, 21 (4-5), 319-323.
  • Hauser, John R. and Vithala Rao (2003), “Conjoint Analysis, Related Modeling, and Applications,” in Advances in Marketing Research: Progress and Prospects, in Marketing Research and Modeling: Progress and Prospects, Wind, Jerry and Paul Green (eds.), New York: Springer, 141-168.
  • Huber, Joel (1997), “What We Have Learned from 20 Years of Conjoint Research: When to Use Self-Explicated, Graded Pairs, Full Profiles or Choice Experiments,” Sawtooth Software Conference Proceedings, Sequim, WA., 243-256.
  • Scholz, Sören W., Martin Meissner, and Reinhold Decker (2010), “Measuring Consumer Preferences for Complex Products: A Compositional Approach Based on Paired Comparisons,” Journal of Marketing Research, 47 (4), 685-698.

HSU-Doktorandenkurs: “Open Access und Forschungsdatenmanagement in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften” (Herbst 2016)

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (ZBW)

Olaf Siegert, Open-Access-Beauftragter der ZBW
Sven Vlaeminck, ZBW-Forschungsdatenmanager

Date: 03.11.2016, 10:00-15:00 (incl. lunch break)

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Aula-Gebäude, Raum 3

Language of instruction: German

Registration: Der direkte Kursbeitritt erfolgt unter diesem Link. Wer nicht Angehöriger der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität ist, lege sich zuvor bitte unter diesem Link ein Konto auf dem Ilias-System der HSU an.

Der erste Teil des Doktorandenkurses behandelt das Thema Open Access. Da dieser Bereich je nach Wissenschaftsdisziplin bestimmte Besonderheiten aufweist, wird neben der grundsätzlichen Einführung in das Thema und seiner wichtigsten Aspekte zunächst speziell auf die Publikationskultur in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften eingegangen. Darüber hinaus wird die wissenschaftspolitische Debatte rund um das Thema beleuchtet. Des weiteren geht es um die praktische Relevanz und das Ausmaß von Open Access in der derzeitigen Publikationslandschaft. Abschließend werden die Open-Access-Angebote der ZBW kurz vorgestellt.

Der zweiten Teil des Kurses beschäftigt sich mit dem Thema Forschungsdatenmanagement – einem Thema, was für Forschungsförderer und Fachgesellschaften zunehmend an Wichtigkeit gewinnt. Nach einer Klärung, was unter Forschungsdaten und Forschungsdatenmanagement zu verstehen ist, thematisiert der Vortrag wie Datenmanagementpläne aufgebaut sein sollten und geht dabei auch auf aktuelle Richtlinien von Forschungsförderern ein. Darüber hinaus werden Hinweise für eine sinnvolle Dokumentation von Forschungsdaten gegeben und dargelegt, was für Möglichkeiten derzeit existieren um selbst erstellte Forschungsdaten sicher zu speichern und ggf. für eine Nachnutzung zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Reminder – Call for Papers: Post-Growth Organization

Special Issue of Management Revue
Post-Growth Organization

Guest Editors:
Matthias Rätzer, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany
Ronald Hartz, Technical University Chemnitz, Germany
Ingo Winkler, University of Southern Denmark

For a couple of years now growth-driven societies have been in a permanent state of crisis. Since 2007 the global financial crisis and its aftermath are challenging our ideas of growth, well-being, consumption and work within global capitalism. Consequently, critical scholars in management and organization studies have begun to advocate alternative forms of organization and to problematize the collective imagination that ‘there is no alternative to growth’ (Parker et al. 2014; Atzeni 2012).

One important analytical dimension within the search for alternatives relates to the limits of growth in its economic, ecological and social dimension. For example, Meadows et al. (2004) explicate that a finite (world) system cannot handle an everlasting orientation toward growth without running into a collapse. Hirsch (1976) argues that social rise in a stratified society smolders, leading to social imbalances in the long term. Several authors discuss economic restrictions under the name of de-growth (Georgescu-Roegen 1977; Latouche 2009; Martínez Alier et al. 2010; Schneider et al. 2010; Kallis 2013). Schneider et al. (2010) point towards unfulfilled expectations in the context of creating win-win-situations and question the possibility of sustainable growth through technological and efficiency improvements. Relative to the social context, others discuss the label steady-state-economy, which challenges the relationship between growth and labor, solvency and consolidated public finances (Daly 1972, 1973; Lawn 2011; Blauwhof 2012).

However, there exist only few contributions discussing organizational alternatives to an orientation toward growth (Cheney et al. 2014). Some authors address growth neutral enterprises (Bakker et al. 1999; White/White 2012). Others note that neither governments nor private sector executives have any incentives supporting the development of a post-growth environment (e.g. Latouche, 2006; Ayres, 2008; Martínez Alier 2009). Therefore, the specific aim of this special issue is to substantiate the debate on post-growth, steady-state and de-growth from an organizational perspective. How can organizations respond to the limits of economic growth? How can organizations, from a post-growth perspective, promote their social worth as opposed to their monetary worth? How can organizations implement the elements of a post-growth economy, such as cutting-down and slowing down, a balance between sufficiency and dependency on consumption, institutional innovations for the society, the environment and regional economy (Paech, 2016)?

In addressing post-growth organizations (PGOs), we assume alternative organizations, featuring individual autonomy and respect, an orientation towards solidarity and cooperation, and responsibility to the future (Parker et al., 2014) to constitute a fertile ground for PGOs. Furthermore, we could imagine PGOs to develop from associations, growth neutral enterprises, co-operations, solidarity organizations, grass-root movements or even ‘traditional’ enterprises. Eventually, we do not restrict our focus on PGOs to the economic domain, but also take social and ecologic concerns, such as social entrepreneurs, into account. We call for contributions discussing different perspectives on PGOs, investigating their characteristics and limits. Furthermore, we embrace contributions investigating the range and coverage of PGOs as an organizational possibility in a future, post-growth society.

The contributions to this special issue should address one or more of the following questions:

  • What characterizes the organization and the management of ‘post-growth organizations’ (PGOs)?
  • Which role do the principles of autonomy, solidarity and responsibility play in PGOs? What kind of problems, contradictions and conjoint amplification are observable regarding these principles?
  • Do PGOs enable us to cure some of the organizational ills created by a narrow focus on economic growth?
  • What are the limits and prospects of PGOs in the transformation of capitalism?
  • What organizational practices, tools and instruments are important in PGOs (e.g. accounting practices, compensation practices, decision making, regulations of working time, work-life balance, forms of participation etc.)?
  • Is it possible to turn traditional organizations into PGOs?
  • Which strategies (e.g. overcoming of externally defined difficulties, internal processes of storytelling, micro politics, adjustment of power) can be identified in the constitution and management of PGOs and which practices in PGOs are working well and which are not?
  • This is not an exhaustive list.

Potential contributors to the Special Issue of Management Revue are encouraged to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages before 30 September 2016 electronically via the online submission system at using ‘Post-Growth Organization’ as article section. Contributors will receive feedback and an invitation to submit a full paper by the end of October 2016.

Full papers must be submitted by 31 March 2017. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due 31 August 2017.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Matthias Rätzer
Ronald Hartz
Ingo Winkler

UniWiND-Tagung: 22. & 23.09.2016 an der TU Dresden: Karrieren nach der Promotion. Übergänge zeigen, gestalten, ermöglichen“

Eine Promotion eröffnet viele Karrierewege – sowohl in der Wissenschaft als auch im nicht-wissenschaftlichen Bereich. Für die akademische Laufbahn ist die Promotion unverzichtbar. Aber auch auf dem nicht-akademischen Arbeitsmarkt genießt die Promotion in Deutschland einen hohen Stellenwert, insbesondere wenn die Ansprüche an forschungs- und wissenschaftsbasiertes Denken und Arbeiten hoch sind. Die UniWiND-Tagung 2016 bietet eine Plattform für Austausch und Vernetzung zu beruflichen Perspektiven für den promovierten wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs in Deutschland. Im Vordergrund stehen unter anderem folgende Fragen: Wofür bilden Universitäten Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftler aus? Wie sehen Promovierte ihre Karriereperspektiven? Gibt es zu viele Promovierte in Deutschland? Welche Rolle kommt den Universitäten beim Aufzeigen und bei der Gestaltung von Karriereverläufen zu? Welche bewährten Unterstützungsangebote im Sinne von Good-practice-Beispielen gibt es bereits, die Promovierten den Übergang in unterschiedliche Berufsfelder (universitär und außeruniversitär) nach Erreichen des
Qualifizierungsziels „Promotion“ ermöglichen?

Die Tagung findet in diesem Jahr an der Technischen Universität Dresden statt und wird gemeinsam von der UniWiND-Geschäftsstelle und der TU Dresden organisiert. Bereits im Voraus herzlichen Dank an die Gastgeber!

Das vorläufige Tagungsprogramm sowie weitere Informationen zur Tagung finden Sie auf unserer Tagungs-Website, siehe unten.

Die Tagung ist offen für alle Interessierten. Bitte melden Sie sich über unser Online-Anmeldeformular an. Anmeldungen zur Tagung sind ab sofort bis zum 22. August 2016 möglich unter