VHB-ProDok: Behavioral Decision Making in Business Research (24.-27.09.2015)

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.

Date of Event: 24. – 27. September 2015

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

Speaker: Christian D. Schade (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to doktorandenprogramm(at)vhbonline(dot)org.

Further information

VHB-ProDok: Mediation and Moderation Analysis: Exploring Intervening and Interaction Effects in Empirical Research (15-18.09.2015)

This course covers two important concepts in empirical social science research: Mediation/intervening effects (the “how” and “why” of cause and effect relations) and moderation/interaction effects (the “when” of cause and effect relations). Both concepts as well as combinations of them (“conditional processes”) will be applied in the context of linear/nonlinear regression models and structural equation models with latent variables.

Date of Event: 15. – 18. September 2015

Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
Room: K.11.07
Gaußstr. 20
42119 Wuppertal

Speaker: Dirk Temme (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

Registration: Please send your registration by Email to doktorandenprogramm(at)vhbonline(dot)org.

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Call for Papers: Managing Change in Industry Clusters: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Smart Specialisation & Regional Development

Journal of Change Management (JCM)

Author Invite – Special Issue: Managing Change in Industry Clusters: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Smart Specialisation & Regional Development

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Professor Kerry Brown (Curtin University) Kerry.Brown@curtin.edu.au
Professor John Burgess (Curtin University) John.Burgess@curtin.edu.au
A/Professor Susanne Gretzinger (University of Southern Denmark) sug@sam.sdu.dk
Professor Susanne Royer (Europa Universität Flensburg) royer@uni-flensburg.de

The aims and scope of JCM:

JCM is committed to becoming the leading journal in its field by establishing itself as a community for all scholars with an interest in the complex and multidisciplinary field of change and its management. JCM is a multidisciplinary and international forum for critical, mainstream and alternative contributions – focusing as much on motivation, ethics, culture and behavior as on structure and process. JCM is a platform for open and challenging dialogue and a thorough critique of established as well as alternative practices.

About the Special Issue:

Changes in markets, networks and clusters lead to change within companies and this induces the need for (re-)thinking current concepts and/or developing new concepts about the way organisations adapt and change. We are particularly interested in explorations and research in this change context, with specific interest in the field of cluster management directed towards the establishment of entrepreneurial ecosystems, smart specialization strategies and regional development. This special issue aims to link these topics better into the fields of public policies, organisational and sectoral strategies and change management and, to develop new knowledge in the discussion field with focus on a resource-oriented perspective on clusters. The editors would like to encourage scholars from a wide range of disciplinary and/or multidisciplinary approaches to submit papers in the following topic areas related to managing change in clustered organisations and across industry clusters in regions:

  • Smart Specialisation Strategies supporting the management of change in clusters
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and clustering strategies
  • The role of Public Policy in change management for industry clustering
  • Firm resources, strategy and change in industry clustering
  • Cluster management and change facilitation
  • Cluster mapping and evaluation leading to change

Submission Dates and Deadlines:

Paper Submission: 1st October 2015
Decisions from Editors: 1st February2016
Revise and Resubmit Submission: 1st April 2016 (open call opportunity if needed)
Second Round Reviews: 1st June 2016
Final Paper Submissions: 1st August 2016
Special Issue Publication: March 2017

Whilst the special issue is invite-only, all papers will go through a robust review and editorial process and therefore publication cannot be guaranteed. In addition to addressing relevant content for the special issue, submissions should adhere to the Scope and Aims of the Journal of Change Management. Papers should be prepared in line with the JCM Author Guidelines and should adhere to the JCM Style and Submission Guidelines.

All manuscripts should be submitted to Professor John Burgess (John.Burgess@curtin.edu.au) and should be marked as being submitted for the Special Issue on “Managing Change in Industry Clusters: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Smart Specialisation & Regional Development.”

For queries related to this special issue, please contact any of the following guest editors: Kerry Brown (Kerry.Brown@curtin.edu.au), John Burgess (John.Burgess@curtin.edu.au), Susanne Gretzinger (sug@sam.sdu.dk), Susanne Royer (royer@uni-flensburg.de).

Doktorandenweiterbildung: Open Access und Open Research Data in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Schulungsteam der Deutschen Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften des Leibniz-Informationszentrums Wirtschaft (ZBW Kiel)

Date: 15.10.2015

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg

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.

Im Rahmen der Doktorandenweiterbildung an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität wird am 15.10.2015 von der Deutschen Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften des Leibniz-Informationszentrums Wirtschaft (ZBW Kiel) ein Workshop zum Thema “Open Access und Open Research Data in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften” angeboten.

Bei diesem halbtägigen Workshop stellt Ihnen das Schulungsteam der ZBW Kiel folgende Themen vor:

  • Was ist und wie funktioniert Open Access?
  • Was ist beim Management wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Forschungsdaten zu beachten?
  • Wie recherchiere ich am besten wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fachinformation?

Weitere Informationen zu Open Access und Open Research Data finden sich unter diesem Link.

11.00-12.30 Uhr Thema 1
12.30-13.00 Uhr (Mittags-)Pause
13.00-14.30 Uhr Thema 2
14.30-14.45 Uhr Pause
14.45-16.15 Uhr Thema 3
16.15-16.30 Uhr Abschluss/Resümee

Veranstaltungsort ist der Seminarraum 0310, H1.

Schulungsmaterialien (Handouts, Präsentationen, Beispieldaten etc.) gehen den Teilnehmern vor der Veranstaltung über die Ilias-Plattfom der HSU zu.

Grounded Theory

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Christina Hoon (Leibniz-University Hannover)

Date: Monday, 28/09/15 (09:00 – 18:00) – Tuesday, 29/09/15 (09:00 – 12:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The key purpose of this workshop is to increase participants’ understanding about the key concepts, strategies, and steps in grounded theory research. This workshop intends to deepen theoretical and practical understanding of the constant comparative method, open, axial and selective coding. Further, the participants will learn the key elements of theoretical sampling, theoretical saturation, and theoretical sensitivity. In addition, common challenges and pitfalls in grounded theory research will be discussed. To assist participants to craft valuable and effective research papers, exemplars from current research projects will be assessed and critically reviewed.


  • Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: A practical guide through qualitative analysis. London, UK: Sage.
  • Gioia, D. A., Corley, K. G., & Hamilton, A. (2013). Seeking qualitative rigor in inductive research: Notes on the Gioia methodology. Organizational Research Methods, 16, 15-31.
  • Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques (2nd Ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

You have to register for the 9th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling and Its Applications to Policy Impact Analysis

Institution: see Organisers & Supporters

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Hans Kremers (Independent Researcher)

Date: Thursday, 01/10/15 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling has become a popular tool for policy impact analysis at many government, policy oriented, and academic institutions such as the EU, economic university departments, or policy assessment institutes such as the ZEW in Mannheim, CPB in The Netherlands. It even looks ’trendy’ to have your own CGE model. During the negotiations between the Greek government and the IWF, EU, and EZB, negotiatiors often call for quantitative assessments of the proposals, which might well be based on an application of the EU’s computable general equilibrium models. CGE models, like many other quantitative economic models are often unjustly considered to be the main culprit of economists supposed to be unaware of a financial crisis in the global finance system before 2008. In this short course, I want to provide more background information on what these models are and how they are applied to policy impact analysis. The course attendants should get some idea on what these models are good for and about their limitations. I refer to existing courses on CGE modelling regularly given by institutes such as GTAP (https://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu), ECOMOD (http://ecomod.net), by the Gempack community at the Center of Policy Studies (CoPS) of Victoria University in Melbourne (http://www.copsmodels.com/gempack.htm), and by the GAMS community (http://www.gams.com) among many others. Furthermore, I refer to Shoven and Whalley (1992) and Ginsburgh and Keyzer (1997) as underlying standard literature.

We consider three significant developments in economics during the 20th century that have lead to the rise of CGE modelling within policy impact analysis. CGE models are calibrated on a social accounting matrix, comparable to a much extended input output table. This hence refers to long time developments in input-output modelling pioneered by the Russian economist Wassily Leontief, see Leontief (1936). Parallel to these developments, a mathematical theory of general equilibrium has been developed by well-known economists like Arrow, Debreu, Hahn, using insights from mathematical programming, often related to so-called fixed point proofs and related algorithms to prove the existence and uniqueness of an equilibrium. I refer to the PhD thesis of Gerard Debreu which builds up the general equilibrium model in all its mathematical detail, Debreu (1959), or to Arrow and Hahn (1971). The latter idea points us to the third development in economics, namely in developments of mathematical programming algorithms to compute an economic equilibrium in a general equilibrium model. The work of Herbert Scarf, Scarf and Hansen (1973), was seminal here, and formed the basis from which John Shoven and John Whalley built their CGE models. The introduction of computing equipment provided the means to be able to solve large models efficiently. The morning part of the course in CGE modelling is dedicated to a more detailed description of these three developments in economics and how they cooperate in what we nowadays call CGE modelling. We also describe how we perform a CGE analysis to assess the impact of a policy.

The afternoon is dedicated to introduce several existing CGE models and their applications of CGE modelling. We do so by presenting an existing study on the application of each model. Originally, following the Uruguay trade rounds, CGE models were applied to assess the impact of trade and tax policies until the Kyoto Protocol was signed to support a global effort to curb carbon emissions, which was expected to have significant effects on international trade flows. I again refer to Shoven and Whalley in Shoven and Whalley (1984) and Shoven and Whalley (1992) for applications on trade and taxes. Hence, the application of CGE models was extended to the assessment of climate policies. The GTAP model and underlying Social Accounting Matrix at Purdue University originated as a pure trade CGE model and database following the Uruguay trade rounds, but has, over time been extended to include climate related issues such as economy related carbon emissions, energy substitution, land use. The research, models and data can be found on their website, https://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu. To further improve its application on this area, a demand arose to link, among others, CGE models with models from other, climate related areas such as meteorology, into so-called integrated assessment models. The increased attention of policy makers to the climate as well as signals that our current dependency on fossil fuel energy and issues of energy supply security endanger the economy also raised an interest in applying CGE models. Applying a CGE model to assess the impact of climate policies required an extension of the model. Again, a lot on this can be found in the extensive research database at GTAP. There exists an energy substitution variant of the GTAP model, referred to as GTAP-E (see Burniaux and Truong (2002)), which is often applied and extended to such issues as energy substitution, emission permits and carbon taxes, land use.

We also look at applications of CGE modelling to assess the impact of transport policies on the economy following the rise in transport problems such as congestion with the growth of many economies. An example of such transport issues is the inclusion of road pricing to stop congestion around big cities. There is a single country CGE model for Austria that looks at road pricing from a tax point of view. The model is referred to in Steininger and Friedl (2004). In Kalinowska, Kremers, and Truong (2008), we apply this model to the German case.

We will look at the application of a CGE model to a developing economy like Mongolia, where two large mines have been discovered, with a large impact on the local underdeveloped post-communist economy and neighbouring China and Russia. This regional single country CGE model is known as the Mon-CGE model and has been applied to the Mongolian economy to assess the impact of introducing an Energy Master-Plan within a project by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). For a description of the Mon-CGE model, as well as an application of the model to the Mongolian economy, I refer to Corong et al. (2011). Enkhbayar et al. (2010) also provide an interesting application of a regional CGE model to the Mongolian economy, within project based research.

Last but not least, we are currently looking at the construction and application of a regional CGE model to Sønderborg and the Southern Denmark regions within project zero (http://projectzero.dk). This project intends to offer a platform for initiatives in the Sønderborg region to introduce emission reduction measures such as renewable energy technologies into the local and regional economy of Sønderborg.

Attendants of this course are expected to have some background in economics, in particular micro economic theory, although I do not intend to go very deep into economic theory. I would like to ask interested PhDs to send an email to hkremers@icloud.com with a description of their background and what would interest them (models, applications, political issues etc.) in this course.


Arrow, K., and F. Hahn (1972), General Competitive Analysis, San Francisco, Holden-day.

Burniaux, J.M., and T.P. Truong (2002), “GTAP-E: An Energy-Environmental Version of the GTAP Model”, GTAP Technical Paper No. 16, GTAP, Purdue.

Corong, E., B. Decaluwé, and V. Robichaud (2011), “Assessing the Impact of Increased Foreign Direct Investment in Mongolia: A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Approach”, Mimeo, Asian Development Bank.

Debreu, G. (1954), Theory of Value, New-York, Wiley.

Enkhbayar, S., D. Roland-Holst, T. Oi, and G. Sugiyarto (2010), “Mongolia’s Investment Priorities from a National Development Perspective”, Mimeo, Asian Development Bank.

Ginsburgh, V., and M. Keyzer (1997), The structure of applied general equilibrium models, Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.

Kalinowska, Kremers, and Truong (2004), “Fitting passenger travel into a CGE model”, mimeo, DIW Berlin.

Leontief, W. (1936), “Quantitative input and output relations in the economic system of the United States”, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Scarf, H., and T. Hansen (1973), The Computation of Economic Equilibria, New Haven, Yale University Press.

Shoven, J.B., and J. Whalley (1984), “Applied general equilibrium models of taxation and international trade”, Journal of Economic Literature 22, 1007-1051.

Shoven, J.B., and J. Whalley (1992), Applying General Equilibrium, New York, Cambridge University Press.

Steininger, K. and B. Friedl (2004, June), “Economic and distributional impacts of nationwide car road pricing: a CGE analysis for Austria”, Paper submitted to the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Budapest.

You have to register for the 9th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.

Doktorandenweiterbildung: Einführung in die Meta-Analyse

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Eisend, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

19.11.2015, 13:00-18:00 Uhr
20.11.2015, 09:00-16:00 Uhr

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg

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.

Meta-Analysen integrieren empirische Befunde mehrerer Untersuchungen zu einer bestimmten Fragestellung und analysieren die Variabilität dieser Befunde. Damit bieten sie Wissenschaftlern und Wissenschaftlerinnen eine Möglichkeit, bisherige Forschungsergebnisse quantitativ zu integrieren und zu bewerten und sich somit einen Überblick über die empirische Forschung zu einer Fragestellung zu verschaffen. Sie helfen Wissenschaftlern und Wissenschaftlerinnen auch bei der Erklärung und Interpretation von unterschiedlichen und zum Teil gegensätzlichen Befunden in der bisherigen Forschung. Durch ihre generalisierenden Befunde unterstützt die Meta-Analysen auch Praktiker bei der Entscheidungsfindung. Aufgrund der stark zunehmenden Anzahl von empirischen Untersuchungen in vielen Disziplinen der betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung kommt die Meta-Analysen in diesen Bereichen zunehmend zum Einsatz.

Der Kurs wendet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler und Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen, die sich mit der Methode der Meta-Analysen vertraut machen möchten und lernen möchten, wie man diese erfolgreich einsetzt und verwendet. Nach Besuch des Kurses sind die Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen in der Lage….

  • selbstständig Meta-Analysen zu einer von Ihnen gewählten Fragestellung durchzuführen, beginnend von der Literaturrecherche über die Kodierung von Studien bis hin zur softwaregestützten Auswertung der Daten;
  • unterschiedliche Meta-Analysen in der Fachliteratur im Hinblick auf die ver-wendeten Methoden zu unterscheiden, einzuordnen und zu beurteilen;
  • der inhaltlichen und methodischen Diskussion zur Meta-Analysen zu folgen.

Der Kurs setzt grundlegende Kenntnisse in Statistik und multivariater Datenanalyse voraus. Insbesondere sollten die Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen mit Test-verfahren und regressionsanalytischen Techniken vertraut sein; erwünscht ist auch ein Grundverständnis von Strukturgleichungsmodellen.

Der Kurs setzt grundlegende Kenntnisse in Statistik und multivariater Datenanalyse voraus. Insbesondere sollten die Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen mit Test-Verfahren und regressionsanalytischen Techniken vertraut sein; erwünscht ist auch ein Grundverständnis von Strukturgleichungsmodellen.

Informationen zum Raum und zu den Inhalten des Workshops (Handouts, Präsentationen, Beispieldaten) gehen Ihnen an den Tagen unmittelbar vor der Veranstaltung mit Hilfe des Ilias-Mailsystems zu.

R-Kurs an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Torben Kuhlenkasper

Date: 03.-07.08.2015

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg

Language of instruction: German

Registration: Please mail to Vera Jahn

In der Woche vom 03. bis 07.08.2015 wird Herr Prof. Dr. Torben Kuhlenkasper, Professor für quantitative Methoden an der Hochschule Pforzheim, bei uns einen Blockkurs zur Einführung in die Statistik-Software R geben. Dabei handelt es sich um eine von Statistikern, aber zunehmend auch von Volkswirten verwendete Statistiksoftware, die kostenlos verwendet werden kann und extrem leistungsfähig ist.

Wir freuen uns daher sehr, dass wir mit Torben Kuhlenkasper für diesen Kurs einen sehr kompetenten Dozenten gewinnen konnten, der in die Geheimnisse von R einführen wird. Er hat den Kurs in den letzten Jahren bereits mit großem Erfolg an unserer Fakultät gehalten.

Der Kurs wird ganztägig im Seminarraum 0206 stattfinden. Teilnehmer werden gebeten, ihren eigenen Laptop mitzubringen. Das Kursprogramm inklusive Zeitplan ist beigefügt.

Weitere Informationen zum Kurs finden sich hier.

Interessenten werden gebeten, sich bis zum 30.07.2015 per Mail bei Vera Jahn anzumelden.

Call for Papers: Perspectives on (Un-) Employment

Date: December 7th-8th, 2015

Location: Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany

Aims and Topics

The IAB Graduate School’s 8 th interdisciplinary Ph.D. workshop “Perspectives on (Un-) Employment” endeavours to bring together young researchers from different disciplines. This international workshop will provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their research in a constructive atmosphere, incorporating feedback and advice from a number of experienced researchers. The workshop will focus on, but not be limited to, theoretical and empirical research in the following fields:

  • International perspectives on the labour market
  • Health and labour market outcomes
  • Intergenerational mobility
  • Macroeconomic analysis of labour markets
  • Labour market institutions and policies
  • Methodological aspects of labour market research
  • Gender differences on the labour market
  • Education, qualification and skills
  • Regional disparities and social inequality
  • Labour mobility and dynamics

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Tito M. Boeri, Ph.D. (INPS, Bocconi University, Institute for Study of Labour)
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Giesecke (Humboldt University Berlin)

For further information on this call please see this link.

Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies – Vol. 26, Issue 2 (Special Issue ‘Innovation Networks’)

2nd Issue 2015
Management Revue – Socio-Economic Studies, Volume 26

Special Issue ‘Innovation Networks’
edited by Susanne Gretzinger, Simon Fietze & Wenzel Matiaske


Susanne Gretzinger, Simon Fietze & Wenzel Matiaske
Innovation Networks – Editorial
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Anna Kunttu & Lasse Torkkeli
Service innovation and internationalization in SMEs: Implications for growth and performance
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Stine Jessen Haakonsson & Vandana Ujjual
Internationalisation of R&D: New insights into multinational enterprises’ R&D strategies in emerging markets
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Stan De Spiegelaere, Guy Van Gyes, Hans De Witte & Geert Van Hootegem
Job design, work engagement and innovative work behavior: A multi-level study on Karasek’s learning hypothesis
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Andre Veenendaal & Tanya Bondarouk
Perceptions of HRM and their effect on dimensions of innovative work behaviour: Evidence from a manufacturing firm
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Andrea Hanebuth
Success factors of virtual research teams – Does distance still matter?
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Forthcoming Issues

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

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