Faculty II - Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics, and Law
Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law
Institute for Business Administration and Business Education
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Welcome to the website of the Management Research Group!
The group's vision is to contribute to solving urgent environmental and societal challenges through (a) rigorous and relevant management research and (b) teaching that develops responsible managers, employees, and academics. To achieve these goals, the group works on topics at the interface of strategic management, sustainability, and innovation. Empirically, the research focuses on the energy and mobility sectors. In addition, current projects deal with strategic change of companies in the context of the digital transformation.
Please use the navigation on the left to learn more about our team and our research and teaching activities.
Hauke Lütkehaus joined the Management Research Group as a PhD candidate and scholarship holder from the „Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt“ in January 2021.
He holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Düsseldorf and a M.A. in „Sustainability Economics and Management“ from the University of Oldenburg. During his masters, he gained research experience at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, Environment. After his graduation, he researched at the Institute for Networked Energy Systems in Oldenburg. His research interests lie in the field of sustainability transitions. In his dissertation, he examines the role of policy mixes for entrepreneurial innovation and market dissemination activities to derive implications for the improvement of existing policies as well as for the design of business strategies.
In its December issue, the university newspaper of the University of Oldenburg "Einblicke" has published an article on the career and research foci of Joern Hoppmann. The article (in German) can accessed under the following link: https://uol.de/fileadmin/user_upload/presse/EINBLICKE/65/management-unterwegs-im-dienst-des-klimas-joern-hoppmann.pdf
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the summer semester 2021. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals.
Josua Oll has been awarded the Dr. Walter Kapaun Study Prize 2020 for his doctoral dissertation entitled “Essays on the Advancement of Socially Responsible Investment Research: A Conceptual and Methodological Perspective”. The Dr. Walter Kapaun Study Prize is awarded with the support of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, and promotes outstanding dissertations with thematic relevance to sustainability and ethics. Josua Oll’s dissertation was evaluated “summa cum laude” by Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Dirk Ulrich Gilbert (University of Hamburg), and Prof. Dr. Matthias Fifka (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) last year. Parts of his cumulative dissertation have already been published in Organizational Research Methods, Organization & Environment, and Business & Society.
For more information on the Dr. Walter Kapaun Foundation and this year’s award winners, please visit: http://www.kapaun-stiftung.de/index.php
A scientific article authored by Joern Hoppmann has been accepted for publication in Research Policy. Research Policy is widely considered the leading journal in the field of innovation studies.
In the article, entitled "Hand in hand to Nowhereland? How the resource dependence of research institutes influences their co-evolution with industry," Joern Hoppmann draws on a comparative case study of the world's two largest research institutes for solar photovoltaic power to study how differences in their financial resource dependence influence patterns of co-evolution. The study shows that when a research institute is heavily reliant on industry funding, it leads to close co-evolution of science and industry, thereby raising the risk of a mutual lock-in into specific technologies. A heavy reliance on public funding, on the other hand, contributes to the decoupling of science and industry evolution, which entails the risk of research having limited impact on practice. By developing a framework that shows how co-evolution between science and industry is affected by resource dependence, the study contributes to the literature on science-industry collaboration, co-evolution, and technological paradigms. Moreover, the study bears important implications for policy makers and managers of research institutes interested in spurring technological change toward sustainability.
The article can be downloaded for free until January 13, 2021, here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1c7mRB5ASFivv
The Chair of Management is looking for a new research assistant in the research project Zukunftsplattformen for 20 hours per month. The tasks include administrative activities as well as research support in the field of mobility. Further details about the position can be found in the position announcement (in German). The application deadline is October 20, 2020.
The first of three future platforms will take place on 3 November from 1 to 3.30 pm under the title "Mobility in Times of Climate Change", which is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) as part of the project "Discourses on the Future". At the event, which is being held online because of the Corona pandemic, three experts will first explain their views on pressing issues in the context of mobility and climate change. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for questions, exchange and discussion. We are pleased that we could win the following experts for the event:
- Kerstin Meyer (Project Manager Vehicles and Drives, Agora Verkehrswende): "Electromobility and the Decarbonization of Transport".
- Dr. Norbert Korallus (Head of Transport Planning, City of Oldenburg): "Strategies and measures for more sustainable mobility in municipalities".
- Dr. Stephan Krinke (Head of Strategy and Programs, General Secretariat Sustainability Volkswagen AG): "The Volkswagen Decarbonization Program - The Road to CO2 Neutral Mobility".
The event will be held in German and participation is free of charge. To register for the Future Platform, please send a short (preferably empty) e-mail with the subject "Registration Future Platform" to Ms. Katharina Gärtner (). In good time before the event, you will then receive a link with instructions on how to participate in the video conference. The number of participants is limited for technical reasons, the "first come, first served" principle applies.
For more information on the future platforms project, please see https://uol.de/en/management/research/zukunftsplattformen.
What can teachers do to make digital teaching in economics and management as interesting and instructive as possible? In order to answer this question, the Leibniz Information Center for Economics (ZBW) contacted student councils all over Germany and asked them to name lecturers who have inspired their students with good digital teaching. The lecturers were then asked about their experiences and recommendations and these were compiled in a "Best Practice" list. One of the lecturers interviewed was Joern Hoppmann, whose tips on digital teaching were included in the list. The list can be accessed at the following link: https://www.oekonomenstimme.org/artikel/2020/09/digitale-lehre-in-den-wirtschaftswissenschaften/
On September 15th, Joern Hoppmann gave a keynote speech in the context of the virtual OFFIS Meetup with the title "The influence of digitalization on corporate sustainability: Curse or blessing? In the lecture he highlighted the many ways in which the trend of digitalization affects sustainability in companies. The focus was on both the positive and negative effects at the operational and strategic level. A key message of the presentation was that digitization enables many operational improvements in the short term (e.g. increased information transparency and connectivity), but with corresponding negative impacts (e.g. raw material exploitation, energy consumption and electronic waste). Furthermore, the decisive influence of digitization is that it enables new products, services and business models that have the potential to fundamentally change industries. As the example of digital platforms shows, this is both an opportunity (e.g. by creating new sustainability-oriented platforms) and a major risk (e.g. by allowing platforms to abuse their market power, encouraging consumption, enabling tax avoidance or contributing to a deterioration in working conditions).
An overview of the Meetup agenda can be found here: https://www.offis.de/offis/aktuelles/veranstaltung/meetup-nachhaltigkeit-durch-digitalisierung-enabler-treiber-oder-widerspruch.html
Starting next semester the Chair of Management offers a new course "Renewable Energy Management" for Master students in Sustainability Econonomics and Management (SEM) and Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (PPRE). The module offers an introduction to the most important areas relevant to the management of renewable energy companies. To this end, the course first provides a general introduction to economic fundamentals and principles. Students then gain insights into the following topics: Energy markets, renewable energy policy and climate policy, energy and society, foundation and strategies of renewable energy companies, investment and financing and innovation management in the renewable energy sector.
Each of these topics will be explored in depth through practical exercises, including guest lectures, simulations, stakeholder discussions, case studies and investment calculations.
More information on the course can be found here: https://uol.de/en/management/teaching/courses/renewable-energy-management
The paper “Goal-Driven and Stimulus-Driven Attention in Sustainable Investing: An Eye-Tracking Experiment” by Josua Oll, Martin Meißner (Zeppelin University), and Alexander Bassen (University of Hamburg) has been published in the Best Papers Proceedings of the 2020 Academy of Management Meeting. About 10% of all accepted submissions receive this honor. In their paper, the authors analyze the influence of value priorities and visual salience on the relevance of sustainability information in investment decisions. Methodologically, the authors conduct a conjoint analysis in which the visual attention of the study participants is recorded via eye-tracking. Josua Oll presented the study in August at the AOM Annual Meeting, which was held virtually this year due to the Corona pandemic. Josua Oll was also selected as one of the Organizations & the Natural Environment (ONE) Division’s best reviewers.
An abbreviated version of the study can be downloaded here: https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.211