In the September issue of Wirtschaftswoche, an article has been published that takes a close look at the market for vertical farms. Joern Hoppmann was interviewed for the article and the insights from the interview were incorporated into the article. The article can be accessed here (in German): https://www.wiwo.de/my/technologie/umwelt/vertical-farms-ersetzt-die-pflanzenzucht-im-schrank-bald-den-landwirt/27550744.html.
The journal "Technological Forecasting and Social Change" has published an article authored by Jörn Hoppmann in collaboration with Geng Wu and Jillian Johnson (both formerly of ETH Zurich). In the article, the authors analyze the effect of technology-push and demand-pull policies on the innovation behavior of firms in the photovoltaic industry. Specifically, the article shows that technology-push policies lead firms to seek more knowledge that is far from their existing knowledge, while demand-pull policies on the demand side have the opposite effect. However, both types of policies lead to a narrower knowledge search by firms, with the relationship depending on the firms' existing knowledge base.
The article can be accessed at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S004016252100295X
The Management Research Group in the Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law is currently looking for 7 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachelor module "Introduction to Business Administration" as well as 5 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachlor module "Business Strategies" to be held in the winter term 2020/2021.
For details on the positions, please see the position announcements (in German). The deadline for applications is July 10, 2021.
Julia Jaspers joined the Management Research Group as an external PhD candidate in May 2021. Since 2002, she has been working in the fields of Corporate Sustainability, Human Resources and Organizational Development, most recently as head of Sustainability Management and Corporate Foresight at Deutsche Bahn AG. She is currently involved in setting up the PeerSchool for Sustainable Development e.V., a learning network for sustainability managers from companies and academia.
Between 1996 and 2002, she studied comparative political science and Romance studies at the Universities of Münster and Paris (Sorbonne Nouvelle), supported by scholarships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service.
Her research interests lie in the sustainability transformation of companies. In her dissertation, she examines the role of co-determination and the interplay between sustainability and corporate organization to derive implications for companies and social partners.
The second of three future platforms will take place on 4 May from 4 to 6.30 pm under the title "Mobility in Times of Digitalization", 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, three experts will first explain their views on pressing issues in the context of mobility and digitalization. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for questions, exchange and discussion. We are pleased that we could win the following experts for the event:
- Dr. habil. Weert Canzler (Co-Head of the Digital Mobility and Social Differentiation Research Group, Social Science Research Center Berlin): "Autonomous driving: hell or heaven?"
- Maxim Nohroudi (CEO door2door and board member BITKOM): "Are we facing a Kodak/Nokia moment in the mobility industry?"
- Marion Jungbluth (Head of Team Mobility and Travel, Federation of German Consumer Organisations): "App mobility that takes everyone along".
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. Swantje Freund (). 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/2nd-future-platform-mobility-in-times-of-digitalization
On March 17, Joern Hoppmann participated in a symposium of the Oldenburg-based energy supplier EWE, dealing with the question of how companies can achieve climate neutrality. During the workshop, which was organized by the trainees of the company, Joern Hoppmann provided a brief input on corporate carbon neutrality strategies, which was followed by a stakeholder simulation. Subsequently, Joern Hoppmann shared his assessment of EWE's current strategy and engaged in a discussion of the company's strategy with the workshop participants.
EWE is Germany's fifths largest energy supplier and has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 by 2035 and achieve a reduction of carbon emissions in its supply chain of 50 percent (upstream) and 65 percent (downstream) respectively.
In the presentation, Joern Hoppmann highlighted the drivers and barriers for a Circular Economy using the example of beverage packaging in Germany. Based on the results of a current research project, which is being conducted at the Chair of Management in cooperation with ETH Zurich, he explained why, despite ecological advantages, single-use recycled packaging is increasingly gaining ground over reusable packaging in many areas in Germany. The project is part of the dissertation project of Katharina Schweitzer, who is working on her doctorate as an external doctoral candidate at the Chair and in parallel as a scientific officer at the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) in the office of the "Circular Economy Initiative Germany".
Joern Hoppmann was elected to the board of the Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS) at this year's general meeting. CENTOS bundles the scientific competencies and activities in the field of environmental economics and sustainability management that have developed over the course of two decades at the University of Oldenburg and have achieved a high national and international visibility.
The Management Research Group is pleased to announce that a third-party funded project entitled "Digital Growth: Understanding the Drivers of Firm and Industry Growth in the ICT Sector" has been approved by the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) of Lower Saxony. The research project, which will be conducted in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez's research group "Business Informatics/Very Large Business Applications", will investigate the drivers and mechanisms of growth in the information and communication technology sector. The funding is part of the program "The Digital Society" of the Lower Saxony Pre-Award, which supports basic or application-oriented projects that explore the digital transformation from the perspective of the social sciences and in which social sciences and information sciences work closely together.
The "Digital Growth" project builds on the observation that while the information and communications technology (ICT) sector forms the backbone of the digital transformation and has experienced spectacular growth in recent decades, it is increasingly characterized by winner-takes-all markets and quasi-monopolies that raise barriers to entry and threaten the survival of small ICT companies. There is also the question of the extent to which technological growth drivers such as processor speed and memory density are coming up against physical limits. Against this background, the project will use qualitative case studies to investigate what drives company growth and how companies can manage to survive in winner-takes-all markets. In addition, the project will analyze patent and industry data to create a better understanding of how different technologies in the industry are interconnected and together shape industry dynamics. The new insights will be used to derive practical recommendations on how small firms can design competitive strategies in quasi-monopolistic markets and how regulators can support digital laggards and develop early warning systems to prevent monopolies from emerging.
More information on the Digital Society program can be found here: www.volkswagenstiftung.de/unsere-foerderung/unser-foerderangebot-im-ueberblick/nieders%C3%A4chsisches-vorab-die-digitale-gesellschaft
The press release from the University of Oldenburg can be accessed here: www.presse.uni-oldenburg.de/mit/2021/019.html
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
Hendrik Thelken has been a visiting researcher at the Chair of Management since September 2020 and is a PhD student at the "Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship" at the University of Groningen. He is particularly interested in the cognitive aspects of behavioral patterns of sustainable entrepreneurs. His research is therefore at the interface of entrepreneurship, psychology and sustainability sciences. Due to the current situation, the collaboration will take place virtually, nonetheless we look forward to an interesting and instructive exchange.
On Wednesday, from 12.15 to 1.45 PM, Dr. Michael Peters, co-founder and managing director of Sunvigo will give a virtual guest lecture as part of this year's course on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Sunvigo (https://www.sunvigo.de/) is a start-up that offers private consumers the possibility to install photovoltaic power plants on their own rooftop without customers having to purchase or lease the solar panels. Instead, the customers simply pay the electricity they consume through their electricity bill. Dr. Peters will provide insights into his business idea and the process of founding a start-up company in the context of sustainability. In addition, there will be plenty of time to discuss questions from the audience. Before founding Sunvigo, Dr. Peters worked as a consultant for several years. He is an expert on questions around energy, climate, and sustainable mobility.
If you are interested in joining the lecture, please contact Swantje Freund (), who will provide you with a link to the conference room.
The Chair of Strategic Management in the Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law is currently looking for 7 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachelor module "Introduction to Business Administration" as well as 5 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachlor module "Business Strategies" to be held in the winter term 2020/2021. Addionally, we are looking for a reserach assistent (15 hours/monthe) for the course "Renewable Energy Management").
For details on the positions, please see the position announcements (in German). The deadline for applications is July 10, 2020.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the winter semester 2020/2021. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2020. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals.
As part of University of Oldenburg's graduate school 3GO, Joern Hoppmann and Josua Oll are offering a new workshop on "Publishing in Management, Economics, and Social Sciences." The four-day course is targeted at doctoral students and aims to provide participants with an understanding of how to publish in leading international journals in business administration, economics and sociology. Contents that will be covered in the course include basics of research philosophy, types of scientific publications, creating and managing a publication portfolio, selecting research question, systematically reviewing literature, data collection, writing and editing scientific articles, analyzing and selecting scientific journals, reviewing scientific articles, and communicating research results.
Since February 2020, Joern Hoppmann is member of the Editorial Review Board of "Organization & Environment". The journal aims to publish rigorous and impactful research on the management of organizations and its implications for the sustainability and flourishing of the social, natural and economic environment in which they act. With an impact factor of 8.5, "Organization & Environment" is currently one of the four most cited journals in the field of "Environmental Studies" and "Management" and is considered one of the most renowned journals in the field of sustainability management. You can find more information on "Organization & Environment" at journals.sagepub.com/home/oae.
Starting next semester the Chair of Management offers two new courses for Master students.
First, the course " Digital Transformation: Strategies and Sustainability" will be offered for the first time. It will provide insights into the diverse and rapidly developing fields of digitization in a corporate and societal context. In the first part of the course, students will get an overview of the fundamentals and practical applications of digitization. In the second part, students will develop digital business models and evaluate them with regard to sustainability criteria. Further information on the course can be found here: https://uol.de/management/studium-und-lehre/lehrangebot/digital-transformation-strategies-and-sustainability
In the course "Sustainable Mobility" the influence of digitization is examined alongside other developments and challenges at various levels of society. Using case studies, current solutions and problems for sustainable mobility are discussed and finally modelled with the help of a simulation game. Further information on the course can be found here: https://uol.de/management/studium-und-lehre/lehrangebot/sustainable-mobility
Current social megatrends such as climate change and digitization require and bring about fundamental changes in the field of mobility. However, it currently remains unclear how exactly the transport sector will develop and which measures are necessary to meet the challenges in this sector. In order to examine the social discourse on such questions in greater detail, the Chair of Management has received funding from the State of Lower Saxony for the project "Electric, connected and sustainable? Discourses on the Future of Mobility in Times of Climate Change and Digitalization". The project aims to moderate the social debate by means of scientific reflection and public participation and to contribute to a science-based opinion-forming and solution-finding process. The project will start in September and the first workshop on "Mobility and Climate Change" is scheduled for October 2020. Further information can be found in the press release of the University of Oldenburg.
A scientific article, which Joern Hoppmann co-authored with Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez, Christof Knoeri und Volker Hoffmann (all ETH Zurich), has just been published in the journal "Environmental Research Letters".
In the article entitled "Can Designs Inspired by Control Theory Keep Deployment Policies Effective and Cost-Efficient as Technology Prices Fall? the authors examine how policies that aim to promote the deployment of renewable energy and complementary technologies (such as storage or electric vehicles) should be designed to account for falling costs for the supported technologies, to avoid over-subsidisation, but at the same time maintain a sufficient incentive level. In order to answer this question, the study uses an agent-based model, which simulates the dynamics of the feed-in tariff for photovoltaics in Germany for the years 2000 to 2016 and examines to what extent alternative forms of support could have contributed to more efficient and effective results. The analysis shows that using automatic adaptation mechanisms based on cybernetics lead to political support measures being much more effective in achieving their goal and leading to fewer costs. The study also shows that the costs of support measures largely depend on the time distribution of policy targets. Based on the results, the study derives important recommendations for the design of future support measures for technologies, such as battery technologies or electric vehicles.
The article can be accessed for free at https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab6fbf/meta.
The Chair of Management is looking for a new research assistant (up to 15 hours per month) starting in summer semester 2020. The tasks include supporting activities in research such as data collection and preparation of documents. Further details about the position can be found in the position announcement (in German). The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.
We are happy to announce that the Chair of Management has recently joined Twitter. We'll use this channel to highlight new research findings, update you on chair activities, and engage in a discussion on topics related to strategy, sustainability, and innovation. Click here to check out our profile and follow us for the most recent news.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the summer semester 2020. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2020. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals.
As part of the student-organized "Public Climate School", Joern Hoppmann will be giving a talk on "Does protest work? Why firms (do not) invest in climate mitigation". Building on several years of research, the presentation will highlight the drivers and barrieres of corporate climate action and discuss how social movements affect firms' climate performance.
The presentation will take place today, Monday 25 November, at 8.15pm in lecture hall G. Everyone is cordially invited to join.
A new article entitled "Why Matter Matters: How Technology Characteristics Shape the Strategic Framing of Technologies" has been accepted for publication by the journal "Research Policy". The article is co-authored with Laura Diaz Anadon (Cambridge University, UK) and Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Harvard University, USA). Research Policy is one of the leading journals in the field of innovation studies.
In the article, the authors investigate how the executives of the two largest research institutes for photovoltaic technologies make use of framing to shape the technological development of solar technologies in their own interest. The article shows that executives use four framing dimensions and three framing tactics, and that the choice of dimensions and tactics is tightly coupled to the characteristics of the specific technologies the research institutes pursue. In doing so, beyond making important contributions to the literature, the article helps better understand the emergence of technology hypes.
The full article can be downloaded for free until December 30, 2019, here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1a20c_16wfD-HP
Katharina Schweitzer has been an external doctoral student at the Chair of Management since October 2019. She also works as scientific officer for the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) in the office of the "Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland". After studying industrial engineering at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University and the University of South Wales, she completed her master's degree in "Sustainability Economics and Management" at the University of Oldenburg.
During her dual study for the bachelor's degree she worked in Germany and Mexico in the automotive industry. She gained practical experience in international technical project management, change management and central quality management. As part of her master's degree, she completed a research semester at the "Center for Energy and Environmental Technologies Assessment" at the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de las Villas in Cuba.
Her research interests lie in the field of sustainable and strategic transformation. Her dissertation aims at examining drivers and effects of the transformation towards a circular economy to derive implications for practitioners and policy makers.
Katharina Gärtner has been a research assistant and doctoral student at the Chair of Management since September 2019.
After studying English language and literature with a focus on linguistics and business administration at the University of Mannheim, she completed her Master's degree in "Sustainability Economics and Management" at the University of Oldenburg. As part of her bachelor's degree, she gained research experience at Swansea University and practical experience working for Volkswagen AG. Her research interests lie in the field of sustainable and strategic transformation. In her dissertation, she examines trends and change potential with regard to sustainable mobility in order to derive implications for politicians and practitioners.
A scientific article authored by Joern Hoppmann and Ben Vermeer (previously ETH Zurich, now Boston Consulting Group) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing, one of the leading journals in the field of entrepreneurship.
The article, entitled "The Double Impact of Institutions: Institutional Spillovers and Entrepreneurial Activity in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry", investigates whether venture capital (VC) investments (i.e., high-risk, high-return investments in entrepreneurial ventures) in the global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry are driven by foreign policy incentives. The article shows that, indeed, foreign policy incentives have driven domestic VC activity. Interestingly, however, the positive impact of foreign policies on domestic VC deals is greater if there are favorable domestic policy incentives in place and if foreign policy incentives are similar to those used domestically.
These findings have important implications for policy makers, as they suggest that domestic policies may also benefit foreign firms, but that countries cannot simply free-ride on foreign institutions, since domestic policy incentives may be required to reap the benefits of foreign policy incentives. For entrepreneurs, these findings imply that locating their business in countries with favorable policy conditions is important not only because it allows them to directly benefit from the corresponding incentives, but also because domestic policy incentives help start-ups to benefit from favorable policy conditions abroad, an effect we label "the double impact of institutions."
On Wednesday, July 10, Dr. Marcel Richert, responsible for sustainable innovations and business models at Tchibo will give a guest lecture as part of the course "Corporate Social Responsibility." During the presentation, entitled "What does it take to create change? - Lessons learned from 14 years of sustainability work," Dr. Richert will discuss the most important insights gained during 14 years of sustainability work at Tchibo. Exemplary questions, which will be treated, are: Why is dialogue-based formats more effective than command-and-control? Why are regulatory frameworks needed? Why do consumers need to be taken onboard for the journey and why are fundamental innovations needed? The presentation starts at 2.30 PM in Hörsaal 3. All interested individuals are cordially invited.
Since July 1, the Chair of Management has a new team member: Dr. Josua Oll. Dr. Oll completed his PhD at the University of Hamburg, focusing on topics at the intersection of sustainability, management, and finance. Prior to this, Dr. Oll studied Sustainability Economics and Management (MA) at the University of Kassel, Sustainable Development (MSc) at the University of Saint Andrews (Scotland), and Economics (BSc) at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). In his research, Dr. Oll investigates the drivers and dynamics of corporate social responsibility at the individual level. To this end, he also draws on experimental methods, such as eye tracking. Welcome onboard!
We are looking to fill a Research Associate position (PhD Student) (m/f/d) (salary scale E 13 TV-L, 70%) starting as soon as possible for a period of three years.
The position offers the opportunity to work on exciting and meaningful questions at the intersection of sustainability, strategy, and innovation to contribute to the solution of pressing ecological and societal problems.
The detailed job ad (in German) including the application formalities can be found here:
The deadline for applications is July 14, 2019. If you have questions regarding the planned research project or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Joern Hoppmann.
The Chair of Strategic Management in the Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law is currently looking for 8 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachelor module "Introduction to Business Administration" as well as 5 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachlor module "Business Strategies" to be held in the winter term 2019/2020. For details on the positions, please see the position announcements (in German). The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019.
The Chair of Management welcomes Swantje Freund as a new research associate. Swantje Freund holds a Master in Sustainability and Economics from the University of Oldenburg and a Bachelor in Ecology from the University of Göttingen. During her PhD, Swantje will investigate the drivers and consequences of firm and market growth to derive implications for how to design sustainability-oriented corporate strategies and public policies. Welcome onboard!
Prof. Joern Hoppmann has received the the MLP "Young Talent Award" at this year's annual meeting of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB). The award is given to young scientists for a remarkable international publication that has been published in the previous two years. Prof. Hoppmann received the award for his habilitation thesis entitled "Organizational Strategies and Innovation toward Sustainability: A Behavioral Perspective". The thesis deals with the overaching question of how organizations (can) strategically respond to sustainability-oriented change in their social, political, and technological environment. For more information on the award, please see the official press release of the VHB (in German).
On April 1, Dr. Joern Hoppmann was appointed full professor and has taken on the role as head of the Chair of Management (previously Chair of Business Administration, specifically Strategic Management and Sustainability). Previously, Prof. Hoppmann served as the deputy head of the chair. Further information on his background and research interests can be found on his profile page.
We are looking to fill two positions as Research Associate (PhD Student or Postdoc) (m/f/d) (salary scale E 13 TV-L, 70%) starting as soon as possible for a period of three years, with possibility of extension.
The positions offer the opportunity to work on exciting and meaningful questions at the intersection of sustainability, strategy, and innovation (e.g., in the context of ustainability-oriented transitions of firms or strategic sustainability management) and contribute to the solution of pressing ecological and societal problems.
The detailed job ad including the application formalities can be found here:
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019. If you have questions regarding the planned research projects or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Joern Hoppmann.
As part of the lecture series "University didactics compact", Dr. Joern Hoppmann will give a presentation on January 24 with the title "Activating students in large lectures: Interaction and self-learning activities through digital media". In the presentation, Dr. Hoppmann will use the example of the course "Introduction to Business Administration" to explain how large lectures can be designed in a more interactive way using innovative media and methods. The course "Introduction to Business Administration" was recently awarded the title "best course" of the academic year 2017/2018 at the University of Oldenburg.
During the presentation, participants will be get to know and will be able to try out the app "Cerego", which can be used to support students' self-learning activities. The presentation will take place on January 24 at 2.15 PM at the "Sitzungszimmer dialog" in the Ökocentrum (OEKO 2-214). Everyone who is interested is cordially invited to attend.
A scientific article, which Dr. Joern Hoppmann wrote in co-authorship with Dr. Jan Ossenbrink and Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann from ETH Zurich, has been accepted for publication in "Organization Science". Organization Science is one of the top six journals in the field of management studies.
In the article entitled "Hybrid Ambidexterity: How the Environment Shapes Incumbents’ Use of Structural and Contextual Approaches" the authors use a qualitative case study to investigate how the four largest German electricity suppliers went about addressing the two main challenges of "renewable energies" and "business models for distributed electricity generation". The article shows that the organizations chose very different approaches to address the two challenges and draws on these differences to advance the literature on organizational learning and ambidexterity. Moreover, the findings in the article can be used to derive more general implications for the transformation of firms toward sustainability.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the summer semester 2019. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Joern Hoppmann.
During this year's "Teaching Day" on Novembre 29, 2018, Joern Hoppmann was awarded the "Teaching Award" for the best course at the University of Oldenburg in the academic year 2017/2018. The course for which the award was given is the module "Introduction to Business Administration." The price is awarded by the university's vice president for studies, teaching, and equal opportunities. A jury comprised of docents and students from all faculties and external members selects the awardees based on student nominations. The official press release by the university can be found here (in German).
In its December issue, the magazine "Harvard Business Manager" (a German sister journal of the Harvard Business Review) features the paper "Boards as a Source of Inertia: Examining the Internal Challenges and Dynamics of Boards of Directors in Times of Environmental Discontinuities" by Joern Hoppmann, Florian Naegele and Bastien Girod, which is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal. The article summarizes the most important findings and recommendations for how to design boards of directors in times of strategic change. In addition, the article contains an interview with Ruediger Grube, former CEO of Deutsche Bahn and chair of the board of directors of the Hamburg Harbor and Logistics AG (HHLA). Building on the study results, in the interview, Ruediger Grube describes how boards of directors need to change to account for the strategic challenges organizations face in many sectors.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the winter semester 2018/2019. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2018. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Joern Hoppmann.
The Chair of Strategic Management and Sustainability in the Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law is currently looking for tutor for 8 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachelor module "Introduction to Business Administration" as well as 5 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachlor module "Business Strategies" to be held in the winter term 2018/2019. For details on the positions, please see the position announcements (in German). The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018.
On Wednesday, June 6, Dr. Tillmann Lang, CEO of Yova (https://www.yova.ch/) will give a guest lecture as part of the module "Corporate Social Responsibility." The presentation will take place from 2.15 pm to 3.45 pm in A14 1-103 (Hörsaal 3). The title of the presentation will be "How new technologies drive sustainable finance and impact investing".
In the presentation, Tillmann Lang will outline how trends toward sustainability and digitization change the finance industry and how this creates new opportunities for new entrants. The talk therefore should be of interest to everyone who would like to know more about sustainability in the finance industry (e.g. impact investing and sustainable finance), digitization (e.g., web technologies, machine learning, and blockchain) or social entrepreneurship (z.B. start-up processes or venture financing). After the presentation, there will be room for questions and discussion.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend.
A new article by Joern Hoppmann, Florian Naegele, and Bastien Girod was recently accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ). In the article, entitled "Boards as a Source of Inertia: Examining the Internal Challenges and Dynamics of Boards of Directors in Times of Environmental Discontinuities", the authors use a comparative case study of 10 major Swiss electric utility companies during the energy transition to show in detail how environmental and strategic change impair boards’ ability to judge strategic issues, and how boards use self-evaluation and self-reconfiguration to renew this ability. Moreover, the authors offer original insights into the board-internal antecedents of board renewal, and show that environmental discontinuities pose a dilemma for boards, since self-evaluation and self-reconfiguration are critical for preventing organizational inertia yet may run counter to board members’ self-interest.
By showing that board members, like managers, experience conflicts of interest that can harm firm performance, the study contributes to agency theory and an emerging micro-perspective on boards. By highlighting boards as a source of organizational inertia, the study challenges existing findings in the field of strategic management and makes several more specific contributions to important debates in the corporate governance literature. In addition, the study bears important implications for practitioners as it helps firms improve their corporate governance in times of change.
The full-length article can be downloaded here.
An article by Dr. Joern Hoppmann has recently been accepted by "Business Strategy and the Environment." The article entitled "With a Little Help from a Stranger: The Impact of External Change Agents on Corporate Sustainability Investments" is co-authored by Dr. Alice Sakhel and Dr. Marcel Richert from the University of Hamburg. In the article, the authors draw on data on more than 5,300 energy efficiency investment decisions by 462 firms to examine the impact of external change agents, such as consultants, on sustainability investments in firms. The analysis shows that the use of external change agents positively affects corporate sustainability investments, specifically if the change agents are involved in the implementation of measures and broadly scan the firm for investment opportunities. Contrary to previous suggestions in the literature, external change agents are not more effective if the firm uses internal change agents in parallel.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the summer semester 2018. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Joern Hoppmann.
As part of the university-wide "Teaching Day" Dr. Joern Hoppmann will participate in a panel discussion on "large courses" on November 29 at 10 am.
The aim of the panel discussion, which is being organized by the Faculty II, is to encourage a dialog between lecturers and students on how to qualitatively improve large courses. Next to Dr. Hoppmann, Prof. Dr. Christine Godt (Dean of Studies), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sauer (Dean of Studies), Prof. Dr. Axel Hahn (Computer Science, Winner of the Teaching Award 2015), Prof. Dr. Ira Diethelm (Didactics of Computer Science), and Lena Schrage (Study Representative WiRe) will participate in the event. The discussion will be moderated by André Karczmarzyk (CEO of the consulting firm C³ and former member of the LAUB chair).
The discussion will take place in lecture hall 1 (A 14-HS 1). Everyone who is interested is warmly invited.
An article by Dr. Joern Hoppmann was awarded the prestiguous Best Paper Award of the Division "Organizations and the Natural Environment" (ONE) at this year's Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The paper "Not My Business: How Cognitive Frames and Role Identities Influence Corporate Sustainability" is co-authored with Dr. Marcel Richert and Prof. Timo Busch from the University of Hamburg. It draws on a longitudinal case study of a medium-sized firm to analyze how individuals' cognitive frames and role identities within organizations shape corporate sustainability. The Academy of Management Annual Meeting (around 10,000 participants) is the largest academic conference in the field of management and business administration.
Since October 1, Dr. Joern Hoppmann has taken on the role as Interim Head of the Chair of Business Administration, specifically Strategic Management and Sustainability (LAUB). In addition to taking over the administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hoppmann will teach the courses "Introduction to Business Administration" and "Busniess Strategies" this fall. Further information on his background and research interests can be found on his profile page.