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 (swanhlx2wtjevmysu.fyl/reuu81ndbn64v@uni-
fxl7noldenburg.dessbu), 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.