Institute for Management & Organization (IMO)

Organizations play a key role in our society. People create organizations to implement their plans and attain their goals. Organizations provide the structure that allows people to work towards common goals in a collaborative manner. Such collaborative efforts take place in for-profit or non-profit as well as in governmental or non-governmental organizations.

What We Do and Why

At the Institute of Management and Organization (IMO), we see it as a great responsibility to help people create, manage, and develop organizations. This includes the management and development of people working in organizations. Moreover, we believe that the management and development of organizations and people must comprehensively feature economic, ecological, social, and psychological aspects. Only such a comprehensive perspective allows to develop organizations and enrich people's lives in a meaningful manner.

Three activities are central to manage and develop organizations and the people in organizations. First, we need to understand key drivers and processes of an effective and sustainable development of people and organizations. Second, we need to incorporate this understanding of key drivers and processes in our training of future leaders and managers. Our aim is to equip students with the latest scientific know-how about managing and developing people and organizations. Third, we need to inform current practitioners about new scientific insights to continuously improve the practices implemented in organizations. Therefore, the IMO equally emphasizes the three activities: research to better understand, teaching to better train, and transfer to better inform.

The IMO combines the areas of strategy, organizational behavior, work & organizational psychology, and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the institute integrates the fields of business administration and psychology to take an interdisciplinary perspective. Such an interdisciplinary perspective is important to fully embrace the dynamics of people and organizations. State-of-the-art approaches emphasize a close integration of both disciplines. Furthermore, the members of the institute understand themselves as an active part in the global context incorporating a strong international orientation in their research, teaching, and transfer activities.

Work Groups

The collaboration at the Institute for Management and Organization (IMO) is interdisciplinary. The coworkers research and teach to the emphasis:

 

Business Management, in Particular
 

Communication and Cultural Management
Prof. Dr. SIGRID BEKMEIER-FEUERHAHN

Cultural Entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. BOUKJE CNOSSEN

Human Resource Management & Leadership
Prof. Dr. JÜRGEN DETERS

Digital Transformation
Prof. Dr. THOMAS GEGENHUBER

Tourism Management
Prof. Dr. EDGAR KREILKAMP

Strategic Management
Prof. Dr. MARKUS REIHLEN

Human Resources Management & Personnel Controlling
Prof. Dr. CHRISTIANE SÖFFKER

Business Ethics
Prof. Dr. HANNAH TRITTIN-ULBRICH

Innovation Management
Prof. Dr. URSULA WEISENFELD

Organization
Prof. Dr. MATTHIAS WENZEL

 

Psychology
 

Differential Psychology and Aptitude Diagnostics
Prof. Dr. JÜRGEN DELLER

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Prof. Dr. MICHAEL FRESE

HR Development
Prof. Dr. MICHAEL GIELNIK

Business and Social Psychology
Prof. Dr. DAVID LOSCHELDER

Work and Organizational Psychology
Prof. Dr. LAURA VENZ

Research

The goal of the Institute of Management & Organization (IMO) is to advance and develop the theoretical understanding of management and the development of organizations and the people working in them. Therefore, the focal points of our research are

  • Strategy
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and
  • Personnel Management

A detailed description of our research understanding can be found here.

For more information on current and completed projects, please refer to the research database and the people pages.

Teaching

The Institute of Management & Organization (IMO) is particularly responsible for the following modules at the Bachelor, Master and PHD level:

Bachelor

Master

PH

After completion of the master's program, there is the possibility of a doctorate with the acquisition of the doctoral degrees "Dr. rer. pol." or "Dr. phil.

Further information on our understanding of teaching can be found here.