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Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Matthias Wenzel


Imagination and Organization Studies: The Case of Utopia (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sarah Stanske, Matthias Wenzel

14-täglich | Montag | 14:15 - 17:45 | 04.04.2022 - 08.07.2022 | C 6.026

Inhalt: This seminar is part of the seminar series on “X and Organization Studies”, taking place as elective every summer term. Management and organization studies has recently rediscovered imagination as a key feature of organizational life. Imagination takes place as a broadly shared ‘practice’ of reflecting on the future—a prevalent temporal category that actors in modern organizations refer to when staking out decisions and actions. At the same time, actors in organizations imagine the not-yet as part of their situated, day-to-day ‘praxis’ of organizational activity. In this seminar, we experience and discuss imagination through a close reading of scientific journal articles as well as through the in-actu performance of imagination in and for “Utopia”, a social impact lab that is being formed at the heart of Lüneburg.

IBAE Bachelor Colloquium #6 (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Matthias Wenzel

14-täglich | Montag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 11.04.2022 - 08.07.2022 | C 6.026

Inhalt: This colloquium is particularly aimed at students who are composing their final thesis under the supervision of the Professorship for Organization Studies. More generally, this colloquium targets IBAE students in their final semester who wish to write a thesis in the areas of organization, management, and/or entrepreneurship with a qualitative-empirical research design. The colloquium provides a forum for developing, discussing, and refining research ideas. We will cover aspects such as: - Generating and a research idea - Searching for relevant and appropriate literature - Developing a research design - Developing findings Students will have the opportunity to present and discuss first ideas as well as revised and refined versions of them in a safe environment. The lecturer will support this process by giving feedback and pointing out common mistakes.

Foundations of Organization Theory (Vorlesung)

Dozent/in: Matthias Wenzel

14-täglich | Donnerstag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 05.04.2022 - 03.05.2022 | C HS 3 (Umbau HS-Gang bis 30.09.22) S. Kommentar
Einzeltermin | Do, 05.05.2022, 16:15 - Do, 05.05.2022, 19:45 | C HS 3 (Umbau HS-Gang bis 30.09.22) S. Kommentar
Einzeltermin | Do, 02.06.2022, 16:15 - Do, 02.06.2022, 19:45 | C HS 3 (Umbau HS-Gang bis 30.09.22) S. Kommentar | Prüfung

Inhalt: Organizations are all around us: Most of us are born in hospitals, learn in schools and universities, work in or for formal organizations, such as business firms, public organizations or NGOs, and even spend much of our leisure time in organizations such as cinemas, sport clubs, or theatres. Moreover, big organizations such as multinational corporations are increasingly recognized as powerful actors who are responsible for various societal challenges, including climate change, inequality, or financial in-/stability. But different forms of organization are also the only tools we have to address those challenges. Indeed, organization and organizing are a core managerial task, one that requires students of business and entrepreneurship to understand not only the behavior of individuals and groups in organizational settings but also of organizations as social systems in their own right. This lecture will introduce students to classic and contemporary theories of organization, thereby taking a multi-paradigmatic and problem-driven approach. We will focus on five generic problems of organization: (i) the design of organizational structures and processes, (ii) the integration of individual and organization, (iii) the handling of organization-environment relations, (iv) dealing with emergent organizational processes, such as those related to power, politics, and culture, and (v) coping with organizational change. Together, we will reflect upon the historical development of different theoretical perspectives, their anthropological assumptions, their insights and blind spots, as well as their practical application to contemporary problems of organization in the business world and beyond. Students will be given the opportunity to deepen their specific thematic interests by choosing one seminar that expands their knowledge on a specific sub-area of organization theory

Seminar #1: Emerging Technologies and Organizing (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Matthias Wenzel

Einzeltermin | Fr, 06.05.2022, 14:15 - Fr, 06.05.2022, 17:45 | C 7.320
wöchentlich | Freitag | 14:15 - 19:45 | 03.06.2022 - 17.06.2022 | C 7.320
Einzeltermin | Fr, 01.07.2022, 14:15 - Fr, 01.07.2022, 19:45 | C 7.320

Inhalt: In the so-called "digital age", the relationship between organization and technology needs to be reconsidered. In a very explicit sense, technologies—in particular digital ones—have become fully intertwined with the social fabric of organizing: today, organization without technology seems impossible. The question whether technology determines organizational behavior or organizations (can) shape technology use is more pertinent than ever. New and emerging technologies—such as AI, robots, or deep learning—are often seen as paradigm-shifting inventions comparable in their potential impact on organization to the invention of the steam engine or electricity. Pessimists predict that such technologies might endanger a number of jobs and ultimately lead to a dystopic future of unemployment, surveillance, and domination of technology over human beings. Optimists see new and emerging technologies as vehicles of human liberation, prosperity, and domination of man over nature. This seminar will introduce students to research on organization and technology, providing both insights into foundational theoretical perspectives and into current debates as well as emerging ideas. It aims at enabling students to engage with and resolve practical and conceptual challenges related to organization and technology in a critical-reflective way. Rather than focusing only on how technologies can be used to advance firms' economic goals and performance, the seminar will take a broader perspective and invite students to consider the organizational, ecological, and socio-political implications of new and emerging technologies.

Qualitätszirkel Major International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sünje Helldorff, Maria Jaufmann, Matthias Wenzel

Einzeltermin | Mi, 25.05.2022, 13:00 - Mi, 25.05.2022, 14:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | Online-Veranstaltung

Betreuung Abschlussarbeiten WiSe 2022/23 - Organisation (Belegung)

Dozent/in: Sarah Stanske, Matthias Wenzel

Inhalt: TOPICS The Professorship for Organization Studies supervises Bachelor and Master theses in the areas of organization, strategy, and entrepreneurship that are designed as conceptual papers, qualitative studies, or literature reviews. The approach of the Professorship for Organization Studies is to help students find and specify their topic in areas of organization, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Therefore, students do not apply for a supervision place with a fixed topic. 1. APPLICATION AND SELECTION The selection procedure at the Professorship for Organization Studies is inseparably connected with the formal procedure for coordinating supervision places at the School of Management & Technology. The application deadline is communicated by the Study Dean’s Office, and selection decisions are communicated in keeping with the regulations by the Study Dean’s Office. For an application to be complete, it is indispensable to upload an up-to-date performance record from QIS. Please use the folder “applications” on myStudy to do so. If the number of applications exceeds available supervision capacities, decisions on acceptance/rejection are made based on your performance in courses and seminars of the Professorship for Organization Studies. For this purpose, we convert the grades achieved in these courses and seminars into points and rank received applications from the highest to lowest total number of points achieved; in case of point parity, the lot decides. For this, we use the following scheme: -1.0: 10 points -1.3: 8 points -1.7: 6 points -2.0: 5 points -2.3: 4 points -2.7: 3 points -3.0: 2.5 points -3.3: 2 points -3.7: 1.5 points -4.0: 1 point -5.0: 0 points For courses and seminars with (at least partial) written performance records, we concede the double amount of points. Students who submit an application after rejection in previous semesters receive five extra points. !!! Please note that an acceptance notification is conditional upon meeting the deadlines specified below. !!! 2. TOPIC DEVELOPMENT Once you receive an acceptance notification, your main task is to develop a topic for your final thesis. As you know, a final thesis is a piece of scientific work. As such, your final thesis is expected to extend theory debates—in our case, in organization, entrepreneurship, or strategy. Therefore, your next step is to read, read, read, … so as to embed your thesis in a stream of research that you would like to extend. This does not mean that you are not allowed to be interested in a certain organizational, strategic, or entrepreneurial phenomenon that is relevant for practitioners, quite the contrary. After all, a key question that we will ask you is in which ways your analysis of that phenomenon extends our understanding of extant debates in organization, strategy, or entrepreneurship research. As you most likely also know by now, the key currency in management and entrepreneurship is journal articles. Therefore, we recommend focusing your reading on journal articles. This list provides you with an overview of journals in our field: https://vhbonline.org/vhb4you/vhb-jourqual/vhb-jourqual-3/gesamtliste In the colloquium (more on this below), we will discuss some merits and pitfalls of such rankings. However, as a rule of thumb, when searching for and specifying topics, you can typically ignore articles published in journals with a rating of C or lower. To provide you with more specificity: What we ask you to do is to identify a stream of literature that faces a certain gap/challenge that you would like to address with your final thesis. Among others, streams of literature could be: -Organizational identity -Strategy as practice -Legitimacy/legitimation -Discourse/narratives in strategy-making -Temporality -Path dependence -Strategic persistence -Tensions, dilemmas, dualities, dialectics, and paradoxes -The academic-practitioner gap -Boredom in organizations -Emotions in the strategy process This is not a definite list. Zillions of other options are feasible as well. Your task is to position your final thesis in a stream of literature that you find interesting, and that deserves to be extended. 3. TOPIC SPECIFICATION Furthermore, we ask you to specify your topic while reading. Importantly, this work should lead you to a clearly articulated research question. Good research questions typically begin with “how” or “why”. Furthermore, when specifying your topic, please remember that the university system is dedicated to truth-seeking, not consulting (but of course, your can write a section on practical implications later on). Therefore, we are interested in understanding and explaining how things *are*, not in prescribing how things *can* or *should* be. As a stylistic example, a good research question is: How do organizational members change an organizational identity? In turn, a bad example is: How can actors change an organizational identity? (please note that the good example is good in terms of style, not content because it is way too broad) 4. PROPOSAL Based on these specifications, we ask you to compose a proposal (max. two pages) for your final thesis. This proposal should explicate the following aspects: 1. The working title 2. Research question: (as explained in the previous paragraph) 3. Relevance: Why is it interesting to address this research question? By relevance, we mean “theoretical relevance”: Why is it important to address the theoretical problem at hand? 4. Positioning: In which stream of literature is the topic embedded? What do we know? What do we not know or what is the problematic assumption that you would like to challenge? 5. Methodological approach: If your intend to conduct an empirical study, please specify your research design and your aspired data collection procedures. Please note that conceptual theses are eligible as well. If so, elaborations on methodical procedures are not required. 6. Abstract description of expected findings: When developing your ideas, you might already have ideas about the direction that your analysis might take. If so, please sketch this direction here. Please use the “Proposal upload” folder on myStudy to hand in our proposal. 5. FEEDBACK MEETINGS AND REGISTRATION OF FINAL THESES In order to provide you with feedback and enable mutual learning, the minimum requirement for a supervision of your final-thesis project is to participate in two meetings in which we will discuss your proposal. The first meeting is meant to be a status report. We will use this meeting to discuss your initial ideas based on your proposals as well as a brief two-min pitch of your idea (no slides required). Neither your proposal nor your ideas have to be perfect at this stage. The key aim of this meeting is to provide you with constructive feedback. However, if we conclude after the first meeting that your topic is well-elaborated, and if you would like to immediately start working on your final thesis, we will register your final thesis immediately after the meeting. The working time specified in your study regulations will start at this day. If we conclude after the first meeting that the concept of your final thesis requires substantial revisions, we allow you to revise your proposal until the second meeting. The second meeting, then, serves as a further feedback platform for open questions, potential adjustments, and specifications. Your final thesis will be registered immediately after this meeting. 6. PROCEDURES AND DEADLINES -Ca. 1 month after the acceptance notification: Proposal submission -Ca. 1 month after the acceptance notification: 1st feedback session and potential registration of your final thesis -Ca. 1.5 months after the acceptance notification: 2nd feedback session and definite registration of your final thesis The exact dates and deadlines are communicated with the acceptance notification. 7. COLLOQUIUM In the summer term, the two feedback meetings will take place as part of Prof. Wenzel’s IBAE Bachelor Colloquium. Bachelor students who will compose their final thesis at the Professorship of Organization Studies are strongly encouraged to participate in the entire colloquium. 8. THE FINAL THESIS: STRUCTURE AND FORMAL REQUIREMENTS Final theses composed at the Professorship for Organization Studies adhere to the style guide of the Institute of Management & Organization. You find the style guide under “Material” on myStudy. The submission format is set by the current study regulations. 9. DEFENSE (only for Bachelor Theses) Upon submission, we will begin to assess your final thesis. Once this is complete, we will set up a ZOOM meeting in which you will get to defend your final thesis. This meeting will take about 30 min. For this meeting, we ask you to prepare a 5-min summary of the key arguments of your final thesis (slides are optional). This summary will serve as a springboard the subsequent discussion.