who we are

Network Organizers

Thomas Gegenhuber is assistant professor for digital transformation (‘Juniorprofessor’) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg at the Digital Transformation Research Center. As part of his doctoral studies, funded by grants from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, he visited the University Alberta, FU Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. Under the umbrella of digital transformation, Thomas conducts research on novel forms of organizing, crowdsourcing, various forms of openness (open strategy, open innovation and open government) and (cultural) entrepreneurship in a digital economy. His work has been published in international journals such as Long Range Planning, Organization, Business & Society and Information & Organization and Innovation: Organization & Management.

Violetta Splitter is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich and a long-time member of the Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) community. In her research she is focusing on different aspects of SAP. For example, recently she completed a large-scale ethnography in a global insurance company examining participation and new types of actors in strategy making. As part of this project, she joined the Said Business school at Oxford University as a visiting scholar until fall 2018. Her work has been published in Organization, the Journal of Applied Behavioural Science and the Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice. She is a member of the leadership committee of the annual SAP Research Community Platform (RCP) at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) as well as for the Academy of Management Meeting (AOM). 

Georg Reischauer studies digital strategy, digital organization, and digital sustainability at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as at Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Maximilian Heimstädt heads the research group “Reorganizing Knowledge Practices” at Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin and is an affiliated postdoctoral researcher (“Habilitand”) at Witten/Herdecke University. He studies new forms of organizing in digitally-networked environments. He is particularly interested in “open” forms of organizing, such as Open Strategy, Open Innovation or Open Science. Across these phenomena, he explores how openness – as a way of working and as a value at work – allows individuals, groups and organizations to navigate and address societal challenges. Maximilian Heimstädt has published in international journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Innovation: Organization & Management, Management Learning and Public Administration Review.

Network Members

Carolin Auschra is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Management at Freie Universität Berlin. In her doctoral dissertation she studied the inter-sectoral and digital transformation of German health care. Continuing this line of inquiry, she takes an interdisciplinary view (organization theory, information systems research, health services research) on organizing and strategy-making in health care. Current research projects focus on practices that aim to address the challenge of health care undersupply in rural areas, the set-up of digital health platforms, and the digitalization of care processes by established health service providers and start-ups. Carolin Auschra has published in international journals and conference proceedings such as ICIS Proceedings, Electronic Markets, International Journal of Integrated Care, and the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.

Verena Bader is a Ph.D. candidate in human resources management and organization studies at the Bundeswehr University Munich. In 2019, she was also a visiting Ph.D. at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at Vrije Universitet Amsterdam. Her research interests lie at the intersection of information systems, organization, and work. In her doctorate, she focuses on research questions in the areas of digital technologies, specifically algorithms, in their relation to human actors as well as their intertwinement’s implications for work and organizing. Beyond, she analyzes how strategic actors in the field of employment relations deal with ambiguities of workplace digitalization in a research project which is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation.

Ali Aslan Gümüsay is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg and a research fellow at Vienna University of Economics & Business. Before, he was a DAAD PRIME Fellow, Lecturer at Magdalen College, University of Oxford and a DPhil Candidate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Prior to this, he worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. His research within organization theory, entrepreneurship, business ethics and leadership focuses on institutions, values and meaning, hybrid organizing, as well as novel forms of organizing and grand challenges. It has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Business & Society, Innovation: Organization & Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Research Policy. 

Julia Hautz is professor of strategic management at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Previously she was interim professor of strategy at the University of Cologne (Germany) and a visiting scholar at the University of Bath School of Management, and the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Her research focuses on open strategy and innovation via digital technologies, such as online communities, crowdsourcing and contests. She is also interested in corporate diversification strategies and the role of managers in strategy and innovation. Her work has been published, among others, in Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Journal of Strategic Information Systems. She has co-edited the first special issue dedicated to open strategy and has organized and held academic symposia and panels on openness in strategy processes. Her research has been awarded with multiple awards including the best paper awards of the Journal of Interactive Marketing, and the Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management

Madeleine Rauch is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (USA). She holds a PhD from European University Viadrina (Germany) focusing on heuristics and strategic decision-making. Madeleine also conducts research on (disruptive) innovation with both large and nascent firms. More recently, Madeleine researches also in extreme contexts and challenges faced by people both working and living in challenging contexts, such as war-torn areas like Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. She tackles these (grand) challenges from a variety of theoretical angles while mainly applying case studies and ethnographies. Madeleine´s work appears in international journals such as Strategic Organization, among others, and she is an active member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and EGOS, and has co-convened sub-themes at EGOS 2018, 2019 and 2020 on heuristics decision-making.

Theresa Langenmayr is a PhD student and research associate at the University of Zurich. She recently became a member of the Strategy-as-Practice (SAP) community at EGOS. In her research she examines sensemaking and open strategy. In her first article, Theresa uses a sensemaking approach to analyze cognitive processes of diverse actors involved in open strategy, which is particularly salient if a large number of actors exchange ideas and knowledge on digital platforms. In her future work, she will use an ethnographic approach to explore how the diversity of actors influence (digital) practices of participation. 

Anja Danner-Schröder is since 2017 an Assistant Professor for Management Studies (Juniorprofessor in German) at the University of Kaiserslautern. Before, she was a postdoc at the University of Kaiserslautern and a research assistant at the University of Hamburg, where she received her Ph.D. In 2013, she was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Irvine and in 2016, she was a visiting research at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan. Her main research interests are the dynamics of organizational routines, temporal dimensions of organizing, and novel forms of coordinating and strategizing including the use of digital technologies. She conducted ethnographic studies with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Firefighting Units and an Emergency Ward of a German state hospital. Moreover, she has done research in the earthquake-stricken areas of Sendai and Ishinomaki, Japan. Her work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Journal of Competences, as well as Strategy & Management.

Giulia Solinas is a post-doctoral scholar at the Institute for Technology, Strategy and Organizations at Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich). Her research focuses on organizational design in innovation and behavioral strategy. More specifically, Giulia is interested in how organizations orchestrate formal and informal coordination mechanisms to innovate and their effect on performances. When looking at the individual level, her research focuses on managerial attitudes towards risk. During her doctoral studies, Giulia visited the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at Copenhagen Business School and the Institute of Management of the University of St. Gallen. Her work has been presented at the Academy of Management International Conferences, Strategic Management Annual Conferences and Druid International Conference. Giulia is a guest editor for the special issue of the Academy of Management Discoveries “Digital Transformation: What is new if anything?” 

Christina Wawarta is a PhD student in her final year at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She is part of the Strategy and International Business Group there with her thesis being on the topic of “strategizing in an increasingly digital, dynamic, and uncertain world”. She chose her topic due to the gap that she noted between research and practice in this area during her career as Manager of Innovation & Strategy at Capgemini Invent in Munich. As part of her doctoral thesis, Christina is currently developing a paper on digital strategy tools that mangers use in an open strategy process. An abbreviated version of this work has recently been recognized as one of the best papers of AoM 2019 and hence will be published in the corresponding Proceedings. In addition, Christina has published her work in the journal Business & Information Systems Engineering, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and in an edited book on agility as well as in thought leadership publications of Capgemini Invent.

Matthias Wenzel is Professor of Organization Studies at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. His research focuses on the social practices of organizing and strategizing. As most of his work builds on examining contemporary real-life phenomena through qualitative inquiries, he mainly scrutinizes the practices through which organizational actors strategize and organize in the face of digital transformation. Matthias’s work has been published in journals such as Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Information Systems, Long Range Planning, Organization Studies, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization, among others. 

Advisory Board

David Seidl is Full Professor of Organization and Management at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Professor Seidl studied management and sociology in Munich, London, Witten/Herdecke, and Cambridge. His current research focuses on the practice of strategy, standardization processes, organizational routines, the communicative constitution of organization, and the practical relevance of management research, on which he has published widely in leading organization and management journals including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal.

Gordon Müller-Seitz is Chair of Strategy, Innovation and Cooperation at the Department of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Kaiserslautern. His research, teaching and consulting focuses on digitali- zation and innovation, interorganizational networks and dealing with risks and uncertainties. His work has been applied at multinational corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and has appeared in renowned research journals and practitioner outlets.