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management revue – Socio-Economic Studies – Vol. 30, No. 1 (Workplace Flexibility)

1st Issue 2019
management revue – Socio-Economic Studies, Volume 30

Special Issue ‘Workplace Flexibility’
Guest Editors: Sascha Ruhle, Stefan Süß

Sascha Ruhle, Stefan Süß
Editorial: Workplace Flexibility

Christian Grund, Axel Minten, Nevena Toporova
Motivation Assessments of Temporary Agency Workers – an Empirical Analysis Based on Appraisals Compiled by Hiring Companies

René Schmoll, Stefan Süß
Working Anywhere, Anytime: An Experimental Investigation of Workplace Flexibility’s Influence on Organizational Attraction

Setareh Zafari, Martina Hartner-Tiefenthaler, Sabine Theresia Koeszegi
Flexible Work and Work-related Outcomes: The Role of Perceived Organizational Alignment

Open Issue

Liviu Florea, Michael StoicaExploration of Team Mental Model Characteristics to Identify Opportunities and Hindrances in Global Virtual Teamwork

Mikkel Barslund, Jürgen Bauknecht, Andreas Cebulla
Working Conditions and Retirement: How Important Are HR Policies in Prolonging Working Life?

Call for Papers

Nascent Entrepreneurship in China
Submission Deadline: 31 May 2019

Paternalistic Work Regimes. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Submission Deadline: 31 August 2019

The Future of Organizations in the Age of Digital Transformation – A Critical Discussion Beyond Marketing and Buzzwords
Submission Deadline: 15 September 2019

Digitalization, Big Data, Social Media and Internet of Things from a Network and Customer Perspective
Submission Deadline: 01 November 2019

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2019): Ph.D. seminar (25.09.2019)

An optional Ph.D. seminar will be held on the 25 September 2019 for doctoral candidates in cooperation with the Kühne Logistics University ( It will provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop.

The seminar is curated by Prof. Dr. André Ludwig, Associate Professor of Computer Science in Logistics and Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich, Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation – Modelling and Policy at the Kühne Logistics University. Further KLU faculty members will be included into discussions and feedback.

The Ph.D. seminar will be held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 as a single track. More information about the seminar available at: Registration for the Ph.D. seminar can be done at:

#hicl #phdstudent #seminar #artificialinteligence #digitaltranformation #supplychain #logistics

MREV – Call for Papers: The Future of Organizations in the Age of Digital Transformation – A Critical Discussion Beyond Marketing and Buzzwords

Guest Editors:
Susanne Durst, University of Skövde (Sweden)
Serdal Temel, Ege University (Turkey)
Pia Ulvenblad, Halmstad University (Sweden)

Special Issue
The need for preparing for the digital transformation is a recurrent theme in the current public and academic debate. What is striking is that these debates are characterized by a strong imagery that praises the opportunities of digitalization in the highest possible terms (often pronounced by IT consultancy firms and IT scholars). Here it sometimes seems that it does not really matter what the problem is – the answer will come from the application of advanced IT technologies. In addition, it is played with the fear, which is amplified by uncertainty and ignorance, of people by using, again, a strong imagery that is geared to show that without a short-term realization of the digital transformation organizations (or even entire countries) will lose out. Likely consequences are obvious, organizations including policymakers approach the digital transformation by means of ad hoc solutions, e.g. the order of new software, thereby overlooking the crucial need of understanding the structural and cultural contexts that they are supposed to benefit. What if a too strong focus on digitalization in terms of collecting and storing data will actually lead to (even) more formalization and documentation in organizations (because it is possible to do it) and thus take away valuable time from focusing on creativity and innovation. If we instead talk about sustainable (or living) digitalization, what will we then imagine?

Against this background, from the research side, there is an urgent need to discuss the digital transformation and its possible differential implications on private and public organizations from a more balanced point of view. Thus it is claimed that researchers should approach the digital transformation and its consequences on organizations and their future with more scrutiny and reflection. As we know from research that (technological) innovation rarely yields the consequences expected.

Therefore, we encourage scholars and practitioners to share their reflective and critical ideas about the future of different types of organizations considering both the opportunities and challenges provided by the digital transformation. Submissions, adopting different theoretical lenses and world-views, using different research methods, analyzing different types of organizations (e.g. small and medium-sized enterprises) and exploring the topic in different cultural settings are strongly encouraged. Conceptual papers and contributions from disciplines other than business and management are welcome as well.


  • Dainty, A., Leiringer, R., Fernie, S., & Harty, C. (2017) BIM and the small construction firm: a critical perspective, Building Research & Information, 45(6), 696-709.
  • Kane, G. C., Palmer, D., Phillips, A. N., Kiron, D., & Buckley, N. (2015). Strategy, not technology, drives digital transformation. MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte University Press, 14, 1-25.
  • Katz, R. L., & Koutroumpis, P. (2013). Measuring digitization: A growth and welfare multiplier. Technovation, 33(10-11), 314-319.
  • Li, F. (2018). The digital transformation of business models in the creative industries: A holistic framework and emerging trends. Technovation.
  • Olleros, X. (2008). The lean core in digital platforms. Technovation, 28(5), 266-276.
  • Sebastian, I. M., Ross, J. W., Beath, C., Mocker, M., Moloney, K. G., & Fonstad, N. O. (2017). How Big Old Companies Navigate Digital Transformation. MIS Quarterly Executive.
  • Singh, A., & Hess, T. (2017). How Chief Digital Officers Promote the Digital Transformation of their Companies. MIS Quarterly Executive,16(1).

Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by September 15, 2019. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit” are due January 31, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue 4/2020. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at using “SI Digitalization Beyond Marketing and Buzzwords” as article section.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s website and submit the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document).

Hoping to hear from you!
Susanne Durst (corresponding guest editor), Serdal Temel and Pia Ulvenblad

TUHH: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (m/w) am Institut für Strategisches & Internationales Management

An der Technischen Universität Hamburg ist in dem Institut für Strategisches & Internationales Management (Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrona) ab dem 01.04.2019 oder später folgende – auf 4 Jahre befristete – Stelle zu besetzen:

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L, Kenn-Nr.: H-19-02
(mit 2/3 der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit)

Die FHH fördert die Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männern. In dem Bereich, für den diese Stelle ausgeschrieben wird, sind Frauen unterrepräsentiert im Sinne des § 3 Abs. 1 des Hamburgischen Gleichstellungsgesetzes (HmbGleiG). Wir fordern Frauen daher ausdrücklich auf, sich zu bewerben. Sie werden bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung vorrangig berücksichtigt. Schwerbehinderte haben Vorrang vor gesetzlich nicht bevorrechtigten Bewerberinnen / Bewerbern gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung.

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst die Mitarbeit an Lehrveranstaltungen und Forschungsaktivitäten des Instituts sowie die Wahrnehmung von Aufgaben im Rahmen des Lehrstuhlmanagements. Im Rahmen der Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses wird die gezielte Möglichkeit zur Promotion geboten (Tätigkeiten gem. §§ 27 und 28 Abs. 1 HmbHG).

Abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium, insbesondere der Fachrichtung(en) Betriebswirtschaftslehre (mit Schwerpunkt Strategisches Management und/oder Internationales Management). Abschluss mit Prädikat.

Zur Mitarbeit in unserem Team stellen wir uns eine Persönlichkeit vor, die neben einer hervorragenden akademischen Qualifikation Verantwortungsbewusstsein und außergewöhnliches Engagement einbringt sowie über sehr gute englische Sprachkenntnisse verfügt. Kenntnisse der empirischen Forschung sind wünschenswert. Wir bieten die Mitarbeit an einem jungen Institut mit exzellenten Forschungsmöglichkeiten, persönlicher
Weiterbildung und einer umfassenden Betreuung Ihrer Dissertation.

Weitere Auskünfte erteilt Ihnen Herr Prof. Wrona (

Bewerbungen mit tabellarischem Lebenslauf und den üblichen Unterlagen sind bis zum 15.02.2019 unter Angabe der Kenn-Nr. H-19-02 zu richten an:
Technische Universität Hamburg
– Personalreferat PV32/G –
21071 Hamburg
Oder per E-Mail an

Wir bitten zusätzlich um elektronische Zusendung derselben Bewerbungsunterlagen an: Herrn Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrona (

Der Technischen Universität Hamburg ist es aufgrund der Vielzahl von Bewerbungen leider nicht möglich, übersandte Bewerbungsunterlagen zurückzusenden. Bitte reichen Sie daher keine Originale ein.

Travel Grants: Herrenhausen Conference on “The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation” (20-22.02.2019)

We would like to draw your attention to travel grants offered by the Volkswagen Foundation for PhD students or early Post Docs (max. four years since PhD) researching on the topics addressed by the Herrenhausen Conference on “The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation”, taking place in Hanover (Germany) on February 20-22, 2019.

The content of this international conference includes the following topics:

  • Session 1: Does innovation (policy) matter for (economic) growth?
  • Session 2: Societal Transitions and Grand Societal Challenges
  • Session 3: Multiple Roles of the State in Coping with Innovations
  • Session 4: Corporatism and Cooperation
  • Session 5: Policy Instruments to Support Innovative Changes
  • Session 6: Innovation Policy as Inclusive Strategy
  • Debate: “The role of the state is solely defined as curing market or system failures” vs. ” Government shall not infringe upon market forces”
  • Interactive Debate: “How must innovation policy be balanced to deal with economic, ecological, societal and developmental issues?”
  • Lightning Talks by 10 selected young scholars
  • Workshop on Friday (22nd of February) with young scholars to summarize results of the conference in a memorandum

Applicants can win one of 30 travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Conference. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in poster sessions. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference. The best 10 papers and research ideas will be presented to the audience in lightning talks. Furthermore, the best research paper can win a prize of 1,000 Euro.

The grants include travel expenses to and form Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover. Applicants are to apply until January 13, 2019 by sending all required documents as pdf-files to William Arant ( Please note that we are not able to accept applications after this deadline.

Your application should contain the following:

  • A short description of your research focus that explains how your approach tackles the topic addressed above (max. 1,000 characters)
  • An abstract of a current research project or paper (max. 2,000 characters). If you want to participate in the Best Paper Competition, please provide a full research paper instead of the abstract.
  • A short C.V. (max. 1,000 characters)
  • A short list of your most recent publications (max. 5)

Participants will be selected by the steering committee. Acceptance will be based on qualification of the applicant as well as originality and potential of the research project. We willl inform the applicants about the results on January 20th, 2019.

More information on the conference and the travel grants can be found under:

Dirk Fornahl, Stefan Kuhlmann and Uwe Cantner

University of Bamberg: Research Associate at the Chair of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Research Associate
(50% to 100% of the regular working hours; salary according to 13 TV-L).
Initially, the position is for one year (defining a topic and drafting a research proposal) with the intent to extend for a doctorate degree or habilitation. Rules on fixed-term contracts of the German Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz apply.
The position is also possible as a part-time job.

Job Description:
The position awaits you with a diverse and challenging range of duties. You will work independently as well as in teams on research projects. You are expected to present the results of your research on international conferences and publish them. As part of your teaching responsibilities, you will conceptualise tutorials and supervise seminar as well as thesis papers. The own scientific qualification with the goal of a doctorate degree or habilitation is another task within the scope of this activity and will be actively supported. You will become part of a dedicated team that works collegially and on one’s own responsibility.

– Outstanding degree in business administration, ideally with focus on human resource management; psychology with focus on industrial, organisational, or business psychology; sociology with focus on sociology of work, labour sciences, or business education
– Research interest in the field of careers, international mobility of employees, work flexibility
– Excellent to good knowledge of empirical research methods (quantitative and / or qualitative)
– Ability to work in teams and excellent knowledge of the English language (written and spoken) as well as good knowledge of the German language

General Information:
The Faculty is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from female candidates. Where candidates are otherwise equally qualified, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.
The University of Bamberg has been certified by the Hertie Foundation as a family-friendly university and is committed to provide measures to help reconcile work and family life.

If you are interested in joining our scientific team within an uncomplicated and friendly work atmosphere, please submit your full application in electronic form to us. Your application should include all relevant supporting documents. Please also state the earliest possible starting date. It should preferably be sent by email, attached as a single pdf file, to

For further information, please refer to our website or contact us via email ( or

Contact Details:
Chair of Human Resource Management
and Organisational Behaviour
Prof. Dr. Maike Andresen
Feldkirchenstraße 21
96045 Bamberg

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation in Supply Chain and Logistics – HICL 2019

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL)

hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and invite you to participate on the

26 & 27 September 2019
and an additional Ph.D. seminar on the 25 September 2019

Digitalization trends continuous to shape the industrial world opening up new opportunities across a wide range of sectors. Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered a key driver of digital transformation that has the potential to introduce new sources of growth. Besides AI, the recent advances in machine learning and automation have created a whole new business ecosystem. Additionally, customers are demanding more innovative, more diverse and greener products. This creates numerous challenges for all actors in the supply chain; yet, they also present a unique opportunity to create solutions that improve performance and productivity. HICL 2019 focuses on research concepts and ideas that foster the digital transformation in logistics and supply chain with a focus on artificial intelligence. For this year’s theme:

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation in Supply Chain and Logistics

we invite empirical, theoretical, methodological and practical contributions addressing topics related to one of the following tracks:
– Innovation and Technology Management
– Risk and Security Management
– Sustainability and City Logistics
– Maritime and Port Logistics
– Supply Chain Analytics and Blockchain
– Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

It is our understanding that many of tomorrow’s goals can only be achieved by a constant exchange of ideas within the scientific community. HICL seeks to create an inspiring environment for researchers and professionals to discuss solutions, challenges, and responsibilities companies face in logistics and SCM. We provide a multidisciplinary network and welcome scientific and practical contributions from different disciplines, including Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Mathematics. All accepted contributions will be published open access in HICL book series

Submissions will only be accepted through the HICL website: (

How to develop a strategic plan for funding your research (12 February 2019)

Tutech Innovation GmbH will offer a How to develop a strategic plan for funding your research – workshop that will take place on * 12 February 2019 * in Hamburg at the premises of Tutech.

The continuity of research funding often makes or breaks a research career at the postdoctoral stage. As institutional core funding diminishes and external funding becomes more and more competitive, how do you build your resources systematically and mitigate the risk of gaps in funding?
This workshop explores the concept of strategy in the research context. Having a clear idea of your research direction facilitates aligning even small projects to larger goals, making individual proposals more compelling. It will also help to avoid the trap of letting funding dictate your research focus which leads to a fragmented track record. The goal of the workshop is to provide guidance on how to approach the development of a strategic funding plan in the individual research setting. Participants will learn how to apply key elements of strategy to develop their research agenda, identify a portfolio of funding opportunities to be pursued in the coming years and manage the grant life cycle systematically to build the resources and capabilities necessary to deliver long-term sustainable research.

More Information

TUTECH INNOVATION GMBH which is organising the workshop was founded in 1992 as the technology transfer institute for the Hamburg University of Technology. We are offering services regarding participation in EU-funded programmes especially for publicly funded universities and SMEs.

ReMaT – Research Management Training for Early-Stage-Researchers (1-2 April 2019)

Tutech Innovation GmbH will offer a ReMaT – research management training – workshop that will take place on * 01 & 02 April 2019 * in Hamburg at the premises of Tutech.

The workshop is designed for early-stage researchers in engineering and natural sciences, particularly PhD candidates from the 2nd year onwards. The idea of European networking is very much embedded in the concept, and we encourage participation from many different countries at the workshop.

ReMaT is an interactive, intensive workshop providing an introduction to research management. It involves two international trainers and is held in English. The modules of the workshop cover exploitation of knowledge and entrepreneurship, acquisition of grants, intellectual property rights and the management of interdisciplinary projects. They are delivered in such a way that it challenges participants to consider different perspectives on how they might use their PhD education in a variety of career paths, and convince others to hire them.

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EURAM 2019 CfP: Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer in Start-ups and SMEs (ENT SIG Track T03_12)

European Academy of Management Conference in Lisbon (26 – 28 June 2019) 

Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Sylvia Rohlfer, CUNEF, Spain
Claudio Petti, University of Salento, Italy

Short Description:
The survival and growth of an organization depend mainly on the capabilities of its management and its employees; and its ability to ensure knowledge transfer in, from and to the organization. To understand how these processes are organized, it is vital to focus on how input is transformed into innovation and to include the control structure as all activities related to the process have to be coordinated and structured. In a context in which formalized processes are unevenly developed and management knowledge may be more unevenly spread, innovation and knowledge management research need to take several issues into account.

Deadline: 15 January 2019

The full Call for Papers