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University of Bremen: PhD/Research Assistant – Roadmap for a gradual defossilisation of the steel industry and urban infrastructures using electrolysis hydrogen in Bremen (H2B)

At the University of Bremen we are offering a 50% PhD/Research assistant position at the Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics. The position relates to the entitled project with the possibility to conduct a PhD thesis derived from the entitled project or related research work.

Given the German context of the project, good german language skills are required.
Application deadline is the 1th of April 2020.

For more details please visit the official job advertisement at:

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2020): New Ways of Creating Value in Supply Chains and Logistics

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2020): New Ways of Creating Value in Supply Chains and Logistics. More detailed information regarding the conference are available here: Abstract Submissions will only be accepted through

The Abstract Submission closes on 13 March 2020.

#HICL #phdstudent #seminar #artificialinteligence #datascience #supplychain #logistics

ARL International Summer School 2020: Smart cities and beyond – Call for Applications

In recent years, “smart cities” has become a hegemonic concept in urban discourses, referring ei-ther to the broad set of technologies introduced towards steering infrastructure and the intelligent use of resources, or to improving the built environment by clever planning approaches. Firms, transfer agencies and municipalities seem to be working hard on the implementation of smart metres, energy efficiency, intelligent mobility, and the like.
However, the scholarly literature on digital cities clearly demonstrates that there are externalities, uncertainties and risks associated with the hype and the rash introduction of ‘smartness’. Also, open discourses should not be confined to a narrow understanding of smart technologies. As it is yet rather unclear what these may mean in urban and regional contexts, the ARL International Summer School 2020 is particularly dedicated to discussing these questions. Our aim is to uncover the whole range of issues, potentials and risks that are associated with Smart Cities, to reconstruct related policy narratives and to link research and practice insofar as it concerns the design of robust strategies of urban and regional development.

The German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, ARL) realizes its International Summer School 2020 in cooperation with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss conceptual, methodological, and empirical contributions that explore Smart Cities with a critical perspective, focusing on the relations between two major subjects of study: ‘smartness’, high-tech, Internet of Things, big data developments, infrastructure, and intellectual property on the one hand; and cities, urban regions and related governance processes and discourses on the other hand. The presentations and discussions should deliver insight into selected facets of smartness, relate these to the role they may play in/for urban and regional development, and address their consequences for spatial planning and development strategies. Specifically, we invite contributions from early career researchers whose approaches and early-stage analyses demonstrate a particular interest in:

  • Applying the Smart City so far (municipal experiences),
  • Planning the Smart City in spatial regards,
  • Governance and policy dimensions, Smart City policy discourses,
  • The role of big corporations (such as Google, Amazon, Facebook etc.),
  • Smart City and the rise of platform economies,
  • Historical avenues of practicing ‘new technologies’ in urban and regional development,
  • Conceptual and methodological approaches to studying digital urbanism,
  • Smart technologies as drivers for community based economies/collaborative endeavours,
  • Urban governance and the social construction of cities.


  • Prof. Guy Baeten, PhD – Professor of Urban Studies at Malmö University and Director of the Insti-tute for Urban Research, Malmö, Sweden
  • Assoc. Prof. Andrew Karvonen, PhD – Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in the Division of Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Bastian Lange – Lecturer at Leipzig University and founder of Multiplicities – Office for Spatial Development and Urban Planning, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Agnieszka Leszczynski – Assistant Professor in Geography at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stijn Oosterlynck – Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp and Chair of the Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change (CRESC) and the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Liesbet Van Zoonen – Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, ARL) is an independent non-university institution and one of the prime addresses in Europe for research and advice on sustainable spatial development. It consists of a network of non-paid academics and practitioners who participate in temporary working groups on the regional, national, and international levels. The ARL is a think tank for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation between research and practice on all important spatial issues. It is particularly committed to the exchange and dissemination of knowledge. Support for young researchers and practitioners is well-established at the ARL. The ARL is a member of the German Leibniz Association.

Research and teaching in the domains of geography and planning at the University of Luxembourg take place in the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, part of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Established in April 2006, the Department comprises a 45-person strong team, including professors, guest professors, junior and senior researchers, and doctoral students. Its research focusses on areas such as environmental economic geography, political geography, urban studies and planning, architecture, and geographical information systems (GIS).

The Department has also strong links to practice. It hosts the National Contact points for ESPON and the European Migration Network (EMN). It is the seat of the GR Atlas and participates in the Faculty‘s Key Area of “Migration and Inclusive Society” and is active member of the Centre for Border Studies of the UniGR (the University of the Greater Region). In terms of teaching, it runs a Master in Geography & Spatial Planning, a Master in Border Studies, and a Master in Architecture. The Department also offers the certificate program “Formation Continue en Aménagement du Territoire”, that certifies future planners in Luxembourg.

Our aim is to stimulate discussion, gain insight, and develop new research questions on the topics presented at the summer school. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive individual feedback from international professors and experts. In addition, keynote speeches and plenary sessions offer the opportunity to intensify the debate and develop further research ideas. Field trips and shared social activities will help bring the topic of Smart Cities to life.

The summer school takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Smart Cities. We invite applications from advanced doctoral students with a background in geography, urban and European studies, political sciences, sociology, spatial planning, public administration, social design, and related fields. We admit up to seven participants in a competitive application process. The ARL sponsors the accommodation and travel costs of all participants. A participation fee will not be charged. As academic institutions, the organizers encourage scientific publications and aim to compile an edited volume on the theme of the summer school. Participants should be willing and prepared to discuss their paper drafts during the summer school and to develop their papers afterwards.

Your application should include a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a short CV, and a short description of the project that you are going to present (max. 1 page). Please submit your application by 2 March 2020.

Email applications are particularly welcome (compiled in one PDF file). Please send your application to

Postal address:
Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL)
Insa Thimm
Vahrenwalder Straße 247
30179 Hannover, Germany

You will receive a notification of acceptance by the beginning of April 2020. For further questions, please contact Insa Thimm,, Phone +49 511 34842-31.

We look forward to receiving your application!

REMINDER: MREV – Call for Papers: New Work Arrangements – A review of concepts and theories

Guest Editors:
Ralph Kattenbach, International School of Management, Hamburg
Johannes Moskaliuk, International School of Management, Stuttgart
Barbara Kump, WU Wien

Special Issue

Much has occurred since Frithjof Bergmann‘s seminal thoughts on New Work (1994; 2004; 2019): Smartphones, virtual communication and virtual cooperation have entered the business world. Digitalization has brought forth a completely new economy, agile work processes, AI services, a digital start-up culture, cloud work, new employment relationships, leadership styles, co-working tools and an enhanced spatial and temporal flexibility. These changes in work context and job characteristics, summarized as New Work Arrangements call for a revision of work related concepts and theories. However, even in top management research outlets, the pervasive presence of technology in organizational work has been neglected (Orlikowski & Scott, 2017).

With this special issue on “New Work Arrangements”, we would like to provide comprehensive insights into the many ways in which digitalization influences how we organize, manage and learn work. We also aim to present approaches from various disciplines to incorporate characteristics of New Work Arrangements in existing theories, models, and concepts. In an attempt to categorize the various faces of New Work Arrangements and to provide a guideline for contributions to our special issue, we focus on three central aspects that are influenced by digitalization:

New Organization

Digital technologies enable new business models and strategies; however, they also come with numerous behavioural and organizaitonal challenges for firms: For instance, online markets for talent and labor allow firms to out- source complex tasks but may have implications for knowledge management and human resource management. Adoption of digital technologies may require complementary investments in rare skills to bring about the intended productivity improvements in full (Leiponen et al., 2016). Furthermore, through the advent of digital technologies, virtual work has become the new normal: Staff members work from dispersed locations and interact through their smart phones or other mobile devices (Raghuram et al., 2019). This situation poses a number of new, interesting research questions, for example:

  • What effects have agile work processes, ubiquitous working and virtual teams on an individual and organizational level?
  • What influence do digitalization and artificial intelligence solutions have on work and job characteristics as well as work engagement, performance and perceived autonomy?
  • What is the role of organizational culture and team norms in explaining the impact of New Work Arrangements?
  • Which business models are successful from both an economic (e.g. increased profit) and a psychological (e.g. meaningful work) perspective?

New Leadership

New technologies enable arrangements that offer work-life flexibility. However, studies have shown that such arrangements do not necessarily benefit all groups of workers equally and may come with new challenges, such as promotion and pay schemes (Kossek & Lautsch, 2017). Moreover, such new work arrangements may require new forms of leadership (Banks et al., 2019; Sheniger, 2019). In addition, leaders may have to deal with changes in organizational identity, practice, and knowledge that need to be overcome when organizations become more and more digitalized (Kump, 2019). Possible questions for this special issue include:

  • How are leadership and communication in the workplace affected by digitalization?
  • How can we base trends like mindful leadership, holacracy or agile project management on solid research?
  • What are appropriate competencies, tools, styles or mindsets for leaders facing New Work Arrangements?
  • How can we use digital tools and methods to transfer knowledge, support self-reflection, and foster creativity?

New Learning

Digital devices, virtual reality and other innovative technologies offer new learning opportunities for workers at their workplaces (Noe, Clarke & Klein, 2014). At the same time, managers may need dynamic managerial capabilities in order to keep up to date with constant change (Helfat & Martin, 2014). These new situations require new management skills and may benefit from novel educational settings. Accordingly, new work arrangements come with manifold research questions regarding learning, for example:

  • Which influences has digitalization on learning and development in the workplace?
  • How can digital be used media to provide self-organized learning on the job?
  • How can we foster self-responsible learning competencies and a growth-oriented mindset?
  • What effects do concepts like micro-learning, nudging, and gamification have on learning motivation and learning success?

For the special issue, we invite contributions that consider the above mentioned or related topics of New Work Arrangements, both from a theoretical and an empirical point of view. Qualitative and quantitative research contributions are welcome. We also invite survey articles, best practice cases, didactical designs and book reviews.

Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by May 31, 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due November 30, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2021. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system ‘New Work Arrangements’ as article section:

Special Issue
All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies. Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies must be submitted by August 30th, 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due February 28th, 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 1/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at using ‘SI Employee Voice’ 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 (

Hoping to hear from you!
Ralph Kattenbach (
Johannes Moskaliuk (
Barbara Kump (

MREV – Call for Papers: Management in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from Nordic and Comparative Perspectives

Guest Editors:
Simon Fietze, Martin Senderovitz, & Jesper Raalskov, University of Southern Denmark

Special Issue
SMEs play a significant role in economic development. They stimulate competition and create jobs by developing new technologies and products. However, SMEs’ are often prevented from realising their potential due to internal and external constraints. To deal with these constraints, on the one hand, international, national and regional policies support a number of initiatives to assist SMEs’ growth and development. On the other hand, the dynamic competitive landscape of the twenty-first century is highlighting an increased need for SMEs to emphasis on the managerialization of their organizational structure and processes as well as the professionalization of individuals involved in the organization to ensure long-term survival and growth.

Research on managerialization has shown, that SMEs are characterized by a lower adoption of managerial processes, because of the strong linkages between manager and company. In addition, there is a lack of management knowledge at different levels. It is commonly highlighted that the management in these firms is characterized by some degree of informality and that individual and social control systems are more suited to these enterprises, due to common shared values and languages, informal relationships etc.

In addition, decisions in SMEs are also determined by the institutional and contextual factors and in consequence how much of their potential is realised (e.g. innovation). The Nordic context and their countries’ business systems have during the last few years served as exemplary models for practitioners from business, politics and research. The Northern European countries are among the most competitive economies, have a well-developed welfare system and a large public sector. These qualities have raised an increased interest both among practitioners and scholars alike to understand the “success” mechanisms of the Nordic business systems.

Based on these considerations, the purpose of this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is to enhance our understanding of management practices in  SMEs from a Nordic and comparative perspective. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following issues:

  • What institutional conditions determine management practices in SMEs?
  • What is the role of managerial mechanisms and professional managers in SMEs and family firms’ development and growth?
  • How does social- and environmental considerations influence management practices in SMEs in a Nordic context?
  • What is the role of HR in developing management practices in SMEs?
  • How do talent management impact SMEs development and growth?

This is not an exhaustive list.

21st Nordic Conference on Small Business Research (NCSB) 2020
Since its inception in 1980 the NCSB conference has been a biannual event in the Nordic tradition characterized by an open atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas between researchers with research interests in the field of small business and entrepreneurship. The 2020 NCSB conference in Kolding, Denmark will continue this tradition and welcomes papers from all areas of the small business and entrepreneurship.

Special Issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies
management revue – Socio-Economic Studies is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary European journal publishing both qualitative and quantitative work, as well as purely theoretical papers that advances the study of management, organization, and industrial relations. Management Revue publishes articles that contribute to theory from a number of disciplines, including business and public administration, organizational behavior, economics, sociology, and psychology. Reviews of books relevant to management and organization studies are a regular feature.

All contributors to the 21st NSBC conference are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic Studies. Full papers for this special issue must be submitted by September 30th, 2020. All contributions will be subject to double-blind reviews. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due March 31st, 2021. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2022. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using ‘SI Management in SMEs’ as article section.

Manuscript length should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 2.5 cm on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the journal’s homepage.

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze (
Martin Senderovitz
Jesper Raalskov

VHB-ProDok: Qualitative Research Methods an der TU Hamburg (22.-25. September 2020)

Processes and Methods of Qualitative and Mixed Method Research
Grundlegendes Ziel dieses Kurses ist es, den Teilnehmern Kenntnisse über den Prozess und die Methoden qualitativer Forschungsdesigns zu vermitteln und die Eignung solcher Designs für konkrete Problemstellungen der Teilnehmer zu diskutieren (Werkstatt-Prinzip).

– Grundlagen und spezifische Merkmale qualitativer Forschung
– die Indikation qualitativer Forschung und die Rolle der Wissenschaftstheorie
– der qualitative Forschungsprozess und der Einfluss von Theorien
– die Erhebung qualitativer Daten
– die Auswertung qualitativer Daten: Grounded Theory, Ethnografie, Qualitatives Experiment, Qualitative Heuristik, Diskursanalyse, Sequenzanalyse, Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse
– Gütekriterien und Geltungsbegründung qualitativer Befunde
– Methodenintegrative Designs (Mixed Methods)

22. – 25. September 2020

Technische Universität Hamburg
Am Schwarzenberg – Campus 1 (Gebäude A)
21073 Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wrona
Institut für Strategisches & Internationales Management, Technische Universität Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Philipp Mayring
Institut für Psychologie der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt;

Den Syllabus finden Sie unter diesem Link:

Um einen Überblick über die Höhe der Teilnahmegebühr zu erhalten und um sich anzumelden, nutzen Sie bitte diesen Link:

Sie können außerdem eine Email senden.

Anmeldefrist: 29. Juni 2020

ReMaT – Research management training for early-stage researchers (23 and 24 April 2020)

A ReMaT workshop – Research management training for early-stage researchers – will take place in Hamburg on 23rd and 24th April 2020. The workshop is designed for early-stage researchers in engineering and natural sciences, particularly PhD candidates from the 2nd year onward. 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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ZBW-Ökonomenworkshop: Open Science in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften from Politics to Practice (17. Februar 2020)

ZBW Hamburg, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Raum 243

17. Februar 2020, 10:30-15:30 Uhr

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei.

Im Workshop geht es um das Thema Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung. Wir möchten hier unter anderem die Ergebnisse einer Studie präsentieren, die wir kürzlich durchgeführt haben. Darüber hinaus möchten wir mit Ihnen ins Gespräch kommen, um das Thema Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung auch für uns als Infrastruktureinrichtung weiterzuentwickeln oder mögliche gemeinsame Projekte zu eruieren.


  • Unter welchen Bedingungen ist Open Science für Sie persönlich attraktiv und wie könnten Sie sich ein persönliches Engagement konkret vorstellen?
  • Die Ergebnisse der Studie zeigen ein großes Interesse an grundsätzlichen Informationen zu Open Science: Welche Informationen würden Ihnen persönlich weiterhelfen?
  • Wie schätzen Sie die Bedeutung von Open Source in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften ein? Gibt es hier noch Potential für eine stärkere Nutzung?


10.30–11.30 Uhr: Welcome Coffee
In dieser Zeit stehen Ihnen Expertinnen und Experten aus der ZBW zur Verfügung, um spezielle Fragen zu beantworten oder Ihnen spezielle Services vorzustellen, z.B. zum Thema Forschungsdaten.

11.30–11.40 Uhr: Begrüßung und Einführung
Klaus Tochtermann, Direktor der ZBW und Professor für digitale Informationsinfrastrukturen

11.40–12.10 Uhr: Überblicksvortrag „Warum Open Science“
Isabella Peters, Professorin für Web Science

12.10–12.20 Uhr: Bericht vom Open-Science-Panel bei der VfS-Jahrestagung
Dr. Willi Scholz, Wissenschaftspolitischer Referent

12.20–12.45 Uhr: Ergebnisse der Umfrage zu Open Science in der Wirtschaftsforschung
Dr. Guido Scherp, Abteilungsleiter Open-Science-Transfer

12.45-13.30 Uhr: Mittagspause

13.30-14.45 Uhr: Diskussion der Forschungsfragen in Kleingruppen

14.45-15.15 Uhr: Präsentation der Ergebnisse

15.15-15.30 Uhr: Wrap-Up and Farewell
Klaus Tochtermann, Direktor der ZBW und Professor für digitale Informationsinfrastrukturen


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VHB ProDok: Applied Regression Analysis (12-15 May 2020)

This course will provide participants who have basic skills in statistics and econometrics with an introduction to current core methods used in the analysis of observational, experimental and quasi-experimental data. The methods covered are widely used in economics and increasingly also required for good publications in top management journals.

The aim is to cover theory and selected applications, but more importantly to introduce participants to the use of statistical software that will allow them to apply the methods discussed in the course to data.

This course covers important methods used in the multivariate analysis of data. The course revisits basic concepts of the linear regression model and its properties and covers selected advanced topics such as the analysis of duration data and (quasi) experimental designs as well as methods to deal with the problems of endogeneity and sample selection. The theoretical basis of these methods is discussed but the focus of the course is on the application of the methods to data sets. Applications will be studied with the help of data provided by the lecturers and with reference to recent publications.

After the course, participants will…

  • have a basic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of multiple regression models.
  • be able to apply regression methods to the investigation of economic relationships and processes.
  • understand the econometric methods, approaches, ideas, results and conclusions met in the majority of economic books and articles.
  • be aware of common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid when conducting regression analysis.
  • be able to use the software program STATA to carry out empirical analysis based on regression analysis.

Date: May 12 – 15, 2020

ESMT European School of Management and Technology
Room: tbd.
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Language: English

Prof. Georg von Graevenitz, Ph.D., Faculty
Queen Mary University of London

Prof. Dr. Stefan Wagner, Faculty
ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin

Registration: Click for information on fees, payment and registration,
or email us: Registration Deadline: 12. April 2020

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VHB ProDok: Approximate Dynamic Programming for Stochastic and Dynamic Decision Problems (23-26 March 2020)

The 4-day course deals with anticipatory methods for dynamic decision making. It will address the following questions:

  • What are the components of dynamic decision processes and how do they interact?
  • How can dynamic decision processes be modeled mathematically?
  • What methods exist in approximate dynamic programming?
  • How can they be applied to different types of problems?

In this course, we describe the process to approach complex stochastic and dynamic decision problems with advanced ADP-methods. We present the required steps from business problem over MDP to the ADP-solutions in detail and give an overview over the most prominent ADP-methods. We especially focus on offline learning methods known as value function approximations. The theoretical content of this course is accompanied by many illustrative examples from the field of logistics and by a serious gaming application.

Date: March 23 – 26, 2020

Location: Technical University of Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Dirk C. Mattfeld
Technical University of Braunschweig

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marlin Ulmer
Technical University of Braunschweig

Registration: Click for information on fees, payment and registration, or email us: Registration Deadline: 23. February 2020

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