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Why did we found the DCR Doctoral Program?

In the 19th century Karl Marx claimed in his eleventh thesis on Feuerbach: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”

Today´s world, though, is changing rapidly. It is changing at such a speed that it appears hard for politicians, managers, and other decision makers to stay oriented and to keep pace with the changes. What appears to be of outmost importance - not only for philosophers but for any decision maker - is to sense, understand, and interpret this change in order to actively shape the process of change and our future.

This challenge occupies center stage in the joint doctoral program “Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships” of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and the German Graduate School of Management and Law in Heilbronn. Building on the work of David Teece, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Jeffrey Martin, and others we use the concept of dynamic capabilities in order to better understand and to further the proper handling of a rapidly changing world. Dynamic capabilities refer to a firm’s, organization´s or society´s abilities to deal with high velocity. Relationships among individuals and groups have a strong impact on these capabilities. Therefore we are keen on understanding the foundations of dynamic capabilities and how relationships affect their development.

Funded by the Dieter-Schwarz Foundation an international group of scholars – striving for scientific excellence – is working on this challenge of developing capabilities to cope with change, stay competitive, and make this world a place worth living. More About Us ...

Our approach is a very open one and we invite you to get involved in our exchange of ideas!

The program has meanwhile reached its final period (ending March 2020). The last group of PhD candidates has started their projects in April 2017 and there will be no further intake.


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Prof. Dr. Albrecht Söllner
European University Viadrina
Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
- Spokesperson of the DCR-Program -    
Prof. Dr. Tomás Bayón
German Graduate School of Management and Law,
Heilbronn, Germany
- Spokesperson of the DCR-Program -   



Farewell from Coventry- Abiodun Adegbile's letter to the DCR Community

Dear DCR Members, As most of you are aware that I recently joined Coventry University, UK as a Lecturer in International Business (Assistant Professor). Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern university, ranked 13 in the UK with a proud tradition as a provider of high-quality education and a focus on applied research. The university has won several awards and the most recent is the award University of the Year for Student Experience. The university is located in the heart of Coventry, a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a diversity of cultures and ethnic groups. The University campus is spread across the city centre, making for a dynamic and sociable setting. The city’s rich history and heritage sees world famous sites like Coventry Cathedral and St Mary’s Guildhall sit alongside exciting newer developments like Coventry Transport Museum, Fargo Village and a host of shops, restaurants and cultural entertainment. It’s been a very exciting experience since I started at Coventry University. The Faculty of Business and Law which is the largest faculty has four schools (or department) namely: School of Strategy and Leadership; School of Management and Marketing; School of Economics and Finance; and the Law School. My department, also known as ‘School of Strategy and Leadership’ has over 120 academic staff from over 40 nationalities and over 3000 mostly international students. I am settling in well, learning and adapting to school’s innovative approach to teaching and learning in higher education as well as research. I currently teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules and also in the process of becoming a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am also looking to join one of the research centres, The International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) to further develop my entrepreneurship research profile. After over 3 years in the DCR programme, I am forever grateful to the Professors, colleagues, and many of you who have provided one support or the other and equipping me with necessary skills throughout my stay in the DCR program. Indeed, the support received and skills learned have allowed me to be competitive internationally, hence enabling me to pursue opportunities in the higher education in the UK. Please feel free to visit anytime you are in the UK and if I can ever be of help to you in the future, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 DCR conference. Abiodun Adegbile

Learning and Networking in Michigan

In July 2018 DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov took the great chance to participate in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), visiting advanced courses in regression, experimental research methods, and computing. 954 participants representing over 300 institutions in 34 nations and at least 30 different disciplines joined the ICPSR Program for its 55th year. During his time in Michigan, Ivanov was a visiting member of Prof. Joshua Ackerman´s Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab. Ackerman, a leading scholar in the field of evolutionary psychology focusing on the topics of threats of infectious diseases and life history strategies, invited the fellow to participate in lab meetings, where he could present his latest research project. Receiving valuable inputs from the lab team, Ivanov wants to thank the ESP Lab for the very warm welcome.

Dr. Farid Tarrahi joins the DCR

The DCR welcomes Dr. Farid Tarrahi, who joined us by July 1st as a Post-Doc. After spending two years at the EUV's Department of Marketing as a Research and Teaching Assistant, he finished bis Dissertation and will now continue researching on Pricing Strategies, Meta-Analysis, Cross-cultural Studies within the Program.