Video: Jochen Koch on Leadership, Impression Management & the Dark Side of Sensemaking

The lecture "Leadership in Times of Crisis" by Jochen Koch is part of the Collaborative Open Course for Master Programs in Business Administration, Management and Organization Studies on "Organizing in Times of Crisis" ( ). This course aims to familiarize students with the implications of the Covid19 crisis on organizational, managerial, and societal processes. The seminar is grounded in contemporary theories of organization and management science, and enables students to critically engage with theoretical concepts along practical contemporary phenomena.

Martin Eisend is one of the most research oriented business academics in Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Eisend is one of the most research oriented business researchers in Germany. In a ranking of the business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche, he takes the 13th place out of more than 3,000 academics for his achievements in the last five years and the 19th place overall for his research performance to date. In the interview with the press office, the marketing professor talks about good research conditions at the Viadrina and his most exciting research project.

Let's start a conversation on racism

George Floyd's death served as a wake-up call for all of us. It reminded us that, to be able to uphold the core values of diversity and inclusion, we need to recognize and speak out against racism and inequality. As coordinator of the DCR program I (Anja Rillcke) work with people from all four corners of the world. It was obvious to ask how they felt about what had happened in Minneapolis. Thus, I listened to their stories and today I feel very honoured to share the dialogue that evolved with DCR-Alumni Abiodun Adegbile. Take your time to read it. Abiodun's story might open your eyes and in the best of all cases your heart. Plus, he answers the question: ‘What can you do to make a change?’

"Tough times don’t last but tough people do" - Meet DCR fellow Yassir Al Masoudi and read his acknowledgement

DCR fellow Yassir Al Masoudi submitted the Alpha version of his doctoral thesis "Business Models in the Eyes of National Culture: A Cross-Cultural Study" in July 2020. He is now looking for a matching postdoctoral position all over Germany. It is our big pleasure to share Yassir's acknowledgement and dedication with you. Be prepared to meet a strong and warm-hearted character.

NEW ARTICLE on the transition to a decentralized, community-based production of energy

DCR speaker Albrecht Söllner and visiting scholar Tessa Haverland just published their article "From Centralized Energy Generation and Distribution to Clean Energy Communities: Exploring New Modes of Governance for the Energy Sector" in SMR - Journal of Service Management Research.

DCR Professor Jochen Koch honored with the Decade Award of the Academy of Management Review

DCR Professor Jochen Koch has recently been honored with the Decade Award of the Academy of Management Review for the paper "Organizational Path Dependence: Opening the Black Box". The article published together with Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Georg Schreyögg (both FU Berlin) has been acknowledged the most often quoted article of the past 10 years (2009 - 2019). Read the interview on central aspects of the article and ideas on how to support researchers as well as doctoral and postdoctoral candidates.

Sarah Stanske selected as a participant for the upcoming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

DCR Alumna Sarah Stanske was invited to attend the prestigious 7th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences! 373 Young Economists from 60 countries can look forward to the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in August 2021 and the Online Science Days 2020.

Elena Weikum and Professor Albrecht Söllner presenting at the 6th WINIR Conference in Lund, Sweden

DCR visiting scholar Elena Weikum and Professor Albrecht Söllner presented at the 6th WINIR Conference in Lund, Sweden. Organized in collaboration with the Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden, the Sixth WINIR Conference on institutions for inclusive societies intended to explore what lessons may be drawn from previous waves of globalization.

Alumna News: From Copenhagen to Stanford - Madeleine Rauch joined Stanford as a visiting scholar this fall

DCR Alumna Madeleine Rauch, assistant professor of strategy and innovation at Copenhagen Business School, joined Stanford as a visiting scholar. With The Stanford Daily she spoke about her work with Doctors Without Borders, her passion for academia and what she hopes to tackle next.

Alumni News: Matthias Wenzel appointed professor of Organization Studies at Leuphana University in Lüneburg

After almost 13 years at the European University Viadrina DCR-Alumni Matthias Wenzel started his appointment as Professor of Organization Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Read his farewell note.

Lachezar Ivanov publishes article in the International Journal of Advertising

Lachezar Ivanov's article published in the renowned International Journal of Advertising (VHB: C) reveals: How marketers can use evolutionary psychology to understand gender differences. The study helps marketers understand when and what differences you can expect in men and women when it comes to humor.

Check! Sarah Stanske publishes article in Strategic Organization

DCR doctoral student Sarah Stanske published her first academic article in the internationally renowned journal Strategic Organization (VHB: B). The co-authored piece by Sarah Stanske, Madeleine Rauch, and Anna Canato investigates the importance of organizational anti-identity (who are we not as an organization) for strategy making.

DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov visiting the Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress 2019 in Edinburgh

Lachezar Ivanov had the great honor of opening the Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress (AMS WMC) 2019 in Edinburgh with a talk on how we can use evolutionary psychology to advance consumer research, with a focus on cross-cultural advertising.

Same procedure as every year: DCR scholar Lachezar Ivanov @ ICORIA 2019

DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov took part in the 18th International Conference on Research in Advertising (ICORIA), organized by the European Advertising Academy in Krems, Austria. During his third visit, he presented his award nominated research on how to use life history strategy theory for targeting to increase the effectiveness of preventive health advertising.

Yassir AlMasoudi at the 41st Annual ISMS Marketing Science Conference 2019 in Rome

DCR doctoral scholar Yassir AlMasoudi attended the 41st Annual ISMS Marketing Science Conference 2019 conference in Rome. He presented his paper on “Multilevel Model of Business Model Innovation, Industry Informality, and Sales Performance in Developing Countries.” co-authored by DCR-Alumni Sadrac Cenophat.

DCR scholar Lachezar Ivanov visiting Ogilvy’s annual Nudgestock conference in Folkstone

DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov joined the Nudgestock conference in Folkstone for a mix of thought leading talks and behaviour case studies. Now in its seventh year, the conference assembled some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in behavioural science, marketing and creativity, including Gerd Gigerenzer, Tricia Wang, Will Page, and Robert H. Frank.

Greetings from Gießen - Sadrac Cénophat's thank-you note

Sadrac Cénophat left the DCR program after earning his doctorate in September 2018. He was offered a full-time postdoctoral position at Justus-Liebig-Universität (JLU) Gießen. In his thank-you note he states how the tima as a doctoral student at the DCR program positively contributed to his career and facilitated his successful integration at JLU.

Lachezar Ivanov on how to to design more effective health communication at EMAC Annual Conference in Hamburg

DCR scholar Lachezar Ivanov was invited to present his research on using evolutionary psychology to design more effective health communication at the 48th EMAC Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Hamburg.

Lachezar Ivanov at the 14th Global Brand Conference in Berlin

DCR-doctoral student Lachezar Ivanov was invited to speak at the 14th Global Brand Conference of the Academy of Marketing’s Brand Identity and Corporate Reputation Special Interest Group. The conference took place at Berlin School of Economics and Law from May 8-10 and attracted more than 180 participants.

Welcome to DCR-Visiting Scholar Elena Weikum

Elena Weikum joined the DCR program as a visiting scholar in May 2019. She works a research assistant at the University of Stuttgart at the Chair for International and Strategic Marketing. She is interested in Institutional Theory, Institutional Voids, Institutional Entrepreneurship and Instituional Change.

Research Projects: Farid Tarrahi on the key findings of a Meta-Analytic Investigation about the effects of counterfeiting branded products

Together with Prof. Martin Eisend, DCR visiting researcher Farid Tarrahi worked on a project about the effects of counterfeiting branded products. They meta-analyzed 108 independent studies to come to the conclusion that experience with counterfeit products makes buyers more likely to purchase counterfeits than the genuine article.

Congratulations to Dr. Gaja Amigoni

DCR-alumni​ Gaja Amigoni successfully defended her doctoral thesis on: CREATIVE WORKSPACE: talk vs. action. A qualitative study on the substantive and symbolic roles and effects of creative workspaces in modern organizations. Huge congrats for completing her PhD.

Professor Heinz-Theo Wagner honoured as Outstanding Associate Editor at 14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik in Siegen

GGS-Professor and DCR-member Heinz-Theo Wagner was honoured as Outstanding Associate Editor at the 14th International Conference Wirtschaftsinformatik in Siegen.

Farid Tarrahi visiting the 2018 GSERM Summer School in Empirical Research Methods in Medellín (Colombia)

In December 2018 DCR visiting researcher Farid Tarrahi attended a course in Experimental Methods for Behavioral Science at the 2018 GSERM Summer School in Empirical Research Methods in Medellín (Colombia).

Ulrike Phieler - highlights of a year as DCR visiting researcher

After spending a year in the DCR Doctoral Program we say goodbye and thank you to visiting researcher Ulrike Phieler. She continues to work as a research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin for the Chair of Marketing of Prof. Dr. Katrin Talke.

Not a joke - reviewing for HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research

DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov has been invited to become a reviewer for Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

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

After three fruitful years in the DCR doctoral program Dr. Abiodun Adegbile recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Coventry University, UK. Read his farewell letter to the DCR research community.

Madeleine Rauch becomes Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School

Madeleine Rauch becomes Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. Her research continues to focus on strategic management and innovation with a particular interest in strategic decision-making, such as heuristics and change of decision patterns.

Big Ideas and a bigger network thanks to AMA Summer Conference 2018

AMA hold its 2018 Summer Academic Conference on August 8-12 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to discuss "Big Ideas and New Methods in Marketing". ​DCR fellow Sadrac Cenophat visited Boston to interact with senior and emerging marketing scholars from around the world.

Learning and Networking in Michigan

In July 2018 DCR fellow Lachezar Ivanov took the great chance to participate in the ICPSR Summer Program...

Dr. Farid Tarrahi joins the DCR

The DCR research community welcomes Dr. Farid Tarrahi, who joined us by July 1st as a Post-Doc.

ICORIA 2018: Humor and Gender in Valencia

The European Advertising Academy chose an historical place for this years ICORIA (International Conference on Research in Advertising): From June 21 - 23, academics met in Valencia, Spain to exchange on how profitability and customer engagement are affected by multiple and very diverse consumer touchpoints in an omni-connected world. More than 150 papers on various topics related to advertising and communication were presented. Current and former DCR members set off to participate.

Dr. Sadrac Cénophat presenting at the 40th ISMS Marketing Science Conference

DCR-member Dr. Sadrac Cénophat cherished his time at the 40th ISMS Marketing Science Conference, which took place in Philadelphia from June 13 - 16. He was not only invited to present his paper. He also took the opportunity to exchange with luminaries as Roland Rust on the importance of artifical intelligence on costumer relationships in the future.

Dr. Giorgi Shuradze takes a new path

After successfully defending his thesis Dr. Giorgi Shuradze will continue working as a Digital Business Consultant at the Big Picture GmbH, a Berlin-based digital agency providing solutions to companies in their digitalisation projects.

AoM 2018: A Showcase Symposium for the DCR Research Group

DCR members are again invited to participate in the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, one of the most prestigious and important conferences in the field of management studies. This year’s meeting will take place in Chicago from August 10 - 14 and got thousands of scholars to submit their applications. Sarah Stanske, our third year doctoral candidate, has submitted a proposal for a professional development workshop (together with Michael Hartmann, Markus Vodosek, and Heinz-Theo Wagner), a paper (together with Madeleine Rauch), and a symposium, also focused on the nature of process studies (together with Eric Knight, Jane Lê, Matthias Wenzel).

And the annual Faculty Recognition Award goes to:

Sadrac Cenophat and Abiodun Adegbile. Both fellows, almost finished with their PhD theses, were honoured for their outstanding scientific contributions at the Proposal Conference at the GGS in Heilbronn yesterday. Congratulations!

51st HICSS: Best Paper Award for Dr. Giorgi Shuradze

On January 5, 2018 Dr. Giorgi Shuradze presented a paper, titled “Data Analytics and Knowledge Integration Mechanisms: The Role of Social Interactions in Innovation Management” (co-authored with Prof. Heinz-Theo Wagner from GGS) at the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). The paper received the best paper award by the Knowledge Innovation and Entrepreneurial Systems track (co-chairs: Murray Jennex from San Diego State University, and David T. Croasdell from University of Nevada).

ICIS 2017: Sarah Stanske presenting successfully in Seoul

The International Conference on Information Systems, best known as ICIS, took place at an exotic place this time, in Seoul. From December 10th - 13th, participants were invited to join several events under the general theme "Transforming Society with Digital Innovation". DCR-members Heinz-Theo Wagner and Sarah Stanske set off to South Korea to present their research results.

New DCR-Member - Yannick Mies

After finishing his master in Stratagic Management at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management in July 2017, Yannick joined the program in early October.

DCR-Workshop at the BAM-Annual Conference 2017

The interactive workshop From Being to Becoming: Understanding Quality in Qualititative Process Studies by DCR-members Markus Vodosek, Sarah Stahnske and Giorgi Shuradze...

Madeleine Rauch presenting at 10th SKM Symposium in Berlin

10th SKM Symposium 2017 Berlin, Understanding Transformation: Theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges and implications from a competence-based perspective...

34th EGOS Colloquium 2018 | Tallinn | Call for Short Papers

34th EGOS Colloquium | Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected

Best Reviewer Award for Heinz-Theo Wagner

For the fifth time Prof. Dr. Heinz-Wagner received an award for his capacity as a reviewer at the Academy of Management's annual meeting.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Hartmann

DCR scholar Michael Hartmann successfully defended his PhD-thesis on „Critique in Organizations: Episodes, Effects and Paradoxes”. Huge congratulations!

DCR presenting at SMS Annual Conference Houston

2017 SMS Annual Conference: Unconventional Strategies for Emerging Complexity and Intensifying Diversity

DCR Research group strongly represented at AoM conference

The Academy of Management Annual Meeting is the premier conference for more than 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization space.


The 16th International Conference on Research in Advertising (ICORIA) 2017 will be held in Ghent, Belgium.

Best paper award for Madeleine Rauch and Sarah Stanske

Sarah Stanske presented on the interplay of organizational doing and being over time and won together with Madeleine Rauch the Best Paper Award.

Informal DCR-meeting | Viadrina Day

The June 21st we will celebrate the „Dies Academicus“ / Viadrina Day in Frankfurt and want to appreciate the opportunity for an informal DCR meeting.

Giorgi Shuradze attends the Methods Summer Programme at London School of Economics

DCR scholar Giorgi Shuradze will attend the course ‘Data Science and Big Data Analytics: An Introduction’

Invitation Faculty Days GGS Heilbronn

GGS is pleased to invite you to our 2017 GGS Faculty Day on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

DCR research group welcomes new graduate students

In the joint PhD program with the German Graduate School of Management and Law (Heilbronn) the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) supports young scientists on their way to the doctoral thesis.

Apply now

UPDATE (5th May 2017): The program has reached its final period (ending March 2020).

Start-up Workshop in Berlin

On the Occasion of the Annual Strategic Management Conference, the GGS and EUV hosted a Workshop dealing with the Start-up Industry.

SMS Workshop at Factory Berlin (16th of September 2016)

We would like to invite you to participate in the Strategic Management Society´s Extension Workshop “The Institutional and Cultural Context of Entrepreneurship” at the Factory in Berlin on September 16th, 2016.

DCR organizes symposium on Strategic Decision-Making Dynamic Capabilities work at AoM in Anaheim 2016

Madeleine Rauch, PhD Candidate, organized together with Atefeh Mazghi (Newcastle University, Australia) a symposium on the topic of Strategic Decision-Making in discontinuously evolving environment

Presentation of the paper "The digital disruption of path-dependent Business Models: An experimental study" at König Forschungskolloquium in Berlin, Germany, 5th March 2016

Madeleine Rauch, PhD Candidate of the DCR Research Group, examined together with Matthias Wenzel, PostDoc and former member of the DCR and Heinz-Theo Wagner, Professor in the DCR research group, the role of digital disruption of path-dependent business models in an experimental study.

„SMS 2016 Berlin Conference Extension Workshop” on Friday, September 16, 2016

Berlin has recently gained the reputation of being the start-up capital of Germany. Entrepreneurs from around the world flock to Berlin because of its unique institutional and cultural environment.

AOM symposium - Call for papers

We are PhD students in the Doctoral Program on Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships which is a joint project of the European University Viadrina and the German Graduate School of Management and Law.

Readings in Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships by Jeff Martin

We are PhD students in the Doctoral Program on Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships which is a joint project of the European University Viadrina and the German Graduate School of Management and Law.

Dr. Maren Kämmerer changes to KPMG

After successfully receiving her doctorate on July 14, 2015 Ms. Maren Kämmerer changes to KPMG.

Seminar „Designing Experimental February 15th–17th, 2016 Studies“

The German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS) organizes a series of seminars for doctoral students and post-docs with an interest in research methodology.

Richard Priem at the European University Viadrina

Prof. Koch and Dr. Wenzel are honored to welcome Richard Priem at the European University Viadrina on 23 Nov.

Catarina von Maydell visit BAM

Catarina von Maydell, PhD Student in the current DCR Kolleg attended the British Academy of Management (BAM) conference in Portsmouth, UK in September 2015.

AoM Annual Meeting Vancouver 2015

This year’s Academy of Management annual meeting took place from Aug 7th – 11th in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Yevgen Bogodistov

Dr. Yevgen Bogodistov accepted a post-doc position at the University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm

management symposium in Bochum 2015

Two presentations at the 9th strategic competence based management symposium in Bochum

SMS in Denver (USA)

Michael Hartmann and Markus Vodosek present their research paper „Dynamic Managerial Capabilities and Relationships: The Role of Social Relations in Strategic Change“

DCR fellows move to Heilbronn

At the end of September, the fellows Catarina von Maydell, Sadrac Cenophat, Abiodun Adegbile, Johannes Gaedicke and Gyula Kocsis move to Heilbronn.