Recently, the regime of long working hours (>12 h/day) and constant availability have become an issue for many management consulting firms, as new generations of employees demand more work-life balance and flexibility provisions from their employers. However, firms’ efforts to implement various flexibility initiatives often fail or, in some cases, even seem to reinforce the existing patterns. It remains a puzzle why, despite these numerous change efforts, the long working hours pattern remains ultra-stable. Extant research has addressed this phenomenon by focusing mainly on the individual, group and organizational level. However, long working hours prevail in the entire group of elite consulting firms. This striking homogeneity suggests that the industry level might be a key, but so far neglected, domain for explaining the puzzling persistence. Our project seeks to address this gap by focusing on the industry level dynamics of path dependence as a potential explanation for the persistence of long working hours. Based on an in-depth, historical case study of the German elite management consulting industry we aim to trace the emergence and gradual perpetuation of the long working hours pattern within the industry. We also seek to identify the central mechanisms that drive this process and, thus, continuously stabilize the long working hours pattern.
Commissioned by: German Research Foundation
Period: 04/2015 – 02/2017
Award Holder: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Georg Schreyögg
Researchers: Dr. Blagoy Blagoev
The technology platform “Smart Transfer” aims at the development and commercialization of products based on piezoelectric ceramics. Together with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (IKTS, IAP, IWU) and german SME’s, the manifold application possibilities of these materials as well as their high degree of technological maturity shall be turned into commercial opportunities. The research focus is on answering the following questions: 1) How to conceptualize and operationalize interorganizational capabilities? 2) How can the emergence of interorganizational capabilities be systematically promoted?
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding program „Zwanzig20 – Partnerschaft für Innovation“)
Period: 03/2014 – (expected) 12/2016
Award Holder: Prof. Jörg Sydow, Dr. Andreas Schönecker (Fraunhofer IKTS), in cooperation with Prof. Georg Schreyögg
Researchers: Waldemar Kremser & Nora Lohmeyer (Department of Management)