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Third-Party Funded Projects

Current Third-Party-Funded Projects

Smart Co-Creation

With the cooperation of Dresden Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Tehnologies and Systems (IKTS) and Potsdam Hasso-Plattner-Institute School of Design Thinking (HPI), the Smart Co-Creation Project seeks to develop exemplary procedures to initiate and manage the processes of a networked product development and innovation in so-called 'ecologies of complex innovations'. The goal of the project is to deduce new fields of application for piezo ceramic that is one of the smart materials studied in Smart³ Network. 
For reaching this goal, our team combines and improves Digital Atlas of Competence -one of the findings of the first project 'Smart Transfer'- with analogue procedures of analysis and forms of interaction. The latter is developed with the help of Design Thinking for high-tech field, in particular. Thereby, Smart Co-Creation helps to launch new product developments and innovation from both the service providers' and the end customers' perspective. The project aims to scientifically discover through which forms of interactions and practices the diffusely distributed, complex problems and their potential solutions can be interlinked in a long-term innovation friendly way. The project is granted €256.000 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to allow for contributions to one of the essential topics -brokering- in network research.

Exploring the Persistence of Long Working Hours in Elite Management Consulting Firms: A Case of Industry Level Path Dependence?

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

Building up the technology platform „Smart Transfer“

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)