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Leonhard Dobusch


Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Graduiertenkolleg: „Pfade organisatorischer Prozesse“
Garystr. 21
D-14195 Berlin

Tel.: 030/838-57180
Fax: 030/838-57186
Email: pfadkolleg @ wiwiss.fu-berlin.de

Leonhard Dobusch

Dissertation topic:

  • Away from the Windows path? Four municipal administrations between market, technology and organization. Markets for desktop software are a favourite example of path dependency and its constituting phenomena such as "increasing returns" and "lock-in". This leads to the question of how and why large organizations, nevertheless, are pioneers in migrating their desktop software environments and, thereby, act as Schumpeterian innovators. Answers to this question are searched for with the help of multi-level case-studies of the municipalities of Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Frankfurt/M.

Curriculum Vitae:

Since 06/2008
Postdoc scholarship holder at the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Cologne

Graduation to Doctor of Economics

Member of the Doctoral Program "Research on Organizational Paths" Free University, Berlin

Legal Clerkship, Oberlandesgericht Linz

10/1999 -05/2004
Studies of Law, Graduation as Magister iur. at Johannes Kepler University Linz

08/2003 -07/2004
Secretary for financial affairs of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH)

Master-Thesis (Law): "Legal questions of reporting a public meeting via telefax - referring to Austria's highest court's decision B 1182/02, 13th March 2003"

10/1998 -10/2003
Studies of Business Administration, Graduation as Magister rer. soc. oec. at Johannes Kepler University Linz

Master-Thesis (B.A.): "Innovation in Strategic Network Organisations by means of Strategic Networks und Open Source Software Networks"

10/2001 - 02/2002
Tutor at the Institute for Organisational Science, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Teaching Experience:

  • Tutorial SS 2006. Introduction to Business Administration

Research Interests:

  • Macroorganisational Theory
  • Epistemological Foundations
  • New Media and Technology


Conference Papers:

  • Dobusch, L. (2008): Durch Flexibilisierung in die Pfadabhängigkeit: Gordische Knoten aus organisationalen und technischen Strukturen. Paper präsentiert im Rahmen der 70. Jahrestagung des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V., 15.-17. Mai 2008, Berlin
  • Dobusch, L. (2008): Escaping Path Dependency: Adoption of Network Effect Technologies as Organisational Innovation. Paper präsentiert im Rahmen der Wissenschaftliche Kommission Organisation 2008, 21.-22. Februar 2008, München
  • Dobusch, L. (2007): Schumpeter vs. Path Dependency: Innovation Lessons From Breaking Through Innovation Barriers. Paper presented at CMS Conference 2007, Manchester, 13-15 July, Stream "Apollo Ante Portas! - Critical Perspectives on the Creative Age"
  • Dobusch, L./Quack, S. (2007): Creative Commons - The "share alike" community between global norm and local translation. Paper presented at 23. EGOS Colloquium, Wien 5-7 July 2007, Sub-theme 01 (SWG): Comparative studies of economic organization: Transnational communities - Complex dancing patterns across and within national borders
  • Dobusch, L./Schuessler, E.S. (2007): From Storytelling to Theory: Unlocking Path Dependency from Metaphorical Usage. Paper presented at 23. EGOS Colloquium, Wien 5-7 July 2007, Sub-theme 14: Path dependencies and beyond
  •  Dobusch, L. (2007): Adopter Innovation in Network Markets: The Case of Linux in Munich. Paper presented at SASE Annual Meeting, Kopenhagen 28-30 June 2007, Network on Knowledge, Technology and Innovation
  •  Dobusch, L./Schuessler, E.S. (2006): One Mechanism Does Not Make a Path" - Revisiting Path Dependency's Favorites in a Quest for Clarity. Paperpresented at EIASM Workshop on "Organizing Paths - Paths of Organizing", Free University of Berlin, Germany, 3-4 November 2006.