Author Archives: Hendrik Woiwode

Congratulations Dr. Jessica Petersen!!!

We are very happy to anounce that IndiKon team member Jessica Petersen successfully completed her PhD thesis with the defense.  The Hamburg-based IndiKon team members and other colleagues enjoyed an amazing and very interesting presentation about “Evaluation of innovation performance in research: Between output and peer control”.  Jessica even inspired the part of the audience that was not connected to the research topic before.

Congratulations and all the best for the future career, Jessica!!!

CfP: 2017 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference

This year’s EFMD Higher Education research conference will take place on 23-24 October 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. It will be hosted by KU Leuven.

EFMD welcomes and encourages submissions of research work within the following three areas of academic enquiry:

  • Track 1: Interdisciplinarity and the challenges for governance, incentive structures, faculty management, and autonomy/organisation of business schools and HEIs in general
  • Track 2: Interdisciplinarity and its impact in management education and research
  • Track 3: Innovations in management education and research
  • EFMD-EDAMBA Track 4: We have a special EFMD-EDAMBA track for PhDs this year. EDAMBA is the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration

Outline papers can be submitted until 30 April 2017.

Fur further informations take a look at the HERC2017_Call_4_Papers.

Best Paper Award. Congratulations to our IndiKon team member Isabel!

Isabel Bögner received the best paper award of the 19th Workshop Scientific Commission Higher Education Management, which took place on 21.& 22. February 2016 at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg. The paper with the title “Research puppies (un)chained – How the socialization of doctoral students contributes to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia.” illustrates how the relevance of output-related performance indicators influences the behavior of and cognitions of doctoral students and how these behaviors and cognitions in turn lead to the institutional stability of output-related performance indicators in academia. The award ceremony was the ending of an interesting and inspiring workshop.

CfP: EFMD Higher Education Research Conference 2017

From 23-24 October this year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference will take place  in Leuven, Belgium.The conference will focus on “Impact and interdisciplinarity in management education and research”.

The three tracks of the conference will be:

Track 1: Interdisciplinarity and the challenges for governance, incentive structures, faculty management, and autonomy/organisation of business schools and HEIs in general
Track 2: Interdisciplinarity and its impact in management education and research
Track 3: Innovations in management education and research.

Outline papers of around 2000 words dealing with the conferences topics can be submitted until 30 April 2017. Further information can be found  in the Call for papers.

Call for Papers „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft – Perspektiven aus Forschung, Praxis und Politik“

On the 25th & 26th of January 2017 the conference „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft – Perspektiven aus Forschung, Praxis und Politik“ takes place at the Vorhoelzer Forum of the TU Munich.

Participants of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research funding line „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ will present results of their research projects. Scholars who are not part of the funding line can also submit presentations about research on topics like performance indicators, or digitalization and performance measurement. Keynotes will be held by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Bruno Frey, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Margit Osterloh, Prof. Dr. Stefan Kühl, Dr. Ulrich Schreiterer and Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff.

Abstracts (max. 1000 words) can be submitted until December 9th to patrick.oehler@tum.de. For further informations take a look at the call for papers.

Conference „Die Vermessung der Third Mission“

Reciprocal interactions between higher education institutions and their societal environment are highly relevant in today`s knowledge society. Universities` “Third Mission” is to advance such interactions.

Two research projects out of the german federal ministry of education and research  funding line „Leistungsbewertung in der Wissenschaft“ have generated new findings concernig the institutionalization of third mission activities in the german higher education sector. Their members will present these findings  at Umweltforum Berlin on September 27 & 28.

For further informations take a look at http://www.che.de/thirdmission2016

Science days in Speyer

On October 14. & 15, 2016 the “Speyer Science Days 2016” (“Speyerer Wissenschaftstage 2016”) will take place at Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer. The theme is “Impact of science and higher education institutions”.

For further informations take a look at the Program Speyerer Wissenschaftstage (only in German).

Registration is possible until September 30 under http://tinyurl.com/spey-wiss-tage.

2nd Paper Development Workshop for PhD students & early career scholars in Central and Eastern Europe

On October 27 & 28, 2016 the “2nd Paper Development Workshop for PhD students & early career scholars in Central and Eastern Europe” will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) . The theme is “Challenges in Managing and Organizing Processes of Change”.

The workshop is organized by EGOS, it’s journal “Organization Studies”, and the Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management. It is free of charge.

The deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2016.

An application can be send to Loreta Tauginiene: lotaugi@mruni.eu.

For further information take a look at: http://pdw.mruni.eu/

Impressions from the 32nd Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)

From the 6th-8th April 2016 Jetta Frost, Rick Vogel, Fabian Hattke, Jessica Petersen and me attended the 32nd Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) in Naples titled “Organizing in the Shadow of Power”.

Several manifestations and outcomes of “Power over modern universities” stood in the focus of our conference track. We were provided with interesting research on topics like stakeholder salience in academia, performance metrics or academic freedom. Our papers “Performance indicators in academic research: Do they improve performance?”, “How innovative are editors? Evidence across journals and disciplines”, and “Governance and leadership in universities: Taken-for-granted practices and hidden tactics” were presented by other higher education researchers and gained positive and constructive feedback.

On the whole it was an inspiring conference with interesting discussions. Aside from the conference the power of the sun brought us a hot time in a beautiful city. We are looking forward to next year’s EGOS colloquium in Copenhagen about  “The Good Organization –Aspirations, Interventions, Struggles”.

CfP: 8. ZSM junior meeting on 28th & 29th October 2016 in Magdeburg: „Hochschulen als Organisation und die Organisation von Hochschulen– Reformen des Wissenschaftsbetriebs in Theorie und Praxis.“

On 28th & 29th October 2016 the junior meeting of the “Zentrum für Sozialweltforschung und Methodenentwicklung” (ZSM) titled „Hochschulen als Organisation und die Organisation von Hochschulen– Reformen des Wissenschaftsbetriebs in Theorie und Praxis.“ takes place at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, faculty of human sciences.

The meeting wants to provide a forum of exchange for junior scholars of all disciplines concerned with higher education research. The aim of the meeting is to connect researchers of different disciplines concerned with topics like new governance mechanisms in academia, changing views of science or changing power relations in higher education.

Paper proposals (max. 3000 characters) or posters (max. 1500 characters) presenting results of empirical, theoretical or conceptual work can be submitted until 31st May to zsm@ovgu.de. For further information take a look at the call for papers.

Impressions from the 11th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf)

From the 6th-8th April 2016 I attended  the 11th Annual Conference of the German Association for Higher Education Research (GfHf) in Munich. Several speakers presented interesting research findings  concerning new forms of governance in higher education. The subject Areas ranged from  governmental control of higher education institutions over  academic self-governance to competition in the field of higher education.

Hot topics in higher education research like Quality Management, Third Mission of higher education or University 2.0 were lighted from different disciplinary perspectives and triggered constructive discussions between practitioners and scholars.

I introduced the audience to our current research project “University governance: Hidden tactics in taken-for-granted practices? and gained some positive and inspiring feedback.

On the whole it was a inspiring conference!

CHESS Lecture with Barbara Sporn @ University of Zurich

On the 26th of May 2016 Barbara Sporn, professor of higher education management and former vice director of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, will hold a lecture titled «Die Universität zwischen Wirtschaftsrelevanz und Gesellschaftskritik: Erfahrungen aus Theorie und Praxis» at the University of Zurich. In this CHESS lecture she sheds light on the role of universities in nowadays society. Discussant is Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, former director of the University of Basel.

The Lecture takes place  in Room KOL F 101 18.00 – 20.00 Uhr at the University of Zurich central.

Conference “University Governance: Impeding or Facilitating Creativity”

From 29-30 September 2016 the conference “University Governance: Impeding or Facilitating Creativity” will take place at the Royal Palace of Herrenhausen (Schloss Herrenhausen), Hannover. The conference which is arranged by Academia Europaea, INCHER Kassel and the Volkswagen Foundation deals with the relationship between governance and creativity in higher education and research, two essential requirements of research and higher education.

Researchers will present their findings dealing with issues of governance and creativity in universities and practitioners of the field of higher education leadership will contribute from their practical experiences. In addition the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 2014 will present his view on the topic.

The conference promises inspiring presentations and interesting discussions on a topic which is highly relevant for the academic and scientific development! Click here for the Programm and further Information.

Impressions from the “Governance, Performance & Leadership of Research and Public Organizations” Symposium in Munich

On the 15th and 16th of July Alfred Kieser, Jetta Frost, Rick Vogel, Fabian Hattke, Jessica Petersen and me attended the “Governance, Performance & Leadership of Research and Public Organizations” symposium at the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences in Munich.

We heard several keynote addresses, inter alia of Margit Osterloh who gave a lecture about the shortcomings of current assessment procedures in academia and initiated a passionate discussion about this topic and John P.A. Ioannidis who illustrated paradoxes and room for improvement of research evaluations.

The parallel tracks concerned the central topics of the symposium (Governance, Performance & Leadership) and contained several interesting contributions. Rick Vogel, Alfred Kieser, Fabian Hattke and Jessica Petersen introduced the audience to the reasons of journals ranking-success. Jetta Frost, Fabian Hattke and me presented the audience how effects of performance measurement in academia can be captured through a multi-dimensional framework of scholars‘ organizational identification.

On the whole it was a really inspiring symposium with a nice composition of lecturers!

Impressions from 2015 EFMD Higher Education Conference in Oxford

On the 3rd and 4th of June Jetta Frost, Fabian and me attended the 2015 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference in the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The Conference dealt with “The Legitimacy and Impact of Business Schools and Universities”.

The first day was opened with a keynote address of Jeffrey Pfeffer who shed light on current student culture in business schools in a slightly critical manner and reflected on the role and responsibility of business schools in society. The first parallel sessions dealt with reputation, rankings and the legitimacy of the business school and competition and change in higher education. They offered interesting perspectives on topics like the relations between states, universities and business schools, institutional change in the higher education system and competition. The second parallel sessions dealt with rankings, markets and performance in higher education and the legitimacy of Chinese universities and business schools. Fabian showed the audience how the effects of performance measurement in academia can be captured through a multiple-dimensional framework of scholars’ organizational identification and gained some positive and constructive feedback. The first day was concluded with a keynote address of Mats Alvesson who took the audience on a really entertaining trip through several paradoxes of the current higher education and business school system.

The second day was introduced with a keynote of Alis Oancea who presented the audience how the impact of research is related to several values in several societal spheres and how this relation can be systematized. The parallel sessions dealt with the meaning and significance of business school impact and the entrepreneurial activities and legitimacy of universities and business schools. They offered interesting perspectives on topics like the strengthening of higher education institutions legitimacy or the complexity of higher education institutions impact. At the end Andrew Pettigrew took leave in the name of the organisational team and named the conference “best EFMD-Conference so far”.

Beside the interesting content of the presentations we could enjoy the impressive atmosphere of Oxford. We visited many of the 38 colleges that constitute the University of Oxford. On wednesday we had our dinner in the hall at Balliol College, which is the oldest Oxford College that has a lot of famous absolvents, inter alia Adam Smith and a few prime ministers. On the whole it was a really nice conference in an inspiring environment. We are looking forward to next year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference!

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg, Academy Readings 2015

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg aims to promote interdisciplinary research across universities and non-university research institutions and advocates dialogue between academia, the public, and politics. Members of the Academy are distinct scholars from Germany. For further information take a look at the homepage.

The Academy hosts inter alia academy readings with outstanding scientists. This years program focusses on academic freedom featuring readings from Torsten Wilholt, Paul Kirchhoff, Martin Carrier, and Bettina Schöne-Seifert. Especially for researchers in the field of higher education the readings are worth visting. See the program for further information about the lectures.

Impressions from Duisburg WK HSM

On February 21st Fabian and me attended the 16th Workshop for Higher Education Management at the University Duisburg-Essen, Campus Duisburg.

Sadly we could only join the second part of the workshop. Nevertheless we had a nice Saturday with interesting presentations. The lectures dealt with choice for studies, diversity and learning software and performance measurement in science.

Michaela Schaffhauser-Linzatti introduced us to the reasons for university and academic subject choice at the business faculty of the University of Vienna and reflected about the possible managerial consequences of the results. Winfried Reiß and Helge Krusche from the University of Paderborn gave us an entertaining and interactive impression of the interactive learning system OViSS 3.0. Laura Graf held a presentation about an explorative study concerning performance and performance measurement in science which resulted in an inspiring discussion about qualitative and quantitative measurement of scholarly performance. Omar Adam Ayaita presented a fruitful approach of how to identify productivity patterns of researchers beyond the current methods. Christoph Biester presented us some unexpected insights into scholar’s perception of the performance-related payment in academia. Finally, we presented some first results of our current project about the effects of performance measurement on medical scholars’ organizational identification and gained some positive and constructive feedback.

We are looking forward to next years’ workshop!

CfP: 8th Annual UK & Ireland Conference of the higher Education Institutional Research

On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2015 the 8th Annual UK & Ireland Conference
of the higher Education Institutional Research Network takes place at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus PA1 2BE, Scotland, UK. The topic of the 2015 conference is: “The Stories We Tell: Using institutional research to enhance policy, practice and Engagement.”

Abstracts can be submitted until March 27th 2015.

For further Informations about the speakers, the different tracks dealing inter alia with “Performance and Impact” or “Institutional Management” and the submission formats take a look at  http://www.uws.ac.uk/heir2015/#.VOg8ui4l-Wk.

CfP: Sociology of Assessment – Workshop at the University of Bremen

The Institute of empirical and applied sociology (EMPAS) of the university bremen hosts a workshop dealing with the sociology of assessment.

In the light of the increasing relevance of assessment procedures in all societal spheres several sociological approaches analyze processes and practices of assessment and related phenomenons like categorizing, comparison and measurement. These approaches can be subsumed under the umbrella term sociology of assessment.

The Initiators of the Workshop want to bring together assessment-researchers of different social scientifical contexts. They aim at stimulating a discourse between researchers of different disciplines, expanding individual research perspectives and developing a comprehensive research-agenda for a sociology of assessment.

Researchers of different contexts are welcome to submit Proposals ( 2 pages) concerning practices of assessment, organisation and assessment, society and assessment or limitations of assessment. Proposals can be submitted until 15th April 2015. For further Informations take a look at the Call for Paper.