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

Job opening: Research associate (PhD student) at University of Hamburg

The Chair of Organization and Management at the University of Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate (PhD student). Our new team member commences his/her studies in our reesearch project IndiKon and continues after approximately one year in a state-funded position as a lecturer with teaching responsibilities. The position is initially fixed for three years and remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 75% of standard work hours per week.

Core research areas are: organization theory, public sector professionals, organizational rules, behavioral decision theory. The position commences on 1 October 2016 or at the earliest possible date. If you are interested, please send your applications by August 31 2016. You will find additional information and contact details here: Information in English / Information in German.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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:

For further information take a look at:

Short Impression of the Higher Education Conference (HEC) 2016

From the 13-15th July  2016 I attended the Higher Education Conference (HEC) in Amsterdam.

The topic of the HEC was the Scholarship of Learning, Teaching and Organizing. Particular purpose of this conference was to unite the macro, meso and micro levels of higher education research and to promote a more holistic perspective on higher education. This is due to the fact that universities are confronted with several developments, challenges and problems these days, such as transparency, accountability and massification, that span different levels.

Several researchers from different disciplines and countries contributed to the conference and presented interesting and challenging findings across a broad area of subthemes, covering “Academic Competencies & Identities”, “Innovation & Space”, “Internationalization & Performance” or “Evaluation & Assessment”.

I presented the paper “How innovative are editors? Evidence across journals and disciplines” and received some valuable feedback for further development.

All in all, it was an interesting conference located at a nice city. For the future, the aim is to organize a HEC every two years. Therefore, proposals and ideas for a sequel are very welcome. For more information, please have a look on the homepage.

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 – Journal for Higher Education Development (ZFHE)

Dear colleagues,
We would like to inform you about a new call for paper:
The “Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung” (ZFHE, Journal for Higher Education Development) is a journal offering (at least) one English issue every year. Next year’s second issue is on the topic of “Structuring Doctoral Education”. It is edited by Alexandra Bitusikova (Matej Bel University), Lucy Johnson (University of Newcastle), Brigitte Lehmann (Humboldt Graduate School in Berlin), Rebekah Smith McGloin (University of Coventry) und Lucas Zinner (University of Vienna).
The submission deadline for your empirical or conceptual contribution is October 28th, 2016; the publication is planned for June 2017. Please find the call online at
If you have any questions regarding the content of the issue, please do not hesitate to contact Lucas Zinner ( For technical and organizational questions, please contact

Summer School in Higher Education Research and Sciences Studies

Dear Community,
we would like to inform you about the planned summer school in September 5-9 organized by the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hanover!
The summer school has the aim to understand the social mechanisms of career decisions
in academia. As conditions in academia are changing due to differentiation and increasing
stratification among higher education institutions, increasing competition for resources and evaluation of achievements, increasingly precarious working conditions and a declining proportion of full or associate professors positions in the academic labour market, a couple of questions arises: Who decides to stay in academia in spite of increasingly difficult career prospects? Are diversity management and equal opportunity programs in order to increase the career chances of women successful? What determines the chances of highly qualified people in the common labour market compared to academia? For which scientists are these drop-out options attractive? How are the chances to find a good job when after 12 or 15 years of work at a university or in research projects it becomes clear that a permanent position will not be available?
There will be a mix of theoretical and methodological contents, of analyses of the German academic labour market and international comparisons. Presenters and invited keynote speakers will be from German und international higher education research and science studies.

Please apply online and sumbmit your abstract by June 24, 2016.
For further information:

Book published: Multi-Level Governance of Universities

Governing universities is a multi-level as well as a highly paradoxical endeavor. The featured studies in this book examine critically the multifaceted repercussions of changing governance logics and how contradictory demands for scholarly peer control, market responsiveness, public policy control, and democratization create governance paradoxes. While a large body of Cover MGiUacademic literature has been focusing on the external governance of universities, this book shifts the focus on organizations’ internal characteristics, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of the changing governance in universities.

The book follows exigent calls for getting back to the heart of organization theory when studying organizational change and turns attention to strategies, structures, and control mechanisms as distinctive but interrelated elements of organizational designs. We take a multi-level approach to explore how universities develop strategies in order to cope with changes in their institutional environment (macro level), how universities implement these strategies in their structures and processes (meso level), and how universities design mechanisms to control the behavior of their members (micro level). As universities are highly complex knowledge-based organizations, their modus operandi, i.e. governing strategies, structures, and controls, needs to be responsive to the multiplicity of demands coming from both inside and outside the organization.

Volume 47 of Springer’s Higher Education Dynamics Series advances higher education research by gathering distinguished scholars with an academic background in management and organization studies and a research interest in the dynamics of university governance. Among them are JC Spender, Mats Alvesson, Alfred Kieser, and many more.

Follow these links to find the full table of contents, to order the book or to access single chapters.

Publons: Get credit for peer review

Reviewers do an important but often underappreciated job in the current publication system. To recognize their invisible and usually unpaid efforts, journals often gratefully publish the name of their reviewers by end of the year. From the perspective of reviewers, these “honorable mentions” are nice, but still somewhat scattered and disconnected.

The online network “publons” offers a more personalized approach of earning credit for reviewing. Once you have created an account, you can forward the “thank-you-for-reviewing”-mails that are automatically generated by submission systems after completion of the process. The information will be verified and added to your profile, thus recording your personal history of peer reviewing. This can be helpful to document your services to the community, e.g. in application processes.

Indikon at the 16th EURAM – 2 papers nominated for the Best Paper Award

The annual conference of the 16th European Academy of Management (EURAM) took place in Paris, the beautiful capital of France. Rick Vogel and I had the opportunity to present two of our current research papers:

“How Influence Tactics and Trustworthiness of Reviewers Affect Authors’ Trust and Commitment to Peer Review” by Fabian Hattke, Isabel Bögner and Rick Vogel.
“Performance Indicators in Academic Research: Do They Improve Performance?” by Rick Vogel and Fabian Hattke.

Both papers were nominated for the best paper award in SIG 09 (Organizational Behavior) and SIG 11 (Public and Non-Profit Management).
We feel honored for the nominations and are thankful for the inspiring discussion possibilities that definitely will help us to improve our actual state.
We warmly congratulate the winners Jamie Lee Gloor and Bert George, Sebastian Desmidt and Eva Cools for the prices and hope to see them again next year in Glasgow!

For further information about the conference, please have a look at EURAM 2017 Glasgow

It’s official: the better the teacher, the worse the evaluation

A recent study found that students’ evaluation of teaching quality at universities drops by about half a standard deviation when the effectiveness of the teacher in improving students’ performance increases by one standard deviation. In other words: the better the teacher, the worse the evaluation. This is mainly due to the extra-effort that good teachers require from their students. The weather also proves to be a determinant of evaluation results. Overall, these findings cast doubts on the evaluation practices of universities, both with regard to current and prospective teachers.

Spurious Correlations

As empirical social scientists, we are always looking for relationships between different phenomena. However, we need to be very careful which variables we include in our empirical models. For example, Spector and Brannick (2011) point out that common control variables (e.g., age or size of an organization) are often rather included because of “methodological urban legends” than for theoretical reasons. Therefore, many significant findings denote unobserved relationships or just correlate by chance.

I just came across a website which collects spurious correlations – just in case anyone needs further arguments, why a relationship should be established conceptually first.

Source: Spector, P. E., & Brannick, M. T. (2011). Methodological urban legends: The misuse of statistical control variables. Organizational Research Methods.

CfP: 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference

The 2016 Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Conference will be held from November 3-5, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference theme is on Innovative Mechanisms for the Exchange of New Knowledge. Contributions may include the following areas:

  • Research Centers, Groups and Team Dynamics
  • University R&D Collaborations
  • Ethical and Normative Issues in Technology Transfer and Research Collaboration
  • Academic Entrepreneurship
  • Public Sector Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship support policies and programs
  • Models of University Technology Transfer

Submission deadline for session proposals (1-2 pages) or research abstracts (300-500 words) is on July 1, 2016. Find more information on the conference website.

CfP: 2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference

This year’s EFMD Higher Education Research Conference will take place at IESE Business School Barcelona on October 10-11, 2016. The main focus is on “Innovation in Higher Education” and the organizing committee invites submissions to the following areas: (1) Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions, (2) Innovations in education, or (3) Innovations in research.

Submissions deadline for outline papers (2,000 words) or full papers is on May 27, 2016. For further information read the full call for papers or visit the conference website.

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 For further information take a look at the call for papers.

CfP: Conference on Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions

The conference is organized by the Workgroup “Higher Education and Society in Africa” and will take place at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth on 3-4 November 2016.

Deadline of submission is 10 June 2016.

Please find the full call for papers here.