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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.

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/

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.

IndiKon on Tour: Workshop on Scientists’ Careers @ Kassel

The Economic Policy Research Group and the INCHER Kassel are hosting a workshop on “Scientists’ Careers Inside and Outside the University”. It takes place on June 27-28 2016 at the Science Park of the University of Kassel. The workshop brings together international scholars with a research interest in academic personnel development. I’ll present results from a survey, asking “How important is the junior professorship? Self-reported success factors of academic careers in four scientific fields”. Attendance to the workshop is free. Click here for more information.

Preliminary Program of the 18th Workshop Higher Education Management

We’ve recieved great submissions to our call for papers for the 18th Workshop of the Scientific Commission Higher Education Management (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Hochschulmanagement im VHB). See the preliminary program here.

If you want to join the workshop, you’re heavily invited to contact us (please use this form).

It is a tradition on this blog to prepare a wordcloud from accepted abstracts if we host a conference. So here we go again: Abstracts-WK-HSM

CfP: 10th International EUREDOCS Ph.D. Workshop

EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. It is sponsored by several European higher education research institutes and aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students in the field. The 10th workshop will take place on 27-28 May 2016 at the Society for Research into Higher Education in London. Deadline for submission of proposals is on 11 January 2016. Find the full call for proposals here.

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: 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.           

IndiKon’s short visit to Munich

The Network for Science Management (Netzwerk Wissenschaftsmanagement) invited us to participate in their annual meeting which took place in Munich last week. The network aims to support the professionalization of administration through regular exchange of ideas and experiences and has, thus, a strong practical focus. Together with Isabel Welpe, Jutta Wollersheim, and Stefanie Ringelhan from the Chair of Strategy and Organization at TU Munich, I was invited to talk about the governance of academic cooperation from a scholarly standpoint.

The research group from Munich held an impressive talk about quantitative assessments of research productivity and possible performance paradoxes, the differing intensity of collaboration between PhD students of economics and among PhD students of management, and the possibilities of new forms of collaboration (e.g. crowd research), publication (e.g. open peer review and open access) and scholarly communication (e.g. web 2.0 applications). If I might say so, their research looks very interesting and especially their new ventures promise relevant insights.

After their talk, I presented the results of two studies which are currently under review for publication (fingers crossed). The studies approach the emerging actorhood of universities from a governance- and a resource-perspective. As already reported earlier, governance reforms in the early 2000s have strenthened managerial mechanisms and delegated decision-competencies to the upper echelons of universities, the president, vice-presidents, and chancellors. So we asked ourselves, whether the composition of this “top management team” has any influence on how successful the university is in acquiring competitive funding for large collaborative projects? The results suggest that socio-demographic diversity of decision-makers has positive effects on performance in that regard. The second study investigates the increasing professionalization of administration in specialized central support units. Results indicate that performance is not always enhanced by these developments. In some cases, voluntary collective action seems to be more important than support from such units. However, we’re currently gathering additional data and running further tests on our models, so the final results may be more rubust and provide further clarity.

There was broad consensus about the implications of the first study. Some were reminded of Niklas Luhmann who stated that complexity can only be reduced by complexity – a nice thought, indeed. The results of the second study were, not surprisingly, seen a little bit more controversial. I’m grateful for this opportunity to discuss our research with practitioners in the field (many thanks to Dr. Brauns from the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture).

CfP: The Future of Scholarly Communication in Economics

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) are organizing a workshop on the topic “The Future of Scholarly Communication in Economics”. The event will be held in Hamburg on March 30-31, 2015. Approximately 8 papers will be selected for presentation. Mark Armstrong (Oxford University) will deliver a plenary talk.

The journal “Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal” is planning to publish a special issue related to the workshop. For the workshop, the committee invites researchers from economics and other disciplines to submit related empirical and theoretical contributions. Among the areas of interest are:

  • Pros/cons of the review process, and new ideas for improvements
  • Different methods to measure reputation
  • Impact of open access on the publication market
  • Inclusion of research data in the publication process
  • The changing role of publishers, libraries, and scientific communities
  • The potential of social media tools (blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook etc.) in scholarly communication

Submission deadline: November 30, 2014 (completed or draft papers preferred). Find the call for papers here.

Distinguished Scholars Seminar at Zurich – Reflections

As Isabel Boegner has already announced, we have both participated in the Distinguished Scholars Workshop on “Developments in Institutional Theory”, conducted by Royston Greenwood from the University of Alberta. Greenwood is currently one of the most influential scholars in the field of organizational institutionalism.

The seminar took place at the Chair of David Seidl at the University of Zurich from 24th – 26th of September. We were approximately 15 participants (doctoral students) given the chance to discuss several papers on institutional theory, reaching from an introduction to institutional theory to hybrids, institutional logics, and institutional complexity. Further, we have learned about categories and “emerging stuff”, such as emotions and materiality. Besides these paper-based discussion rounds, advanced doctoral students were given the opportunity to present their current research projects, discuss them and receive feedback from Royston Greenwood and the seminar participants. Ferdinand Wenzlaff from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, working in the RePort-Project, joined us and took the opportunity to present a collaborative research paper on hybrid organizational responses of European universities facing institutional complexity in the higher education field.

Greenwood admitted himself: “Organizational Institutionalism is very fluffy”. Although it was sometimes challenging to grasp the essence of neo-institutionalism and to be clear about definitional issues – for example, how to distinguish between institutional context, geographical community, and organizational field? – we spent three very nice days at the University of Zurich and got to know different facets of institutional theory. We have gathered inspirations for our collaborative research project IndiKon: The theme of hybrid organizations that are exposed to competing institutional logics in the long run is of particular interest for our research project. In this context, rankings act as field-level intermediaries shaping actors’ responses to conflicting institutional demands (Kodeih & Greenwood, 2014).

Moreover, recent developments towards a micro-level of analysis within institutional theory have become apparent during the workshop. Again, our research project will benefit from this developments.


Vom 24.09.2014 bis zum 26.09.2014 findet ein „Distinguished Scholars Seminar“ am Lehrstuhl von David Seidl in Zürich statt. Die Veranstaltung beinhaltet das Thema „Institutional Theory“. Jessica Petersen und ich werden aus dem Team Indikon daran teilnehmen und freuen uns bereits jetzt schon sehr auf den wissenschaftlichen Input! Dabei wird für uns die Frage im Vordergrund stehen, wie wir Aspekte des Institutionalismus aufgreifen und in unsere Forschungsarbeiten einbauen können.
Die Woche darauf reisen wir zum 8. International Research Workshop (IRWS) nach Sankelmark und Sonderburg. Hierbei wird es um das Erlernen der statistischen Software R gehen. Tipps zum schnelleren Umgang mit diesem Programm sind jederzeit willkommen.

2nd Workshop in Strategic Change and Organizational Transformation of Higher Education Institutions

We look back at an interesting and inspiring academic workshop in Bucharest. The topic emerged as a joint follow-up event of our workshop last year in Lüneburg. The host – Prof. Elena Druica – and her colleagues are approching questions of higher education from economic perspectives. Especially the growing domain of behavioral economics allows to analyze and explain non-rational or non-market behavior, which is very important in the field of higher education research.

We have touched important questions which occupies our project team as well as others within the funding line “Science Economics”. For example, Calin Valsan – who also participated in Lüneburg before – investigated the fact of the relatively low payment of professors compared to other professionals. He concluded that academics do not respond to economic incentives as other professionals. Higher educations reforms could deform the prevailing motivation and incentives of academics as distinct professionals:

“This paper claims that turning academics into regular professionals would have far-reaching consequences from a wider social perspective. Emphasizing monetary rewards at the expense of intrinsic drivers would most likely change the nature and structure of the academic output (Valsan, taken from the abstract)

This illustrates that Science Economics does not necessarily conclude, how higher education can be managed more efficiently and how performance can be raised. Science economics can mean, that an economic analysis concludes the failure of the introduction of market principles.

We have further learned about the challenges of the Romanian higher education policy. For example, Liviu Andreescu presented research on the challenges and opportunities of Romania’s first university classification exercise in 2011. This was motivated by an observation of too many institutions with too weak research performance. Hence, concentration and profile building is now at the top of the agenda of Romanian higher education policy. The classification exercise initiated first merger cases and there are more mergers of universities to be expected. We will keep in contact in order to follow the developments.

Impressions from Bremen WK HSM / Best Paper Award for Katrin Obermeit

On February 21st and 22nd Katrin Obermeit, Fabian Hattke, Ferdinand Wenzlaff, Johan Bronstein and myself attended the 16th Workshop for Higher Education Management at the Univesity of the Arts in Bremen.

The audience got an impression about a wide range of research on topics concerning the management of higher education institutions. The lectures dealt with philosophical-analytical topics, such as the presentation of Stefan Heinemann,who sensitized the audience for the importance of a systematic reflection on ethical questions in higher education management, conceptual works, such as the presentation of Johan Bronstein and Ferdinand Wenzlaff, who showed the audience how Literature dealing with strategic management of universities can be systemized, political problems, such as the presentation of Walter Dörhage, who presented problems that emerge out of the growing social structural heterogeneity and diversity of students, and empirical issues, such as the presentation of Fabian Hattke, who showed that the diversity of top management teams in german universities influences the chance to succeed in the “Exzellence Initiative”.

Katrin Obermeit presented her mental models of study choice. Katrin won the best paper award and can supply her colleagues at the University of Lüneburg with high-quality coffee and cacao in the next weeks. Congratulations Katrin!

On the whole it was a really inspiring workshop with a lot of interesting and fruitful discussions. We’re looking forward to the next workshop!

Strategic Change and Organizational Transformation: The Workshop’s Abstracts

The workshop on strategic change and organizational transformation in higher education institutions will take place next week. As for our last workshop, we generated a word cloud of the program. Besides the core themes of strategy and change, students, resources, markets, as well as management and leadership issues are of high relevance in the abstracts. So is research. Rankings are of minor significance.


Strategic Change and Organizational Transformation of Higher Education Institutions

Please find here the program of our workshop in Lüneburg on November 21 and 22. We have 14 very interesting presentations and are proud to host international scholars arriving e.g. from Australia, Romania, Canada, the U.S. and Saudi-Arabia. We expect inspiring debates and exchanges of experiences in different national contexts.

If you want to participate in the workshop, please contact Ferdinand Wenzlaff: ferdinand.wenzlaff@leuphana.de.

Retrospection on the Panel discussion "Career System Higher Education"

On November 8-9th, we visited the “Workshop Career System Higher Education” in Tübingen, hosted by another BMBF-funded research group. Several topics around career issues in higher education were discussed in a nice, collegial, and constructive atmosphere. Fabians presentation “Governance Logics in Universities: Organizational Change as Oscillating Conversations” was stimulating, especially concerning the qualitative steps involved in the research process. Closing the workshop, Susanne Warning, Dieter Timmermann, and Axel Schlinghoff have been invited for a panel discussion moderated by Oliver Fabel. In the following, some interesting issues of the panel discussion are summarized:

In general downplay of teaching in favor of research for tenure decisions is omnipresent. However, professors experienced the demand of teaching evaluations in recent application processes. The university of Bielefeld even provides variable payments for their tenured professors when they receive good teaching evaluations. So, teaching qualities do play a role, although they are still difficult to evaluate. But at the same time, teaching loads become more and more negotiable in appointment processes.

According to the panel this might be explained by an increased international mobility of academics: when German universities want to attract international academics, they might adapt international standards and therefore lower the teaching workload for high performing researchers. In this context, experiences abroad during early career strages will be a more and more important criteria of tenure decisions.

The move towards cumulative dissertations and habilitations was seen critically, as it might hinder developing complex thoughts – of course, to write a book is a different effort of writing than writing a paper. Anyway, the trend towards cumulative works seems to go hand in hand with the modularization of study programs. It was argued, that further investigating the connection between “bulimia-learning” and “publication-slicing” could provide further insights on standardization in academia.

The few statements of the HRK (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz) concerning new career opportunities may serve as an indicator for a neglected topic. The panel agreed, that another career perspective might be established in the near future: The secretary position in the classical sense may not be useful for professors anymore as new task requirements arise. Ergo, these positions should be transformed into science service management positions. That might imply allocating that positions at departmental levels (not chairs). Once redesigned, this science support position might be a carreer alternative for young academics with PhDs.

The last part of the debate was concerned with setting a research agenda: there are strong demands for empirical testing behavioral effects of monetary incentive systems in science – instead of further theoreizing about negative and positive effects. For example, when analyzing the widely supposed assumption of motivational crowding out effects, it is often forgotten, that the peer review system with non-pecuniary reputation as the currency already functions by extrinsic motivation at least to some extent. Although widely analyzed in settings apart from the science sector, it is still questionable in what way managerial governance and performance payment systems change the behavior of scholars.

The Workshop’s Abstracts

Here are the abstracts for this weeks workshop “Organization Turn in Higher Education Research”. Well, not exactly the full 15 pages.. It’s a wordcloud to give you an idea of the presentations at a glance. It’s pretty obvious that measurement issues are of high interest in the current discourse on organizing universities.


Workshop "Organization Turn in Higher Education Research?"

Next week, on June 14th & 15th, our workshop on organization studies in higher education takes place at Hamburg University. We are proud to announce that we have received premium submissions of well-known researchers from the field of higher education research and management science (see program here). In addition to the daily schedule, the RePort project and the Center for a Sustainable University host a fireside chat on thursday evening. The presidents of Hamburg University and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen and Prof. Dr. Sascha Spoun, will discuss recent developments and upcoming challanges for university leadership and management with the participants of the workshop.

We are very excited to share and develop our ideas within such a community and we wish all external participants a safe trip to Hamburg!!! See you on Thursday!