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"If we truly want to understand organizations, we have to examine how people accomplish their everyday work."

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Research

#innovation

Innovating is a challenging activity, because actors face an unpredictable, chaotic and messy process. In my research, I explore how actors can deal with the typical challenges in innovating. Here, I examine how they use routines, artefacts, knowledge and skills, to generate novel ideas, concepts and solutions. As innovation usually is the product of the joint efforts of a variety of different people, I also strive to understand how the actions of different people are weaved together in practice in a way that promotes innovation.

#agility

Agility is the capability of an organization to adapt to unexpected changes. Hence, agility enables organizations to thrive in a dynamic environment. My research strives to explain how the everyday work of regular people contributes to organizational agility. On the one hand, I focus on how the skills and actions of those people contribute to agility. On the other hand, I examine how organizational contexts enable and constrain this process.

#process

In recent years, process organization studies have gained momentum. My research is grounded in such a processual approach, in which organization is seen as fleeting and ever-changing practical accomplishment. I am an active member of the Routines Research Community, which views routines as processes and examines how they can simultenously enact stability and change in organizations.

#methods

My research focuses on qualitative methods, such as ethnography and interviews, to generate new insights. I am particularly interested in product and software development in high-tech organizations. I mostly use processual appoaches and approaches that focus on discovery to analyze my data. Another passion lies in the analysis and visualization of sequentially ordered, digital trace data.

Vita

2008 - 2011

Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics at the "University of Hohenheim" in Germany.

2011 - 2015

Master of Business Administration and Business Psychology at the "Private University Seeburg Castle" in Austria.

2012 - 2015

Founder and Manager of the start-up "devega Steinboxen" and several internships in high-tech manufacturing companies.

2015 - 2019

Research Fellow and PhD-Student at the "University of Stuttgart" in Germany, including research stays at the "University of Zürich" and the "University of Warwick."

2020 - today

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the "University of Stuttgart."

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