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Dr. Matthias Wenzel

Wenzel ©KochMatthias Wenzel is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Management and Organization. He conducts process- and practice-based research at the intersection of strategy, organization, and entrepreneurship in the Digital Era. His current research interests include accelerators, demand-side strategy, disruptive innovation, heuristics, multimodal communication, organizational routines, paradox theory, strategy as practice, strategy process, and temporality. Matthias mostly conducts qualitative studies based on different analytical approaches, including critical discourse analysis, dramaturgical analysis, narrative analysis, and video analysis, among others. His papers have been published in journals such as Business Research, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Accounting and Organizational ChangeJournal of Business Research, Journal of Business StrategyLong Range Planning, ManagementforschungOrganization StudiesStrategic Management Journal, and Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, among others. Furthermore, he serves as Editorial Board member of the Journal of Business Research, Managing Editor of Managementforschung, co-convenor of a sub-theme on "multimodal methods" with Joep Cornelissen and Curtis LeBaron at EGOS 2018, and ad-hoc reviewer of several journals, such as Information Systems Journal, Journal of Competences, Strategy, and ManagementJournal of Management Studies, and Strategic Organization.

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Publications (Selected)

Koch J, Wenzel M, Senf NN, Maibier C. 2018. Organizational creativity as an attributional process: The case of haute cuisine. Organization Studies 39(2-3): 251-270. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Priem RL, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Business models and demand-side strategy: Putting value creation for consumers center stage. Long Range Planning 51(1): 22-31. [VHB: B] [Audio Slides] [Video Abstract

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Strategy as staged performance: A critical discursive analysis of keynote speeches as a genre of strategic communicationStrategic Management Journal 39(2): 639-663. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Wenzel M, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2017. The funeral industry and the Internet: On the historical emergence and destabilization of strategic paths. European Journal of Information Systems 26(4): 361-378. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M. 2016. Dynamic capabilities and routinization. Journal of Business Research 69(5): 1944-1948. [VHB: B]

Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals

Berger ESC, Wenzel M, Wohlgemuth V. forthcoming. Imitation-related performance outcomes in social trading: A configurational approach. Journal of Business Research. [VHB: B]

Koch J, Rothmann W, Wenzel M. 2018. Paradoxien entfalten: Wie man paradoxe Anforderungen bewältigt. zfo – Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation 87(1): 39-44. [VHB: D]

Koch J, Wenzel M, Senf NN, Maibier C. 2018. Organizational creativity as an attributional process: The case of haute cuisine. Organization Studies 39(2-3): 251-270. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Priem RL, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Business models and demand-side strategy: Putting value creation for consumers center stage. Long Range Planning 51(1): 22-31. [VHB: B] [Audio Slides] [Video Abstract

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Strategy as staged performance: A critical discursive analysis of keynote speeches as a genre of strategic communicationStrategic Management Journal 39(2): 639-663. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. From entity to process: Toward more process-based theorizing in the field of organizational change. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change 14(1): 80-98. [VHB: B]

Koch J, Rothmann W, Wenzel M. 2017. Bestrafung und Resozialisierung? Justizvollzugsanstalten unter neoliberalen Vorzeichen - eine Fallanalyse. Kritische Justiz 50(2): 153-165.

Wagner D, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2017. Sense, seize, reconfigure: Online communities as strategic assets. Journal of Business Strategy 38(5): 27-34. [VHB: C]

Wenzel M, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2017. The funeral industry and the Internet: On the historical emergence and destabilization of strategic paths. European Journal of Information Systems 26(4): 361-378. [VHB: A] [Video Abstract]

Koch J, Krämer H, Reckwitz A, Wenzel M. 2016. Zum Umgang mit Zukunft in Organisationen – eine praxistheoretische Perspektive. Managementforschung 26: 161-184. [VHB: B]

Wohlgemuth V, Berger ESC, Wenzel M. 2016. More than just financial performance: Trusting investors in social trading. Journal of Business Research 69(11): 4970-4974. [VHB: B]

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M. 2016. Dynamic capabilities and routinization. Journal of Business Research 69(5): 1944-1948. [VHB: B]

Wenzel M. 2015. Path dependence and the stabilization of strategic premises: How the funeral industry buries itself. Business Research 8(2): 265-299. [VHB: B]

Publications in Peer-reviewed Proceedings

Rauch M, Wenzel, M, Wagner H-T. forthcoming. The impact of digital innovation on path-dependent decision-making: The mediating role of risk propensity and opportunity-threat perception. Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems, Seoul, South Korea. [VHB: A]

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2016. The digital disruption of strategic paths: An experimental study. Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Information Systems, Dublin, Ireland. [VHB: A] 

Wenzel M, Schmidt T, Fuerstenau D. 2015. The Path Biography Methodology: Analyzing self-reinforcing mechanisms on technical and organizational levels. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Information Systems, Forth Worth, TX. [VHB: A]

Wenzel M, Wagner D, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2015. Digitization and path disruption: An examination in the funeral industry. Proceedings of the 23rd European Conference on Information Systems, Münster, Germany. [VHB: B]

Wenzel M, Rothmann W, Koch J. 2014. Tight-loose coupling of bundled capabilities: The imbalanced utilization of emerging digital technologies in newspaper businesses. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems, Auckland, New Zealand. [VHB: A]

Rothmann W, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2014. Alternating forms of lock-in: Publishing digital news in the path of a free content culture. Proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Information Systems, Tel Aviv, Israel. [VHB: B] 

Edited Collections

Krämer H, Wenzel M (eds). forthcoming. How Organizations Manage the Future: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Publications in Edited Collections

Wenzel M, Krämer H. forthcoming. Managing the future: Foundations and perspectives. In Krämer H, Wenzel M (eds.): How Organizations Manage the Future: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Acceleration as process: A strategy process perspective on startup acceleration. In Drori I, Wright M (Eds.): Accelerators: Successful Venture Creation and Growth. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar; 21-36.

Rothmann W, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2017. Technological opportunities and their rejection: A process perspective on organizational lock-in. In Ran B. (Ed.): Technological Innovation Networks: Collaboration and Partnership, pp. 75-97. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Wenzel M, Senf NN, Koch J. 2016. Exploring complex phenomena with qualitative research methods: An examination of strategic innovation trajectories in haute cuisine. In Berger ESC, Kuckertz A (Eds.): Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research: Applications of Emergent and Neglected Methods, pp. 163-182. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Rothmann W, Wenzel M. 2016. Resistance to change at German Media AG: Publishing companies in the digital age. In Sage Business Cases.

Publications in Practitioner Journals

Wenzel M. 2015. Das eigene Schicksal dem Markt überlassen? Entwicklungen im Bestattungsmarkt mitgestalten. Bestattungskultur 67(1): 46-48.

Presentations at Conferences

Hartmann M, Wenzel M. 2018. Market-shaping capabilities: Creating sustainable customer demand. SMS 38th Annual International Conference, September, Paris, France.

Garud R, Jarzabkowski P, Knight E, Langley A, Lê J, Stanske S, Tsoukas H, Van de Ven A, Wenzel M. 2018. Theorizing process research: The greats in conversation. Panel symposium presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Chicago, IL.

Hartmann M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Voice behavior and organizational change: Untangling the conventional wisdom. 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Chicago, IL.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Changing a portfolio of organizational heuristics: Opening the black box. 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Chicago, IL.

Cornelissen JP, Hartmann M, Koch J, Rauch M, Wenzel M. 2018. Yes, but...: How identity and strategy remain incongruent in strategic change initiatives. 34th EGOS Colloquium, July, Tallinn, Estonia.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Changing a portfolio of organizational heuristics:  Opening the black box. 34th EGOS Colloquium, July, Tallinn, Estonia.

Wenzel M, Koch J, Lokat A. 2018. Humor in startup pitches: A multimodal analysis. 34th EGOS Colloquium, July, Tallinn, Estonia.

Cornelissen JP, Hartmann M, Koch J, Rauch M, Wenzel M. 2018. The misalignment of identity and strategy as an ongoing accomplishment. 10th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Halkidiki, Greece.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Berger ESC, Wohlgemuth V, Wagner H-T. 2018. Digital innovation and path dependence: An experimental examination of risk propensity and opportunity-threat perception. 8th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, June, Valencia, Spain.

Stanske S, Wenzel M, Koch J, Rauch M. 2018. Killing boredom: On the expansion and contraction of time in strategic change. 10th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Halkidiki, Greece.

Wenzel M, Krämer H, Koch J, Reckwitz A. 2018. Future and organization studies: Toward a practice perspective. 7th European Theory Development Workshop in Organization and Management Theory, June, Vienna, Austria.

Wenzel M, Will MG. 2018. The communicative constitution of academic fields in the Digital Age: The case of CSR. 17th Conference of the European Academy of Management, June, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2018. Changing a portfolio of organizational heuristics: Opening the black box. 80. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des VHB, May, Magdeburg, Germany.

Wenzel M, Will MG. 2018. Talking CSR into existence: The communicative constitution of the field of CSR research. 80. Wissenschaftliche Jahrestagung des VHB, May, Magdeburg, Germany.

Hartmann M, Koch J, Wenzel M. 2017. Incorporating multiple institutional demands in strategy work. SMS 37th Annual International Conference, October, Houston, Texas.

Wenzel M, Rauch M, Koch J, Hartmann M. 2017. Staging deliberate strategy-making: A dramaturgical analysis. SMS 37th Annual International Conference, October, Houston, Texas.

Hartmann M, Koch J, Wenzel M, Rauch M. 2017. Between being and doing: Strategic action, organizational identity, and first-order and second-order reflection. 10th SKM Symposium, September, Berlin, Germany.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2017. Heuristics in the strategy process: Environmental fit without “generative capabilities”? 10th SKM Symposium, September, Berlin, Germany.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2017. The complexity of simple rules: exploring the role of generational capabilities. 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Atlanta, GA.

Wenzel M, Krämer H, Koch J, Reckwitz A. 2017. Organizing (for) the future: Toward a practice perspective. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, July, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wenzel M, Rauch M, Koch J, Hartmann M. 2017. Staged strategy-making: How top managers enact induced strategic actions. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, July, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wenzel M, Will MG. 2017. The communicative constitution of the field of CSR research. 33rd EGOS Colloquium, July, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Berger ESC, Wenzel M, Wohlgemuth V. 2017. Imitation in social trading: A resource-based view. 7th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, June, Lisboa, Portugal.

Hartmann M, Koch J, Wenzel M. 2017. Logics in flux: The dynamic interplay of multiple logics. 9th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Kos, Greece.

Wenzel M, Krämer H, Koch J, Reckwitz A. 2017. From “dead” past to “dead” future? Toward practice perspective on the management of things to come. 9th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Kos, Greece.

Wenzel M, Rauch M, Koch J, Hartmann M. 2017. Deliberate strategy-making as myth and ceremony: A dramaturgical analysis. 9th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Kos, Greece.

Wenzel M, Will MG. 2017. The discursive construction of theoretical concepts: The case of CSR. 17th Conference of the European Academy of Management, June, Glasgow, Scotland.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2017. Strategy as staged performance: A critical discursive analysis of keynote speeches as a staged genre of strategic communication. 1st WK SM Workshop, May, Munich, Germany.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2017. Exploring heuristics in the strategy process: The relationship to scope of actions and the environment. SMS Special Conference, March, Milan, Italy.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2017. On the discursive legitimation of strategic persistence. 41st WK ORG Workshop, February, Hamburg, Germany.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2016. The digital disruption of path-dependent business models: An experimental study. 37th International Conference on Information Systems, December, Dublin, Ireland.

Wenzel M, Schmidt T, Fuerstenau D. 2016. Path Biography: Analyzing self-reinforcing mechanisms in IS. ifip WG8.2 Working Conference, December, Dublin, Ireland.

Hartmann M, Koch J, Wenzel M. 2016. A practice perspective on the role of critique in strategy implementation. 30th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, September, Newcastle, UK.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2016. On the discursive legitimation of strategic persistence. SMS 36th Annual International Conference, September, Berlin, Germany.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2016. Decision-constraining heuristics in the strategy process: Opening the black box. 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Anaheim, USA.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2016. Talking new products into existence: The performative construction of product innovativeness through discursive practices. 32nd EGOS Colloquium, July, Naples, Italy.

Hartmann M, Koch J, Wenzel M. 2016. Waves of voice: Exploring the interactive nature and dynamics of voice behavior. 8th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Corfu, Greece.

Koch J, Wenzel M, Rothmann W, Senf NN. 2016. Struggling with paradoxes, again: An exploration in a youth prison. 8th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Corfu, Greece.

Rauch M, Wenzel M, Koch J. 2016. (Non-) Decision-Making in the Strategy Process: Exploring „Decision-Constraining Heuristics“. 8th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Corfu, Greece.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2016. From entity to process: Toward more process-based theorizing in organization and management research. 16th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, June, Paris, France.

Wagner D, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2016. Exploring the strategic impact of online communities: A dynamic capabilities perspective. 21st IAMB Conference, May, Montreal, Canada.

Wohlgemuth V, Berger ESC, Wenzel M. 2016. Beyond financial performance: Trusting investors in social trading, 6th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, March, Valencia, Spain.

Danner-Schröder A, Wenzel M. 2016. Dynamic capabilities: Toward a practice-based understanding, 40th WK ORG of the German Academic Association for Business Research, February, Jena, Germany.

Wenzel M, Schmidt T, Fuerstenau D. 2015. The Path Biography Methodology: Analyzing self-reinforcing mechanisms on technical and organizational levels. 36th International Conference on Information Systems, December, Forth Worth, TX.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2015. The discursive construction of innovativeness: A strategy process and practice perspective. SMS 35th Annual International Conference, October, Denver, CO.

Schröder A, Wenzel M. 2015. Dynamic capabilities and the reconfiguration of organizational routines: Bridging diverging conversations. 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Vancouver, Canada.

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M. 2015. The impact of routinization on dynamic capabilities: Bridging diverging debates, 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Vancouver, Canada.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2015. Dynamic capabilities and shaping markets: Beyond market exogeneity and organizational adaptation. 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Vancouver, Canada.

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M. 2015. The impact of routinization on dynamic capabilities, 5th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Conference, July, Valencia, Spain.

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M. 2015. Testing the impact of routinization on dynamic capabilities, 31st EGOS Colloquium, July, Athens, Greece.

Schröder A, Wenzel M. 2015. Dynamic capabilities and the reconfiguration of organizational routines: A practice perspective. 7th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Kos, Greece.

Wenzel M, Wagner D, Wagner H-T, Koch J. 2015. Digitization and path disruption: An examination in the funeral industry. 23rd European Conference on Information Systems, June, Münster, Germany.

Wenzel M, Rothmann W, Koch J. 2014. Tight-loose coupling of bundled capabilities: The imbalanced utilization of emerging digital technologies in newspaper businesses. 35th International Conference on Information Systems, December, Auckland, New Zealand.

Wenzel M, Koch J, Rothmann W. 2014. Market-shaping innovation strategies: A demand-oriented process view, SMS 34th Annual International Conference, September, Madrid, Spain.

Wohlgemuth V, Wenzel M, Biedulska M. 2014. Micro-foundations of dynamic capabilities: Testing the degree of routinization in a small-firm setting, SMS 34th Annual International Conference, September, Madrid, Spain.

Wenzel M, Koch J. 2014. Shaping Markets!? Yes, But How? Introducing Market Endogeneity to the Field of Research on Dynamic Capabilities, 9th SKM Symposium, September, Vienna, Austria.

Wenzel M. 2014. Path dependence and the stabilization of strategic premises: How the funeral industry buries itself, 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Philadelphia, PA.

Wenzel M, Koch J, Rothmann W. 2014. Managing demand-side changes for technological innovations, 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, Philadelphia, PA.

Rothmann W, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2014. Coping with unexpected opportunities to break paths. 30th EGOS Colloquium, July, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Rothmann W, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2014. Processes of organizational lock-in development: Opportunities to break paths and their rejection. 6th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, June, Rhodes, Greece.

Rothmann W, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T. 2014. Alternating forms of lock-in: Publishing digital news in the path of a free content culture. 22nd European Conference on Information Systems, June, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Wenzel M, Koch J, Rothmann W. 2014. The competence of shaping markets for innovations: Unfolding demand-side paradoxes, 38th WK ORG of the German Academic Association for Business Research, February, Jena, Germany.

Wenzel M. 2013. Path dependence and self-expectations: How the funeral industry buries itself, 29th EGOS Colloquium, July, Montreal, Canada.

Wenzel M. 2013. Path dependence and counterfactual stability: On self-expectations and the self-burial of the funeral industry, 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, June, Istanbul, Turkey.

Wenzel M. 2013. Path dependence and self-expectations: How the funeral industry buries itself, Joint GGS–University of York Doctoral Workshop, January, Heilbronn, Germany.

Koch J, Wenzel M, Rothmann W. 2012. Transformation and transition: A process perspective for radical innovation strategies, SMS 32nd Annual International Conference, October, Prague, Czech Republic.

Wenzel M, Koch J, Rothmann W. 2012. Radical innovations and consumer lock-ins: Making markets as an incremental process, 28th EGOS Colloquium, July, Helsinki, Finland.

Teaching (Selected)

Winter Semester 2018/2019

Bachelor/Master seminar "Organization as X"
Bachelor lecture "Strategic Management and Organization" (in German)

Summer Semester 2018

Bachelor/Master seminar "Entrepreneurship as X"
Bachelor lecture "Entrepreneurship: A Management-based Introduction"
Intercultural Management Training (Master)

Winter Semester 2017/2018

Bachelor/Master seminar "Strategy as X"

Summer Semester 2017

Master seminar "X and Organizational Creativity"
Intercultural Management Training (Master)

Winter Semester 2017/2018

Bachelor seminar "Entrepreneurship and Effectuation"

Summer Semester 2016

Master seminar "Entrepreneurship and Effectuation"
Intercultural Management Training (Master)

Winter Semester 2015/2016

Seminar "Case Studies on Management" (Master, in German)

Summer Semester 2015

Bachelor seminar "Starting Up: Theoretical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship" (Bachelor, in German)

Awards and Honors

08/2018 Recipient of the OMT Above-and Beyond-the-Call-of-Duty (ABCD) Reviewer Award, 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL
03/2018 Panel symposium with Raghu Garud, Paula Jarzabkowski, Eric Knight, Ann Langley, Jane Lê, Sarah Stanske, Hari Tsoukas, and Andrew Van de Ven selected as Showcase Symposium by the OMT Division and SAP Interest Group, 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL
11/2017 Business Junior Prize for the supervised master thesis written by Alexander Janßen
05/2017 Nominated for the Postdoc Prize of the State of Brandenburg
11/2016 Finalist of the Postdoc Prize of the State of Brandenburg
09/2016 Finalist of the Best Paper Award, SMS 36th Annual International Conference, Berlin, Germany
05/2016 Nominated for the Best Applied Paper Award, 21st IAMB Conference, Montreal, Canada
09/2014 Best Proposal Award of the Strategy Process Interest Group, SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain
09/2014 Finalist of the Best Paper Prize for Practice Implications, SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain
09/2014 Nominated for the Best Ph.D. Paper Award, SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain
10/2012 Innovation Prize, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany