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Dr. Matthias Wenzel

Wenzel ©Koch
Post-doctoral researcher since April 2015

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Research Portfolio

I conduct process- and practice-based research at the intersection of strategy, organization, and entrepreneurship. My current research interests include accelerators, business models, creativity, decision-making heuristics, demand-side research, disruptive innovation, multimodal communication, organizational routines, paradox theory, path dependence, social trading, strategy as practice, strategy process, and temporality. To gain an in-depth understanding of relevant phenomena in these areas of research, I mostly conduct qualitative studies based on different analytical approaches, including critical discourse analysis, dramaturgical analysis, narrative analysis, and video analysis, among others.

 

Publications in Refereed Journals/Proceedings

Koch J, Rothmann W, Wenzel M. forthcoming. Paradoxien entfalten: Wie man paradoxe Anforderungen bewältigt. zfo – Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation. [VHB: D]

Koch J, Wenzel M, Senf NN, Maibier C. forthcoming. Organizational creativity as an attributional process: The case of haute cuisine. Organization Studies. [VHB: A]

Priem RL, Wenzel M, Koch J. forthcoming. Business models and demand-side strategy: Putting value creation for consumers center stage. Long Range Planning. [VHB: B]

Wagner D, Wenzel M, Wagner H-T, Koch J. forthcoming. Making strategic use of online communities. Journal of Business Strategy. [VHB: C]

Wenzel M, Koch J. forthcoming. From entity to process: Toward more process-based theorizing in the field of organizational change. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change. [VHB: B]

Wenzel M, Koch J. forthcoming. Strategy as staged performance: A critical discursive analysis of keynote speeches as a genre of strategic communication. Strategic Management Journal. [VHB: A]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK. 

Publications in Refereed Edited Books

Wenzel M, Koch J. forthcoming. Acceleration as process: A strategy process perspective on startup acceleration. In Drori I, Wright M (Eds.): Accelerators. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK.

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. Information Age: Charlotte, NC.

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. Wiesbaden: 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.

 

Conference Presentations

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.

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.

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.

 

Awards and Grants

Finalist of the Post-doc Prize of the State of Brandenburg, November 2016.

Finalist of the Best Paper Award, "On the discursive legitimation of strategic persistence," SMS 36th Annual International Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 2016.

Nominated for the Best Applied Paper Award, "Exploring the strategic impact of online communities: A dynamic capabilities perspective," 21st IAMB Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

Seedmoney from the Viadrina Center B/Orders in Motion, 01/2016–09/2017.

Post-doc scholarship from the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, 01/2015–03/2015.

Doctoral scholarship from the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, 04/2012–01/2015.

Best Proposal Award of the Strategy Process Interest Group, “Market-shaping innovation strategies: A demand-oriented process view,” SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, September 2014.

Finalist of the Best Paper Prize for Practice Implications, “Market-shaping innovation strategies: A demand-oriented process view,” SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, September 2014.

Nominated for the Best Ph.D. Paper Award, “Market-shaping innovation strategies: A demand-oriented process view,” SMS 34th Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, September 2014.

Innovation Prize, “How innovative can organizations be? Opening the black box of the consumer from a capability perspective” (Master Thesis), Frankfurt (Oder), October 2012. 

 

Reviewer Activities

Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management

Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Americas Conference on Information Systems

European Conference on Information Systems

GIKA

International Conference on Information Systems

Information Systems Journal

Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change

Journal of Business Research

Journal of Competence-based Strategic Management

SKM Symposium

Strategic Organization

WK ORG Workshop 

 

Editorial Activities

Managing Editor, Managementforschung

Co-editor, edited collection on "Organizing (for) the future: How organizations manage things to come" (with Hannes Krämer), Palgrave Macmillan

Co-convenor, sub-theme on "Multimodal methods in organization research" (with Joep Cornelissen and Curtis LeBaron), 34th EGOS Colloquium, Tallinn, Estonia, July 2018

 

Teaching at the European University Viadrina

Summer Semester 2017

Master seminar "New Perspectives in Management Theory"/"X and Organizational Creativity" (Master)
Intercultural Management Training (Master)

Summer Semester 2016

Master seminar "New Perspectives in Management Theory"/"Effectuation and Entrepreneurship" (Master)
Intercultural Management Training (Master)

Winter Semester 2015/2016

Case Study Seminar on Management (Master, in German)

Summer Semester 2015

Bachelor seminar "Current Topics in Management Research"/"Starting Up: Theoretical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship" (Bachelor, in German)
 
See the CV for a full list of teaching activities