Janina Klein is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Change at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Janina obtained her PhD in Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School and holds a MLitt (Master) in International Business from the University of St Andrews. Her professional background is in consulting where she worked for more than ten years in various roles. Janinas responsibilities included organizational change management (M&As and reorganization programs), executive education and business development. Janina is a certified business coach.
Janina's research focusses on organizational change, more specifically she is interested in organizational design and identity change and the role of emotions in organizational change processes. She is particularly interested in change in hybrid organizations.
Ashley Metz is an Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at Tilburg University. She obtained her PhD from the Hertie School in Berlin and holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research at the Copenhagen Business School and Stanford University. Prior to academia, Ashley worked in innovation and product management in the location services division of Nokia (now HERE).
She is interested in the institutional processes involved in how organizations work to create nonfinancial value, and in possible unintended consequences and alternative futures. To study these theoretical interests, she focuses on two empirical spheres: organizations and fields with dedicated non-financial goals, such as impact investors and social-purpose organizations; and corporate firms using novel strategy practices known under the umbrella of ‘futures studies’ to think differently about their strategies for a sustainable world.
Jost Sieweke is Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Organization at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the programme director of the Executive MBA: Leading with Purpose. Jost received his PhD from the University of Duesseldorf (Germany) in 2012 with a thesis examining the contributions of Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to research in management and organization studies.
In his research, Jost focuses on two broad topics: First, he examines antecedents and consequences of human errors, and he investigates how and under which conditions employees and organizations learn from errors. Second, he has a broad interest in leadership. Among others, he focuses on the effects of leaders on employee learning from errors and coordination in teams, and he explores leader effectiveness, especially in crisis situations.
Wouter Stam is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of VU University Amsterdam. He is also Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). Professor Stam holds a Master in International Business Studies, specializing in finance, from Maastricht University and received his PhD (with cum laude distinction) from VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, with a thesis examining the impact of social capital on the performance of entrepreneurial firms. During 2009-2015, he was a faculty member at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he taught courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD programs and received a prestigious GRF research grant from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2006-2007), and RSM Erasmus University (2014).
His research examines the management challenges surrounding the creation and growth of entrepreneurial ventures, with a special emphasis on the strategic dilemmas faced by innovative entrepreneurs who operate in emerging industries. He is currently leading several research projects that consider how social capital and inequality influence entrepreneurial activity and performance. His other work focuses on the contextual underpinnings of entrepreneurial decision-making, with projects examining how networks shape the cognitive biases of entrepreneurs in areas such as risk-taking, planning, and time management.
Christopher Wickert is Associate Professor of Ethics & Sustainability in the Department of Management & Organization at VU University Amsterdam. Christopher obtained his PhD in Management from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland in 2013. During his doctoral studies, he has also conducted research and taught at University of Zurich, University of St. Gallen and at IESE Business School in Barcelona. Prior to becoming a researcher, he worked as a consultant with the United Nations Global Compact Office in New York. He holds an MSc degree in business administration from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany.
In his research, Christopher explores different patterns of corporate social responsibility implementation in globally integrated companies, paying particular attention to how firm size influences the way companies organize CSR. Furthermore, Christopher has been studying a range of phenomena under the umbrella of CSR, such as the evolvement and diffusion of CSR standards, the influence of organizational identity orientation on the implementation of CSR practices, or the prevalent mismatch between CSR “talk” and CSR “walk” in small and large firms. Furthermore, he has investigated dynamics at the individual level of analysis by looking at CSR professionals inside large corporations and their concomitant struggles when selling CSR issues intra-organizationally. Christopher is also interested in Critical Management Studies (CMS), philosophy of science, business ethics, and social entrepreneurship
Georg Reischauer is an Assistant Professor at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research focuses on the nexus of digital strategy, digital organization, and digital sustainability. In particular, he explores how organizations utilize and respond to digital technologies in order to create business and public value. Georg studies these phenomena in digital markets, digital transformation contexts, and infrastructure contexts. Georg received his PhD from the Technical University of Vienna.