The Vienna Conference on Strategy, Organizational Design, and Innovation

You can download the preliminary program here.


21 June 2019


Early bird evening out at local “Heuriger” (winegarden) Fuhrgassl-Huber in the vineyards at the outskirts of town. Official introduction to the conference by a representative of the Mayor of Vienna (tbc).

Joint meeting point for collective transport in front of the Hotel Regina at 18:30 (we will organize for transportation from there). “Late early birds”: Please come directly to: Neustift am Walde 68, 1190 Vienna.


22 June 2019

11.30 – 12.00 Registration at Senatssaal (“senate hall“), University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna (please enter the main building and follow the signs for the conference)


12.00 – 12.15 Welcome


12.15 – 13.00 Keynote speech by Gautam Ahuja:

Corporate Ownership Structure and Research Risk-taking in American Corporations


13.00 – 13.15 Short coffee break


13.15 – 15.00  Paper session 1 (3 x 25 mins/paper plus 20 mins total discussion, with brief break in  between)

Session chair: Gautam Ahuja

1/1 Ann Majchrzak, Arvind Malhotra, Oliver Alexy – Governance of distant broadcast search: How crowds may be used to frame and solve ambiguous problems

1/2 Phanish Puranam, Yash Raj Shrestha, Vivianna Fang He, Georg von Krogh - Algorithmic induction through machine learning: Using predictions to theorize

1/3 Emilie R. Feldman, Arkadiy V. Sakhartov - The strategic choice between resource redeployment and divestiture


15.00 – 15.30 Long coffee break


15.30 – 17.15 Paper session 2 (3 x 25 mins/paper plus 20 mins total discussion, with brief break in between)

Session chair: Oliver Alexy

2/1 Helge Klapper, Henning Piezunka, Linus Dahlander - Whom to oppose if you seek support: Antecedents of negative peer evaluations on Wikipedia

2/2 Christina Kyprianou, Paul Fox, Ryan Boyd - A relational view of platform ecosystems

2/3 Ronald Klingebiel – Organising Competitions for Resources - Mechanism design for innovation under uncertainty


20.00 Dinner in the old town hall. Dress code: Semi-formal. Aperitifs being served as of 19.30

For gents: shirt and blazer (no tie/black tie/smoking). For ladies: smart dress or suit.


23 June 2019

09.30 – 10.15 Keynote speech by Nicolaj Siggelkow:

Managing Interdependencies


 10.15 – 10.30 Short coffee break


10.30 – 12.15 Paper session 3 (3 x 25 mins/paper plus 20 mins total discussion, with brief break in between) 

Session chair: Nicolaj Siggelkow

3/1 Aldona Kapacinskaite, Colleen Cunningham - Experimenting strategically: Inter-firm relationships and "in the field" innovation

3/2 Pooyan Khashabi, Matthias Heinz, Nick Zubanov, Tobias Kretschmer, Guido Friebel -  Market Competition and effectiveness of performance pay: Evidence from the field

3/3 Jeroen Struben, Brandon Lee; Christopher Bingham - Collective Action Dynamics During Market Formation


12.15 – 13.30 Lunch break in the Arkadenhof


13.30 – 14.15 Keynote speech by Thorbjørn Knudsen:

Strategic Organization in the Information Age:  Thriving on Complexity


14.15 – 14.30 Short coffee break


14.30 – 16.30 Paper session 4 (4 x 20 mins/ paper plus 20 mins total discussion, with brief break in between)

Session chair: Thorbjørn Knudsen

4/1 Nicholas Argyres, Janet Bercovitz, Giorgio Zanarone - The role of relationship scope in sustaining relational contracts in interfirm networks

4/2 Megan Lawrence, Christopher Poliquin - Prior Experience and the emergence of hierarchy in young firms

4/3 John S. Chen, Daniel W. Elfenbein, Hart. E. Posen, Ming Zhu Wang - Organizational Design, Overconfidence, and Learning in Entrepreneurial Teams

4/4 Valentina Richter, Robert Janjic, Helge Klapper, Steffen Keck – Searching rugged landscapes – experimental evidence


16.30 – 16.45 Wrap up