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Nikolaus Beck

Visiting Associate Professor

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Degree

Habilitation, University of Erfurt, 2007; PhD, University of Mannheim, 2000; Magister, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 1994

Areas of Expertise

Organizational learning, organizational change, organizational theory, management

Bio

Nikolaus Beck is an associate professor of economics at the Universita della Svizzera italiana (University of Lugano) and co-director of its Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian and Logistics Management program, for which he teaches the course Analytical Thinking. Professor Beck’s articles have been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies, and other outlets. His research interests include the behavioral theory of the firm, in particular organizational learning and change, new institutional theory, as well as population ecology. Before joining USI he taught at the Academy of Fashion and Design in Hamburg, Germany.

Current Research Topics

  • The impact of identity and authenticity on organizational founding, dissolution, and change
  • Learning from own and others’ experiences–a behavioral perspective
  • Institutional effects on stock exchange alliances
  • Morality and institutionalized actions: the diffusion of Confederate flag removal


Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business, 2018–present
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Sauder Business School, 2018
  • Full Professor of Organization, University of Lugano, 2016–present
  • Associate Professor of Organization, University of Lugano, 2007–16
  • Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia, 2010
  • Professor of Business Administration and Quality Management, Academy of Fashion and Design, Hamburg, Germany, 2006–07
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Davis, 2007
  • Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University, 2006–07
  • Habilitation candidate and Lecturer, University of Erfurt, 2002–06
  • PhD candidate and Research Fellow, University of Mannheim, 1997–2001
  • PhD candidate, University of Mannheim, 1995–2001

Nonacademic positions

  • Consultant, BMW, 2000–03
  • Head of Data Management Department, Management Consult Ltd., Mannheim, 2001

Editorial positions

  • Designated editor of “New Perspectives on Organizational Change,” special issue of Administrative Sciences, 2019
  • Peer reviewer: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Meeting, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Business Research, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Management Reviews, Jahrbücher für
  • Reviewer: Edward Elgar Publisher, Swiss National Science Foundation, VHB “New-Blood” Award


Awards

  • Finalist for Best Paper Prize for “Momentum or Deceleration? Theoretical and Methodological Reflections on the Analysis of Organizational Change,” (with Josef Bruderl and Michael Woywode) published in the Academy of Management Journal, 2009
  • Best Paper Award of the VHB (German Association of University Professors of Management) for “Technical Efficiency or Adaptation to Institutionalized Expectations? The Adoption of ISO 9000 Standards in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry,” (with Peter Walgenbach) published in Organization Studies, 2006

Working Papers

  • With M. Cruz, “Only Authentic Beer Please! The Implications of Geographic Communities and Authenticity on Product Diversification Strategies”
  • With P. Tavakoly and T. Wry, “How Could I Dance with Another? Symbiotic Alliances in the Global Stock Exchange Industry”
  • With E.A.P. Kooijman, “Donor Darlings and Orphans: Category Spanning in Humanitarian Projects”
  • With A. Orujov, “Heuristics of Risk Taking in Performance Feedback Models Under Conditions of Direct Competition: Introducing the Shark Model”

Selected Publications

  • With A. Swaminathan, J.B. Wade, and F.C. Wezel: “Industry Clusters and Organizational Prototypes: Evidence from the Franconian Brewing Industry,” Journal of Management, June 2018
  • With M. Cruz and F.C. Wezel, “Grown Local: Community Attachment and Market Entries in the Franconian Beer Industry,” Organization Studies, 39, 2018
  • With T. Moliterno, C. Beckman, and M. Meyer “Knowing Your Place: Social Performance Feedback in Good Times and Bad Times,” Organization Science, December 2014
  • With M. Meyer, “In Urgent Need of Change? Within-Season Coach Dismissals, Regression-to-the-Mean, and Performance of Football Teams,” chapter in Contemporary Research in Sports Economics, O. Budzinski and A. Feddersen (eds.), January 2014
  • With F.C. Wezel, “May I Join the Club? On the Architecture of Code Systems and the Success of Strategic Diversification,” Strategic Organization, August 2012
  • With M. Meyer, “Modeling Team Performance,” Empirical Economics, August 2012
  • “Zähldatenanalyse (count data analysis),” in S. Kühl, P. Strodtholz, A. Taffertshofer, (eds.): Quantitative Methoden der Organisationsforschung, Wiesbaden: VS publishing house for social sciences, January 2009 (2nd edition)
  • “Ereignisanalyse (survival analysis),” in S. Kühl, P. Strodtholz, A. Taffertshofer, (eds.): Quantitative Methoden der Organisationsforschung, Wiesbaden: VS publishing house for social sciences, January 2009 (2nd edition)
  • With P. Walgenbach, “The Economic Consequences of ISO 9000 Certification in East and West German Firms in the Mechanical Engineering Industry,” Journal for East European Management Studies, January 2009
  • With R. Kabst and P. Walgenbach, “The Cultural Dependence of Vocational Training,” Journal of International Business Studies, March 2009
  • With J. Brüderl and M. Woywode, “Momentum or Deceleration? Theoretical and Methodological Reflections on the Analysis of Organizational Change,” The Academy of Management Journal, June 2008
  • “Rationality and Institutionalized Expectations: The Development of an Organizational Set of Rules,” Schmalenbach Business Review, July 2006
  • “Technical Efficiency or Adaptation to Institutionalized Expectations? The Adoption of ISO 9000 Standards in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry,” Organization Studies, June 2005
  • With A. Kieser, “The Complexity of Rule Systems, Experience, and Organizational Learning,” Organization Studies, June 2003
  • With P. Walgenbach, “ISO 9000 And Formalization–How Organizational Contingencies Affect Organizational Responses to Institutional Forces,” Schmalenbach Business Review, October 2003