Frankfurt-Wiesbaden Extension
Coordination of Modern Forms of Organizational Work

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


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Markus Kreutzer
EBS University of Business and Law
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Christian Landau
EBS University of Business and Law

Registration Fees

Now - Sept. 1 After Sept. 1
Member US$ 85 US$ 105
Non-Member US$ 135 US$ 155


09:00-10:00      Check-in

10:00-10:15      Welcome Address and Conference Introduction

10:15-11:00      Keynote 1: Organizational Control

11:00-11:30      Coffee Break

11:30-12:15      Keynote 2: Trust and Informal Control

12:15-13:00      Keynote 3: Executive Perspective

13:00-14:00      Lunch

14:00-14:30      Campus Tour

14:30-15:15      Keynote 4: Cooperation

15:15-16:00      Keynote 5: Stretch goals

16:00-16:30      Coffee Break

16:30-17:30      Roundtables

17:30-18:00      Presentation and Discussion of Results

18:00-18:15      Closing

18:30-20:30      Dinner & Winebar


EBS University Business School

This extension will be held at EBS Business School at its picturesque Rheingau campus in the greater Frankfurt area. Wiesbaden is well connected to all main cities in Europe and it is a convenient stopover location for scholars from the US and Asia travelling to Berlin through Frankfurt. The Business School is a 30 minute cab ride from the Frankfurt International Airport and easily accessible via rail.

Frankfurt-Wiesbaden Extension Registration


New organizational forms have recently emerged. Organizational work has moved away from traditional work characterized by bureaucratic authority in fixed hierarchies, lines of commands, and labor division with long-term organizational membership to more temporary, spontaneous, overlapping, interconnected, self-organized, open, and collaborative forms. Temporary organizations such as project teams, task forces, strategic initiatives, and other relatively autonomous groups replace or at least complement traditional organizational work. Companies collaboratively work together with partners, customers, and even competitors in business models and ecosystems to solve problems and find growth opportunities. This transition is embedded in an environment that is characterized by turbulence, uncertainty, rapid change, and complexity and that offers new technological opportunities thanks to digitization. While there is promising research that attempts to better understand these modern organizational forms, important questions on how to manage in this new reality remain unanswered. This SMS extension at EBS University aims to provide a forum for discussing a range of issues related to coordination and control of these modern organizational forms, such as:

  • What are the new organizational forms within and beyond organizational boundaries?
  • What new roles and organizational structure make most sense?
  • What different management requirements in terms of coordination and control do these new organizational forms ask for?
  • Is the effectiveness of managerial control called into question? Has it outlived its usefulness? More specifically, is traditional hierarchical organizational control with a focus on formal mechanisms outdated? Which role can lateral/peer and/or informal controls play?
  • How can performance management be designed in modern organizational work?
  • What are potential implications of the new organizational forms for effective leadership?
  • How are temporary organizations, project teams, task forces, strategic initiatives, and other relatively autonomous groups effectively controlled?
  • What are empirical contexts and appropriate methods to study effective coordination/control in these new organizational forms?

The SMS Extension at EBS University will bring together a panel of distinct scholars of various perspectives and experiences doing research on modern forms of organizational work and/or on coordination and control of organizational work. In addition to two academic key note speakers, we intend to invite as a third keynote speaker a leading executive from an organization that is at the forefront of these new organizational forms.

The program will consist of keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions to enable moderated, interactive, and in-depth discussions on specific avenues for future research.

This will be a one day workshop with a cocktail reception or dinner for the participants on the evening after the workshop.


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Laura B. Cardinal
University of South Carolina
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Bart de Jong
VU University Amsterdam
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C. Chet Miller
University of Houston
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Nihar Patel
Opel Group (General Motors)
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Beverly B Tyler
Virginia Tech.

EBS Symposium

Participants of this extension are also entitled to attend all sessions of the EBS Symposium: Design the Future! on September 21st and are invited to extend their stay for the full EBS Symposium until September 23rd at the young professional rate ( The EBS Symposium features more than 45 speakers from both the political and corporate worlds to discuss the role of innovation in designing the future.