'Few technological advances have more wide-reaching societal and, thus, economic implications as digitalisation. Irrespective of whether we see digitalisation as an opportunity or a threat – fake news, filter bubbles, artificial intelligence, human enhancement, and all the other phenomena it engenders – the one thing we cannot do is ignore it and carry on as before. My research focusses on the following lines of inquiry: What are the challenges of established organizations in responding to the discontinuities that unfold with digitalisation? How do top executives’ personalities and mindsets affect processes of adaptation and innovation in the context of digitalisation? How can strategic leaders address the fundamentally new challenges for communication that co-emerge with digitalisation? In my work, I greatly benefit from collaborating with wonderful, highly distinguished colleagues from around the world and greatly skilled, thoughtful, creative, and inspiring early career scholars with an interdisciplinary mindset.'
Professor König about the hotel industry’s early response to the sharing economy
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Professor König’s research interests are centred on innovation, organisational change and leadership. He places a special focus on dealing with discontinuous technological change, particularly in the context of digital transformation and the rise of artificial intelligence.