Professor Andreas König about his contribution to Cyber<>Spaces and the reasons for his participation:
‘In Cyber<>Spaces I follow two lines on enquiry: First, how do the influences of top executives’ personality traits on organisational behaviour change due to digitalisation? Second, what are the fundamentally new challenges for communication of high-level executives that arise due to digitalisation?
Few technological advances have as many wide-reaching societal – and thus economic – implications as digitalisation. Irrespective of whether we see the influence of digitalisation as an opportunity or a threat, with its fake news, filter bubbles, artificial intelligence, human enhancement and all the other phenomena it engenders: the one thing we cannot do is to ignore it and carry on as before. A central part of the remit of the social sciences will be to shine the light on society’s and its actors’ path through digitalisation and to scrutinise it; this includes the social sciences themselves. I am fascinated by the aim of Cyber<>Spaces to embrace the complexity of this task and that we are purposely putting a focus on the socio-economic dimension of digitalisation. That this presents us with an opportunity to work on this area of study with a proven team of colleagues of international standing and with an interdisciplinary mindset is, to my mind, nothing less than wonderful.
Video-Interview: Professor König about executives' mentality and the process of digitization
Professor König’s research interests are centred on innovation, organisational change and leadership. He places a special focus on dealing with discontinuous technological change.
- Kammerlander, N., König, A., Richards, M. 2018. Why Do Incumbents Respond Heterogeneously to Disruptive Innovations? The Interplay of Organizational Domain Identity and Role Identity. Journal of Management Studies, special issue on “Managing in the Age of Disruption” (edited by S. Ansari, R. Garud, and A. Kumaraswamy), forthcoming.
- König, A., Mammen, J., Luger, J., Fehn, A., Enders, A. 2017. Silver Bullet or Ricochet: CEOs’ Use of Metaphorical Communication and Infomediaries’ Evaluations. Academy of Management Journal, forthcoming. Youtube Video
- Gerstner, W.-C., König, A., Enders, A., Hambrick, D. C. 2013. CEO Narcissism, Audience Engagement, and Organizational Adoption of Technological Discontinuities. Administrative Science Quarterly, 58: 257–291.
- König, A., Kammerlander, N., Enders, A. 2013. The Family Innovator’s Dilemma: How Family Influence Affects the Adoption of Discontinuous Technologies by Incumbent Firms. Academy of Management Review, 38: 418–441.
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