'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.
König, A., Graf-Vlachy, L., Schöberl, M. 2021. Opportunity/Threat Perception and Inertia in Response to Discontinuous Change: Replicating and Extending Gilbert (2005).Journal of Management, 47: 771–816
König, A., Graf-Vlachy, L., Bundy, J., Little, L. 2020. A Blessing and a Curse: How CEOs’ Trait Empathy Affects their Management of Organizational Crises. Academy of Management Review,45: 130–153.
Weber, F., Lehmann, J., Graf-Vlachy, L., König, A. 2019. Institution‐Infused Sensemaking of Discontinuous Innovations: The Case of the Sharing Economy. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 36: 632–660
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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): 1122–1165.
- 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, 61: 1196–1230. 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.
- König, A., Schulte, M., Enders, A. 2012. Inertia in Response to Technological Discontinuities: The Case of Meta-Organizations.Research Policy, 41: 1325–1343
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