'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. My research focusses on the following lines of enquiry: How do the influences of top executives’ personality traits on organisational behaviour change due to digitalisation? What are the fundamentally new challenges for communication of high-level executives that arise due to digitalisation? In doing so, I profit from the opportunity to work on this area of study with a proven team of colleagues of international standing and with an interdisciplinary mindset.'
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, particularly in the context of digital transformation and the rise of artificial intelligence.
- 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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