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Professor Andreas König

Since 2013, Andreas König is Chaired Professor of Strategic Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Passau. He is also a member of the visiting faculties at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, IMD Lausanne, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His work has appeared, for example, in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review and Research Policy. He has received Best Paper Awards from the STR Division of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management IG of the European Academy of Management, and the German Academic Association for Business Research. 

Since 2013, Andreas König is Chaired Professor of Strategic Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Passau. He is also a member of the visiting faculties at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, IMD Lausanne, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His work has appeared, for example, in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review and Research Policy. He has received Best Paper Awards from the STR Division of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management IG of the European Academy of Management, and the German Academic Association for Business Research. 

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

Related research

Professor König’s research interests are centred on innovation, organisational change and leadership. He places a special focus on dealing with discontinuous technological change.

Symbolic picture: CEO's trait empathy as a blessing and a curse

Empathic top executives must find the right balance in a crisis. Empathy in the wrong place can lead to absurd decisions – such as high bonuses for those responsible for a crisis.. From Professor Andreas König

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