heiGOS – Heidelberg Research Group for Organization Studies

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Research Programs

This research program focuses on the impact of globalization on the corporation, and especially on industrial companies. A common theme of mainstream globalization literature is that the number of transnational corporations increases, and that this process drives the emergence of a managerial “world class” or global elites. The global elites are supposed to push the neoliberal transformation of the world economy forward. This thesis culminates in the idea of a new spirit of capitalism. The IMS research program puts the thesis of a global economic elite to the test, by examining the empirical career patterns and action orientations of top managers, who lead the big industrial corporations of the world’s largest economies today.

The project on hospital management and organization is based on international comparative studies that are carried out in Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), in East Asia (Japan and South Korea) as well as in South America (Brazil).

Here we address the central question of how organizations deviate from legal paths and how they get back on track. With a comparative perspective on social spheres and national institutions, it examines whether actors involved in deviant activities within organizational contexts participated for personal gain or other reasons. What is the role of benefits to the organization, or their individual reputation and recognition among peers?

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International Partners

NameUniversityCity
Country
Prof. Dr. Lim, Hyun ChinSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
Prof. Dr. Kang, Myongg-KooSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
Prof. Dr. Lee, Yonghee Public University SeoulSeoulKorea
Prof. Dr. Shi, Xiuyin
CASSBejingChina
Prof. Dr. Li, LuluBejing UniversityBejingChina
Prof. Dr. Paulo Roberto Neves CostaUniversity of ParanáCuritibaBrazil
Prof. Dr. Wagner Pralon MancusoUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
Dr. Matthias KleinhempelIAE Business SchoolBuenos AiresArgentina
Prof. Dr. Sebastián PereyraNational University of San Martin Buenos AiresArgentina
Prof. Dr. Gary HerrigelUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
Prof. Dr. Reinhard BachmannSOAS University of LondonLondonEngland
Prof. Dr. Frank WelzUniversität InnsbruckInsbruckAustria
Prof. Dr. Madeleine HerrenEurope-Institute, University of BaselBasel
Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Mike GeppertFriedrich-Schiller-University JenaJenaGermany