13. July | 2017

IRS a Part of Newly Launched Scientific Network "Temporary Organizing"

Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt is a member of the newly formed DFG network “Temporary Organizing under Tension: Between Stability and Change”. The scientific network was initiated by Prof. Dr. Timo Braun, Junior Professor for Project Management at Freie Universität Berlin. It is formed by twelve German early career researchers and is also supported by internationally renowned senior researchers. The network was inaugurated with the first of a series of four intensive workshops from July 10 to 12 in Berlin. Upcoming workshops will be held in Cologne, Tilburg and Berlin. The aim of these meetings is to initiate joint interdisciplinary projects on the topic (e.g. publishing of an anthology, preparation for collective sessions).

The network is funded by the German Research Foundation (“Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” DFG) and working on the topic "Temporary Organizing under Tension: Between Stability and Change". Temporary organizing in the form of projects, events or temporary work is a widespread empirical phenomenon which is still gaining relevance in research and practice. It reflects both the uncertainty as a result of intensified competition in globalized markets as well as the social mindset in times of acceleration and time limitation. Temporary organizing offers high potential to organizations striving for flexibility and is, not only because of that, the predominant organizational form for implementing innovative and transformative activities.

The research on temporary organization is analyzed from the perspective of different disciplines (e.g. management research, organizational sociology, innovation research, economic geography), which makes the research rather fragmented due to the lack of an integrated view and the combination of sometimes even contradictory findings. Thus, the aim of the network is to illuminate temporary organization from the perspective of different disciplines and therefore to promote transdisciplinary theory development.

Further information on the scientific network is available on the website of the Freie Universität Berlin.