Lukas Vogelgsang
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Since 2016 Lukas Vogelgsang works in the research department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces” at the IRS as a research affiliate in the DFG-funded project “Governance of Creatvity: Distributing Uncertainty in Creative Collaboration” which is part of the interdisciplinary research group “Organized Creativity”. He finished is Bachelor of Social Science and Philosophy in 2013 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Afterwards he did his master studies there with a focus on urban and regional sociology. His thesis “Industry, urban development and the perception of space” about the construction and renting practices of company flats by a local industry company and the related perception of space by local residents was handed in in summer 2015.

The urban sociologist gathered experiences with planning practice while working as a student assistant in an office for urban planning and architecture. After submission of his master thesis Lukas Vogelgsang was involved in the foundation of a biotechnological start-up company with a business focus on risk assessment of pharmaceuticals in development. With his theoretical knowledge of socio-scientific notions of space and his practical experiences in the research-based pharmaceutical industry Lukas Vogelgsang is now analyzing the relationship between uncertainty and creative processes in the pharmaceutical sector with a particular focus on different modes of governance in creative collaboration. 

Research Interest and Expertise

IRS Research Topics
Research Foci
Governance Research
Innovation Research
Creative Economy
Knowledge Economy
Disciplines
Sociology
Urban and Regional Sociology
Political Science
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Expert Interviews
Case Study Design
Semi-Structured Interviews
Narrative Interviews
Participatory Observation

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

The DFG-financed interdisciplinary research unit “Organized Creativity” has formed to provide a better understanding of the conditions under which creativity can prosper within social organization. Empirically analyzing an arts-based as well as a science-based field – the musical and the pharmaceutical industry – enables the research units to add to the development of a multi-disciplinary theory of organized creativity. The subproject at the IRS puts the focus on different modes of governance and the connected types of uncertainty in creative pharmaceutical work. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Although several studies emphasize the value of improvisation, accidents, and uncertainty for innovation and creativity, these notions are still primarily viewed as threats to be controlled. In order to reduce uncertainty within organizational processes, management typically tends to use standardization and routine. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Vogelgsang, L., & Theel, T. (2019). Leveraging hierarchy for creative collaborations? A process perspective on the governance of creativity in the fields of pharmaceuticals and music. (Organized Creativity Discussion Paper).

Selected Publications by Type

Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Vogelgsang, L., & Theel, T. (2019). Leveraging hierarchy for creative collaborations? A process perspective on the governance of creativity in the fields of pharmaceuticals and music. (Organized Creativity Discussion Paper).

Talks

2019
Creativity? A good approach to get fired! An employee perspective on approaching organizational tension in pharmaceutical R&D

35th EGOS Colloquium

July/04/2019

2018
Uncertainty as an Asset for Creativity? Dynamic Shifts Between Embracing, Ignoring and Fixing Uncertainty: The Cases of Music and Pharma

34th European Group of Organization Studies Colloquium

July/06/2018

Uncertainty as an Asset for Creativity? Dynamic Shifts Between Embracing, Ignoring and Fixing Uncertainty: The Cases of Music and Pharma

Mosaic Summer School on the Management of Creativity

July/01/2018

When Nothing is Predefined: Pharmaceutical Development Between Organized and Organizing Creativity

Creativity and Fields

June/29/2018

2017
Recurring Uncertainty in Open Routines

AAG Annual Conference

April/05/2017

News
November/13/2017
Acclaimed scholars and junior researchers at the IRS Spring Academy 2017

Between May 2nd and 5th 2017, the IRS and Technische Universität Berlin jointly hosted the first “IRS Spring Academy: Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches”. Over the course of four days, 26 German and international junior researchers with backgrounds in geography, political science, history and sociology came together to explore novel theoretical concepts and methods in spatial research. In particular, this year's Spring Academy focused on the interrelation between time and space. The junior researchers were joined by leading scholars to discuss theories and methods of spatial research that reflect on variegated aspects of temporality – whether conceptualised as models of spatial processes, or as social constructs of standardised time. The event also provided a platform for IRS scholars to present, modify and further advance their ongoing research on spatio-temporal dynamics. more info