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Mission. Our research is focused on Digital Health Management broadly defined as the design, development, use, and implementation of digital technology with the intent to improve in health care. This definition captures that digital technology may be used at different spots to improve health care; i.e., in hospitals, care homes, at an individual’s home or as part of leisurely activities. Capturing all of these is crucial due to the global spread of chronic conditions that render health care a data-driven practice.

Our research is organized into three foci: 

“Redesigning health care through digital innovation and smart services”is centered on the design, organization, and management of health care through embedding digital technologies such as wearable devices, predictive analytics, and increasingly autonomous technologies into social and organizational practices. In this area, we are currently working on exploring smart services that facilitate caring for persons with dementia at home as well as design of a device for posture management.

 

Our second focus is on the “digital transformation of health care organizations.” The widespread diffusion of chronic conditions such as cancer or diabetes implies key challenges for the organization of effective health care services. They are often carried out by different health care professionals, who operate in different health care institutions and within different specialized fields. Yet, such separation contradicts the needs of persons with (multiple) chronic conditions. As these conditions are inherently data-driven, effective care demands the digital transformation of health care organizations toward providers of patient-centered services. In this context, our work is centered on exploring innovation processes through which care practices carried out in different organizations such as hospitals, care homes, and doctor’s offices transform towards increasing patient-centeredness.

 

The third focus, “micro-level research and micro-foundations of institutional theory”, reflects a critical engagement with basic theories in organization science; particularly neo-institutionalism. Our intent is to advance it so that it helps us in exploring important questions that advance theory while contributing to solving societal problems such as care for chronic conditions. Thus, we seek linkages between institutional theory and practice theory, sense making, discourse analysis and others that we believe to be valuable for the scholarly community as well as society. In this context, we are working on the DFG project “Microfoundations of Institutions” and an edited volume in Research in the Sociology of Organizations.


News

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New Paper Accepted for Publication in Information Systems Journal

Coauthored with Prof. Davidson (Hawaii) and interdisciplinary colleagues from the Charité Berlin the article builds on 140 interviews in order to theorize in depth how persons and smart technology mutually configure practices.

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New Paper Accepted for 40th International Conference on Information Systems

The paper, which was co-authored with colleagues from France, explores a persistent problem that many health care organizations face during digital transformation.

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Prof. Barrett, Prof. Oborn, and Prof. Wessel in Cambridge
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Lauri Wessel visits Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

Lauri Wessel visited Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge from May 13th until May 17th in order to advance a research project together with professors Michael Barrett (Judge Business School), Eivor Oborn (Warwick Business School), and Martin Gersch (Freie Universität Berlin). The...

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Prof. Wessel wins „Best Reviewer“ Award at International Conference on Information Systems!

Professor Lauri Wessel has received the “Best Reviewer” award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2018 in San Francisco! ICIS is the globally leading conference on the management of information systems and digital technology. ICIS’ proceedings are ranked “A”.

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Group photo of our workshop at WU Vienna
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Recap of fourth meeting in Vienna (September 20th & 21st)

We felt very welcomed and thank WU Vienna for the generous support of the workshop!

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New research on the microfoundations of institutions in the Academy of Management Review!

Derek Harmon, Thomas Roulet, and network member Patrick Haack are commenting on the microfoundations paper by Ivano Cardinale and suggest that advancing our understanding of the microfoundations of institutions requires an explicit focus on how social action operates across multiple levels of...

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Lauri Wessel appointed to the editorial board of Information and Organization

Lauri Wessel has been appointed editorial board member of Information & Organization! Ranked "B" in the recent Jourqual ranking.

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Lauri Wessel appointed Associate Editor for the Communications of the AIS (CAIS)

Lauri Wessel has been appointed Associate Editor for the Communications of the Association of Information Systems (CAIS)

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New Paper published in Psycho-Oncology!

We are proud to announce the publication of our truly interdisciplinary paper "Social Network, Autonomy, and Adherence Correlates of Future Time Perspective in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer" in Psycho-Oncology.

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Group photo of our workshop in Lausanne
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Thank you Lausanne, looking forward to Vienna!

We wrote a quick recap of the meeting and a lookout to our forthcoming workshop.

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Network Members publish a new Paper in Organization Science

Our network members Dennis Jancsary, Renate Meyer, and Markus Höllerer just published a new paper in Organization Science together with Vitaliano Barberio.

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New Paper in Journal of Management Studies

The paper "The Legitimacy of Inequality: Integrating the Perspectives of System Justification and Social Judgment" by network co-organizers Patrick Haack and Jost Sieweke has just been accepted for publication.

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Keynote speakers Michael Smets and Ola Henfridsson
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Recap of second meeting in Berlin (October 5th and 6th)

Keynote speakers Michael Smets and Ola Henfridsson

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Patrick Haack Organizes Sub-Theme at EGOS 2018

Network co-organizer Patrick Haack is convening "The Micro and Macro of Social Evaluations: Implications for Theory, Methods and Practice" at 2018's EGOS.

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Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Volume on Microfoundations of Institutions

If you are interested in contributing a chapter, feel free to get in touch!

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Our Network at the Academy of Management Meeting

Network co-organizer Jost Sieweke will be proudly presenting the paper "Legitimacy as a multi-level judgment: Evidence from a natural experiment" (co-authored with Patrick Haack) at a symposium at this year's annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Atlanta. The symposium entitled "At...

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Group photo at the first meeting of our network in Amsterdam, April 2017
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Recap of Amsterdam and Looking Forward to Berlin!

A quick recap of the Amsterdam meeting & lookout

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Our network at the ICIS 2017!

Network co-organizer Lauri Wessel is proud to serve as Associate Editor at the ICIS 2017 in Korea.

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New Microfoundational Research Published!

Julia Brandl and Bernadette Bullinger just published important new work on the microfoundations of institutions.

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Exciting PDWs at EGOS 2017!

Multiple PDWs deal with topics that are related to „Microfoundations of Institutions.“

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Paper published in the Academy of Management Annals

Together with Roy Suddaby and Alex Bitektine, network member Patrick Haack has published a review paper on organizational legitimacy in the 2017 issue of the Academy of Management Annals.

The paper advances microfoundations of legitimacy by introducing a multi-level perspective of legitimacy...

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PDW on Experimental Research at EGOS 2017

There will be an exciting PDW on experimental research in organization studies at the 2017 EGOS Colloquium in Copenhagen.

As in the last three years, the purpose of the PDW is to advance the use of experimental methods to study organizations and organizational processes co-organized by Patrick...

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"Microfoundations of Institutions": Website online!

Welcome!

We proudly welcome you to the website of our DFG Network on "Microfoundations of Institutions"! Here you will find information on the members of the networks, our workshops, relevant literature, and more! Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon!

Lauri, Patrick, and Jost

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