Cooperation between the GGS and the European University Viadrina

The notion of dynamic capabilities has emerged as one of the most fruitful conceptual frameworks in the management literature. Dynamic capabilities refer to a firm’s ability to deal with rapidly changing environments. Since a firm consists of and is embedded in a network of relationships with individuals, groups, organizations, and society, it is important to understand how these relationships affect a firm’s dynamic capabilities. For this reason, the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS) in Heilbronn and the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) have joined forces to create knowledge at the intersection of dynamic capabilities and social relationships.

The Doctoral Program in Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships conducts innovative and relevant research to investigate the long-term development of supply-chain-spanning capabilities among collaborating firms and other social actors. The knowledge created in this program will contribute to the understanding of how companies manage collaborative relationships over time and how companies cope with apparent paradoxes in business relationships, such as the requirement for stability and continuity on the one hand, and the need for development and change on the other.

The three-year doctoral program is designed around the principles of scientific excellence, empirical research, internationality, and paradigmatic openness to adjoining disciplines such as marketing, purchasing, social networks, organizational behavior, and strategic management.

All coursework and academic writing are conducted in English. Program participants take part in seminars at both GGS and the Europa-Universität Viadrina. They develop their own dissertation and research agenda within  the aim of the doctoral program.

The following components ensure the program's high academic standards:

  • Integration of dissertations and  postdoctoral research projects into an  overarching research program
  • Close guidance by faculty members
  • A stimulating and supportive research environment
  • A mandatory seminar sequence including courses on the following topics:

    • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
    • Theories of management
    • Dynamic capabilities and relationships
    • Academic writing

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