Prof. Dr. Mark Ebers

Room: 3.12a, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 2
Phone: +49 (0) 221 / 470 – 2458
E-mail:  ebers(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Office hours: by appointment

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Vita

Academic Degrees

  • 1993 Dr. rer. pol. habil., Mannheim University, Germany. Habilitation: International governmental organizations – An institutional economics analysis
  • 1985 Dr. rer. pol., Mannheim University, Germany. Dissertation: Organization culture – A new research paradigm?
  • 1979 Diplom – Kaufmann (Dipl.Kfm.), Department of Business Administration, Hamburg University, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2004 – today   Professor of Business Administration, Corporate Development and Organization, Cologne University, Germany
  • 1994 – 2004    Professor of Business Administration, Management and Organization, Augsburg University, Germany
  • 1992 – 1994    Professor of Business Administration, Organization, Paderborn University, Germany
  • 1985 – 1992    Assistant Professor (Hochschulassistent), Faculty of Business Administration, Mannheim University, Germany
  • 1980 – 1985    Graduate Student (Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter), Faculty of Business Administration, Mannheim University, Germany

Visiting Professorships, Visiting Scholarships, and Fellowships

  • 2012/13 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2008 – 10 Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2008/09 Visiting Scholar, Columbia Business School, New York City, U.S.A
  • 2006/07 International Visiting Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management (AIM), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2004 Visiting Professor Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • 2002 Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
  • 1997 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A
  • 1996 Visiting Professor, Universitá L. Bocconi, Milan, Italy
  • 1989/90 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

Awards

  • 2009 Albertus-Magnus-Award for teaching excellence, spring, rewarded by the Student Association of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and the Social Sciences of Cologne University
  • 2007 Best Paper Award, German Academic Association for Business Research, for „The dynamics of social capital and their performance implications: Lessons from biotechnology start-ups.” Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 51, 2006, 262-292 (with Indre Maurer)
  • 2007 Best Paper Award of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) for “Learning in project-based organizations: How project members' social capital affects effective knowledge transfer and organizational performance." (Indre Maurer, Vera Bartsch, Mark Ebers and Svenja Knöpfler)
  • 1985 Karin-Islinger Prize, Mannheim University for dissertation "Organisationskultur - Ein neues Forschungsprogramm?"

Research Grants

  • 2012 – 2014 BMBF (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research): Professors as entrepreneurship promotors in institutions for basic research (PEP).
    784.600,00 €
  • 2010 – 2013 DFG (German Federal Research Council): Adoption, adaption and performance implications of management concepts in mergers and acquistions.
    276.420, – – €
  • 2008/09 DFG (German Federal Research Council): Learning and innovation in inter-organizational projects.
    23.600, – – €
  • 2005 Fund for Investments in Base Research (FIRB), Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR): Knowledge governance and projects.
    15.000, – – €

Research

Research Interests

  • Networks and social capital of companies Netzwerke und soziales Kapital von Unternehmen
  • Dynamic capabilities of companies Dynamische Fähigkeiten (Dynamic Capabilites) von Unternehmen
  • Innovation and learning Innovation und Lernen
  • Post-merger integration

Publications

Monographs

  • Ebers, M. 1993. Internationale Regierungsorganisationen - Eine institutionenökonomische Analyse. Unpublished Habilitationsschrift, Universität Mannheim, Mannheim.

Edited Volumes

  • 1993 - today Editorial Member "Organization Studies"
  • 2000 - today Co-editor "Die Betriebswirtschaft"
  • 2001 - today Editorial Board Member "Strategic Organization"
  • 2003 - today Editorial Board Member "Scandinavian Journal of Management"
  • 2017 - today Editorial Board Member "Academy of Management Review"

Books:

  • Kieser, A., & Ebers, M. (Eds.). 2014. Organisationstheorien (7th ed.). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.  Details
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M., & Ring, P. S. (Eds.). 2013. Inter-organizational relations, 5 Volumes. Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C., & Ring, P. S. (Eds.). 2008. The oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kieser, A., & Ebers, M. (Eds.). 2006. Organisationstheorien (6th ed.). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Ebers, M. (Eds.). 1997 (paperback edition with new Forward 1999). The formation of inter-organizational networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals:

  • Powell, W. W., & Ebers, M (Eds.). 2007. Biotechnology: It's origins, organization, and outputs. Special Issue of Research Policy, 36(4): 433-437.
  • Backhaus, K., & Ebers, M. (Eds.). 2006. Die Anwendung der Kausalanalyse in der betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung. Die Betriebswirtschaft, 66(6): 607-608
  • Ebers, M., & Jarillo, J. C. 1998. The construction, forms, and consequences of industry networks. Guest-edited issue of International Studies of Management and Organization, 27(4): 3-21

Articles in refereed Journals (extract)

  • Ebers, M. (mit Arbeitskreis Organisation der Schmalenbachgesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.), 2016. Organisationsmodelle für Innovation. Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung.  Details DOI: 10.1007/s41471-016-0021-x
  • Ebers, M., & Maurer, I. 2016. To continue or not to continue? Drivers of recurrent partnering in temporary organizations. Organization Studies, 37(12): 1861-1895.  Details DOI: 10.1177/0170840616655490
  • Ebers, M., & Oerlemans, L. 2016. The variety of governance structures beyond market and hierarchy. Journal of Management, 42(6).  Details DOI: 10.1177/0149206313506938
  • Ebers, M., & Semrau, T. 2014. What drives the allocation of specific investments between buyer and supplier?. Journal of Business Research. Details DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.06.007
  • Ebers, M., & Maurer, I. 2014. Connections count: How relational embeddedness and relational empowerment foster absorptive capacity. Research Policy, 43(2): 318-332. Details DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.10.017
  • Bartsch, V., Ebers, M., & Maurer, I. 2013. Learning in project-based organizations: The role of project teams' social capital for overcoming barriers to learning. International Journal of Project Management, 31(2): 239-251. Details
  • Ebers, M., Arbeitskreis Organisation der Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. 2012. Entwicklungslinien zukünftiger organisatorischer Strukturen und Prozesse. Zeitschrift Führung und Organisation, 81(5): 329-335.
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M.,  Huxham, C., & Ring, P.S. 2011. Packing more punch? Developing the field of inter-organisational relations. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 2(3): 153-170. Details
  • Maurer, I., Bartsch, V., & Ebers, M. 2011. The Value of Intra-organizational Social Capital: How it Fosters Knowledge Transfer, Innovation Performance, and Growth. Organization Studies, 32(2): 157-185. Details
  • Powell, W.W., & Ebers, M. 2007. Biotechnology: Its origins, organization, and outputs. Special Issue of Research, 36(4): 433-437. Details
  • Maurer, I., & Ebers, M. 2006. Dynamics of social capital and their performance implications: Lessons from biotechnology start-ups. Administrative Science Quarterly, 51(2): 262-292. Details
  • Ebers, M. 1999. The dynamics of inter-organizational relationships. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 16: 31-56.
  • Oliver, A. L., & Ebers, M. 1998. Networking network studies: An analysis of conceptual configurations in the study of inter-organizational relationships. Organization Studies, 19(4): 549-583.
  • Ebers, M., & Jarillo, J. C. 1997. The Construction, Forms, and Consequences of Industry Networks. International Studies of Management & Organization, 27(4): 3-21.
  • Ebers, M. 1995. The Framing of Organizational Cultures. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 13: 129-170.

Book Chapters

  • Ebers, M. forthcoming. Interorganizational relationships and networks. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences, 2 ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science. Details
  • Ebers, M., & Gotsch, W. 2014. Institutionenökonomische Theorien der Organisation. In A. Kieser & M. Ebers (Eds.), Organisationstheorien, 7 ed.: 195-255. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.  Details
  • Ebers, M., & Maurer, I. 2014. Netzwerktheorie. In A. Kieser & M. Ebers (Eds.), Organisationstheorien, 7 ed.: 386-406. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.  Details
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M., & Ring, P.S. 2013. Editor's introduction. In S. Cropper & M. Ebers & P. S. Ring (Eds.), Interorganizational relations, Vol. 5. Los Angeles: Sage. Details
  • Ebers, M., Maurer, I., & Graumann, M. 2011. Organisation: Management von Strukturen und Wandel. In W. Busse von Colbe & A. Coenenberg & P. Kajüter & U. Linnhoff & B. Pellens (Eds.), Betriebswirtschaft für Führungskräfte, 4 ed.: 170-205. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel. Details
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C., & Ring, P. S. 2008. Introducing Inter-organizational relations. In S. Cropper & M. Ebers & C. Huxham & P. S. Ring (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations: 3-21. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Details
  • Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C., & Ring, P. S. 2008. The field of inter-organizational relations. A Jungle or an Italian Garden? In S. Cropper & M. Ebers & C. Huxham & P. S. Ring (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations: 3-21. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Details
  • Ebers, M. 2007. Unternehmensentwicklung. In R. Köhler & U. Küpper & A. Pfingsten (Eds.), Handwörterbuch der Betriebswirtschaft, Vol. 1, ed. 6: 1789-1801. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel. Details
  • Ebers, M., & Gotsch, W. 2006. Institutionenökonomische Theorien der Organisation. In A. Kieser & M. Ebers (Eds.), Organisationstheorien, 6 ed.: 206-258. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Böhringer, A., Bukowsky, I., Ebers, M., & Maurer, I. 2006. Herausforderungen grenzüberschreitender M&A. In B. W. Wirtz (Ed.), Handbuch Mergers & Acquisitions: 131-156. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. Details
  • Ebers, M. 2001. Property-Rights-Ansatz. In R. Bühner (Ed.), Management-Lexikon: 633-635. München: Oldenbourg. Details
  • Ebers, M. 2001. Interorganizational relationships and networks. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences: 7855-7860. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science. Details
  • Ebers, M. 2000. The Economic Institutions of Capitalism. Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting. New York 1985. In K. Türk (Ed.), Hauptwerke der Organisationstheorie: 336-339. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Ebers, M., Hermesch, M., Matzke, M., & Mehlhorn, A. 2000. Strukturwandel und Steuerungsformen von Netzwerken in der deutschen Bauindustrie. In J. Sydow & A. Windeler (Eds.), Steuerung von Netzwerken - Konzepte und Praktiken: 251-279. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Ebers, M. 1997. Explaining inter-organizational network formation. In M. Ebers (Ed.), The formation of inter-organizational networks: 3-40. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ebers, M., & Grandori, A. 1997. The forms, costs and development dynamics of inter-organizational networking. In M. Ebers (Ed.), The formation of inter-organizational networks: 265-286. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ebers, M. 1995. Organisationskultur und Führung. In A. Kieser & G. Reber & R. Wunderer (Eds.), Handwörterbuch der Führung: 1664-1682. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel.
  • Ebers, M. 1994. Die Gestaltung interorganisationaler Informationssysteme- Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer transaktionskostentheoretischen Erklärung. In J. Sydow & A. Windeler (Eds.), Management interorganisationaler Beziehungen: 22-48. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

    Other Activities

    Editor

    • 1993 – today   Editorial Board Member "Organization Studies"
    • 2000 – today   Co – Editor "Die Betriebswirtschaft"
    • 2001 – today   Editorial Board Member "Strategic Organization"
    • 2003 – today   Editorial Board Member "Scandinavian Journal of Management"
    • 2004 – 2007    Chief Editor “Die Betriebswirtschaft”
    • 2000 – 2007    Editorial Board Member "Journal of Management & Governance"
    • 1999 – 2005    Editorial Board Member "Columbia Journal of World Business"
    • 1998 – 2003    Editorial Board Member "Organization Science"
    • 1986 – 1993    News and Notes Editor "Organization Studies"

    Regular Reviewer for

    • Academy of Management Journal

    • Academy of Management Review

    • Columbia Journal of World Business

    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

    • Die Betriebswirtschaft

    • Journal of Business Research

    • Journal of Management and Governance

    • Organization Science

    • Organization Studies

    • Scandinavian Journal of Management

    • Schweizer Nationalfonds

    • Strategic Management Journal

    • Zeitschrift Führung und Organisation

    • Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft

    Academic Services

    • 2003 – today Member of the Board, Schmalenbach – Gesellschaft Deutsche Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.
    • 2005 – today Member of Curatorium „Organisationsforum Wirtschaftskongress (OFW)“, Cologne University
    • 2007 – today Senator, Cologne University, representing the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, and Social Sciences
    • 2007 – today Member of the Council of the “International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy”, Cologne
    • 2011 – today Academic Head, Working Group “Organization” in the Schmalenbach – Gesellschaft Deutsche Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.
    • 2012 – today Academic Director of "Change Management Executive Education Programme", European School of Management and Technology, USW Netzwerk Schloss Gracht
    • 2012 – today Academic Director of " Management Update Executive Education Programme", European School of Management and Technology, USW Netzwerk Schloss Gracht
    • 2012 - today Representative-at-large, Organization and Management Theory Division (OMT), Academy of Management
    • 2011 – 2013 Member of the Selection Committee for Best Paper Awards of the German Academic Association for Business Research
    • 2012 Chair of the Peer Review Evaluation Committee reviewing the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D – MTEC), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)
    • 2011 Facilitator, Professional Development Workshop on Paper Development, OMT, Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX
    • 2002 – 2011 Academic Director of "Young Leaders Executive Education Programme", European School of Management and Technology, USW Netzwerk Schloss Gracht
    • 2007 – 2010 Member International Relations Committee, Faculty of Business Administration, Economics,and Social Sciences, Cologne University
    • 2009 Facilitator, Doctoral Consortium, OMT, Academy of Management, Chicago, IL
    • 2007 – 2008 Program Chair, Annual Conference 2008, German Academic Association for Business Research
    • 1999 – 2006 Member of Grant Selection Committees for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    • 2003 – 2004 Member of the Board of Curators AIESEC, Augsburg University
    • 2002 – 2004 Director of Division of Organization Studies within the German Academy of Management
    • 2000 – 2004 Co–Director of German Academy of Management Educational Program for Assistant Professors
    • 1998 – 2004 Co–Director Augsburg Executive MBA Program
    • 2000 – 2002 Director of Division of Research Methods within the German Academy of Management
    • 2000 – 2001 Dekan (Head of Department) of Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences, Augsburg University
    • 1999 – 2003 Co–Organizer (with Anna Grandori, Bocconi University, Milan) of "Standing Workgroup on Business Network Research" within the European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS),
    • 1993 – 1997 Coordinator of the research program 'Inter-organizational Networks' within the European Science Foundation’s program 'European Management and Organizations in Transition'

    Invited Academic Presentations

    • Contextual vs. Temporal Ambidexterity in Network Development: Which Provides the Better Pathway to Enhancing Firms’ Financial Performance? Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 16 January 2013.
    • Contextual vs. Temporal Ambidexterity in Network Development: Which Provides the Better Pathway to Enhancing Firms’ Financial Performance? Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 19 December 2012.
    • Contextual vs. Temporal Ambidexterity in Network Development: Which Provides the Better Pathway to Enhancing Firms’ Financial Performance? Technion, Haifa, Israel, 6 December 2012.
    • Der Einfluss sozialen Kapitals auf die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Unternehmen. Nordrhein – Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Klasse für Ingenieurs – und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Düsseldorf, Germany, 14 December 2011.
    • Institutional work in unwelcoming settings: Entrepreneurship in institutions for basic research. 6th Max Planck Summer Conference on Economy and Society “Bringing Organizations Back In: Bridging Economic Sociology and Political Economy”, 13 – 16 July 2011, Schloss Ringberg, Tegernsee.
    • The institutional and social embeddedness of governance arrangements. Workshop on “States and Markets”, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany, 26 March 2009.
    • When, why, how and with what effects do what types of networks evolve (differently)? 68th Academy of Management Meeting, Anaheim, USA, 8 – 13 August 2008, Professional Development Workshop “Network Evolution and Dynamics”, organized by Joel Baum and Ranjay Gulati, Organization and Management Theory Division.
    • Learning in Project – Based Organizations: How Project Members’ Social Capital Affects Effective Knowledge Transfer and Organizational Performance. ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 5 June 2008.
    • Einige Beobachtungen zu Wechselwirkungen zwischen Organisation und IKT. Podiumsdiskussion „Wechselwirkungen zwischen Organisation und IKT – Was läuft gut, was könnte besser laufen in Forschung und Ausbildung?“ 32. Workshop der Kommission Organisation im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V., München, Germany, 21 February 2008
    • The KGP project. Advanced Institute of Management Workshop “International Collaborative Research: Planning for Impact”, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 3 – 4 December 2007.
    • Chancen und Risiken des Outsourcing. 8. Schmalenbach Unternehmerforum der Schmalenbach – Gesellschaft Deutsche Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V., Halver, Germany, 17 November 2006.
    • Knowledge, Governance, and Projects. Advanced Institute of Management Workshop on Comparative International Research (CIR) Methodologies, London Business School, London, UK, 10 November 2006.
    • Configurations of Governance Structures in IORs. British Academy of Management Special Interest Group on Inter-organizational Relations, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK, 1 November 2006.
    • The Field of IOR – A Jungle or an Italian Garden? British Academy of Management Special Interest Group on Inter-organizational Relations, London Business School, London, UK, 12 June 2006.
    • The Dynamics of Social Capital. Advanced Institute of Management Senior Fellows Meeting, London Business School, UK, 9 June 2006.
    • The Influence of Goodwill – and Competence – based Trust on the Governance of Inter-organizational Relations. Graduate School of Business, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK, 6 June 2006.
    • The Dynamics of Social Capital. Faculty of Economics, Bologna University, Italy, 18 May 2006.
    • Configurations of Inter-organizational Governance Structures. Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands, 15 March 2005.
    • Why are some firms more profitable than others? German Study Group, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 17 April 2002.
    • How different types of trust and attitudes towards risk affect the efficient design of inter-organizational governance structures. Harvard Business School, Spring 2002 Organizational Behavior Seminar Series, Boston, USA, MA, 12 April 2002.
    • How to Make Cross – Border Combinations and Strategic Alliances Work. 2001 Globalization Conference of the American Accounting Association and the Schmalenbach – Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft, Berlin, Germany, 22 – 25 June 2001.
    • The Dynamics of Inter-organizational Relationships. Workshop "Research and Practice in Inter-organizational Collaboration", McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 4 April 1998.
    • Transaction scale and scope: How organizations get hooked on interorganizational systems. ESF Planning Workshop "Modes of International Integration of European Management and Organization", Milan, Italy, 11 – 12 June 1992.