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Dr Carola Wolf

Marketing and Strategy Group

Carola Wolf

Carola joined Aston Business School in January 2012. The lectureship in Strategy is her first academic post after receiving a PhD from the University of St. Gallen/ Switzerland.

Prior to Aston, Carola spent a year as visiting researcher at the Hanken School of Economics/ Finland funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Carola's PhD research focused on the role of middle managers in strategic planning processes, for this work she was recently nominated for the William H. Newman Award sponsored by the Academy of Management and received the Dr. Peter-Werhahn-Award for outstanding academic achievements in business studies from the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland.

While continuing her research on strategic planning, research interests are shifting towards strategy as a social practice, including questions of the professionalization of strategy and the role of strategy and concepts such as strategic planning for us as individuals in our professional and personal lives.

Position: Lecturer in Strategy
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3008 
Email: c.wolf@aston.ac.uk 
Room: ABS 411 

  • 2001 - Undergraduate Studies, University of Augsburg. Subject: Business Administration

  • 2004 - MA equivalent (Maîtrise d’Economie d’Entreprise), Université de Rennes, France

  • 2005 - MA equivalent (Diplom-Kauffrau), University of Augsburg, Germany

  • 2012 -  PhD in Strategy, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Academic

  • Lecturer, Aston Business School. (January 2012 - Present)
  • Visiting Scholar, Hanken School of Economics/Department of Management and Organisation, Helsinki/Finland. (January-December 2011)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Gallen, Switzerland. (February 2007 - December 2010)
  • Assistant to Vice President Teaching and Head of Quality Development Office, University of Gallen, Switzerland. (November 2005 - January 2007)
  • Student Assistant, Institute of Human Resource Management, University of Augsburg, Germany. (August 2004 - September 2005)
  • Assistant to Executive MBA Program Manager, University of Augsburg, Germany. (October 2000 - September 2001)

 Professional

  • Assistant, Kontaktschmiede, Augsburg, Germany. (October 2003 - October 2005)
  • Intern and Student Trainee, BMW Group Munich. (January 2003 - July 2003)
  • Marketing Office Intern, IIR/iventis, Paris, France. (June 2002 - August 2002)

Postgraduate teaching

BSM929 Strategic Management

Undergraduate teaching

BS3335 Strategic Decision Making 

In my current research on strategy processes and practices I build on my PhD, which focused on the role of middle managers in strategic planning processes. The thesis has been nominated for the prestigious William H. Newman Award sponsored by the Academy of Management for outstanding papers based on a dissertation and received the Dr. Peter-Werhahn-Award for outstanding academic achievements in business studies from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. An article based on my PhD research on middle managers has recently been published in the Journal of Management.

In cooperation with colleagues worldwide, I am leveraging my middle management expertise to explore the role of middle managers as change agents and strategic actors in a variety of contexts including the financial service industry and the health care sector.

I have recently been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant to extend my research program on middle managers with a project exploring middle manager life histories.

Since August 2014 I have been a Representative-at-Large for the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group of the Academy of Management.

  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant awarded for project starting Sept 2015
  • Member of the Academy of Management (Representative-at-Large for the SAP Interest Group) and the Strategic Management Society
  • Representative-at-Large for the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group of the Academy of Management

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