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Dr Carola Wolf

Economics & 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 Email: c.wolf@aston.ac.uk Phone: +44(0)121 204 3008 Room: SW918 

  • 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

BS2232 Business Policy

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

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings

  • Jarzabkowski, P. & Wolf, C. (2014). The Role of Practical Coping in Strategy Making. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014:1, doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.259
  • Wolf, C., Floyd, S. W. (2013). Strategic planning research: Toward a theory-driven agenda. Journal of Management. DOI 10.1177/0149206313478185
  • Wolf, C. (2012). Strategic Planning Processes as Mindful Accomplishments: Effects of Institutionalization, Academy of Management Proceedings, 2012:1, doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2012.252
  • Kunisch, S., Wolf, C., Quodt, J. (2010). When forgetting is the key - The value of unlearning activities uding post-aquisition integration. Performance, 3(1), 4-13.
Book Chapters
  • Wolf, Carola (forthcoming). Strategic Planning Processes as Mindful Accomplishments: Effects of Institutionalization. The Handbook of Strategy Research from a Middle Management Perspective. invited book chapter for Wooldridge, W. & Floyd, S. (Eds.), Edward Elgar.
  • Jarzabkowski, P. & Wolf, C. (forthcoming). An Activity-theory Approach to Strategy as Practice. Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice: 2nd Edition, D. Golsorkhi, L. Rouleau, D. Seidl & E. Vaara (Eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wolf, C. (2010). Demographic change and the changing nature of the concept of work. From Grey to Silver - Managing the Demographic Change Successfully (pp. 71-84). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Wolf, C. (2010). Strategic planning systems as communicative devices: A changed perspective on strategic decision making. Schriften der Assistierenden der Universitat St Gallen (pp. 91-109). Bern: Stampfli.
  • Floyd, S., Wolf, C. (2010). Technology strategy. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Management (pp. 125-129). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Floyd, S., Wolf, C. (in press). Strategic Planning. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Presentations Given

  • Jarzabkowski, P. & Wolf, C. (2014). The Role of Practical Coping in Strategy Making. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Philadelphia, USA.  Nominated for best paper award SAP division and published in Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, 2014
  • Tuckermann, H. & Wolf, C. (2014). Exploring the Role of Reflexivity in the Change Process of Interconnected Organizational Routines. Sixth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS), Rhodes, Greece
  • Jarzabkowski, P. & Wolf, C. (2013) Strategy Making as Interplay Between Practical Coping and Proactive Coping. Fifth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS), Crete, Greece
  • Wolf, Carola (2012). Strategic Planning Processes as Mindful Accomplishments: Effects of Institutionalization. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Boston, USA.
  • Wolf, Carola (2012). Integrating Middle Managers in Strategic Planning Processes through Formalization. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Boston, USA.
  • Wolf, Carola (2012). Position Bias and Integration of Middle Managers in Strategy Processes. Annual Meeting of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS). Helsinki, Finland.
  • Wolf, Carola (2011). Formalization as Antecedent to Upward Strategizing of Middle Managers in Strategic Planning. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). San Antonio, USA.
  • Wolf, Carola (2010). Where Do We Go With Strategic Planning Research - Only Old Wine in New Skins? Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Montréal, Canada.    
  • Wolf, Carola, & Kunisch, Sven (2010). Forget it! Exploring the Role of Organizational Unlearning in Post-Acquisition Integration. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Montréal, Canada.     
  • Wolf, Carola (2010). The Role of Middle Managers in Integrative Strategic Planning Systems. Accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Rom, Italy.     
  • Wolf, Carola (2010). The Practice Turn in Strategic Planning Research - Complementing the Process Stream. Special Conference of the Strategic Management Society on Intersections of Strategy Processes and Strategy Practices. Lapland, Finland.   
  • Kunisch, Sven, & Wolf, Carola (2010). Senior Moment Or Vital Stimulus? The Role of Organizational Unlearning in Post-Acquisition Integration. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Rome, Italy.     
  • Wolf, Carola (2010). Strategic Planning Routines as Mindful Accomplishments: Effects of Institutionalization. Annual Meeting of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS). Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Wolf, Carola (2009). Variations in mindfulness as antecedents of learning in organizational routines. Special Conference: Towards the micro-level origins of organizational routines and capabilities. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.    
  • Wolf, Carola (2009). The boon and bane of routinized strategic planning processes - A middle management perspective. Annual Meeting of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS). Barcelona, Spain.
  • Wolf, Carola (2008). The Impact of Institutionalization on Learning in Strategic Planning Routines. Annual Meeting of the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS). Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
  • Wolf, Carola (2008). How Institutional Influences on Routines Impact Routine Learning Processes. International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC). Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Wolf, Carola (2008). Ecopreneurship as Part of Proactive Sustainability Strategies Through an Institutional Theory Lens. Cornell-McGill Special Conference on Institutions and Entrepreneurship. Montréal, Canada. 
  • Wolf, Carola (2008). Corporate Sustainability Strategies Through an Institutional Theory Lens. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Anaheim, USA.
  • Wolf, Carola (2008). A Performative Perspective on the Adaptability of Strategic Planning Routines. Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Cologne, Germany.

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