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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 

  • 2004 - MA equivalent (Maîtrise d’Economie d’Entreprise), University of Rennes/ France

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

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

Postgraduate teaching

BSM929 Strategic Management

Undergraduate teaching

BS2232 Business Policy

Carola's research is located at the intersections of strategy process and strategy-as-practice research. In terms of theory, her work is mostly inspired by sociologically grounded theories such as organizational routines, script theory, role theory and institutional theory. Most of her research applies a qualitative methodology in the tradition of grounded theory. Research designs vary from interview-based comparative case studies to longitudinal studies combining interview and observational data collection methods.

2011, one-year visiting researcher position at the Hanken School of Economics/ Finland funded by the fellowship program for prospective researchers of the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • Academy of Management

  • European Group for Organizational Studies

  • SAP-IN (the strategy-as-practice network)

  • Floyd, S. & Wolf, C. (forthcoming). Strategic Planning. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Wolf, C. (2010). Demographic change and the changing nature of the concept of work. From Grey to Silver - Managing the Demographic Change Successfully. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 71-84.
  • Floyd, S. & Wolf, C. (2010). Technology Strategy. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation Management, Chichester: Wiley, pp. 125-129.

Work in progress

  • Strategic Planning Processes as Mindful Accomplishments: Effects of Institutionalization. Shortlisted for Best Paper and Best Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Here we go with strategic planning research - only old wine in new skins? (co-authored with S. Floyd)
  • Senior Moment Or Vital Stimulus? The Role of Organizational Unlearning in Post-Acquisition Integration. (co-authored with S. Kunisch)

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research