Dr. David K. Reetz

David K. Reetz is a postdoctoral researcher at the TUM School of Management, where he also completed his doctoral degree in management under the supervision of Oliver Alexy in 2019. (Committee: Oliver Alexy; Linus Dahlander; Jason Davis; Joachim Henkel).

David’s research, is in the area of strategy and organization theory with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He studies the organizational processes and structures through which actors can realize truly novel outcomes. In particular, he is looking at the interplay of cognition and action as well as organizational design choices, which can allow organizational actors to embrace high uncertainty. His insights provide strategic recommendations for contests such as inventing and implementing new technologies, conceiving and creating new markets, or realizing and resolving grand challenges. David’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Discoveries; and he received a best conference paper award at the Strategic Management Conference (Behavioral Strategy IG).

At TUM School of Management, David teaches courses on new venture creation, strategy, growth, and design on the undergraduate and graduate level programs.

Before joining TUM, David worked as a product and business development consultant for the ICT, medical, and automotive sector; and was a co-founder of a spin-out at the University of Manchester.

David obtained a M.Sc. in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Manchester Business School, England; and a diploma (equivalent to M.A.) in Systems- and Product Design from the University of Kassel, Germany. He was a visiting doctoral student at INSEAD, Singapore in 2017.

Research interests:
- Emergence of organizational structure
- Decision making under uncertainty
- Exploration and true novelty

Scholarly publications:
Majchrzak, A., Griffith, T.L., Reetz, D.K., and Alexy, O. “Catalyst organizations as a new organization design for innovation: the case of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies,” Academy of Management Discoveries, 4(4): 272-296. doi.org/10.5465/amd.2017.0041

Office hours upon appointment:
david.reetz@tum.de