Dr. David K. Reetz

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

Research Interests

Organization Design, Decision Making, New Venture Creation

My research, is in the area of strategy and organization theory with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. I study the organizational processes and structures through which actors can realize truly novel outcomes. In particular, I am looking at the interplay of cognition and action as well as organizational design choices, which can allow organizational actors to embrace high uncertainty. My insights provide strategic recommendations for contests such as inventing and implementing new technologies, conceiving and creating new markets, or realizing and resolving grand challenges. 

Academic Background

Since 02/2019
Postdoctoral Researcher, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany 

02/2013 - 1/2019
Ph.D. in Management, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
Committee: Oliver Alexy (TUM); Linus Dahlander (ESMT); Jason P. Davis (INSEAD); Joachim Henkel (TUM)

08/2017 - 12/2017
Visiting PhD, INSEAD (Asia Campus), Singapore

09/2011 - 09/2012
Master of Science, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Business School (MBS), United Kingdom

10/2003 - 09/2009
Master of Arts, System- and Industrial Design at the University of Kassel, Germany

01/2006 – 12/2007
Research Assistant, BMBF funded Project: "Digitalization of Public and Private Life", University of Kassel, Germany

Papers

Catalyst organizations as a new organization design for innovation: the case of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. (with Majchrzak, A., Griffith, T.L., & Alexy, O.), 
Academy of Management Discoveries, 2018, Vol. 4, No. 4, 472–496. 
doi.org/10.5465/amd.2017.0041 

Working Papers

Search modes, temporal reference points, and organizational development. Presented at: Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Bodø, Norway, June 2016;
SMS Strategic Management Annual Conference, Houston, September 2017, 
Best Conference Paper - Behavioral Strategy IG;
Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2018.

Creating true novelty through co-evolutionary search. (with MacAulay, S.)
Presented at: SMS Strategic Management Annual Conference, Berlin, September 2016;
Open- and User Innovation Conference, Harvard Business School, August, 2016;
SEI Doctoral Consortium, Zurich, October 2016;
Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 2017.

The emergence of organizational configurations. (with Leppänen, P.)
Presented at: Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Bodø, Norway, June 2016;
SMS Strategic Management Annual Conference, Houston, September 2017. 

Professional Background

Since 02/2013
Research and Teaching Associate, Professorship of Strategic Entrepreneurship, Prof. Dr. Oliver Alexy, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München, Germany

05/2012 - 08/2014
Co-Founder of Kaffeination Ltd, Manchester, United Kingdom 
Honors:
Winner, Venture Further Business Plan Competition 2012 at The University of Manchester and TiE International Business Plan Competition 2013, Brussels; Finalist, Rice Business Plan Competition 2013, Houston

09/2007- 08/2011 (full and part time)
Product and Business Development Consultant, chilli mind GmbH
Honors: iF Design Award, 2009

10/2009 - 04/2010
Innovation Management at biond GmbH

Internships at Bayer Material Science AG, Miele & Cie KG, Meyer Werft GmbH, etc.