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Study on the sustainability of profit-oriented company-to-peer bike-sharing systems is released now

November 2019

The results of the latest research effort carried out by Dr. Thomas K. Hamann (T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft / University of Liechtenstein), Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg (University of Liechtenstein) and Prof. Dr. Birgit Renzl (University of Stuttgart) have just been released in ‘Die Unternehmung’—the publication medium of the Swiss Society for Business Administration.

The primary concern of their study is to examine if or to what extent profit-oriented bike-sharing systems are sustainable.  Based on the frames attributed to the sharing economy identified by Martin (2016), the authors analyze whether the commercial company-to-peer bike-sharing systems actually show these attributed characteristics.

The results reveal that profit-oriented bike-sharing systems

  1. do not pay off (yet) in economic terms,
  2. are not a more sustainable form of consumption,
  3. are not a pathway towards a more decentralized, equitable and sustainable economy,
  4. may need more regulation,
  5. are subject to monopolistic tendencies fueled by venture capitalists, and
  6. the business model is neither new nor disruptive.

Further research needs to address the development of more sustainable systems.

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann and his co-authors were invited to a workshop at University of California, Santa Barbara to further develop their research on the ‘gig economy’

August 2019

New technologies such as artificial intelligence, algorithms for the analysis of large amounts of data, robotics, digital platforms and ecosystems, social media, blockchain, and 3D printing have a considerable impact on organizations and organizational processes and fundamentally question the relevant theories and ideas to date.  Therefore, the renowned scientific journal Organization Science is preparing a special issue on ‘Emerging Technologies and Organizing’.  In order to support potential authors in bringing their ideas in line with the thematic orientation of the special edition and to receive valuable feedback, a paper development workshop will take place at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) on October 10-11, 2019.

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann and his two co-authors Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg (University of Liechtenstein) and Prof. Dr. Martin Risak (University of Vienna) are working on a research effort entitled ‘A Critical View on the Theoretical Foundations of Organizations in the Age of Digitization: The Case of Matchmaking Platforms for Location-Based Knowledge Work in the Gig Economy’.  This has now been selected in a double-blind review process for the workshop at the UCSB.

The consulting boutique adeptic, specialized in the ‘Testing, Inspection & Certification’ (TIC) sector, complements the competence fields of T. K. Hamann as a further cooperation partner

July 2019

In July 2019, adeptic and T. K. Hamann agreed on a cooperation to bundle their complementary fields of competence.  The focus here is on the application and commercialization of innovative technologies—including those developed by startups—especially in the area of ‘Testing, Inspection & Certification’ (TIC).  Another focus of the cooperation is the current challenges in the automotive and mobility industry (e.g. ‘Remote Diagnostics’) as well as in the aerospace industry (e.g. ‘Urban Air Mobility’ and commercialization and industrial use of drone technology).

adeptic is a boutique consulting company with unique expertise on the ‘Testing, Inspection & Certification’ (TIC) sector.  It was founded by Christof Deringer, a seasoned management consultant, experienced executive responsible for strategy at a major TIC player, and co-entrepreneur at a tech startup.  adeptic focuses exclusively on the TIC sector and supports clients regarding all aspects of strategy and corporate development.

Experts on corporate ecosystems met at the University of St. Gallen for subject-specific dialog

July 2019

From right to left: Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner (University of St. Gallen), Joachim Stonig (University of St. Gallen), Prof. em. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens (University of St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Birgit Renzl (University of Stuttgart), Andreas Steur (Ulm University), Maximilian Dexheimer (University of St. Gallen), Alina Jäger (University of St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg (University of Liechtenstein), Dr. Thomas K. Hamann (T. K. Hamann/University of Liechtenstein)

In December 2019, a special issue of the journal ‘Die Unternehmung: Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice’ will be published on the subject of corporate ecosystems and the platform economy. The authors of the papers accepted for publication, including Dr. Thomas K. Hamann and his co-authors Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg and Prof. Dr. Birgit Renzl, met at the beginning of July 2019 for a full-day workshop at the Institute of Management & Strategy at the University of St. Gallen to exchange their views and prepare this special issue of ‘Die Unternehmung’.

Despite the growing interest in the new business aspects of corporate ecosystems, there are still many unanswered questions. The booklet is therefore intended to present current contributions from management research on ecosystems and platform-based business models for discussion. The journal ‘Die Unternehmung’ is the publication medium of the ‘Schweizerische Gesellschaft for Betriebswirtschaft (Swiss Society for Business Administration)’ and aims to disseminate new findings in business-management research, to draw attention to important problems in business practice, to present scientifically sound approaches to practical solutions and to promote the exchange between science and practice.

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann on hydrogen-powered vehicles in Automobilwoche EDITION »GENERATION E«

September 2018

With respect to total cost of ownership (TCO), hydrogen-powered vehicles are almost on par with other alternative types of drive.

The M&A consultancy CNX Transaction Partners and T. K. Hamann announce their cooperation

September 2018

CNX Transaction Partners GmbH and T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH will cooperate in the field of mergers & acquisitions (M&A).

CNX Transaction Partners have been focusing mainly on the sellers’ profound preparation of corporate divestures since 2010.  Thereby, the identification and realization of value-improving measures are at the forefront in order to increase the obtainable selling price prior to a transaction.

“T. K. Hamann’s competence in the area of strategic management allows us to expand our range of services by the so-called buy side—for instance, by offering commercial due diligences”, explains Dr. Willem Keijzer, who is managing partner at CNX Transaction Partners.  “As another example, the expertise with respect to leadership, organization, and optimization of operational processes facilitates the successful support of post merger integrations (PMI).”

In return, CNX Transaction Partners’ comprehensive relevant experience helps T. K. Hamann to supplement their service portfolio with M&A-related activities.

The foundation Neue Musik-Impulse Schleswig-Holstein pays regard to Dr. Thomas K. Hamann’s research results in the field of sociomusicology

April 2018

The foundation Neue Musik-Impulse Schleswig-Holstein mentions Dr. Thomas K. Hamann’s research results as relevant background for their ‘CLASSICAL BEAT Festival’ within the context of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.

This festival is supposed to make a contribution to work against the looming decline in the number of people that attend classical music performances: Classical music is blended with other music genres and modern club culture to up-to-date music events from May 22 to 26, 2018 in the HanseBelt region.  Thus, many new and exceptional musical experiences are provided to the audience.

The ‘CLASSICAL BEAT Festival’ is organized by the foundation Neue Musik-Impulse Schleswig-Holstein.

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage which was initiated by the European Commission.  By participating in the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 under the motto ‘Sharing Heritage’, Germany underscores its European cultural awareness and the importance of preserving and developing Europe’s cultural heritage.  The European Cultural Heritage Year is geared to make wider social circles—especially children and adolescents—familiar with our cultural heritage and to encourage them to take an active part in cultural activities.

MoonVision and T. K. Hamann agree to cooperate on digitization

March 2018

T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH proceeds with their methodical upskilling in the field of digitization.

Automated object recognition and analysis allow substantial improve-ments upon process effectiveness and efficiency (e.g. in the case of warehouse management, logistics, and quality management in various industry sectors such as automotive, food service, and cleaning).  Hence, the competencies of MoonVision in the technology domain and T. K. Hamann in the area of operational excellence complement each other in an ideal way—enabling us to offer an even broader range of services around process optimization to our clients.

The MoonVision GmbH is specialized on camera-based recognition, counting, tracking, and analysis of objects by developing and employing artificial intelligence (machine- and deep-learning algorithms).

Among other things, the Austrian-German company developed the ‘DishTracker’ that was already successfully deployed at the Munich Oktoberfest and—accordingly adjusted—in other industries.  The ‘DishTracker’ is a system which automatically recognizes and tallying up meals and drinks.  This allows for instance to reduce waiting time and theft at self-service cash registers.

Dr. Korbinian Spann and T. K. Hamann cooperate on digitization

March 2018

T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH continues to systematically expand their expertise regarding digitization.

The digitization entails profound changes in almost all aspects of running a company.  Coping with the accompanying challenges requires a wide range of competencies.  Project-specific needs can be met in an ideal way through the cooperation with experts.

Furthermore, Dr. Korbinian Spann and T. K. Hamann will jointly investigate the fundamental principles and potential future scenarios of the digital transformation.

Dr. Korbinian Spann is an expert for digital marketing and eCommerce—both in B2B and B2C settings.

His service portfolio particularly comprises:

  • Data management
    (e.g. analytics, data-management platform, demand-side platform, Tableau/Domo, and big data)
  • Digital communication
    (e.g. conceptualization, content marketing, website testing, and editorial and workflow planning)
  • Lead generation
    (e.g. search engine optimization and search engine advertising, programmatic advertising and remarketing, and development of metrics)

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann will present at the Strategic Management Society’s (SMS) Special Conference ‘Sharing Strategies for the Connected World’

February 2018

With over 175 submissions, the Strategic Management Society received a considerable response to their Call for Proposals.  In their search for high-quality research, only a portion of the submitted proposals were accepted for the program.

The proposal titled ‘Overshare and Collapse: How Sustainable are Profit-Oriented Company-to-Peer Bike-Sharing Systems?’, which is authored by Dr. Thomas K. Hamann and Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg, has been recommended for inclusion into the conference program.  The paper investigates the issue whether bike-sharing platforms create unwanted overcapacities rather than help to better utilize existing capacities.

The Strategic Management Society is unique in bringing together the worlds of reflective practice and
thoughtful scholarship.  The Society consists of over 3,000 members representing a kaleidoscope of backgrounds and perspectives from more than 80 different countries.  Membership, composed of academics, business practitioners, and consultants, focuses on the development and dissemination of insights on the strategic management process, as well as on fostering contacts and interchange around the world.

Moreover, the highly prestigious Strategic Management Journal (SMJ) is the Society’s official journal.

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann appointed to the expert panel for the ISPO Brandnew Award 2018 (Category Digital)

January 2018

The final round of the ISPO Brandnew Digital Award took place on January 29, 2018 at the ISPO Munich 2018.

Eight pre-selected start-ups presented their business ideas in a so-called elevator pitch.  They sought to win the favor of a five-person top-class jury.  The crowed-coaching platform waays.de prevailed at that and carried off the highly coveted award.

‘Waays opens up the trainer market and helps coaches find customers better and faster’, explains Michael Hiller from this year’s winner team.

ISPO Munich is the world’s largest multi-segment tradeshow for the sports industry.

The digital transformation leads to fundamental changes in sports.  The format ISPO Digitize investigates the associated issues;  and ISPO Brandnew is the biggest platform for start-ups in the sports industry worldwide.

Since the year 2000, ISPO looks for and honors the most promising newcomers of the sports industry—since 2017 also in the category Digital.

Former award winners, e.g. GoPro, Naish Kites, Maloja, Nixon, and On, are shaping the market today.

Training platform waays.de wins ISPO Brandnew 2018 Digital

ISPO Brandnew 2018 Category Digital

xC Consultants, specialists for lightweight design and carbon composites, cooperate with top-management consultancy T. K. Hamann

October 2017

In October 2017 xC Consultants GmbH and T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH agreed to cooperate.

In light of the current challenges of our clients, interdisciplinary cooperation between high-caliber specialists in their respective fields of expertise becomes more and more important.  The close cooperation enables both companies to add even more value by taking in a holistic perspective on lightweight-design projects—especially in the following industry sectors: automotive, aerospace, sports & leisure, and medical & rehab technology.

xC Consultants stand for innovation in lightweight design in the field of carbon composites.  They offer a 360° service portfolio with respect to technology and engineering—from the idea or conception to prototyping, to serial production.

Like the consultants of T. K. Hamann xC Consultants integrate latest scientific insights in their professional practices; this is also ensured by their academic mentors:

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Drechsler
    (TU Munich, Chair of Carbon Composites)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Middendorf
    (University of Stuttgart, Head of the Institute of Aircraft Design)

Dr. Thomas K. Hamann is founding member of the Scientific Commission Strategic Management

May 2017

The foundational workshop of the section Strategic Management within the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) took place on May 04/05, 2017 at the Technische Universität München (TUM).

Being an Associated Researcher at the University of Liechtenstein, Dr. Thomas K. Hamann joined this workshop.  The participants worked out the main tasks for the following areas in five break-out groups: research, teaching, public relations and practice, and career-oriented issues (‘next generation’ and ‘mid/late career’).  The results were discussed in the plenary afterwards.

The German Academic Association for Business Research pursues the development of business research and business studies as an academic discipline at universities.  While the VHB is a registered association under German law, it represents the German-speaking region rather than only Germany. 

The main objective of the association is to foster research and education in business and management, as well as providing a platform for members, practitioners, and domestic and foreign institutions with similar objectives.


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