Brown Bags Brown Bags are an informal format where research projects and questions concerning research are discussed Please confirm your participation to Christina Ihasz, email@example.com. Suggestions for new topics/speakers are very welcome. Brown Bag Lunches Autumsemester 2017 Monday, 23 October, 14.15 - 16.00 With Thorsten Schmid: How to Hold the Firm Together in Times of Change: Exploring Dynamics of Competition and Cooperation in Corporate Transformation In this talk, Torsten will report on his habilitation research. His main ambition in this research is to describe and explain how firms can maintain and recreate cooperation in a globally competitive economy and society. Based on an extended case study of the long-term transformation of a state-owned airline into a globally competitive aviation corporation, Torsten documents how top-level executives and their direct reports struggled with growing outside competition and a simultaneous erosion of social cohesion inside the corporation. His findings suggest a reframing of the basic relation of competition and cooperation - with important implications for several fields, including strategic change, coopetition and critical control theory. It also offers alternative ways for managing programs of planned change and the role of senior managers in this process. Short bio: Torsten is Assistant Professor of Qualitative Methods Coaching at the University of St. Gallen. He is a strategy and organization scholar by training: European Business Administration (Diploma) at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg and Universidad de Alcalá de Henares; PhD (Dr. oec.) at the University of St. Gallen. In his research, Torsten investigates the long-term strategic transformation of large, complex firms, using, in particular, practice and process-based theories and methods. He has led or is currently engaged in research projects with several leading European corporations. Torsten is also a passionate educator who strives for innovative teaching formats. He teaches and coaches strategic change and qualitative methods for almost ten years now, including Master classes, PhD seminars and faculty workshops at the University of St. Gallen and other universities in Europe and the USA. Monday, 27 November, 14.15 - 16.00 With Chieh Hsu: Making sense of employment intentions among early arrivals of Chinese-speaking highly skilled female family migrants in Germany Short bio: Chieh Hsu is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg. Her research topic is on the post-arrival experience of Chinese-speaking highly skilled female family migrants and their employment intentions. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she has worked as a communication officer in Brussels and an analyst in GIS consulting in Taipei. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in Literature and International Relations from National Taiwan University.