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Dr Carolin Decker-Lange

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Management
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
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Professional biography

Dr Carolin Decker-Lange is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise at The Open University Business School. Before joining the Open University, Carolin worked at UWE Bristol Business School, the University of Bremen, and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. She has obtained her PhD in Management and her post-doctoral lecture qualification for teaching business and management in Higher Education (“Habilitation”) from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Carolin holds a Diploma (equivalent to combined BSc/MSc degrees) in Business Education from the University of Mainz (Germany).

Research interests

In her research, Carolin concentrates on three topical areas: (1) governance of interorganizational relationships, (2) organizational change, decline and recovery, and (3) management of family businesses and family wealth.

  1. Governance of interorganizational relationships: The projects alluding to this area mainly focus on the organizational level. They draw on economic theories, which are predominantly tested with quantitative methods. An emerging area of research is partner fit in alliances and networks. In this area, Carolin uses both quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on data from different industries and sectors. Moreover, she increasingly broadens her perspective on interorganizational relationships by including licensing agreements which are a special type of alliance but have hardly been studied from a management perspective. In this area, she applies experimental and survey-based methods.

  2. Organizational change, decline and recovery: In this area, Carolin is especially interested in questions referring to divestitures and turnaround in both multi-business firms and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). She also increasingly focuses on business model design, change and innovation.

  3. Management of family businesses and family wealth: In this area, Carolin focuses on, for example, the innovative output of family-owned firms as compared to innovation in non-family firms. Another topic alludes to the management and preservation of family wealth across generations. In particular, Carolin studies the governance structures and roles of family offices for the families behind them and their diverse businesses. The family office-concept is still new and emerging in management research. It is also a relatively new phenomenon in the European financial services industry. Currently, Carolin is studying the emergence of the concept in different European countries based on a longitudinal analysis of secondary data.

Teaching interests

Carolin has more than 10 years of teaching experience in higher education in Germany and the UK. She has taught modules in the areas of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also experienced in supervising students in writing their bachelor or master theses and doctoral students in preparing their dissertations. Moreover, she developed teaching concepts for and contributed to online distance-learning courses on the management of knowledge and competences in organizations, which were dedicated to professionals and executives from various industries and at different career levels.

Impact and engagement

Carolin is an elected Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Verband unabhaengiger Family Offices (VuFO e.V. - Association of Independent Family Offices) in Germany. In this role, she helps promote teaching and research on family offices in German-speaking universities and create awareness for an organisation dedicated to family business governance and family wealth management.

She is also a member of the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Publications

The impact of family ownership on innovation: evidence from the German machine tool industry (2017-01)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
Small Business Economics, 48(1) (pp. 199-212)
Consumer perceptions of co-branding alliances: Organizational dissimilarity signals and brand fit (2016-11)
Decker, Carolin and Baade, Annika
Journal of Brand Management, 23(6) (pp. 648-665)
How managers can build trust in strategic alliances: a meta-analysis on the central trust-building mechanisms (2016-04)
Meier, Matthias; Lütkewitte, Martina; Mellewigt, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
Journal of Business Economics, 86(3) (pp. 229-257)
The global field of multi-family offices: An institutionalist perspective (2016-03)
Decker, Carolin and Lange, Knut S. G.
Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 21(1) (pp. 64-75)
Stakeholders' Impact on Turnaround Performance: The Case of German Savings Banks (2016)
Decker, Carolin
Journal of Small Business Management ((Early Access))
Coordinating family entrepreneurship: When money seeks opportunity (2016)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 8(1) (pp. 46-61)
Costs of partner search and selection in strategic alliances (2014)
Mellewigt, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
Journal of Business Economics, 84(1) (pp. 71-97)
One size does not fit all: Entrepreneurial families’ reliance on family offices (2014)
Wessel, Stephan; Decker, Carolin; Lange, Knut S.G. and Hack, Andreas
European Management Journal, 32(1) (pp. 37-45)
Networks of clusters: A governance perspective (2013)
Schüßler, Elke; Decker, Carolin and Lerch, Frank
Industry and Innovation, 20(4) (pp. 357-377)
Exploring a secretive organization: What can we learn about family offices from the public sphere? (2013)
Decker, Carolin and Lange, Knut S.G.
Organizational Dynamics, 42(4) (pp. 298-306)
Business exit and strategic change: Sticking to the knitting or striking a new strategic path? (2012)
Decker, Carolin and Mellewigt, Thomas
British Journal of Management, 23 (pp. 165-178)
What drives contract design in strategic alliances? Taking stock and how to proceed (2012)
Mellewigt, Thomas; Decker, Carolin and Eckhard, Björn
Zeitschrift fuer Betriebswirtschaft, 82(7-8) (pp. 839-864)
How to motivate people to put their money where their mouth is: What makes employees participate in electronic prediction markets? (2011)
Decker, Carolin; Welpe, Isabell M. and Ankenbrand, Bernd H.
Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 78(6) (pp. 1002-1015)
How does the franchisor’s choice of different control mechanisms affect franchisees’ and employee-managers’ satisfaction? (2011)
Mellewigt, Thomas; Ehrmann, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
Journal of Retailing, 3 (pp. 320-331)
Wissensmanagement (Sammelrezension) [Knowledge Management (Book Review)] (2009)
Mellewigt, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
Die Betriebswirtschaft [Business Administration Review], 69(5) (pp. 613-631)
De-diversification in Germany: Some critical remarks on Nicolai/Thomas (2006) (2008)
Weller, Ingo; Mellewigt, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
Schmalenbach Business Review, 60(2) (pp. 205-210)
Thirty Years After Michael E. Porter: What Do We Know About Business Exit? (2007-05-01)
Decker, Carolin and Mellewigt, Thomas
Academy of Management Perspectives, 21(2) (pp. 41-55)
Legitimacy Needs as Drivers of Business Exit (2008)
Decker, Carolin
ISBN : 978-3-8349-9759-3 | Publisher : Gabler Verlag / DUV
Multi-family offices across the globe: Recent developments and future research (2017)
Decker, Carolin
In: Kellermanns, Franz and Hoy, Frank eds. The Routledge Companion to Family Business (pp. 195-207)
ISBN : 9781138919112 | Publisher : Routledge
What do we know about succession in family businesses? Mapping current knowledge and unexplored territory (2017)
Decker, Carolin; Heinrichs, Katharina; Jaskiewicz, Peter and Rau, Sabine B.
In: Kellermanns, Franz and Hoy, Frank eds. The Routledge Companion to Family Business (pp. 15-44)
ISBN : 9781138919112 | Publisher : Routledge
Messung des Organisationserfolgs (2006)
Mellewigt, T. and Decker, C.
In: von Werder, A.; Stoeber, H. and Grundei, J. eds. Organisations-Controlling (pp. 51-82)
ISBN : 978-3-8349-9265-9 | Publisher : Gabler | Published : Wiesbaden
Desinvestition von Unternehmensteilen aus der Sicht des Ressourcen- und Kompetenzansatzes (2006)
Decker, C. and van der Velden, R.
In: Burmann, C; Freiling, J and Huelsmann, M eds. Neue Perspektiven des Strategischen Kompetenzmanagements (pp. 221-242)
ISBN : 978-3-8350-0471-9 | Publisher : Gabler | Published : Wiesbaden
The role of the corporate headquarters in fostering knowledge synergies: A resource-based view (2004)
Mellewigt, Thomas and Decker, Carolin
In: Wildemann, Horst ed. Organisation und Personal. Festschrift für Rolf Bühner (pp. 721-749)
ISBN : 978-3-937236-08-7 | Publisher : TCM | Published : München
The Brand Licensing Dilemma - Profit Potential versus Brand Protection (2018-04-30)
Baade, Annika; Decker-Lange, Carolin and Brexendorf, Tim Oliver
In : British Academy of Management 2018 Conference (4-6 Sep 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom)
Promoting Impact and Intellectual Curiosity: A Problem- and Inquiry-Based Approach to Management and Entrepreneurship Education (2017-10-06)
Decker-Lange, Carolin
In : 21st Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Mittelstand (G-Forum) (4-6 Oct 2017, Wuppertal, Germany)
Do They Fit? Institutional Logics and Fit among the Leibniz Research Museums (2017-09-06)
Singer, Noëlle; Brüning, Hendrikje and Decker-Lange, Carolin
In : British Academy of Management Conference (6 Sep 2017, Warwick, UK)
The Impact of Institutional Logics: Fit Dimensions in the Network of German Research Museums (2017-07-07)
Singer, Noëlle; Brüning, Hendrikje and Decker-Lange, Carolin
In : 33rd EGOS Colloquium (7 Jul 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Business Model Change in German Research Museums: Cultural Goods, Pressures for Performance and Political Purposes (2017-02-16)
Decker, Carolin; Singer, Noëlle and Schrader, Florian
In : 41st Workshop of the Wissenschaftliche Kommission Organisation im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (16 Feb 2017, Hamburg, Germany)
Political Pressures and Resource Dependence: Business Model Innovation in the Leibniz Research Museums (2016-11-29)
Decker, Carolin; Singer, Noëlle and Schrader, Florian
In : 2nd Research Area [X] ‘Networks’ Workshop of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (29 Nov 2016, Bochum, Germany)
Power and Business Model Change in Cultural Organizations in Germany (2016-07-07)
Decker, Carolin; Singer, Noëlle and Schrader, Florian
In : 32nd EGOS Colloquium (7 Jul 2016, Naples, Italy)
Family Offices Around the World: Practices and Research Questions (2015-08-08)
Decker, Carolin
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting (8 Aug 2015, Vancouver, Canada)
Family Ownership and Innovation: A Contingency Perspective (2014-08-05)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting (5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, USA)
The Global Field of Multi-Family Offices: Business Models as Communication Devices (2014-08-05)
Decker, Carolin and Lange, Knut
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting (5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, USA)
Does It Matter If You Got It Wrong? Governance Misalignment, Opportunism and Performance (2014-08-05)
Mellewigt, Thomas; Hoetker, Glenn and Decker, Carolin
In : Academy of Management Annual Meeting (5 Aug 2014, Philadelphia, USA)
The Heterogeneity of Family-Owned Companies and Its Influence on Innovation: Evidence from the German Machine Tool Industry (2014-06-12)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
In : 76th Annual Meeting of the Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (12 Jun 2014, Leipzig, Germany)
Family Ownership and Innovation: A Contingency Perspective (2014-02-28)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
In : Workshop of the Wissenschaftliche Kommission Organisation im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (28 Feb 2014, Jena, Germany)
Corporate Ownership and Innovation: (How) Do Owner Families Matter? (2013-06-29)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
In : Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (29 Jun 2013, Milan, Italy)
Coordinating Family Entrepreneurship: When Money Seeks Opportunity (2013-04-19)
Decker, Carolin and Günther, Christina
In : 2nd Inter-disciplinary Workshop on Decentralization and Networks (18-19 Apr 2013, Siegen, Germany)
Unternehmenssanierung und Krisenbewältigung aus Bankensicht (2012)
Eiben, Jan; Blaumoser, Martin and Decker, Carolin
Bayern Consult Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Strategic or Status quo-Preserving Business Exit: (How) Do CEO Turnover and Succession Matter? (2010)
Decker, Carolin; Bresser, Rudi K. F. and Mellewigt, Thomas
Discussion Papers 2010/25, Freie Universitaet Berlin, School of Business and Economics
The Drivers and Implications of Business Exit – An Application and Extension of Prior Findings (2007)
Decker, Carolin and Mellewigt, Thomas
Research Center SFB 649 (“Economic Risk“) Discussion Paper Series, 2007-054, Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin.