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Dr Carolin Decker-Lange

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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 in Business and Management Education ('Diplom-Handelslehrerin', equivalent to an integrated BSc and MSc degree) from Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz (Germany).

Research interests

In her research, Carolin concentrates on four topical areas:

Family entrepreneurship and SMEs

Key publications:

Decker, C. 2018. Stakeholders’ impact on turnaround performance: The case of German savings banks. Journal of Small Business Management, 56(4): 534-554.

Decker, C., Günther, C. 2017. Family ownership and innovation: Evidence from the German machine tool industry. Small Business Economics, 48(1): 199-212.

Wessel, S., Decker, C., Lange, K., Hack, A. 2014. One size does not fit all: Entrepreneurial families’ reliance on family offices. European Management Journal, 32(1): 37-45.

Decker, C., Lange, K. 2013. Exploring a secretive organization: What can we learn about family offices from the public sphere? Organizational Dynamics, 42: 298-306.

Entrepreneurship and management education

Key publications:

Decker-Lange, C., Lange, K., Dhaliwal, S., Walmsley, A. 2020. Exploring entrepreneurship education effectiveness at British universities – an application of the World Café method. Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, forthcoming.

Decker-Lange, C. 2018. Problem- and inquiry-based learning in alternative contexts: Using museums in management education. International Journal of Management Education, 16(3): 446-459.

Organisation development and change

Key publications:

Decker-Lange, C., Singer, N., Schrader, F. 2019. Balancing evolving logics: Business model change in the Leibniz research museums. Science and Public Policy, 46(3): 430-440.

Decker, C., Mellewigt T. 2012. Business exit and strategic change: Sticking to the knitting or striking a new strategic path? British Journal of Management, 23: 165-178.

Inter-organisational collaboration

Key publications:

Decker, C., Baade, A. 2016. Consumer perceptions of co-branding alliances: Organizational dissimilarity signals and brand fit. Journal of Brand Management, 23(6): 648-665.

Schüßler, E., Decker, C., Lerch, F. 2013. Networks of clusters: A governance perspective. Industry and Innovation, 20(4): 357-377.

Mellewigt, T., Ehrmann, T., Decker, C. 2011. How does the franchisor’s choice of different control mechanisms affect franchisees’ and employee-managers’ satisfaction? Journal of Retailing, Special Issue “Franchising & Retailing”, 3: 320-331.

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's or Master's 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.

At the Open University, she is currently chairing the presentation of B327 Creating futures: sustainable enterprise and innovation, a level-3 undergraduate module in the enterprise and innovation pathway, and she is a member of the module team of B205 Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship, its level-2 sister module. She has developed teaching materials for BBXY857 Leadership in practice, a work-based learning module in the SLMDA Apprenticeship Degree programme. Currently, Carolin is chairing the production of a new MBA elective module, BB851 Entrepreneurship in context. The start of its first presentation is planned for November 2020. 

Carolin enjoys doing scholarship in teaching and learning and is a member of the working group of SCiLAB, the Scholarship Centre for Innovation in Legal and Business Education in the  Faculty of Business and Law. She is especially interested in what makes entrepreneurship education effective, including the question of how entrepreneurship education can enhance employability. 

Impact and engagement

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

She is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and a regular reviewer for several academic journals in the fields of management, strategy and entrepreneurship. 

Since 2018 Carolin has supported the OU Entrepreneurship Competition. 

Publications

Exploring Entrepreneurship Education Effectiveness at British Universities – An Application of the World Café Method (2020)
Decker-Lange, Carolin; Lange, Knut; Dhaliwal, Spinder and Walmsley, Andreas
Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy ((In press))


Balancing evolving logics: business model change in the Leibniz research museums (2019-06-01)
Decker-Lange, Carolin; Singer, Marie-Noëlle and Schrader, Florian
Science and Public Policy, 46(3) (pp. 430-440)


Problem- and inquiry-based learning in alternative contexts: Using museums in management education (2018-11)
Decker-Lange, Carolin
International Journal of Management Education, 16(3) (pp. 446-459)


Stakeholders' Impact on Turnaround Performance: The Case of German Savings Banks (2018-10-21)
Decker, Carolin
Journal of Small Business Management, 56(4) (pp. 534-554)


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)


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


Family Structure and Ownership Transition as “Polar Opposites”: An Emotional Embeddedness Perspective (2019-09-21)
Decker-Lange, Carolin
In: Lossau, Julia; Warnke, Ingo H. and Schmidt-Brücken, Daniel eds. Spaces of Dissention. Towards a New Perspective on Contradiction ((In Press))
ISBN : 9783658259907 | Publisher : Springer VS


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


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.


Family Offices and Institutional Change in Europe: A Comparative Analysis
Decker-Lange, Carolin and Lange, Knut
No publisher, Milton Keynes.