The Researchathon - akin to a Hackathon - brings together researchers from different (sub-)disciplines of leadership research for a two day, round-the-clock event to kick-start new research projects on people leadership in the digital age. It aims to

  • extend your personal network and add a project on digitization to your portfolio,
  • provide many opportunities to engage in informal discussions with our mentors and other participants,
  • facilitate working towards concrete outcomes in small teams, such as project proposals, and
  • award the winning team 1000€ to spend on their project.


Learning Leadership

The ongoing technological development and digitization (Loebbecke & Picot, 2015) constitute a societal grand challenge that influences how people work, learn, and lead others in organizations (Avolio, Sosik, Kahai, & Baker, 2014; Colbert, Yee, & George, 2016). For example, today’s employees require higher levels of autonomy, have a greater skill variety, and work in conditions of greater interdependence (Wegman, Hoffman, Carter, Twenge, & Guenole, 2016). Their need, as well as their organizations’ need, to adjust to changing work contexts or new technologies, to create new knowledge, and to stay innovative at the same time raises several questions: How do new ways of working impact innovation, leadership, and learning - and vice versa? How can leaders support the adjustment and learning of their employees? How can leaders be supported in their own learning and (ethical) development? How do leaders and followers deal with mistakes that are on the record potentially forever?

The remarkable lack of research that takes digital technology as a contextual factor into account is contrasted by several calls for integrated leadership research that focuses on current technological trends (Avolio et al., 2014; Day, Fleenor, Atwater, Sturm, & McKee, 2014; Meuser, Gardner, Dinh, Hu, Liden, & Lord, 2016). Our goal is to make the first move and consider these questions at the second leadership Researchathon that brings together interdisciplinary leadership scholars and scholars of organizational learning. 

Avolio, B. J., Sosik, J. J., Kahai, S. S., & Baker, B. (2014). E-leadership: Re-examining transformations in leadership source and transmission. The Leadership Quarterly, 25(1), 105-131.

Colbert, A., Yee, N., & George, G. (2016). The Digital Workforce and the Workplace of the Future, Editorial. Academy of Management Journal, pp. 731-739.

Day, D. V., Fleenor, J. W., Atwater, L. E., Sturm, R. E., & McKee, R. A. (2014). Advances in leader and leadership development: A review of 25years of research and theory. The Leadership Quarterly, 25(1), 63-82.

Loebbecke, C., & Picot, A. (2015). Reflections on societal and business model transformation arising from digitization and big data analytics: A research agenda. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 24(3), 149-157. doi:

Meuser, J. D., Gardner, W. L., Dinh, J. E., Hu, J., Liden, R. C., & Lord, R. G. (2016). A Network Analysis of Leadership Theory: The Infancy of Integration. Journal of Management, 42(5), 1374-1403. doi:10.1177/0149206316647099

Wegman, L. A., Hoffman, B. J., Carter, N. T., Twenge, J. M., & Guenole, N. (2018). Placing job characteristics in context: Cross-temporal meta-analysis of changes in job characteristics since 1975. Journal of Management, 44(1), 352-386.



Prof. Claudia Peus - Technical University of Munich

Prof. Deanne den Hartog - University of Amsterdam

Prof. Ronit Kark - Bar-Ilan University



TUM Campus Heilbronn

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74076 Heilbronn


Dipl.-Psych. Ulf Steinberg

Selina Stracke, M.Sc.

Jennifer Wickert, M.Sc

Past Events

The first Leadership Researchathon, 09-10 November 2018

On November 09.-10., 2018, TUM School of Management, the Chair of Research and Science Management and the new Center for the Advancement of Leaders, Leadership and Digitalization hosted the first ever Leadership Researchathon. 18 leadership scholars from all across Europe took part in this innovative event to further our understanding of what leading people in the digital age means.

The participants from renowned institutions, such as, University of Amsterdam, University of St. Gallen, FU Berlin, and LMU, met with four established leadership scholars at the new TUM Campus Heilbronn on Friday around noon. Deanne den Hartog (University of Amsterdam), Ronit Kark (Bar-Ilan University), Ilke Inceoglu (Exeter University), and Claudia Peus (Technical University of Munich) acted as mentors at this event.

After a panel discussion with two representatives of local companies and the mentors, the participants generated ideas for new research projects, selected a few, and started to develop them further in small groups. The groups focused on leadership in the digital age: What does formal leadership mean in the digital age? How can trust be built in virtual teams? How does the role of leaders change?

Several hours of intense discussions, feedback, coffee, and pizza enabled the participants to pitch the final versions of their research projects on Saturday afternoon. Based on written proposals and the final pitches the mentors awarded 1000€ to the winners: Paul Westhoff, Ulf Steinberg, Petra Kipfelsberger, and Brooke Gazdag. The winning team proposed a research project to analyze leader and follower roles in the digital age.


Dipl.-Psych. Ulf Steinberg

Dr. Ellen Schmid

Simon Pfältzer