Ralf Wetzel

Profile

Ralf Wetzel began his career as an electrician. He joined Vlerick Business School as a Professor of Organization and Management after extensive work experience in management and organization research and after being a head of a joint research and consulting group. His career path led him from Germany to the UK, via Switzerland to Belgium.

He applies art-based research like improvisation principles and theatre play in his work, especially for inquiring into topics like organization theory & behaviour, change management, consulting, leadership, organization & society. Aside of his academic writing, he loves to turn research results into art-based forms like fiction, accessible for non-academic readers.

 

Job Title : Associate Professor for Organization & Management

Management Domain
People Management & Leadership

Teaching in
Masters in General Management

Expert in
Change Management
Organisational Dynamics
Arts & Management
Consulting

Publications

Articles in refereed journals with impact

  • Wetzel R. Dievernich F.  2014. Mind the gap. Exploring the impact of post-change periods. Systems research and behavioral science, 31(2): 280-300.

  • Wetzel R. Van Gorp L.  2014. Eighteen shades of grey? An explorative literature review into the theoretical flavours of organizational change research. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27(1): 115-146.

Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Wetzel R. Van Renterghem N.  2016. How to access organizational informality. Using movement improvisation to address embodied organizational knowledge. Organizational Aesthetics, 5(1): 47-63.

  • Gentile G. Wetzel R. Wolf P.  2015. The non-sense of organizational morality: Processing Corporate Volunteering between formal and informal organizational structures. Journal for Global Responsibility, 6(1): 19-44.

  • Wetzel R.  2015. Who am I and if yes, how many?’ Notes on the myth of leadership authenticity. TAMARA. Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 15(1-2): 41-53.

  • Fischer I. Wetzel R.  2015. Die Macht der Improvisation. Über den gezielt ungeplanten Erfolg zweier Regisseure und was das für betriebliches Veränderungsmanagement bedeuten könnte. Zeitschrift für Organisationsentwicklung & Changemanagement, (4): 66-71.

  • Nees F. Wetzel R.  2015. Der Stolz der Veränderung. Una Leccion del Tango Argentino. Lernende Organisation, 88(4): 31-41.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Der Gott des Gemetzels. Wie Organisationen und Familien auf modernen Gleichheitsdruck reagieren. Kontext. Zeitschrift für Systemische Therapie und Familientherapie, 45(2): 126-154.

  • Wetzel R. Dievernich F.  2014. The god of carnage. How organizations and families react to modern equality demands. Kontext. Zeitschrift für familientherapie und systemische Therapie, 45(1)

  • Dievernich F. Wetzel R.  2013. Die gemeinschaft der unternehmensberater und das schweigekartell des beratungssystems. Revue für postheroisches management, 6(3): 182-187.

  • Dievernich F. Wetzel R.  2011. Der Tanz des Managements. Zu einem klugen Umgang mit Leitdifferenzen. OrganisationsEntwicklung - Zeitschrift für Change Management and Unternehmensentwicklung, 1(11): 65-72.

  • Roth S. Wetzel R. Müller K.  2011. Going beyond the hardcore of innovation. Non-technological and non-economic dimensions of innovation systems. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 3(1): 1-11.

  • Dievernich F. Wetzel R.  2011. Mehr Vertrauen? Skepsis als Bindeglied zwischen Unternehmen und Gesellschaft. ZFO Zeitschrift Führung and Organisation, 3(80): 147-153.

  • Wetzel R. Rosenbichler U.  2011. Organizational teflon. Über die subtilen Techniken der Organisation bei der Absorption moralischer Zumutungen. Diversitas. Zeitschrift für Managing Diversity und Diversity Studies, 2(2): 3-14.

  • Wetzel R. Dievernich F.  2011. Intelligenter Beraten. Orientierungspunkte für eine Beratung im Kontext von Müdigkeit, Immunität und Atemlosigkeit. Fromm Forum, (15): 16-23.

  • Müller K. Wetzel R. Roth S.  2010. Non-technological and non-economic dimensions of national innovation systems. Journal for Innovation and Regional Development,

Book Chapters

  • Wetzel R.  forthcoming. The myth of participation. An organizational perspective. In: Kranz O. Steger T. Ed. Participation in transitioning economies Hampp Publishing.

  • Wetzel R.  2015. Strange Encounter: An Inquiry Into the Popularity of Participation in Organizations. In: Dievernich F. Tokarski K. Gong J. Eds. Change Management and the Human Factor: Advances, Challenges and Contradictions in Organizational Development (pp. 223-245). Springer.

  • Gentile G. Wolf P. Wetzel R.  2014. Des Kaisers neue Kleider. Von der Suche nach persönlichem Sinn im Rahmen organisationaler Heuchelei – das Beispiel der Corporate Social Responsibility. In: Clases C. Dick M. Manser T. Vollmer A. Ed. Grenzgänge der Arbeitsforschung. Eine festschrift für Theo Wehner (pp. 257-264). Pabst Science Publishers.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Was ist der Phall und was steckt dahinter?“ Der Beitrag der Systemtheorie zur Beschreibung organisierter Geschlechterungleichheit. In: Funder M. Ed. Gender Cage - Revisited (pp. 89-121). Nomos.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Gesellschaftliche Partizipationsemantik und Organisation. In: Kranz O. Steger T. Ed. Between Instrumentality and Insignificance - Employee Participation in the Context of Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe (pp. 15-53). Hampp.

  • Wetzel R. Dewettinck K.  2012. Collaborative structure: organisational design for high performance organisations. In: Slagmulder R. Verweire K. Dewettinck K. Ed. Managing for performance excellence (pp. 102-134).

  • Wetzel R.  2011. Netzwerke - Managementkonzept oder Mythos? Grundlegende theoretische Überlegungen und Gestaltungsvorschläge. In: Kapelke C. Ulreich B. Eds. Bildungsforschung für Praktiker in der Erwachsenenbildung (pp. 15-28).

Books

  • Wetzel R. Regber H.  2013. To change or not to change? The surprising reality of change in organizations. LannooCampus.

  • Scheiber L. Roth S. Wetzel R.  2010. Identity and organization in the next society. 

  • Wetzel R. Aderhold J. Rückert-John J.  2009. Die organisation in unruhigen zeiten. Uber die Folgen von Strukturwandel, veränderungsdruck und funktionsverschiebung. 

Conference Presentations

  • Wetzel R. Nees F.  2015. Tango your leadership! What to learn from Tango Argentino. Paper presented at 10th Colloquium on Organizational Change & Development - Change Management: Past, Present and Future, September 11-12, Larnaca, Cyprus.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Carnage. How families and organizations cope with modernity. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Meeting, September 9-11, Belfast, United Kingdom.

  • Wetzel R. Vanleeuw E.  2014. Back into the future. What modern organizations can learn from the Society of Jesus. Paper presented at 9th EIASM Workshop Organizational Change, Essen, Germany.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Picking the Wildcard. How improvisation can change change management. Paper presented at 9th EIASM Workshop Organizational Change, Essen, Germany.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Cutting a long story short. Applicability and modern organization theory. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Meeting, September 9-11, Belfast, United Kingdom.

  • Wetzel R. Van Driel R.  2014. The three faces of organizations as embedding for improvisation. Paper presented at World Congress of Applied Improvisation, Texas, United States.

  • Wetzel R.  2014. Who am I and if aso, how many? Notes on the myth of authenticity. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Meeting, September 9-11, Belfast, United Kingdom.

  • Wetzel R. Buelens M.  2014. The Via Negativa in change management. Paper presented at EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Wetzel R. Dievernich F.  2012. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Sensemaking in Post-Change Situation. Paper presented at 12th EURAM Conference, June 6-8, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Wetzel R.  2012. The myth and reality of participation. Paper presented at 7th EIASM Workshop on organizational change, September 12-13, Bern, Switzerland.

  • Wetzel R. Dievernich F.  2012. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Sensemaking in Post-Change Situation. Paper presented at 28th EGOS Colloquium, July 5-7, Helsinki, Finland.

  • Dievernich F. Wetzel R.  2011. Demography and work-life-balance: Challenges for the recruitment of high potentials. Paper presented at 26th Strategic Human Resource Management Conference, May 17-18, Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • Wetzel R.  2011. The modern myths of participation – an organizational perspective.. Paper presented at 10th Chemnitz East Forum, September 14-16, Chemnitz, Germany.

  • Gentile G. Wetzel R.  2011. The non‐sense of organizational morality: Processing Corporate Volunteering between formal and informal organizational structures. Paper presented at 10th Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, May 18-20, New Orleans, United States.