How are employees proactive in strategic behaviors?

Matthias Pfisterer

What was my dream when I was little?

When I was younger, my dreams changed a lot, at times my dream was becoming a circus star, or a professional football player, sometimes I wanted to become a crime fighter and sometimes I wanted to become an inventor, but it was mainly about finding a passion and being good at it. This ambition is still something I live now and while my passion now is to do something that benefits society, I want to be able to use my talents to do that.

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

When I am not working on my PhD, you might find me in my kitchen. Cooking is my way of expressing my creativity and with a happy stomach it is much easier to go into deep academic and societal conversations.

What is my PhD about?

My PhD is about conceptualizing and measuring the initiatives that employees take to contribute to the strategy of their organization.

Why is this important for practice?

Companies nowadays increasingly expect employees to play a more proactive role in strategy and strategy making. The reason they do that is because there is a lot of external unpredictability and top management alone cannot keep track of all these evolutions, so they want everyone to be actively on board in contributing to the strategy. But there is little research actually looking at how employees can contribute, nor how this can benefit the organization or the employees. This is what we aim to find out with this research.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

For my optimism! Living my optimism means I have to have high expectations for myself, but also for my environment. In pursuing my PhD I am optimistic about keeping my ideals and striving for a positive change, this is what motivates me.

How do I see my future?

My future will hopefully involve me living my dream. The challenge here will be to reverse engineer this and work towards it. In the future I do not only want to share the knowledge I will hopefully have developed, but also the insights on what I did in the process and how it can be used (or avoided) by others, to help them realize their dreams.

Want to know more about Matthias?

Check out his cv page.

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