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Daniel Albert

Visiting Lecturer / Research Scholar

Daniel Albert is a Research Scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in strategy and management from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. In his research, Daniel addresses one of strategic management’s enduring questions: how can organizations remain competitive in the face of rapidly changing environments. Continuous adaptation and proactive exploration of an organization’s activity choices is of crucial importance in such contexts. In his research, he is particularly interested in firm characteristics that foster greater organizational adaptability and agility. The literature on organizational design has emphasized organizational structure as a central strategic choice related to a firm’s strategic agility, innovation, and competitive advantage. Building on this knowledge, he explores the implications of various structural choices for strategic adaptation and agility. The empirical context of his research is a unique data set of the largest universal banks in Europe between the years 2000 and 2013.

Daniel’s research program is guided by two broader research questions: (1) How do interdependencies between activities influence a firm’s strategic agility? In answering this research question, he attempts to identify desirable organizational forms and structures that allow firms to cope with changing environments and technologies. (2) How do interdependencies between activities emerge and change over time? In answering this research question, he attempts to unveil choices managers can make to steer their firm toward organizational forms that foster strategic agility.

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