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Daniel Albert

Visiting Lecturer / Research Scholar

Daniel Albert is a Visiting Lecturer and 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 studies organizations and their strategy as complex systems of interdependent activity choices (activity systems). Organizations need to make a number of strategic choices about which activities to engage in and how much to invest in such. Activity choices often interact with each other, that is, their value and behavior are influenced by other choices made. For example, the value of a firm’s choice to offer more complex products to its clients is influenced by other choices made by the firm, such as whether it has a trained sales force to sell these products and the flexibility of manufacturing equipment to produce such products. Vice versa, the value of a trained sales force and flexible manufacturing equipment is influenced by the complexity of products offered. Together, all of these activity choices and their interdependencies among each other constitute a firm’s activity system.

Daniel’s current research addresses three broader research questions:

  1. How do sets of activity choices emerge and influence the interdependency design in organizations? 
  2. What is the role of different interdependency designs for strategic renewal and evolution over time?
  3. How do technological innovations unfold?