Sven Voelpel

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Sven Voelpel.

Sven Constantin Voelpel (born October 13, 1973 in Munich) is a German organizational theorist and Professor of Business Administration at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, known for his work in the field of strategic management, business models[1] and knowledge management.[2]


Voelpel received his MA in economics, social sciences, and business administration from the University of Augsburg in 1999, and his PhD from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2003.[3]

Voepel started his academic career as post-graduate at Harvard University in 2003, and continued his research at Oxford University until 2008. In the year 2003-2004 he was Associate Professor at the University of Groningen, and in the Norwegian School of Economics. In 2004 he moved to the Jacobs University Bremen, where he was appointed Professor of Business Administration.[3]

In 2007, Voelpel founded the WDN - WISE Demographics Network in Bremen (Germany) and has been the director ever since. The WDN provides specific and scientific solutions to demography-related personnel issues in its partner companies.

Voelpel has served as the editorial board member for the Journal of Change Management (2004-2010), the Journal of Knowledge Management (2004-2006), and has been the member of editorial board for Organization Studies since 2008.


Voelpel's research focus on the fields of leadership, team effectiveness,[4] knowledge management[5] and change management, demographic[6][7] and diversity management.[4]

His article titled "The rise of knowledge towards attention management" has been recognized as one of the citations classics in Knowledge Management[8] field based on the number of citations it received. In 2009 and 2012, he was ranked among the top 100 researchers under 40 years of age[9][10] by Handelsblatt. He was also ranked, by individual productivity, the 33rd place of KM/IC Researchers.[11]

As the founding director of the WDN, Voelpel's research in demographic leadership has been positively influencing the working conditions of millions of employees in the partner companies of the WDN, including Daimler AG, Deutsche Bahn, and Deutsche Bank etc.[12] In 2013, the WDN initiated competition program, the "Intergenerational Competence and Qualification Program", had been carried out by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) (BMBF), in search of innovative solutions to the demographic change in the workforce.[13]

Voelpel's latest publication of the book Mentale, emotionale und körperliche Fitness reveals his studies on the well-being and self-efficacy of individuals. The book received positive reviews on Magazin für Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden – Gesund … of Die Zeit, and was published in 650,000 copies.[14]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Davenport, T., Leibold, M.,Voelpel, S. (2006). Strategic management in the innovation economy. Strategy approaches and tools for dynamic innovation capabilities. New York: Wiley.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) (Prefaces by Klaus Jacobs and Heinrich von Pierer; CEO Siemens AG)
  • Leibold, M., Voelpel, S. (2006). Managing the aging workforce: Challenges and solutions. New York: Wiley.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Articles, a selection:[15]

  • Biemann, T., Cole, M.S., Voelpel, S.C. (2012). "Within-group agreement: On the use (and misuse) of rWG and rWG(J) in leadership research and some best practice guidelines". Leadership Quarterly. 23 (1): 66–80. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2011.11.006.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Kearney, E., Gebert, D., Voelpel, S.C. (2009). "When and how diversity benefits teams: the importance of team members need for cognition". Academy of Management Journal. 52 (3): 581–598. doi:10.5465/amj.2009.41331431.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Voelpel, S.C., Eckhoff, R., Förster, J. (2008). "David against Goliath? Group size and bystander effects in virtual knowledge sharing". Human Relations. 61 (2): 273–297. doi:10.1177/0018726707087787. S2CID 73523780.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Nonaka, I., von Krogh, G., Voelpel, S.C. (2006). "Organizational knowledge creation theory: Evolutionary paths and future advances". Organization Studies. 27 (8): 1179–1208. doi:10.1177/0170840606066312. S2CID 145111375.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Voelpel, S.C., Dous, M., Davenport, T. (2005). "Five steps to creating a global knowledge sharing system: Siemens Share-Net". Academy of Management Executive. 19 (2): 9–23. doi:10.5465/ame.2005.16962590.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Davenport, T., Voelpel, S. (2001). "The rise of knowledge towards attention management". Journal of Knowledge Management. 5 (3): 212–222. doi:10.1108/13673270110400816.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ Wirtz Bernd W.; Schilke Oliver; Ullrich Sebastian (2010). "Strategic development of business models: implications of the Web 2.0 for creating value on the internet". Long Range Planning. 43 (2): 272–290. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2010.01.005.
  2. ^ Tsoukas Haridimos (2009). "A dialogical approach to the creation of new knowledge in organizations". Organization Science. 20 (6): 941–957. doi:10.1287/orsc.1090.0435.
  3. ^ a b "Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen," linkedin profile, 2015
  4. ^ a b Bamberger, P. A., Biron, M., & Meshoulam, I. (2014). Human resource strategy: Formulation, implementation, and impact. Routledge. pp.212
  5. ^ Willem A.; Buelens M. (2009). "Knowledge sharing in inter-unit cooperative episodes: The impact of organizational structure dimensions". International Journal of Information Management. 29 (2): 151–160. doi:10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2008.06.004.
  6. ^ "Völlig unentbehrlich". Zeit. 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  7. ^ Bruch, H., Kunze, F., & Böhm, S. (2009). Generationen erfolgreich führen: Konzepte und Praxiserfahrungen zum Management des demographischen Wandels. Springer-Verlag.
  8. ^ Serenko, Alexander; Dumay, John (2015). "Citation classics published in knowledge management journals. Part I: articles and their characteristics". Journal of Knowledge Management. 19 (2): 428. doi:10.1108/jkm-06-2014-0220.
  9. ^ "Handelsblatt Ranking Betriebswirtschaftslehre 2009". Handelsblatt. Handelsblatt. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Handelsblatt Ranking Betriebswirtschaftslehre 2012". Handelsblatt. Handelsblatt. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Meta-Review of Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital Literature: Citation Impact and Research Productivity Rankings". Wiley InterScience. CiteSeerX Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Netzwerk wappnet sich für den demografischen Wandel". Bremen Digital Media. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Land der demografischen Chancen". Die Demografische Chance. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Mentale, emotionale und körperliche Fitness". Magazin für Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden – Gesund …, die Zeit (in German) (42): 18. 9 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Sven C. Voelpel". Google Scholar. Retrieved 13 March 2015.

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