Oliver Baumann


Oliver Baumann is a Professor with special responsibilities at the Strategic Organization Design Unit. His research focuses on questions of organizational design, learning, and adaptation. It is mainly theoretical, but seeks to build bridges to various application domains such as corporate strategy or new product development. In particular, Oliver addresses two broad questions:

  • How does organizational design affect a firm’s ability to deal with complex (interdependent) decision problems?
  • How does organizational design affect a firm’s ability to learn and adapt?

His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Advances in Strategic Management, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal, among others.


Oliver received a PhD in Business Economics from LMU Munich, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, and an MS in Engineering Management from Portland State University. Prior to joining the University of Southern Denmark, he was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an Assistant Professor at LMU Munich.


For more information see Oliver's PURE profile or private website.



University of Southern Denmark

Department of Marketing and Management

Campusvej 55

5230 Odense M



Phone: (+45) 6550 4433


Selected publications:

Baumann, O., Becker, M.C., Horrmann, I. (2020). Ensuring Adaptation While Seeking Efficiency: Tiered Outsourcing and Skip-Level Supplier Ties in the Airbus A350 Program. Organization Science.


Baumann, O., Eggers, J.P. & Stieglitz, N. (2019). Colleagues and Competitors: How Internal Social Comparisons Shape Organizational Search and Adaptation. Administrative Science Quarterly, 64, 2, 275-309.



Baumann, O., Schmidt, J. & Stieglitz, N. (2019). Effective Search in Rugged Performance Landscapes: A Review and Outlook. Journal of Management, 45, 1, 285-318.



Baumann, O. & Stieglitz, N. (2014). Rewarding Value-Creating Ideas in Organizations: The Power of Low- Powered Incentives.  Strategic Management Journal, 35, 3, 358-375.



Baumann, O. & Siggelkow, N. (2013). Dealing with Complexity: Chunky vs. Incremental Search Processes. Organization Science, 24, 1, 116-132.



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