Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien | WU

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

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Introduction
Michael Meyer works as a Professor at the Department of Management, WU Vienna. Michael does research in Nonprofit Management, Organizational Studies and Civil Society.
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January 2019 - June 2020
Stanford University
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  • Visiting Scholar
January 2018 - present
Stanford University
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  • Research Associate
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  • https://pacscenter.stanford.edu/research/civic-life-of-cities-lab/
January 2016 - June 2016
Stanford University
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  • Visiting Scholar

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Publications (146)
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NPOs becoming businesslike is a contested issue. Some understand the adoption of businesslike practices by NPOs as a case of adopting rational myths through institutional isomorphism and thus potentially dangerous for NPOs' ability to fulfill their unique societal roles. Others are more optimistic, arguing that technical rationality is possible in...
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Social origins theory explains variation between civil societies by power relations between socioeconomic classes and by path dependencies. There have been few systematic reflections on which dimensions of civil society depend on these factors and can thus be explained by the theory. With the help of a historical narrative of the eventful history o...
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Edited by Gemma Donnelly-Cox (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Michael Meyer (WU Vienna, Austria) and Filip Wijkström (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden), this multi-perspective Research Handbook provides a clear pathway through the nonprofit governance research field, pushing beyond the borders of current theory to expand and deepen the analy...
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Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a novel form of cross-sector collaborations and an alternative way of financing innovative social services. Based on an in-depth longitudinal case analysis and drawing from agency theory as well as resource dependence theory, we examine the process of interest alignment among involved partners over the lifespan of a S...
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Um Organisationen agiler und proaktiver zu machen, wird in der Literatur und Beratung zunehmend kreisförmiges Organisieren empfohlen. Soziokratie und Holokratie sind die bekanntesten Modelle hierfür. Der Beitrag untersucht, unter welchen Voraussetzungen diese und ähnliche Modelle ihre Ver-sprechen erfüllen können. Dazu wurden 19 Organisationen, die...
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Impact assessment is a high priority for most impact investors. However, little is known about how impact investors assess the potential of early-stage ventures before investing. This paper sheds light on the cognitive pattern used to form ex-ante assessments of social impact potential. Working with 41 verbal protocols of assessments provided by f...
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How did the relation between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and government develop during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, once governments had taken restrictive measures to lock down economic and public life? Austria is used as an example of a corporatist welfare state whereby collaboration between government and CSOs occurs particul...
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Volunteering in civil society organizations (CSOs) is sometimes idealized as welcoming arena for everybody. Prior research, however, has shown that participation in volunteer work depends on gender, wealth, education, and social networks, suggesting that CSOs are not in fact open to everyone. Inequality within different fields of volunteering combi...
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Dieser Bericht beschreibt und analysiert bezugnehmend auf die COVID-19 Krise die soziale Lage in Österreich. Teil 1 dieses Bandes beschreibt die gesamtwirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen sowie die Entwicklung von Einkommen und Armut. Dabei wird insbesondere auf makroökonomische Entwicklungen sowie fiskalische Effekte eingegangen. Des Weiteren werden di...
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Die COVID-19 Pandemie und Maßnahmen der Bundesregierung stellen eine große Herausforderung für Nonprofit Organisationen und Sozialunternehmen dar, die sich auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen auf die Organisationen ausgewirkt hat und auswirkt. Die Ergebnisse dieses Berichts dokumentieren die Erfahrungen der Sozialorganisationen im österreichischen Nonprof...
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The non-profit governance literature is emerging, multilevel, and disparate. This chapter provides a critical review of the scholarly literature on non-profit governance, identifies the distinctive and currently most important theoretical frameworks in the field, and outlines the models of good non-profit governance that have emerged, discussing th...
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Im Rahmen dieses Beitrags wird ein Einstieg in die Diskussion zum Thema Corporate Governance von Non-Profit-Organisationen (NPO) geliefert, indem ein Überblick über unterschiedliche wissenschaftliche und alltagspraktische Verständnisse von Governance gegeben wird. Wissenschaftliche Governanceverständnisse werden charakterisiert, indem die Hauptmerk...
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This is a monitoring report about the state of Civil Society in 14 CEE countries: Albania, Austria, Bosna-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia. The report consist of a summary chapter and country reports. Assessments collected from alltogether 875 Civil Soci...
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Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness of university-based community service programs on students’ personal, social, ethical, and academic domains. These effects depend on both, the characteristics of students enrolled and the characteristics of the programs, for instance whether they are voluntary or mandatory. Our study investigates wheth...
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Although civil societies in Central and Eastern Europe are often portrayed as similar, united by a shared communist past, they have developed along increasingly divergent trajectories over the past three decades. This article investigates the current state of civil society in the region and the role the institutional context plays in it. Drawing on...
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Die große Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit verlangt neben neuen Wohlfahrtskonzepten und Technologiesprüngen auch soziale Innovationen und Kooperationen zwischen Organisationen aus unterschiedlichen Sektoren – national und international. In unserem Beitrag beschreiben wir, wie und unter welchen Voraussetzungen soziale Innovationen einen systemische...
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What characteristics of professional and business associations determine their organisational activities in the context of Russia’s stage of transition? While research on associations in management and nonprofit literature remains under-theorised and fragmented, professional and business associations not only constitute a significant component of t...
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The capability of organizations to respond to unexpected events has been investigated from different theoretical angles: organizational learning, improvisation, ambidexterity, resilience, to name but a few. These concepts, however, hardly ever refer to structural characteristics. Against this backdrop, the aim of this paper is twofold. First, based...
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Resources are often seen as a key factor in innovation. For business organizations, it has been shown that there is a relation between the lack or abundance of resources and the innovativeness of organizations. It is specifically abundance that fosters innovations, not shortage. We investigated this relationship for nonprofits based on a cross‐sect...
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Social impact bonds (SIBs) have been welcomed enthusiastically as a new funding tool for social innovation, yet also condemned as an instrument that neglects beneficiaries' and taxpayers' interests, opening profit opportunities in the field of social politics for smart private investors. We will shed a more analytical light on SIBs, assuming that,...
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Managerialismus spielt in der Nonprofit-Forschung und-praxis seit den frühen 1990er Jahren eine immer größere Rolle. Obwohl oder gerade weil das Phänomen lange Zeit definitorisch unscharf blieb, wurde es in der Diskussion zum Fluchtpunkt von Befürchtungen und Hoffnungen. Die Optimisten erwarten sich davon Effizienz-und Effektivitätsgewinne für Nonp...
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The civil society in Austria has made large contributions in the fall of 2015. In addition, civil society actors have helped shape the public opinion and promoted the networking of volunteers. This project, however, aims to investigate the following questions: 1) What the civil society has done in the fall of 2015 to deal with the so-called refugee...
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The manifold roots of critical discourse studies lie in rhetoric, text linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, social psychology, cognitive science, literary studies and sociolinguistics, as well as in applied linguistics and pragmatics. Teun van Dijk (2008) provides a broad overview of the field of discourse studies and identifies the following dev...
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This paper examines functions and factors that determine their fulfilment by professional and business associations in the context of transition environment in Russia. Theoretically, it is based upon an integrative framework of nonprofits’ functions. We investigate the influence of organizational age, size and associations’ relations with the state...
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Die hier präsentierten Ergebnisse wurden im Rahmen des europäischen Forschungsprojektes „European Foundations for Research and Innovation“ (EUFORI) unter Förderungsbeteiligung des BMWFW sowie des FWF im Zuge einer quantitativen sowie qualitativen Befragung erhoben, und stellen zentrale Befunde aus Österreich dar: Österreichischer Stiftungs- und Fon...
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By now, the becoming business-like of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) is a well-established global phenomenon that has received ever-growing attention from management and organization studies. However, the field remains hard to grasp in its entirety, as researchers use a multitude of similar, yet distinct, key concepts. The considerable range and co...
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What is the nature of the political agency of civil society organisations? As the research community concerned with civil society is a multidisciplinary and diverse one, it is not surprising that there is a lack of a common understanding of the concept of civil society, as well as of a common theoretical framework that would allow us to understand...
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The chapter discusses major challenges for the third sector and its associations and assesses them on the basis of literature and a quasi-Delphi research with 37 experts. Five trends are identified as the most important: increasing managerialism as a way to gain legitimacy, changes in the relationship with the public sector due to financial crises...
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The paper examines trends in the effect of social origin and personality on objective career success. Drawing on several research streams, we hypothesize that in the first career decade, the effect of social origin on objective career success decreases while the effect of personality increases. Based on data from two cohorts of European business sc...
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This article aims to contribute to the long-standing discussion about nonprofit organizations’ (NPOs) dependence on public funding and its consequences on their advocacy role in modern societies. Drawing on resource dependence theory and data from a quantitative survey, the study investigates the impact of public funding and its extent on nonprofit...
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In this article, we investigate the changes in the legitimating accounts used by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), in the context of spreading managerialism—one of the most powerful institutional practices of our time—in the Third Sector. We first introduce the concepts of legitimacy and legitimating account, before showing how managerialism mani...
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Im Rahmen dieses Beitrags wird ein Einstieg in die Diskussion zum Thema Corporate Governance von Non-Profit-Organisationen (NPO) geliefert, indem ein Ueberblick ueber unterschiedliche wissenschaftliche und alltagspraktische Verstaendnisse von Governance gegeben wird. Wissenschaftliche Governanceverstaendnisse werden charakterisiert, indem die Haupt...
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Different disciplinary, theoretical, and empirical lenses have contributed to a kaleidoscopic picture of the governance of civil society organizations (CSOs). Most of the time, CSO governance is contrasted with corporate governance in business organizations; only rarely is the broad variety of CSOs taken into account. To widen this perspective, we...
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With Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World, Michael Edwards delivers a powerful critique of the movement he calls philanthrocapitalism. This review tracks his main arguments and summarizes the book's content. Despite a few weaknesses in sourcing its arguments, the book is strongly recommended both to academics and to practitioners, especi...
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Professionalisierung wird im Dritten Sektor unter dem Damoklesschwert organisationaler, ökonomischer und politischer Veränderungen diskutiert (J. Evetts, 2003), während früher die traditionellen Professionen, ihre Regeln und Standards als „dritte Logik“ neben Markt und Bürokratie konzipiert wurden (E. Freidson, 2001) und damit gerade für zivilgesel...
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Sozialforscher/innen beklagen sich immer über eine mangelhafte Datenlage zu ihrem Gebiet – das ist Teil ihres beruflichen Habitus. Dennoch: So wichtig der Nonprofit-Sektor für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Österreich ist, so bruchstückhaft sind die Informationen über ihn. Nach wie vor gibt es in der österreichischen VGR keinen „satellite account“...
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Wie wirkt sich das Verhalten von Führungskräften auf den Führungserfolgaus? Welche Führungsstile führen zu objektivem und subjektivem Erfolg, also Zielerreichung und Zufriedenheit der Geführten? Aus gutem Grund zählen diese Fragen zu den bestuntersuchten in der Managementforschung. Dennoch haben sich die Nebel längst nicht gelichtet. Zu viele Führu...
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Citizens' engagement in civil society appears in various forms. Membership in civil society organizations and political engagement have been analytically identified as two major forms, among other forms such as volunteering, donating money, and informal participation, based on European Social Survey data from 2002. In this paper, we analyse the rel...
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This article introduces the six contributions included in the special issue of the Journal of Civil Society devoted to the results of the CINEFOGO (Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe) Network of Excellence's work package on ‘Differences in Social Participation and Civic Cultures across Europe’, organized by the Research Institute f...
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Folgt man Jürgen Kocka, so finden sich unter „Zivilgesellschaft“ zwei Bedeutungsstränge: zum einen jener deskriptive, der den gesellschaftlichen Bereich zwischen staatlicher, wirtschaftlicher und privater Sphäre meint, also zwischen Staat, Markt und Familie. Zum anderen eine normative Definition, die die Demokratisierung und Zivilisierung der Gesel...
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Unter der Bezeichnung „Qualitative Interviews“ rubrizieren in der empirischen Sozialforschung ganz unterschiedliche Erhebungsmethoden, die nur wenige Gemeinsamkeiten aufweisen: Es handelt sich um speziell für die Erhebungssituation evozierte Kommunikation, und die Methoden grenzen sich explizit zum traditionellen standardisierten Fragebogen ab, erh...
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Der Frage nach passenden Verfahren zur Auswahl von Untersuchungsobjekten in der qualitativen Marktforschung wird hier in mehreren Schritten nachgegangen: • Beim Auswahlproblem handelt es sich um ein sekundäres: Dahinter steht die Frage nach der Reichweite von Aussagen bzw. der Verallgemeinerbarkeit von Ergebnissen. Klassisches Sampling auf der B...
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Civil society organisations (CSOs) contribute essentially to welfare states and society. In Europe they play a key role in the provision of social services, but also fulfil a large variety of other functions, such as giving voice to unaddressed issues, offering alternative ways of occupational socialisation or facilitating social inclusion (cf. Kra...
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In this chapter, we first provide a brief 'story' – how it all began; then we pre-sent an overview of some important research agendas in CDA and discuss new challenges for CDA research. Secondly, we discuss the various theoretical and methodological approaches assembled in this volume from a sociological and epistemological perspective. 2 There, we...
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Purpose – The paper seeks to analyze empirically the consequences of family responsibilities for career success and the influence of career context variables and gender on this relationship. Design/methodology/approach – The sample consists of 305 business school graduates (52 percent male) from a major Central European university who finished thei...
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Unsere Gesellschaft wird häufig als "Organisationsgesellschaft" bezeichnet. Aus gutem Grund: etwa 80% der Erwerbstätigen der EU arbeiten in Organisationen. Aber noch nie hat jemand eine Organisation gesehen. Die Analyse von Organisationen benötigt Konzepte und Methoden. Das Buch gibt daher einen knappen Überblick über zentrale theoretische Auffassu...
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Even though there is a rich diversity of empirical research and theory building about particular aspects of international careers, more comprehensive theoretical models are rare. This paper contributes to career theory by outlining major elements of a comprehensive theoretical frame for describing and explaining international careers. It proposes a...
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Der narrative Zugang versteht sich als eine Strategie, um zu Informationen zu kommen, die mit anderen Methoden nicht oder nur schwer erhoben werden könnten (Bonsu/ Belk 2003, Joy/Sherry 2003, Muniz/O’Quinn 2001, Penaloza 2001, Price/Arnould/Curasi 2000, Thompson/Haytko 1997).1 Narrative Erhebungs- und Analysemethoden zählen somit (gemeinsam z.B. mi...