Regina Lenz

Regina Lenz
Universität Heidelberg · Institute of Geography

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am currently working at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. My research focuses on social institutions and on the way they influence human interaction and public policies. The project I am currently working in is concerned with the mechanisms of instituional change and with the regional specificity of institutions in the context of family firm succession in Baden-Württemberg and the Basque Country.
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - May 2020
Los Andes University (Colombia)
Position
  • Researcher
July 2019 - September 2019
Cornell University
Position
  • Fellow
October 2013 - present
Universität Heidelberg
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
October 2006 - October 2013
Universität Heidelberg
Field of study
  • Geography (with Economis and History as minors)
October 2005 - May 2013
Universität Heidelberg
Field of study
  • English Literature and Philology

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Publications (8)
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Family firms represent the backbone of regional economies in Europe. Yet, due to demographic and societal changes, family firm succession increasingly poses a challenge to both firm continuity and regional stability, which is why policymakers look for appropriate ways to support family firms in their succession processes. In pursuit of policies tha...
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This paper develops a research agenda toward the systematic inclusion of institutions into the analysis of regional policy effectiveness. Departing from the commonly shared observation that formal rules of regulation and policies not always lead to the intended outcomes, we argue that institutions are crucial mediators of the workings of regulation...
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The relationship between geography and the creation, use, and reproduction of knowledge has been at the core of this book series. The previous twelve volumes have focused, among other topics, on the role that creativity, culture, power, networks, science and universities have in cultivating an understanding of how the social process of knowing unfo...
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Finding a successor has become a severe challenge for family firms in Germany. As family firms are disproportionately concentrated in rural economies, succession has also become a considerable threat for peripheral regions and their labor markets. It therefore lies in the interest of regional stakeholders to help support family business continuity....
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This chapter explores the dynamic nature of institutions in response to changes in regulations and the institutional context. Seeking to refine the understanding of how and to which extent institutions change or sustain, the authors dismantle two institutions by analyzing the dynamics of their form and function separately. They propose a simple tax...
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Family firms have multiple nodes that connect them with the regions in which they are located, for example providing jobs and professional training, paying taxes, and engaging in regional philanthropy. The regional anchoring of family firms thus plays an important role in regional economies and, especially, in rural ones. In this sense, family firm...
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This book can be downloaded free-of-charge using the following link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-75328-7 This open access book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as...
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This paper focuses on the concept of the Nucleus Approach and its – unsuccessful – implementation in the project “Re-Tie Bangladesh”. This project, funded by the European Union from 2009 to 2012, aimed at an increase of exportability of Bangladeshi leather products through the use of more environmentfriendly production methods. The Nucleus Approach...

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Project
This project is based on the annual Klaus Tschira Symposia being held at the Villa Bosch in Heidelberg since 2006 and aims to bring together international scholars from a broad range of disciplines to build a foundation for the development of a long-term interdisciplinary network of reserachers studying the spatiality of knowledge. The outcomes of these symposia are published in the Springer Series 'Knowledge and Space' Follow the Symposia on www.knowledgeandspace.uni-hd.de Follow the Springer Book Series: www.springer.com/series/7568 Follow us on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgYJ5yU4HfvVChm3qX4nYdQ
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Social institutions have increasingly become recognized as important factors of economic development. However, institutions vary across regions, and allegedly ‘good institutions’ are hard to imitate or transmit to other locations. For this reason, both institutional research and economic geography face the challenge of understanding the generation and transformation of social institutions. This inherent processuality can best be studied in situations of change, which is why this research project focuses on enterprise succession in family firms. The situation of enterprise succession, increasingly posing a challenge to the long-term continuity of regionally embedded family businesses all over Europe, serves as both the unit of analysis and the trigger of institutional change in inter-firm interactions. Consequently, this project pursues two objectives: Explaining different forms and courses of enterprise succession as effects of regionally specific institutional differences. Qualifying the mechanisms of institutional change posterior to an enterprise succession. Whereas the explanation of regionally specific institutional effects requires a comparative analysis, an explicit process analysis is needed for qualifying the mechanisms of institutional change. Hence, the research design includes a regional comparison between Baden-Württemberg and the Spanish Basque Country, two highly successful and innovative regions characterized by (small and medium-sized) family businesses. By adopting a qualitative panel approach over a period of three years focusing on successors, but also taking into account a firm’s predecessor, employees and related companies, this project uses explicit process analysis for the qualification of mechanisms of institutional change. The general objective of this project is to contribute to a geography of institutional change, and to improve our understanding of differential regional development in order to reduce discrepancies between regulation (policy) and the behaviour of enterprises.