Paradox and cultural complexity

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, since February 2021


Institute for Entrepreneurship

Main Research

Growth and Complexity


Organizational life is full of paradoxical tensions (for example between goals such as innovation and efficiency or economic and social value creation). These tensions are increasingly amplified in a globalized and digitized business environment. The dissertation aims at studying multiple such paradoxical tensions and how they are framed and managed differently in different cultural contexts. The combination of paradox and international business research shall help to provide novel contributions for our theoretical understanding of international collaboration. Furthermore, I strive to provide relevant insights for organizations and their managers in Liechtenstein and the Rhine Valley on how to deal with today's paradoxical challenges in internationally diverse organizations. This is especially important, as organizations from Liechtenstein are particularly active in international markets.