New staff at ICOA

ICOA welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Panagiotis Mitkidis, PhD students John Vestergaard Olesen and Maja Kadenic, and Research Assistants Iben Duvald Pedersen and Henrike Konzag.

2013.11.14 | Morten Bygvraa Rasmussen

Panagiotis Mitkidis

Panagiotis works at Duke University and Aarhus University, where he is aligned with three centers: the Center for Advanced Hindsight (Social Science Research Institute), the Interacting Minds Center (Department for Culture and Society) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture (School of Business and Social Sciences). His research lies in the multidisciplinary fields of Behavioural Economics and Organizational Psychology.

Cooperation is one of the most intriguing behaviours that people exhibit. It is not only interesting that we trust and cooperate with each other, but also the quite specific and predictable ways in which we do it. But why do we cooperate? Why are we willing to engage in a joint activity that will impose personal costs and expect benefits in the future? Why, in a world of egoists, do we even care about others? And if it is beneficial, how can we enhance it? Panos Mitkidis has long been fascinated with how cognition, emotion, and cultural norms affect how people make decisions in their coordination and cooperative interaction with others, from personal decisions (like love and friendship), to market decisions (like production line and organisational design), and is trying to figure out the answers to these questions through research based on experiments that explore the nature of cooperation.

John Vestergaard Olesen

John works at AU Herning and is affiliated with ICOA during his PhD program. The PhD is titled "Measurement of customer satisfaction as a facilitator of business development in the real estate business" and his supervisor is Professor Jacob Kjær Eskildsen (ICOA) and his co-supervisor is Professor Mogens Dilling-Hansen (Institute for Marketing and Organization).

Recently, the real estate market has experienced a certain recession manifesting itself in nascent signs of weakness among several real estate business actors – a business, which for a long time and particularly during a long period of prosperity, has been accused of only focusing on bottom line figures and fast sales and over a period of time has failed to recognise the importance of the customer asset.

The programme is sponsored by “Forskningsfonden for Midt- og Vestjylland” (the research foundation for Central and Western Jutland). You can read more about the PhD here.

Maja Kadenic

Maja works at AU Herning and is affiliated with ICOA during her PhD program. The PhD is titled "Securing long term socioeconomic value in Greenland through resource exploration and extraction: Identifying business development opportunities" and her supervisor is Professor (MSO) Anders Frederiksen (ICOA) and her co-supervisor is Adjunct Professor Igor Linkov (Carnegie Mellon University).

The primary aim of the research is to identify and examine how the extraction of natural resources can create sustainable socioeconomic value by bringing innovative business development opportunities in Greenland.

This project is a part of the BSS Arctic Research Project. You can read more about the PhD study here.

Iben Duvald Pedersen

Until Summer 2014 Iben is in a temporary position as Research Assistant for DESIGN-EM.

DESIGN-EM is a cross-disciplinary research network that combines research-based knowledge about optimizing organization design with the emergency medicine field in order to give evidence-based guidelines for designing effective and efficient emergency departments. Right now Anders Møllekær and Iben are investigating how the five different emergency departments in Region Midtjylland have been organized.

Iben has a background as an anthropologist. In her master's she chose the track called Innovation, Organization and Work, and she would like to work further with these areas as well as qualitative methodologies. She is able to do both in her work at ICOA.

Henrike Konzag

Henrike is currently working on investigating the future data requirements in emergency departments in Region Midtjylland as part of the DESIGN-EM team.

She has been hired for this project and is staying at ICOA until the end of the year. However, she hopes she will get the chance to continue working at ICOA over the coming years.

Henrike has a a master's degree in International Management from Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. Her studies and her year abroad at GCSU strengthened and confirmed her wish to work in a team in which she can combine different approaches to research. Not only does the approach to research appeal to her in which an interdisciplinary and international focus prevails, but also after having been part of the team for some time now, the team itself makes it a unique and pleasant experience.

With the project on the future data requirements as part of DESIGN-EM, her work is directly linked to the ICOA CORE in the sense that combines research-based knowledge about optimizing organization design with the emergency medicine field in order to give evidence-based guidelines for designing effective and efficient emergency departments.

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