Jan Oliver Schwarz

Prof. Dr. Jan Oliver SchwarzStrategic Management and Leadership

Office Hours: By Appointment

Building 5
Room 116
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Focus of Lectures

Strategic Management

Research Topics
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Dynamic Capabilities
  • Cultural Products in Management
  • Design Thinking
  • 2019 ESB Business School, Reutlingen University, MBA International Management, Professor Strategic Management and Leadership
  • 2015 Hochschule Fresenius, Fachbereich Design, München, Professor General Management
  • 2010 - 2015 Decision Strategies International, London und München, Strategieberater
  • Allianz SE, München, Strategieberater
  • 2010 Dr. Phil., Universität der Künste Berlin
  • MPhil Futures Studies, University of Stellenbosch, Südafrika
  • Dipl. Oec. Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Witten/Herdecke

A selection:

Gordon A, Rohrbeck R, Schwarz JO. Escaping the ‘Faster Horses’ Trap: Bridging Strategic Foresight and Design-Based Innovation. Technology Innovation Management Review. 2019;9(8):  p. 30-42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22215/timreview/1259.

Gordon A, Rohrbeck R, Schwarz JO. Escaping the ‘Faster Horses’ Trap: Bridging Strategic Foresight and Design-Based Innovation. Technology Innovation Management Review. 2019;9(8):  p. 30-42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22215/timreview/1259.

Schwarz JO, Rohrbeck R, Wach B. Corporate foresight as a microfoundation of dynamic capabilities. FUTURES & FORESIGHT SCIENCE.  p. 1-11. DOI: 10.1002/ffo2.28.

Gordon, A. V., Rohrbeck, R. & Schwarz, J. O. 2019. “Escaping the ‘Faster Horses’ Trap: Bridging Strategic Foresight and Design-Based Innovation”. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9(8): 30-42.

Schwarz, J. O., Ram, C. & Rohrbeck, R. 2019. “Adding the competitive dimension to scenario planning: combining scenarios with business war gaming”. Futures, 133, 133-142.

Schwarz, J. O. 2019. Creative Management Thinking Vol. 2 – The World of the Customer and the Future in Design Thinking: Assessment of the practice of design thinkers. Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg & München: AMD Academy Fashion & Design, available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330888489_The_World_of_the_Customer_and_the_Future_in_Design_Thinking_Assessment_of_the_Practice_of_Design_Thinkers

Schwarz, J. O. 2018. “Assessing Futures in Design: How Design Thinkers Assess the Future”. The 21st dmi: Academic Design Management Conference Proceedings, London, UK, 1-2 August, 2018, 642-652.

Grossmann, S. & Schwarz, J. O. (reds.) 2018. Creative Management Thinking Vol. 1 – Ansätze für eine VUCA-Welt [Creative Management Thinking Vol. 1 – Approaches for a VUCA world]. Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg & München: AMD Akademie Mode & Design, available at: https://961fc535d3acf83f4705b3cf-caer77oelurowey5el.netdna-ssl.com/content/uploads/2018/10/AMD_1510_digitale_Veroffentlichung.pdf 

Müller, A. W. & Schwarz, J. O. 2016. “Assessing the functions and dimensions of visualizations in foresight”. Foresight, 18(1), 76-90.

Schwarz, J. O. 2015. ”The ‘Narrative Turn’ in developing foresight: Assessing how cultural products can assist organizations in detecting weak signals“. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 90, 510-513.

Schwarz, J. O., Kroehl, R. & von der Gracht, H. 2014. “Novels and novelty in innovation – Enacting weak signals by taking advantage of novels as specific frames of reference”. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 80, 66-73.

Rohrbeck, R. & Schwarz, J. O. 2013. “The Value Contribution of Strategic Foresight: Insights From an Empirical Study Among Large European Companies”. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 80(8), 1593–1606.

Schwarz, J. O. 2013. “Business Wargaming for Teaching Strategy Making”. Futures, 51, 59–66.

Schwarz, J. O. & Liebl, F. 2013. “Cultural Products and their Implications for Business Models: Why Science Fiction Needs Socio-Cultural Fiction”. Futures, 50, 66-73.

von Groddeck, V. & Schwarz, J. O. 2013. “Perceiving Megatrends as Empty Signifiers:A Discourse-Theoretical Interpretation of Trend Management”. Futures, 47, 28–37.

Schwarz, J. O. 2011. “Ex-Ante Strategy Evaluation: The Case for Business Wargaming”. Business Strategy Series, 12(3), 122-135.

Schwarz, J. O. 2011. Quellcode der Zukunft: Literatur in der Strategischen Frühaufklärung. Berlin: Logos.

Liebl, F. & Schwarz, J. O. 2010. “Normality of the Future: Trend Diagnosis for Strategic Foresight”. Futures, 42(4), 313–327.

Schwarz, J. O. 2009. “Business Wargaming: Developing Foresight within a Strategic Simulation”. Technological Analysis and Strategic Management, 21(3), 291-305.

Schwarz, J. O. 2008. “Assessing the Future of Futures Studies in Management”. Futures, 40(3), 237-246.

Oriesek, D. F. & Schwarz, J. O. 2008. Business Wargaming: Securing Corporate Value. Aldershot: Gower Publishing.

Schwarz, J. O. 2007. “Competitive Intelligence: A Field for Futurists?”. Futures Research Quarterly, 23(1), 55-65.

Schwarz, J. O. 2007. “Assessing Future Disorders in Organizations: Implications for Diagnosing and Treating Schizophrenic, Depressed or Paranoid Organizations”. Foresight, 9(2), 15-26.

Schwarz, J. O. 2005. “Linking Strategic Issue Management to Futures Studies“. Futures Research Quarterly, 21(3), 39-55.

Schwarz, J. O. 2005. “Pitfalls in Implementing a Strategic Early Warning System“. Foresight, 7(4), 22-30.