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Event – Farewell and Welcome: „Navigating the shark tank. Power games and micropolitical competence in academia. An interactive talk“ with Dr. Veronika Fuest and Elena Köstner

Thursday, 23 March 2023 from 11 am to 1 pm (interactive talk with Dr. Fuest) and from 1 to 2.30 pm
Digital networking for participants and alumnae of the mentoring programmes


Dr. Veronika Fuest (www.in-cooperation.com)


Thursday, 23 March from 11 am to 1 pm (interactive talk with Dr. Fuest), 1 to 2.30 pm



Language: English
Group:participants and alumnae of both mentoring programmes (CoMento and empowerMINTDoc)

Are you navigating the ‚shark tank‘, just trying to survive, do you feel like a ‚shark‘, or are you actually placed in a peaceful ‚goldfish pond‘? Concerning social interactions, research environments may vary a great deal!

In Germany and elsewhere researchers are embedded in specific hierarchical constellations. Regardless of their position at the top, middle or lower levels of their organization, sometimes they meet irritating and even incomprehensible behavior and outcomes: formal regulations may be bypassed, expertise and institutionally defined responsibility may turn out to be unimportant when decisions are taken, rival camps may impede reasonable cooperation, etc.

Some processes involving power games are perceived as unproductive, frustrating or even annoying. However, experience also tells us that difficult situations can be mastered by analyzing the dynamics of key situations and of the players‘ interests involved, by skillful communication and, generally, by a power-conscious approach.

The theoretical approach of micropolitics and its conceptual enhancement provide a framework to systematically grasp manifestations of the everyday uses of power in organizations. However, micropolitics is not just about people in leadership positions or about power-abuse. In fact, self-interests are pursued at all organizational levels and may be ethically motivated. Individual or collective strategies are used to exert informal influence or to avoid control by others. Of central interest is the question of power resources, also from a diversity perspective.

The subject matter of the talk can enrich your (virtual) tea kitchen talks with an important shadow topic in your own organization. Above all, you can deepen your understanding of the power processes and the „games“ played in your own environment. Also you have the opportunity to reflect on your own power resources and roles in micropolitical games - as ‚victims‘ or ‚actors‘ – supported by a systematic and unbiased approach.


  • science system and organization (focus on Germany)
  • micropolitics, power games, power resources
  • typical 'arenas'
  • implications

The workshop is free of charge for participants and alumnae of both mentoring programmes. The costs are covered by the Professorinnenprogramm III

Registration: Dr. Elena Köstner, coordination coaching & mentoring (elena.koestner@uni-bayreuth.de or coaching-mentoring@uni-bayreuth.de) until 1st March 2023.

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Kerstin Müller

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