The Network

Network Organizers

Prof. Dr. Wessel

Lauri Wessel is an Assistant Professor for Information Systems and Organization at the Department of Information Systems at the Freie Universität Berlin. Lauri’s research interest comprise social evaluations of organizations, information technology and business models, particularly in health care, as well the design of novel services and business models in the same sector. His work has been published in journals such as Business Information Systems Engineering (BISE), sbr, schmalenbach business review as well as proceedings of ICIS, ECIS and AMCIS. Lauri is an Associate Editor for Internet ResearchICIS 2017 as well as mini-track chair at AMCIS 2017.

Prof. Dr. Haack

Patrick Haack is an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics in the Strategy Department at HEC Lausanne, Switzerland. His primary research interests include social judgment formation, practice adoption, and recent developments in research methodology. Patrick’s research has been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Management Studiesand Organization Studies. He currently serves in the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and Business & Society.

Prof. Dr. Sieweke

Jost Sieweke is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management & Organisation Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Jost’s primary research interests include human errors in teams and organizations, human capital, and institutional stability and change. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Business and PsychologyJournal of Organizational BehaviorJournal of Purchasing & Supply Managementand Scandinavian Journal of Management.

Network Members

Julia Brandl is a Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) at the University of Innsbruck, School of Management, Austria, where she is also head of the HRM group. Her research interests center on the ways in which organizations and their HRM specialists handle the multiple and sometimes contradictory expectations associated with managing their workforce, particularly in the areas of hiring and promoting people, and the unintended consequences resulting from their activities. She works with the world polity perspective, French pragmatism and more recently, with paradox and identity theory. Julia’s research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Management InquiryHuman Resource ManagementHuman Resource Management JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource ManagementResearch in the Sociology of Organizations, and Zeitschrift für Personalforschung.

Heiko Breitsohl is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Organization at the Alpen-Adria-University in Klagenfurt, Austria. His research interests include employee volunteering, workplace commitments, presenteeism, and research methods. His work has been published in Journal of ManagementJournal of Organizational BehaviorHuman RelationsHuman Resource Management ReviewEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, among others. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Business and Psychology.

Bernadette Bullinger is an assistant professor of human resource management at the University of Innsbruck and currently an Erwin-Schrödinger-fellow at IE University Madrid. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim. Her current research focuses on institutional questions of legitimacy in the context of recruitment, and visual and multimodal methods of studying organizations and human resource management. Bernadette’s research has been published in the Journal of Management Inquiry, British Journal of ManagementScandinavian Journal of Management, and others.

Jan Goldenstein

Jan Goldenstein is postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Organization, Leadership, and Human Resource Management, at the University of Jena, Germany. His primary research interests include world society and glocalization theory, institutional change, organizational actorhood, and research methodology. In his dissertation, Jan combined sociological theory with research from cognitive science (“Embodied Cognition”, “Cognitive Linguistics”). Furthermore, in a joint research group he adapted methods of automatic language analysis (“Computational Linguistics”, “Computational Social Science”, “Digital Humanities”) to organizational research in order to examine institutions through the meaning of words on the macro-level. For instance, he applied this methodology to comparative cultural studies about corporate responsibility.

Sebastian G.M. Händschke is a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jena, Germany. In new institutionalism Sebastian’s interests comprise cognition and institutions at various levels, especially the organizational meso-level, their development over time and space and respective (new) research approaches. In his dissertation, he explored the cognition of organizations employing Big Data text analysis. To further the application of such computational methods he has initiated and established interdisciplinary collaborations as well as a joint research group in Jena. His work has been presented at renowned peer-reviewed meetings such as EGOS, EURAM, and WKORG and published in well-known proceedings such as AOM or WASSA proceedings.

Markus A. Höllerer is Professor in the Department of Management and currently Head of the Institute for Public Management and Governance at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. In addition, he is affiliated with the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at WU Vienna, and also holds a position as Senior Scholar in Organization Theory at UNSW Australia Business School, Sydney. His work is broadly anchored in the phenomenological tradition of organizational institutionalism. Research interests include the dissemination and local adaptation of global organizational ideas – in particular heterogeneous theorizations and local variations in meaning – as well as the relationship between different bundles of managerial concepts and their underlying governance and business models in the public and private sectors. Recent projects focus on discursive framing and related research methodologies, the role of visuality and multimodality in processes of (de)institutionalization, intra-logic complexity, as well as novel forms of organizing and governance.

Stefan Kirchner is Post-Researcher (“Habilitand”) at the Chair of Sociology, especially Economic and Organizational Sociology, at the University of Hamburg, Germany. His current research focuses on the societal conditions and effects of digitalization. He is especially interested how internet companies (e.g. Uber, Airbnb) organize digital markets. Investigating these market organizers, he applies institutional theory and tries to develop novel theoretical and empirical approaches to meet the challenges posed by the diffusion of digital technology into workplaces, markets and the society. He published central research in Zeitschrift für Soziologie and Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie.

Johanna Mair is a Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She serves as the Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and is the Stanford PACS Distinguished Scholar at Stanford University. Her research focuses on how novel organizational forms and institutional arrangements create economic value as well as social impact and the role of innovation in this process. She has published articles in leading academic journals including the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management PerspectiveJournal of ManagementJournal of Management StudiesOrganization StudiesJournal of Business EthicsResearch in Organizational BehaviorJournal of Business VenturingLong Range PlanningJournal of World BusinessGroup & Organization Management, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Alongside her academic responsibilities, she serves on the Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation of the World Economic Forum and carries out advisory and board work for multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social venture funds.

Renate E. Meyer is the Chair of Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is also a Permanent Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and Co- Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management & Governance at WU. Her current research interests include novel management ideas and organizational and governance forms, framing and legitimation strategies, translation, and role identities. She is a Senior editor for Organization Studies and has published in journals such as Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management AnnalsOrganization StudiesJournal of Management StudiesStrategic OrganizationCritical Perspectives on AccountingResearch in the Sociology of OrganizationsJournal of Management Inquiry, or Public Administration, and has also (co-)authored several books and book chapters. Renate has been a member of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Executive Board since 2008 and acted as its chair between 2011 and 2014.

Swaran Sandhu is Professor for Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Stuttgart Media University, Germany. He is responsible for the public relations program in the BA program for Crossmedia Journalism/Public Relations. His research interests cover the nexus between communication science and social theory with a special focus on institutional theory, communication and legitimation processes and social network analysis. His dissertation on “Public Relations and Legitimacy: the Contribution of Organizational Institutionalism for PR Research” won the dissertation award of the PR section of the German Association for Communication Science. Swaran has published more than 20 articles or book chapters in the International Journal of Strategic CommunicationManagement Communication Quarterly.

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Peter Walgenbach is Professor of Organization, Leadership, and Human Resource Management at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He received his PhD and his Habilitation at the Business School of Mannheim University, Germany. Currently, he is a Senior Editor of Organization Studies. Peter published in Entrepreneurship Theory & PracticeEuropean Journal of Cultural and Political SociologyILR ReviewInternational Journal of Human Resource ManagementJournal of International Business StudiesJournal of Management StudiesOrganizationOrganization StudiesResearch in the Sociology of OrganizationsScandinavian Journal of Management and other outlets.

Network News

Group photo of our workshop at WU Vienna

Recap of fourth meeting in Vienna (September 20th & 21st)

We felt very welcomed and thank WU Vienna for the generous support of the workshop!


New research on the microfoundations of institutions in the Academy of Management Review!

Derek Harmon, Thomas Roulet, and network member Patrick Haack are commenting on the microfoundations paper by Ivano Cardinale and suggest that advancing our understanding of the microfoundations of institutions requires an explicit focus on how social action operates across multiple levels of…