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Sebastian Botzem


Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Graduiertenkolleg: „Pfade organisatorischer Prozesse“
Garystr. 21
D-14195 Berlin

Tel.: 030/838-57180
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Email: pfadkolleg @ wiwiss.fu-berlin.de

Sebastian Botzem

Dissertation topic:

  • Transnational Order through Expertise: Cross-Border Standardization in the Field of Financial Reporting as Path Creation Since the early works on path dependency, processes of standardization have been drawn upon to illustrate the importance of rigidity and self-reinforcing dynamics. The research project departs from these conceptualizations, linking them with more current work on path creation. Taking the case of transnational standard-setting in accounting as an example, the project aims at analysing whether a new path has been created. In particular, the project investigates the question of how transnational rules of initially voluntary character become binding. It aims at both explaining the role of participating actors as well as identifying mechanisms of institution-building.

Curriculum Vitae:

03/2006 - 05/2006
Visiting research fellow at the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

Since 04/2005
member of the doctoral program "Research on Organisational Paths"

University degree in Political Science (equivalent to Master's), Free University of Berlin, Germany

1998 – 1999
Study year abroad, Universidad de Granada, Spain

1995 – 2001
Study of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin

Job Experience:

  • 2002 - 2004: Research Associate at the Social Science Research Institute Berlin (WZB), Research Unit Internationalization and Organization
  • 01 - 03 2002: Research Associate at Forschungsgemeinschaft Außenwirtschaft, Struktur- und Technologiepolitik (FAST e.V.), Berlin

Research Interests:

  • Transnational Regulation, Governance
  • Cross-border Standardization in Financial Accounting
  • Organizational Change
  • Associations, Organizations and Institutions
    in the Political Economy


  • 2007 (forthcoming): Sebastian Botzem: Transnational expert-driven standardisation: accountancy governance from a professional point of view. In: Graz, Jean-Christophe and Andreas Nölke (eds.): Transnational Private Governance and its Limits. London: Routledge.
  • 2006: Botzem, Sebastian/Quack, Sigrid: Contested rules and shifting boundaries: International standard-setting in accounting. In: Djelic, Marie-Laure and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson (eds.): Transnational Governance. Institutional Dynamics of Regulation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 266-286.
  • 2005: Botzem, Sebastian/Quack, Sigrid: Contested Rules and Shifting Boundaries: International Standard Setting in Accounting. WZB Discission Paper SP III 2005-201, Berlin.
  • 2002: Governance-Ansätze in der Steuerungstheorie. Steuerung und Selbstregulierung unter den Bedingungen fortschreitender Internationalisierung. WZB Discussion Paper FS I 02-106, Berlin.