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Frithjof Stöppler


Freie Universität Berlin

School of Business and Economics

Coordinator "Doctoral Program in Business Research" at the Chair of Prof. Gregory Jackson

Member of the "Path Dependence Research Center"

Boltzmannstraße 20, K51

D-14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 838 53932
Fax:      +49 30 838 56810
Email: frithjof.stoeppler @ fu-berlin.de


Dissertation project:


Technological paths through organisational paths? The effects of social capital in the competition of strategic industry alliances in the market for smartphone operating systems.


This research project studies the potential formation of technological paths on the basis of a possible “lock-in” of firms to strategic industry alliances. The main focus of analysis lies on the effects that social capital has on organisational processes of cooperation between the member firms of such alliances. Social capital is herein interpreted as a process that may unfold binding forces through the bridging of structural holes at an early stage and later through the development of internal cohesion and closure. An empirical study will be conducted in the market for smartphone operating systems and concentrate on the examination of two alliances rivalling for standardisation. The findings of this study serve for theory building and will subsequently be integrated into an empirically-grounded, agent-based simulation model. This simulation model will analyse alliance dynamics, effects of social capital and potential path processes as well as sharpen and substantiate the developed theory.

Academic development:

Since 11/2011:


Coordinator of the "Doctoral Program in Business Studies" at Freie Universität Berlin


Since 04/2008:
PhD student in the “Doctoral Programme on Path Dependence Research”

10/2005 – 01/2008:
M.A. in International Business Studies, University of Paderborn
Dissertation: “The development of trust in social networks: an economic analysis and empirical evidence”

10/2002 – 09/2005:
B.A. in International Business Studies, University of Paderborn
Dissertation: “Dismissal Protection: a European comparison”

Academic / professional experience:

10/2006 – 09/2007
Research student assistant, project: “Social network development in mentoring programmes”, Chair of Human Resource Management, University of Paderborn

04/2007 – 09/2007
Student assistant at the Jean-Monnet Chair of European Business Law, University of Paderborn

Since 07/2005
Freelance translator and editor for English-German

02/2004 – 06/2005
Human Resources Assistant, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers GmbH


  • 04/2008 - 03/2011: PhD scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)


Winter Semester 2009/10: Tutorial for the undergraduate subject "Foundations of Business Administration", School of Business and Economics, Free University of Berlin, Germany



  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), workshop participation.
  • SimSoc @ work - European Social Simulation standing workgroup


Research interests:

  • Network research and analysis
  • Technological innovations and standardisation processes
  • The energy market and its adaption to regenerative energies
  • Intellectual property right regimes
  • Intercultural Management

Publications / Conference contributions and participations:

  • Stöppler, F. (2011): "Industrial cliques: The evolution of structural rigidity in interorganisational networks." Conference presentation at '7th SimSoc@work Meeting', University of Koblenz, Germany, 28-30 September 2011
  • Stöppler, F. (2011): "Industrial cliques: Agent-based modelling the evolution of structural rigidity in interorganisational networks." Conference presentation at '6th SimSoc@work Meeting', Rijskuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, 19-21 April 2011.
  • Stöppler, F. (2011): "Interorganisational networks and platform competition: A path dependence perspective on social capital and evidence from smartphone operating systems." Conference paper for '2nd International Conference on Path Dependence', Free University of Berlin, School of Business and Economics, 3 - 4 March 2011.
  • WK Org 2011, 35th Workshop of the commission 'Organisation' of the German Academic Association for Business Research, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 24-25 February 2011, discussant, workshop participation.
  • 5th SimSoc@work Meeting, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 11-14 November 2010, workshop participation.
  • Stöppler, F. / Meyer, T. (2010) : "Inter-organizational networks and platform competition. A path dependence perspective on social capital and evidence from the smartphone operating systems market. Conference paper for '26th EGOS Colloquium', Sub-Theme 31 'Imprints of the Past: Organizational Path Dependencies', Universidade Nova, Lisbon, Portugal, 28 June - 3 July 2010.
  • Meyer, T. / Stöppler, F. (2010): "Does the winner take it all? Technology diffusion and platform competition in the smartphone industry." Conference paper for 'International Workshop on Agent-based Simulation of Diffusion Processes', University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 8 - 9 April 2010.
  • Spring conference of the standing work group 'Network Research' of the GSA (German Sociological Association), Social Science Research Center, Berlin, Germany, 25-26 March 2010.
  • EASSS 2009, 11th  European Agent Systems Summer School, Università degli Studi, Turino, Italy, 31 August - 4 September 2009.
  • Krumwiede, D. / Voss, R. S. / Stöppler, F. / Schmidt, C. (2007): "The Impact of National Culture on International Project Management: Scenario Development Model for Intercultural Team Training in Group Decision-Making". Conference paper for '2007 Annual Meeting des Decision Sciences Institute', Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 16 - 18 November 2007