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Prof. Dr. Gregory Jackson

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Freie Universität Berlin


Professur für Personalpolitik


Garystr. 21
Raum 303
14195 Berlin


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Short Biograph

Professor Jackson’s research examines how corporate governance is influenced by diverse organizational and institutional contexts. His research utilizes cross-national comparison to better understand the regulatory and other societal influences on the corporation, particularly using the cases of Germany, Japan, the UK and USA. His research aims to link disparate fields of scholarship, including institutional theory, organizational analysis, economic sociology, and comparative political economy. His current empirical projects focus on corporate responsibility and irresponsibility, organizational approaches to studying inequality, the role of ethics in organizations, and civic engagement in comparative perspective.  His internationally comparative work utilizes a range of methodological approaches including quantitative analysis of organization-level data in different countries, as well as qualitative “matched pair” case studies of organizations, macro-historical comparisons of institutions, and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA). 

Gregory Jackson’s research has been published widely in leading international journals in business studies, sociology, and political science. He has been principle investigator on grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG), European Union FP7 program, and ERSC, as well as the Department of Trade and Industry (UK), Bertelsmann Foundation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (Japan), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and the Hans-Boeckler Foundation. His research has received mention in The Economist, Financial Times, and BBC radio. He is an editor of British Journal of Industrial Relations and served as Chief Editor of Socio-Economic Review from 2012-2021.

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Recent Publications    


2002   Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia University.

Dissertation: Organizing the Firm: Corporate Governance in Germany and Japan, 1870-2000.

1996   M.A., Sociology, Columbia University.
1992   B.A., Sociology (with Certificate in Analysis and Research) and German Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Academic Positions

since 2010   Professor of Human Resource Management and Labor Politics (Professor für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Personalpolitik), Freie Universität Berlin.
2008 - 2010   Professor of Business and Society, School of Management University of Bath.
2004 - 2008   Reader of Comparative Management and Strategy, Department of Management, King’s College London. (Senior Lecturer 2004-2007).
2002 - 2004   Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Tokyo, Japan.
1996 - 2002   Research Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany.
1992 - 1993   Research Scientist, London School of Economics, Centre for Economic Performance. Project director Ronald Dore.

Visiting Academic Positions

since 2021

  Visiting Professor of Comparative Management, Loughborough University London.

since 2010

  International Research Fellow, The Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.
since 2010   Adjunct Researcher (International Visiting Fellow), Research Institute of Contemporary Japanese Systems, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
 August 2009   Visiting Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
2004 - 2006   Visiting Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Tokyo, Japan.
2001 - 2002   Visiting Lecturer, Universität Duisburg.
1999 - 2000   Visiting Researcher, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan.
1992   Visiting Researcher, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin.
Social-Economic Review
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics
Organized Creativity