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Members of the Network

Dr. cand. Constanze Engelbrecht is a Lecturer and PhD student in Urban and Regional Economic Studies at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher at HafenCity University in Hamburg. Between 2009 and 2010 she worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel at the Technische Universität Berlin in a BMBF research project on the creative industries in Berlin. She is currently researching the topic of "Open knowledge ecologies: collaborative knowledge production in hybrid, virtual communities". In her doctoral thesis she is especially interested in  understanding the interdependencies between virtual and physical spaces in the production of knowledge. Her interest in field-configuring events revolves mainly around their role as spaces for collaborative knowledge production and the reflexive self-organization of virtual communities. Her network ethnographic methodological approach constitutes a novel way of studying field-configuring events. 

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle holds the Chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Potsdam. Previously, she was an assistant professor for organization and leadership at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories at the Technische Universität Berlin. She received her habilitation in 2011 at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her doctoral research on project management careers was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Gemünden and completed in 2008. She studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and holds an MBA from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on organizational innovation barriers, promoters and champions, customer integration in innovation processes, open innovation and strategic foresight. She will add to this Scientific Network her interest in event formats such as unconferences, barcamps of open source events that play a role in organizational innovation processes.


Dr. Bastian Lange is an urban and economic geographer specialised on creative industries, innovation processes, questions of governance and regional development. He spearheads the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. He is particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes. He studied geography, ethnology and urban development in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained his doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He contributes to the Scientific Network his research on the role of micro-events in urban creative scenes, innovation ecologies and the governance of creative processes.


Dr. Uli Meyer is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Organizational Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he also received his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Arnold Windeler. He was a visiting researcher at SCANCOR (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) at Stanford University, USA. He contributes to this Scientific Network especially his empirical research on interorganizational innovation networks and projects and his knowledge in neo-institutional and evolutionary theory.


Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering is Director of the Reinhard Mohn Institute for Corporate Governance at the Universität Witten-Herdecke. Until 2016 he was Associate Professor of Organization and Management and held the EWE Chair of Economic Organization and Trust at the Jacobs University Bremen. He received his habilitation in 2011 at the Freie Universität Berlin, School of Business & Economics, and completed his PhD in management studies in 2003 at the University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Prof. Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin, between 2001 and 2005 and a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne between 2005 and 2011. His research interests include organizational theory, business cooperation, market creation processes and trust. In this context, he has researched field-configuring events and has authored one of the few German language papers on field-configuringe events and institutional work published in Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung. He adds to the Scientific Network is empirical research experience on field-configuring events in the semiconductor industry, his theoretical expertise in the field of economic sociology, and knowlegde in "design thinking" approaches.


Prof. Dr. Gordon Müller-Seitz holds the Chair of Strategic Management at the School of Business and Economics, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and is the co-organizer of this Scientific Network. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Management Department at Freie Universität Berlin. He studied economics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, where he also obtained his doctorate at the Department of Organization and Personnel Management in 2007. He then managed a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Potsdam, before he moved to the Department of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin and later to the Freie Universität Berlin to work in a research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation on path-creating networks. After that, he worked in a DFG-funded research project on strategic leadership in heterarchical networks and on a project on food chains funded by the Pribilla Foundation and has published several articles of field-configuring and other types of events in Managementforschung, Schmalenbach Business Review, or Management Learning. He received his habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012 and has been guest professor at the University of Göttingen and the University of Stuttgart. 


Dr. Simone Schiller-Merkens is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. She studied business administration at the University of Cologne and at the ESADE in Barcelona and received her doctorate at the Cologne Faculty for Economic and Social Sciences with an organizational sociology topic. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Business Administration and Organization at the University of Mannheim (Prof. Dr. hc mult. Alfred Kieser). Her research focuses on the emergenc of new markets. She works with institutional theory and social movement research approach in order to compare the process of creation of an aesthetic market ("ethical fashion") and its context conditions in different countries. To the Scientific Network she will contribute her knowledge institutional theory and market sociology and her empirical research on the role of fashion shows as field-configuring events influencing market formation.


Prof. Dr. Elke Schüßler is the main organizer of this Scientific Network. Since May 2016 she is Head of the Institute of Organisation and Global Management Education at Johannes Kepler University Linz. Between 2012 and 2016 she was an Assistant Professor of Organization Theory at the Management Department at Freie Universität Berlin. She conducted her doctoral research on the changing strategies of value creation in the German clothing industry at the DFG-Pfadkolleg Research Center at the School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin and was granted her doctoral thesis in 2008. Since then, she studied the organization and outcomes of field-configuring events in different empirical contexts, ranging from transnational policy fields over global industries to creative clusters. She hereby draws on different theoretical perspectives (especially neo-institutionalism, business model research, creativity and innovation research) and methods (mainly qualitative interviews, participant observations, text analysis, and discourse analysis). She has published several leading articles on field-configuring events, published, among others, at the Academy of Management Journal.  


Dr. Joachim Thiel is a Research Associate at the Department of Urban and Regional Economics at the HafenCity University Hamburg (Chair of Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher) since 2010. Previously, he received his doctorate from the predecessor of the HCU and then worked for four years as the head of the university strategy department at the newly established University. His past and current research touches the topic of field-configuring events in mainly two ways: in his doctoral thesis on the role of creative labor in the advertising industry he demonstrated the important role of festivals for the production and reproduction of these labor markets. His current research focuses on mega-events such as the Olympic Games in London and their role in configuring different fields simultaneously, e.g. the event industry, the construction industry, and local politics.