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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 Research, ICIS 2017 as well as mini-track chair at AMCIS 2017.

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 Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. He currently serves in the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and Business & Society.

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 Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management and Scandinavian Journal of Management.


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 Inquiry, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Research 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 Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Review, European 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 Management, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and others.

Jan Goldenstein is Postdoctoral researcher (“wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) 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.
Dennis Jancsary is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Organization Studies at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. His research interests focus on institutionalist approaches in organization theory, particularly the diffusion and theorization of management knowledge, as well as the role of verbal, visual, and multimodal forms of rhetoric, narrative, and symbolism in the construction and institutionalization of meaning. Empirically, his research engages with the interfaces between business, public administration, and civil society, as well as the embeddedness of public sector organizations in broader society. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Annals and Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and in prominent handbooks in the field of discourse analysis and organization studies.

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 Journal, Academy of Management Perspective, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing, Long Range Planning, Journal of World Business, Group & 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 Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Journal 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 Communication, Management Communication Quarterly.
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 & Practice, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, ILR Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, Organization Studies, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Scandinavian Journal of Management and other outlets.