Curriculum Vitae

Academic Experience

  • Since 09/2019 Affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Political Science of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
  • Since 09/2015 Research Associate at the Chair for Sociology, especially Sociology of Organizations, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany.
  • 02/2017 - 04/2017 Guest Researcher at Score (Stockholm centre for organizational research), Sweden.
  • 10/2014 - 03/2017 Visiting Lecturer at the University of Potsdam, Germany (in each winter term).
  • 12/2013 - 11/2016 Research Associate at the Chair for Inter-Firm-Cooperation (Prof. Jörg Sydow), Department of Management, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
  • 10/2011 - 09/2012 Research Assistant in the Cognitronics & Sensor Systems group of the Cluster of Excellence – Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), Bielefeld University, Germany.


  • 02/2015 - 03/2018 Doctorate in Sociology (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany.
  • 10/2009 - 11/2013 M.A. Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • 02/2011 - 05/2011 Studies in European Societies, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • 10/2006 - 09/2009 B.A. Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany.


  • Winner of the EGOS Best Paper Award 2016 of the European Group for Organizational Studies (with Jörg Sydow, Olivier Berthod, and Ryan Hagen).
  • Nominated for the EGOS Best Student Paper Award 2017 of the European Group for Organizational Studies.
  • Performance bonus from the Helmut Schmidt University for “outstanding, exceptional performance” in 2017 & 2018.

Memberships & Institutional Service

  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • Scientific Network "Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing".
  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS).
  • German Sociological Association (DGS), Section on Organizational Sociology.
  • Member of the senate committee for research and junior scholars at Helmut Schmidt University, Germany.
  • 2017-2018: Substitute member of the academic senate at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany.

Peer Review Service

Editorial Membership

Ad-hoc Reviews

  • Berliner Journal für Soziologie
  • Human Relations
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
  • Kybernetes
  • Organization
  • Organization Studies
  • Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Societies
  • Sustainability
  • Systemic Practice and Action Research
  • Systems Research and Behavioral Science

Conference Organization

  • Program Coordinator (with Robert van Krieken) for conference program of the Research Committee “Sociology of Organizations” at the ISA Forum of Sociology 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Co-organization of the session “Organization and Decision: Implications for Organization Theory” at the ISA Forum of Sociology 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brazil (with Cristina Besio, Karina Roglio, & Eduardo Villar
  • Co-organization of the session “The Relevance of Meta-Organizations” at the ISA Forum of Sociology 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brazil (with Göran Ahrne, Héloïse Berkowitz, Nils Brunsson)
  • Co-organization of the sub-theme “Tackling Societal Grand Challenges through Unconventional Forms of Organization”at the 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020 (with Héloïse Berkowitz & Annachiara Longoni)
  • Co-organization of the sub-theme “Organization and Decision: Facing the theoretical challenge of a changing organizational world” at the 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019 (with Cristina Besio & Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen)
  • Co-organization of the workshop “Meta-, Macro-, Partial Organization: Advances in Research and Theory” in May 2019 in Toulouse, France (with Héloïse Berkowitz)
  • Co-organization of the open topic stream of the Spring Conference of the Section on Organizational Sociology of the German Sociological Association, April 2019 in Hamburg (with Stefan Kirchner)
  • Co-organization of the two-part session “Organizing Organizations: Meta-Organizations and Their Role in Modern Society” at the ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018, Toronto, Canada (with Göran Ahrne & Nils Brunsson)

C o n t a c t

Michael Grothe-Hammer