This platform is a collaborative effort in times of crisis. In case of questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Course I has been designed and coordinated by Leonhard Dobusch and Elke Schüßler; Course II has been designed and coordinated by Guido Möllering, Elke Schüßler and Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich.

Platform Initiators

Leonhard Dobusch is Professor of Business Administration with focus on Organization at the University of Innsbruck. His main research interests include the management of digital communities, private regulation via standards and openness as an organizing principle. He is co-founder of the Momentum conference series and the think tank Momentum Institute, member of the ZDF television council for the area “Internet”, blogs at and is a regular contributor at

Elke Schüßler

Elke Schüßler is Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria. Her main research interests revolve around societal challenges such as climate change and decent work in the context of global production networks, institutional change and creativity. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Momentum Institute, of the Executive Board of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) and of Organization Scientists for Future. She has co-founded the Society for the Advancement for Socio-Economics‘ “Digital Economy” network.


Almina Bešić

Almina Bešić is an assistant professor at the Department of International Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz. She is also an independent consultant and researcher for the European Migration Network and a visiting lecturer at the University of Graz. Her main research and teaching interests are linked to integration of migrants at work, the transformation of work in emerging economies as well as gender and diversity.

Blagoy Blagoev

Blagoy Blagoev is Professor of Organization at Technische Universität Dresden. His research draws on a temporal lens to examine the interplay of organizations and society in the context of current technological, ecological, and cultural changes. His main research interests include organizational change, business sustainability, emerging technologies, and new forms of working and organizing.

Laura-Marie Edinger-Schons

Laura Marie Edinger-Schons is Professor of Sustainable Business as well as Vice President Sustainability and Information Provision at the University of Mannheim. In her research she focuses on the question how organizations can contribute to sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Specific topics which she is interested in are employee engagement in sustainability, social entre/intrapreneurship, digital social innovation, corporate democracy, and new work.

Thomas Gegenhuber

Thomas Gegenhuber serves as the professor in the Management of Socio-Technical Transitions at Johannes Kepler University Linz. Thomas researches organizing sustainable transformation (e.g., open social innovation bringing together various societal sectors to tackle grand challenges) and digital transformation (e.g., novel forms of organizing such as platforms). In 2018 he was appointed assistant professor for Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he remains appointed as a visiting researcher.

Daniel Geiger

Daniel Geiger is Professor for Organization Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. His research interests culminate around organizational routines and how organizations manage unexpected events. In particular he is interested how organizations perform routines in situations of crisis and disasters. He works with the German Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the Hamburg Firefighters and has a long standing research collaboration with the Ugandan Red Cross Society.

Ali Aslan Gümüsay

Ali Aslan Gümüsay holds a dual appointment as Head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Research Group at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Hamburg. He is the principal investigator of the DFG network “Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing”. His research interests are values, meaning & hybridity in entrepreneurial settings; grand challenges, innovation & new forms of organizing; societal complexity & engaged scholarship; and digitalization, AI & the future of work/leadership.

Maximilian Heimstädt

Maximilian Heimstädt is a Senior Researcher at Bielefeld University and Head of the Research Group Reorganizing Knowledge Practices at Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin. His main interest lies in the interplay of new technologies, organizations, and expertise. He studies dynamics of knowledge and control in fields like automated-decision making, data-driven transparency, and the digitalization of scientific work.

Jochen Koch

Jochen Koch is chaired Professor of Management and Organization and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt | Oder, Germany. His research activities focus on strategic practices and heuristics, strategic communication, organizational and entrepreneurial creativity, the relationship between organizations and (emerging) markets and the theory of strategic and organizational path dependence.

Nora Lohmeyer (photo: Stephie Piel)

Nora Lohmeyer is Assistant Professor of Organisational Design and Development at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her main research interests include the politics of corporate responsibility, the privatization of regulation as well as questions of governance, particularly the governance of labor standards in the global garment industry.

Guido Möllering

Guido Möllering is the Director of the Reinhard Mohn Institute at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, where he also holds the Reinhard Mohn Endowed Chair of Management. His research and teaching generally addresses cooperation within and between organizations, with a particular focus on trust.

Markus Reihlen

Markus Reihlen is a Professor of Strategic Management at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. From 2010 to 2012 he was Graduate School Dean of Studies and from 2012 until 2020 Vice President responsible for Leuphana Graduate School, Young Academics and Entrepreneurship. He has been the co-founder of the Research Center of Entrepreneurship and the Yunus Center for Social Business and Values at Leuphana. His research interests range from strategic and international management to corporate and digital entrepreneurship, professional services and professions to the application of a realist philosophy for explaining organizational behavior.

Jörg Sydow

Jörg Sydow is a Professor of Management and Chair for Inter-firm Cooperation at the School of Business & Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. He serves or served on the editorial boards of Organization Science, Organization Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and The Scandinavian Journal of Management. Currently, he is a Senior Editor with Organization Studies.

Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich

Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich is an assistant professor for business administration, particularly business ethics at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She is also a fellow at the Schöller Research Center  at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg. She studies the role of communication in corporate social responsibility (CSR), the impact of digital technologies on organizations, as well as the ethical implications of the digitalisation.