Prof. Dr. Olivier Berthod

Jacobs University Bremen
Department of Business & Economics
Organization & Management Studies Group
Research IV | Room 80
28759 Bremen, Germany

Office hours: Tue., 15:30h



I joined Jacobs University in September 2017. I chair the undergraduate study program Global Economics and Management and teach organization, HRM, public and nonprofit management, multi-stakeholder partnerships and research seminars. My expertise is mostly with questions of organization theory and design, specifically: organizational preparedness and reliability, decision-making, resistance to change, and inter-organizational partnerships, with a particular interest in the public and nonprofit sectors, although not exclusively. Related projects received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Peter Pribilla Foundation, the Wagener Foundation, the Dahlem Research School (FU Berlin), and the industry.

I received my doctorate in management (Doktor rer. pol.) from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011 and Master degrees in social sciences and management from the Linné Universitet i Växjö, Sweden (2005), and Université Paris Dauphine, France (2006). Prior to joining Jacobs University, I taught at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität zu Köln, the German Center for Aerospace Research (DLR), the Toulouse School of Management and ESCP Europe, among other institutions.



  • Best Paper, European Group of Organization Studies Colloquium of 2016 (EGOS, 2017)
  • Best Published Paper, Scientific Commission on Public Management (VHB, WK ÖBWL, 2017)
  • Best Papers Selection, Scientific Commission on Organisation (VHB, WK Org, 2013)
  • Fellow, Peter Pribilla Foundation, Technische Universität München (2013-2014)
  • Honors fellowship for outstanding academic achievement, Freie Universität Berlin (2011-2012)
  • PhD scholarship, German Research Foundation (DFG, 2008-2011)
  • Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement, French Ministry for Education (2005-2006)

Service, current and past 

  • Chair, BA study program “Global Economics and Management”, Jacobs University
  • Deputy chair, integration management committee, Jacobs University
  • Member, faculty council election committee, Jacobs University
  • Member, best published paper committee, PNP division, Academy of Management (2016)
  • Academic memberships: Academy of Management (Divisions: Public and  Nonprofit, Organization and Management Theory), European Group of  Organization Studies, VHB (WK: ÖBWL and Organisation), Public Management  Research Association
  • Reviewer for:
    Organization Studies
    Public Administration Review
    Perspectives on Public Management and Governance
    Journal of Management Inquiry

    Public Management Review
    Global Networks
    International Review of Administrative Sciences
    European Management Journal
    Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
    Industry and Innovation
    R&D Management
    Industrielle Beziehungen
    Various academic conferences and proceedings

Latest publications 

  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Hagen, R., Sydow, J. (forthcoming) Managing resource transposition in the face of extreme events: Fieldwork at two public networks in Germany and the U.S. Public Administration, in press.
  • Berthod, O., Segato, F. (2019) Developing purpose-oriented networks: A process view. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 2(3): 203-212.
  • Sydow, J., Berthod, O. (2019).  Management interorganisationaler Netzwerke – Auf dem Weg zu einer reflexiven Netzwerkentwicklung? Eine Aufgabe der Führung in und zwischen Organisationen. In: Polizeiliche Gefahrenabwehr und Sicherheitsproduktion durch Netzwerkgestaltung, C. Bartel (ed.), 45-65. Springer.
  • Berthod, O., Helfen, M., Sydow, J. (2018) Institutional work  for value co-creation: Navigating amid power and persistence. In: SAGE Handbook of Service-Dominant Logic. S. L. Vargo, R. L. Lusch (eds.). Los Angeles and London: SAGE reference.
  • Berthod, O. (2018) Operating at the edge: Firefighters, networks and lessons for minimal disruption during crisis. Journal of Business Strategy, 39(3): 34-39.  
  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Sydow J. (2018) Inter-organizational ethnography. Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research. A. Bryman, D.A. Buchanan (eds.), 212-230. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Berthod, O., Müller-Seitz, G. (2018) Making sense in pitch darkness:  An exploration of the sociomateriality of sensemaking in crises. Journal of Management Inquiry, 27(1): 52-68.

Complete list of publications