Research Interests

Better performance through partnerships. Improve services, share knowledge, increase preparedness, or access resources: How do organizations address aspects of their performance through partnerships and networks? Related publications: 


  • Berthod, O., Segato, F. (forthcoming) Developing purpose-oriented networks: A process view. Perspectives in Public Management and Governance, in press.
  • Berthod, O. (2018) Operating at the edge: Firefighters, networks and lessons for minimal disruption during crisis. Journal of Business Strategy, 39(3): 34-39.
  • Grothe-Hammer, M., Berthod, O. (2017) The programming of decisions for disaster and emergency response: A Luhmannian approach. Current Sociology, 65(5): 643-662.
  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Müller-Seitz, G., Raab, J., Sydow, J. (2017) From high-reliability organizations to high-reliability networks: The dynamics of network governance in the face of emergency. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(2): 352-371.
  • Sydow, J., Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Hagen, R. (2017). Does network design matter? How interorganizational networks balance mandated  structures and situatedness in crisis situations. Best Paper Award 2016, European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium
  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Sydow, J. (2015) Some characteristics of high-reliability networks. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 23(1): 24-28.
  • Allen, A., Berthod, O., Kunert, S., Salge, T., Washington, A. (2015) Failure-driven innovation. Artop Publishing: Berlin. 
  • Berthod,  O., Müller-Seitz, G., Sydow, J., von der Lieth, D. (2015) Interorganisationaler Wissenstransfer – Von Dyaden zu Netzwerken? WiSt – Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium, 4: 182-187.
  • Berthod, O., Müller-Seitz, G., Sydow, J. (2013) Interorganizational crisis management. Handbuch Krisenmanagement. A. Thiessen (ed.), 139-152. Wiesbaden, Springer VS.

Resistance to change is looming when organizations fail to adapt and address sub-optimal performances. Related publications: 

  • Berthod, O., Helfen, M., Sydow, J. (2018) Institutional work for value co-creation: Navigating amid power and persistence. SAGE Handbook of Service-Dominant Logic. S. L. Vargo, R. L. Lusch (eds.). Los Angeles and London: SAGE. 
  • 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. 
  • Berthod, O., Müller-Seitz, G., Sydow, J. (2014) Out of nowhere? Interorganizational assemblage as the answer to a foodborne disease outbreak. Schmalenbach Business Review, 66(4): 385-414.
  • Berthod, O. (2013) Challenging the imperative to build: The case of a controversial bridge at a World Heritage site. Constructing Green – The Social Structures of Sustainability. R. Henn, A. Hoffman (eds.), 285-306. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Berthod, O., Sydow, J. (2013) Locked in the iron cage? When institutionalization is (not) a path-dependent process. Self-Reinforcing Dynamics in and among Organizations. G. Schreyögg, J. Sydow (eds.), 204-229. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Berthod, O., Müller-Seitz, G., Sydow, J. (2012) Über Risiken hinaus? Interorganisationale Antworten auf Unsicherheit am Beispiel des EHEC-Ausbruchs 2011. Zeitschrift Führung+Organisation, 81(4): 230-236. 

Research methods. Increasingly, organizations stretch and cross their influence and scope of action. Fieldwork in such settings raises new challenges. Related publications: 

  • 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., Grothe-Hammer, M., Sydow, J. (2017) Network ethnography? A mixed-method approach for the study of practices in interorganizational settings. Organizational Research Methods, 20(2): 299-323.  

Current Projects

The impact of post-bureaucratic concepts on established structures
Funds: Daimler AG
Function: PI
Starts 01.2019
How do post-bureaucratic structures survive in bureaucratic systems?

Improving communication in socio-paediatric care
Funds: Wagener Foundation
Function: PI

Should professionals translate their expertise to communicate with their audience?

Past Projects

From high-reliability organizations to high-reliability networks 

(and follow up project: Policy-driven reliability via networks)
Funds: German Research Foundation – DFG
Function: Co-PI

Failure-driven innovations
Funds: Peter Pribilla Foundation – TUM
Function: Co-PI

Uncertainty in the food-chain
Funds: Dahlem Research School – FU Berlin
Function: PI