Research Interests

Interorganizational networks: How do organizations improve services, make better decisions, share knowledge, increase preparedness, or access new resources through partnerships? Selected publications: 

  • Berthod, O., Segato, F. (2019) Developing purpose-oriented networks: A process view. Perspectives in Public Management and Governance, 2(3): 203-212.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Sydow, J. (2015) Some characteristics of high-reliability networks. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 23(1): 24-28.

Decision-making and resistance to change: Why do some organizations manage to adapt and address sub-optimal performances and past decisions while others fail? Selected 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. 
  • 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. (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.

Projects, current and past

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?

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