Sigrid Quack (sigridquack) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and head of the research group “Institution-building across borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Her research focuses on the problem solving capacity of different forms of transnational governance, and in collaboration with other members of the group she is currently comparing standard setting in the fields of accounting, labour, copyright and environment. Previous work dealt with the internationalisation of law firms (with Glenn Morgan, abstract), transnational law-making (abstract) and globalisation and institutions (with Marie-Laure Djelic, details). Sigrid is a long-standing and active member of the European Group of Organization Studies.
Leonhard Dobusch (leonidobusch) is Professor of Business Administration with a focus on Organization at the Department of Organization and Learning at University of Innsbruck. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Management at Freie Universität Berlin and had received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He holds a Magister (MBA equivalent) in business administration as well as a law degree and received his PhD in the doctoral program “Research on Organizational Paths” , which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and situated at the School of Business & Management at Freie Universität Berlin. He is member of the Editorial Review Board of Organization Studies and co-founder of the Momentum conference series. His research interests include the management of digital communities and transnational copyright regulation.
Phil Mader (philmader) is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. Previously he was a staff researcher in Sociology at the University of Basel, and before that, a postdoc and doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His PhD dissertation on microfinance and financialisation (based on a topical interest developed studying at Sussex and Cambridge) won the Otto Hahn Medal and the German Thesis Award. His book The Political Economy of Microfinance: Financializing Poverty was published in 2015; he is also the author of a widely-cited article explaining the Indian microfinance crisis. Aborted careers include journalism and ski instructing.
Jiska Gojowczyk (jiskagojowczyk) is a doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. She graduated in sociology, cultural anthropology and theatre, film and TV studies at the University of Cologne. Currently, she is interested in the role of religious actors in environmental governance.
Olga Malets (olgamaletz) is a researcher at the Department of Forest and Environmental Politics of the Technical University of Munich. She was a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group “Institution-building across borders” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in February-August 2009 and a graduate student at the International Max Planck Research School in October 2005-January 2009. In May 2009 she defended her dissertation on the localization of global norms of sustainable forest management promoted by private organizations in a domestic context.
Elke Schüßler (elkeschuessler), is Head of the Institute of Organization and Global Management Education at Johannes Kepler University Linz. She is working on transnational governance issues in the fields of climate change policy, labor standards and professional services. Her most recent publication revolves around the role of climate conferences in supporting transnational institution-building. Additionally, she is studying the governance of interorganizational relations on different scales and in different contexts. Recent research projects include a study on the governance of networks among regional clusters and a book on new forms of value creation in the music industry.
Sabrina Zajak (sabrinazajak) is associate (junior) professor for “globalization conflicts, social movements, and labor” at the Ruhr University Bochum. There she works at the Institute for Social Movements mainly on issues of transnational movements and activism; trade unions and NGOs; globalization, governance and labor standards; Asian-Europe relations. In 2012 she defended her disseration on transnational labor rights activism targetting Chinese supply chains. Until June 2013 she worked as an academic assistant at the Research Centre for Civic Engagement at the University of Berlin. She is a founding member of the Institute for Protest ad Social Movement Research in Berlin. Between October 2007 and January 2011, she was a PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE).
Solomon Zori (solomonzori) is a graduate from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) where he received his Bachelor’s degree in commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He also earned a Master of Science in Accounting focusing on International Accounting. He previously worked in the banking industry as an accountant, first at Goldman Sachs in London and later with UBS Investment Bank in Amsterdam. He is currently a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His dissertation project focuses on Transnational and International Accounting Standard Setting particularly in Africa.
Guest Bloggers (guestxborders) & Alumni:
Eloise Johnston (eloisejohnston), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
Soumya Mishra, IIT Madras