Keynote Speaker


Susanne Höckelmann (Organizational matters)


Achim Oberg - Institute of Organization Studies, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria/Institute for SME Research at the University of Mannheim, Germany

ACHIM OBERG is assistant professor at the Institute of Organization Studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, and a senior researcher at the Institute for SME Research at the University of Mannheim, Germany. After obtaining a degree in business administration and computer science at the University of Mannheim, he held positions at RWTH Aachen University and KIT Karlsruhe in Germany. His digital social science research focuses on organizational fields on the World Wide Web and on relational connections among concepts. To capture and analyze these phenomena, he combines network analysis methods with institutional theory.

Recent publications

Powell, Walter W., Oberg, Achim. 2017. Networks and Institutions. In: Greenwood, R; Oliver, C.; Lawrence, T.B.; Meyer, R.E. (Ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism (446-476). Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne: SAGE Publications.

Powell, Walter W., Oberg, Achim, Korff, Valeska P., Oelberger, Carrie, Kloos, Karina. 2017. Institutional analysis in a digital era: mechanisms and methods to understand emerging fields. In: Krücken, G.; Mazza, C.; Meyer, R.E.; Walgenbach, P. (Ed.) New Themes in Institutional Analysis (305-344). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Drori, Gili and Delmestri, Giuseppe and Oberg, Achim. 2016. The iconography of universities as institutional narratives. Higher Education 71, 163-180.

Sahlin, Kerstin, Wijkström, Filip, Dellmuth, Lisa, Einarsson, Torbjörn, Oberg, Achim. 2015. The 'Milky Way' of intermediary organisations: a transnational field of university governance. Policy & Politics 43 (3), 407-424.


Anna Kosmützky - Leibniz Center of Science and Society (LCSS), Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Anna Kosmützky is a sociologist and holds a Ph.D. from Bielefeld University and a habilitation (post-doc qualification) from University of Kassel. Before becoming a professor for the “Methodology of Higher Education and Science Research” at the Leibniz Center of Science and Society (LCSS) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover she worked at the International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel) and was head of a research area that comprises research and research projects related to the knowledge production of universities. Her research includes higher education research, science research, and organizational studies and focusses on the methodology of comparative research, in particular, international comparative research (including international collaborative research). Furthermore, she studies globalization processes in higher education (and beyond) as well as the institutional and organizational change of higher education and research organizations.

Jeroen Huisman - Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Belgium

Jeroen Huisman is professor of Higher Education at CHEGG. He holds a Master's degree Educational Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (1991) and a PhD in Public Administration of the University of Twente, the Netherlands (1995). In 2005, he was appointed professor of Higher Education Management at the University of Bath. in 2013, he was granted an FWO Odysseus project at Ghent University.He is editor of Higher Education Policy, co-editor of the SRHE/Routledge book series and co-editor of the Emerald series Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. He is furthermore member of the editorial board of Journal of Studies of International Education, Studies in Higher Education, European Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education Research & Development, International Journal of Chinese Education and Tertiary Education and Management. He was member of the Executive Committee of EAIR (2007-2017, and past chair, 2011-2016), a European society for linking policy, research and practice in higher education. He was recently appointed member of the General Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).