Elke Schuessler is Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Before she was Assistant Professor for Organization Theory at Freie Universität Berlin, where she also completed her doctoral degree in the context of the interdisciplinary Pfadkolleg Research Center under the supervision of Jörg Sydow (FU Berlin), Sigrid Quack (Duisburg-Essen) and Ulrich Jürgens (WZB). She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics. In 2007 she was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge (with Christel Lane). She has received offers for professorship positions from Freie Universität Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Hertie School of Governance, Technical University Berlin, Grenoble Ecole de Management and Tilburg University.
Her research focuses on social challenges such as globalization, climate change, decent work and digitalization, lately focusing especially the transformation of organizations, industries and work relations in the context of the platform economy. Her theoretical focus is institutional theory combined with process and practice theoretical approaches. She has a particular interest in understanding dynamics of innovation, institutional change and path dependence. Her research is marked by frequent cooperation with related disciplines such as economics, economic geography, economic history, sociology, political science and development studies. From 2016-2019, she was leading the international and interdisciplinary Garment Supply Chain Governance Project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She has founded the Scientific Network Field-Configuring Events, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), in 2012. She was Principal Investigator (PI) in the interdisicplinary Research Unit Organized Creativity funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Currently, she is PI in the in the collaborative project Entrainment: Temporal Structures of Creative Processes funded by the Austrian FWF and a member in the DFG-funded Scientific Network Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing.
Her work has been published in leading international journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Creativity and Innovation Management, Environment and Planning A, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry & Innovation, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Organzation Studies or Technological Forecasting and Social Change. She has coauthored a textbook on Managing Interorganizational Relations and has edited several Special Issues in leading international journals. She is Department/Associate Editor for Business & Society and Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Studies and of the Advisory Board of the Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society.
She has been elected as Vice Chair of the Executive Board of the European Group of Organization Studies in 2020. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Momentum Institute und has co-founded the "Digital Economy" network of the Society for the Advancement for Socioeconomics. She is Program Director of the MSc Leading Innovative Organizations at JKU, Academic Head of the MBA Digital Transformation and Change Management at LIMAK Austrian Business School and responsible for the MBA Management and Leadership for Women at JKU. She is part of the Dean Team of JKU Business School and Chair of the Study Commission of the JKU Business School.
She is the recipient of several awards, including the following:
- LERA 2021 James G. Scoville Best International/Comparative Industrial Relations Paper Award
- 2020 Aspen Institute Ideas Worth Teaching Award
- 2019 Academy of Management Perspectives Special Mention Award
- 2019 Runners-up Carolyn Dexter Award
- 2015 Academy of Management Journal Best Article Award
- 2014 Honourable Mention Research Impact on Practice Award
- 2014 VHB Best Paper Award
- 2009 Thesis Award Wilhelm-Lorch-Stiftung
- 2008 Preis für Unternehmensgeschichte (Business History Award)
- 2001 Foundation on Automation and Human Development Prize, London School of Economics