Her research focuses on social challenges that include climate change, decent work or digitalization. She specifically examines how different forms of organizing can drive or hinder creativity, innovation and change. Her theoretical focus is on new institutional theory and on process and practice theories of organization. Her research is marked by frequent cooperation with related disciplines such as economic geography, economic history, sociology, political science or development studies. From 2016-2019, she has lead the international „Garment Supply Chain Governance Project“. She has also founded the Scientific Network „Field-Configuring Events“, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Currently she is Principal Investigator in the Research Unit „Organized Creativity“ funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) 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 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 Business Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Studies. She has been elected as Vice Chair of the Executive Board of the European Group of Organization Studiesfor the 2020-24 period. She is the recipient of the Aspen Institute "Ideas Worth Teaching Award", the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award, the Best Paper Award of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) and the Thesis Award of the Business History Society.