Managing Interorganizational Relations – Process Views

This doctoral seminar exposes students into advanced theories of organization with a particular focus on process perspectives on the management of interorganizational relations. While interorganizational relations (IOR) are often studied from a rather static, network-analytical perspective or with a focus on bilateral ties, this doctoral seminar is geared towards students that are interested in IOR, in particular those of a collaborative nature, as complex process systems that require ongoing practices of their management.

Students should be familiar with „classic“ management and organization theories such as the theory of bureaucracy, institutional theory, or contingency theory before taking this course.

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relevance and forms of IOR in diverse empirical contexts
  • Understand the basic pillars of process theories of organizations and be able to apply this thinking to the context of IOR
  • Understand core challenges and tensions regarding the management of IOR
  • Develop relevant research questions that promise theoretical contributions in the management of IOR



September 27-30, 2021


Freie Universität Berlin, School of Business & Economics, Garystr. 21, 14195 Berlin

Depending on the situation, possibly a hybrid or fully virtual format will be used. A decision will be taken closer to the date. If the format changes, also the course structure will be changed to include more asynchronous formats. But the readings/contents will stay the same.


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Prof. Jörg Sydow (FU Berlin)

Prof. Elke Schüßler (JKU Linz)


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Registration Deadline: August 29, 2021