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Dr. Birke Dorothea Otto

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Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät (Wiwi)
Akademische Mitarbeiterin
Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Personal, Arbeit & Management

Drittmittelprojekt: Secrecy as Organizing Uncertainty in Creative Processes (DFG-Forschergruppe 2161‚Organized Creativity’)
Web: Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Personal, Arbeit & Management


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Konferenz- und Zeitschriften Beiträge (peer-reviewed) [Journal and Conference Contributions (peer-reviewed)]

Otto, B., Schuessler, E., Sydow, J. & L. Vogelgsang (2020)  ‘Between Predictability and Creativity: The Role of Temporal (Dis-) Entrainment in Drug Development Processes’ 37th EGOS Colloquium, Virtual (Hamburg), July 2-5, 2020.

Otto, B (2019)  'Secrecy in idea generation', Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol. 2019, No. 1.

Otto, B. & A. Strauss (2019) ‘The Novel as Affective Site: Uncertain Work and Impasse in ‚Wait until Spring, Bandini.’ Organization Studies, Vol 40(12) Vol 40(12), 1805-1822.

Otto, B., Clement, F., Das, B., Feuerstein, L., Dhungana, H., Feuerstein, L., Senteba, G. & J. Van Driel (2019) ‘Social accountability and water integrity: Learning from experiences with participatory and transparent budgeting.’ Issue Paper, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute,

Otto, B., Pors, J. G., & Johnsen, R. (2019) ‘Hidden in Full View: The Organization of Public Secrecy in Miéville’s The City and the City.’ Culture and Organization, 25(2), 91-103. 

Otto, B. & J. Costas (2019)   ‘We did not pay any attention to them’: Practices of deliberate ignorance in creative processes.  36th EGOS Colloquium, Edinburgh, July 3-6, 2019.          

Otto, B. (2019)  ‘From value capture to value creation. Secrecy in idea development’, Spring school, Organized Creativity, Free University Berlin, March 12-15..

Otto, B. (2018). The generative properties of secrecy in idea development. A case study in pharmaceutical innovation. Organized Creativity Discussion Paper No. 18/5. Berlin: Free University Berlin.

Otto, B. (2018). Timing secrecy and surprise in idea generation, 34rd EGOS Colloquium, Tallinn, July 4-7, 2018.

Otto, B. (2018). Modes of secrecy influencing creativity in innovation processes. Examples from the Danish pharma industry, The 4th Israel Organization Behaviour Conference (IOBC), Tel Aviv, Jan 2-4, 2018.

Otto, B. (2017). Secrecy and creativity: The potential of discretionary spaces in science-based innovation, 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, 6.-8.7.2017.

Otto, B./ Clement, F./ Das, B. (2017). Social accountability? The impact of participatory and transparent budgeting practices, XVI Biennial IASC Conference- Practicing the Commons, Utrecht, July 10-14, 2017.

Bialski, P. and Otto, B. (2015). Collective low-budget organizing and low carbon futures: An interview with John Urry, in: ephemera. Theory and politics or organisation. Volume 15(1). 221-228.

Otto, B. / Böhm, S. (2006). ‘The people’ and resistance against international business: The case of the Bolivian ‘water war’, in: Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 2(4), pp. 299-321. (received Highly Commended Award from the Emerald LiteratiNetwork)  

Buchkapitel  Book Chapters

Otto, B, Schüssler, E and K. Zangerle (forthcoming) ’Idea Greenhouses are Made of Glass. Tensions in Experimental Spaces for Creative Collaboration in Front-End Pharmaceutical Research.’, F. Montanari et al. (Eds.), The collaborative turn. How collaborative spaces foster collaboration and creativity. Abington: Routledge.

Otto, B. (2016). Selbstorganisierte Infrastrukturen in der Stadt. Das Beispiel EcoSan, in: Matern, Antje (eds): Beyond modernity – Urbane Infrastrukturlandschaften und ihre Transformation, Bielefeld: transkript.

Otto, B. mit Färber, A. (2016). Saving Practices in a Common World. Studying Urban Assemblages from the Perspective of Low-Budget Urbanity, in: Farias, Ignacio/ Blok, Anders (eds): Urban Cosmopolitics: Agencement, Assemblies, Atmospheres. Studies in Urban and Social Change Book Series, Wiley-Blackwell.

Otto, B. mit Terhorst, P. (2011). Challenges in Activist Research. Bridging differences among the mobile/immobile divide, in: Motta, S/ Nielsen, A (2010): Social Movements and/in the Postcolonial: Dispossession, Development and Resistance in the Global South, London: Palgrave, pp. 200-227.

Otto, B. mit Gaber, K. (2008). Manager der Marginalität. Kultur und Sozialarbeit in den Favelas von Rio de Janeiro, in: Lanz, S/ Dorner, G./ Otto, B. et al (eds): Funk the City. Sounds und städtisches Handeln aus den Peripherien von Rio de Janeiro und Berlin, bbooks, Berlin, pp.  132-152.

Otto, B. (2008). ‘Die Hamburger Wasserwerke sind Ausdruck des Bürgersinns’ – Lokale Proteste in Zeiten sich wandelnder Staatlichkeit, in: Wasserkolloquium (2008): Wasser. Die Kommerzialisierung eines öffentlichen Gutes, Karl Dietz Verlag, Berlin, pp.75-88.

Rezension [Book review]

Otto, B. (2019) The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureaucracy in the Age of Social Media. Organization, 135050841985572.

Herausgeberschaft Edited Volumes

Pors, J. G., Olaison, L., & Otto, B. (2019) ‘Ghostly Matters in Organizing.’ ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, 19(1). 

Bialski, P., H. Derwanz, Otto, B. & H. Vollmer (2015). Saving the City. Collective Low-budget Organising and Urban Practice. ephemera. Theory & politics in organisation, 15(1).

Otto, B. with Butler, N./ Jeanes, E. (2014). The Diagrammatics of Organisation. ephemera. Theory & politics or organisation. Volume 14(2).

Beverungen, A., Otto, B. & S. Spoelstra (2013). Free Work. ephemera. Theory & politics of organization. Volume 13(1).

Lanz, S., Dorner, G., Otto, B. et al (2008). Funk the City. Sounds und städtisches Handeln aus den Peripherien von Rio de Janeiro und Berlin, bbooks, Berlin.


Otto, B. (2012). Politics and Management in Water Governance. Networks, Knowledge and Capacities. Thesis for Doctor of Philosophy, Essex Business School, University of Essex.

Lebenslauf / Vita

Akademische Tätigkeiten 

2016 -
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Postdoc Projekt: Secrecy as Organizing Uncertainty in Creative Processes (DFG-Forschergruppe 2161‚Organized Creativity’), Lehrstuhl für BWL, insb. Personal, Arbeit & Management, Europa Universität Viadrina; Visiting Researcher, Department for Philosophy, Politics and Management, Copenhagen Business School.

2014 - 2016
External Lecturer in Organizational Analysis and Organizational Behaviour, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Research Fellow, Forum Transnationale Studien, Berlin

2012 - 2014
Postdoc, Forschungsprojekt ‚Low-Budget Urbanity’, HafenCity Universität Hamburg

2011 - 2012
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographie, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Weitere Tätigkeiten

2014 -
Associated Consultant Water Integrity Network (WIN)

2007 - 2010
Research and Communications Coordinator, WIN/Transparency International


PhD, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Diplom-Kulturwissenschaften, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

M.A. in Management Studies, Essex Business School, University of Essex