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Prof. Jochen Koch


Prof. Jochen Koch

Tel:  +49 335 55 34 2551

E-Mail: koch[at]

Main building (HG), room 025


Office hours

Wednesday 11am-12pm

Please send an e-mail in advance stating the issue you would like to discuss.

Research Portfolio

My current research activities focus on strategic management, organizations, and entrepreneurship, in particular on strategic practices and heuristics, strategic communication, organizational and entrepreneurial creativity, the relationship between organizations and (emerging) markets and the theory of strategic and organizational path dependence. Empirically, I am especially interested in process studies of nascent organizations and firms (including early-stage startups), ecosystems and institutions fostering the development of startups and firms (e.g., accelerators), and highly complex incumbent organizations and their strategic development. From a theoretical point of view, I essentially refer to a broader range of modern and postmodern sociological theories and philosophies, whereas systems theory and the theory of social practices are of upmost importance. My empirical research is focused on tailor-made qualitative process studies with a variety of methods and analytical techniques, such as discourse, narrative and video analysis.


since 4/2009

Chair of Business Administration, specifically management and organization, at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


Postdoctoral degree with lecture qualification (“Habilitation”) and “Venia Legendi” in the field of business administration

2005 - 2009

Petitioning member and responsible researcher for the German Research Foundation (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) „Paths of organizational processes“ ("Pfade organisatorischer Prozesse") at the School of  Business and Economics, Free University of Berlin

2002 - 2009

Assistant Professor (C 1) at the Department of Management, Free University of Berlin


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration. Thesis: „Organization and deviation. A critique of the post-modern discourse of organizational theory” 
  • Research Assistant for „strategic processes - path research" at the Department of Management, School of Business and Economics, Free University of Berlin

2001 - 2002

Consultant to companies such as Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn 

1996 - 2001

Research Assistant at the Department of Management, School of Business and Economics, Free University of Berlin

1995 - 1996

Consultant to Georg Fischer +GF+ Unternehmensgruppe Fahrzeugtechnik, Singen (GF automotive). Development and implementation of training concepts for Georg Fischer GmbH, Leipzig

1989 - 1994

Graduate Studies in Business Administration (Diplom) at FernUniversität Hagen including study visits in Italy (Rome) and France (Paris and Montpellier)

1987 - 1987

Undergraduate Studies in Business Administration at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen