I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 2002. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh I worked at the University of Technology Sydney as associate professor in design and management, and as research director of the Australian Creative Industry Innovation Centre; at Copenhagen Business School as professor for strategy and organization; and at EM Lyon, France. I am also a research fellow at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
With a background in the Humanities and an eclectic bookshelf behind me, my research focuses on strategies for distributed and collective action. Departing from the two main forms of coordinating collective action (the visible hand of the manager (hierarchy) and the invisible hand of the market), the central question that I want to answer is how new forms of collective action combine both goal-directedness and the ability to scale. The aim of my work is to develop a critical vocabulary to understand such distributed and collective action, how it is organized and how it can be governed strategically. Theoretically this is relevant because it extends current research in strategy and organization theory as well as related fields; practically it is significant because it provides a better understanding of novel forms of human collaboration facing complex challenges.