Current fellows

Kristiina Herold (Finland)
Sep 2016 - Aug 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher
Aalto University

Kristiina’s research focuses on social interactions in organizations. In her primary line of research, she examines how organizational secrecy impacts individuals, particularly focusing on the interplay of the brain’s "liking" and "wanting" systems. Kristiina is interested in understanding how individuals react to secrecy, and investigates the effect’s boundary conditions through trust, power and emotions. Kristiina collaborates with Professor Baba Shiv at the Graduate School of Business.

Another project Kristiina is working on concerns secrecy and strategy. By examining the effects of transparency and opacity, the research aims to identify unused opportunities and underline possible bottlenecks in organizational performance. Kristiina collaborates on this project with Professor Henri Schildt from Aalto University and Professor Karl Wennberg from Linköping University.

Jens Jungblut (Norway)
Sep 2017 - Aug 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kassel

Jens research focuses on governance of and policy-making in higher education. His primary research project addresses the governance of university medical schools. Using a neo-institutional perspective, Jens examines university medical schools as boundary organizations that are positioned at the intersection of several organizational fields (the market, the state, the academic profession, the medical profession) as well as organizations that are linked both to the higher education as well as the healthcare sector. His project studies how they structure their governance, how they are embedded in the different organizational fields, and which mechanisms are used to handle conflicts as well as how central institutional actors perceive their role within the organization. Jens collaborates with Professor Francisco Ramirez at the Graduate School of Education.

Another project Jens is involved in examines the quality of governance in higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This project is a collaboration with Prof. Peter Maassen from the University of Oslo. The project focuses on changes in the governance of Sub-Saharan African higher education and aims to establish links between changes in the governance and the productivity of higher education institutions in the region.

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard (Denmark)
Sep 2017 - Aug 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher
Technical University of Denmark

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard’s research focuses on the emergence, dynamics, and agency of markets. Her empirical focus is on renewable energy markets, in particular wind power. In her research project at Stanford University, which is founded in market studies within New Economic Sociology, and Science & Technology Studies more specifically, Julia examines the configuration of networks of expertise and innovation around the development of energy scenarios. Here she maps controversies over the politics of envisioned energy futures of the U.S., China, and Denmark. In her doctoral research at Copenhagen Business School (Department of Business and Politics), Julia has explored controversies over Chinese greening and technological catch-up through a case study of wind power development in China, and she has carried out postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark (Department of Wind Energy) on social acceptance and resistance against wind power in a Danish context. Julia’s research is highly inter-disciplinary, crossing disciplines such as China Studies, energy studies, engineering, Industry Studies, Organisation Studies, the Anthropology of Markets and Actor Network Theory. Julia collaborates with Professors Woody W. Powell and Sarah Soule at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.