Prof. Dr. Christoph Dörrenbächer

Department of Business and Economics

Professor of Organizational Design and Behavior in International Business

Prof. Dr. Christoph Dörrenbächer

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Badensche Straße 52

10825 Berlin

Visiting address
Campus Schöneberg
Building B, Room B 507
Badensche Straße 50-51
10825 Berlin

From June 2015, Director: Berlin Institute for International Business Studies (BIIBS) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law

From January 2011, Co-editor in chief: ‘Critical Perspectives on International Business (CPoIB)’

From April 2010, Professor for Organizational Design and Behavior in International Business at the Berlin School of Economics and Law

2006-2010: Assistant Professor of International Business and Management University of Groningen/The Netherlands; 2007: Visiting Research Fellow: Manchester Metropolitan University, Centre for International Business and Innovation/UK

2001-2006 : Senior Research Fellow Social Science Research Centre Berlin/Germany, Research Unit: Internationalization and Organization; 2002: Visiting Research Fellow: Central European University, Department of Political Science, Budapest/Hungary

1997-2001: Senior Research Fellow Free University Berlin/Germany, Faculty of Business and Economics as well as Faculty of Social Sciences ; 1998: PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences

1989-1995: Research Fellow: FAST - Research Group for International Economics, Industrial and Technology Policy, Berlin/Germany

1988: Visiting Research Fellow: United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, Information Analysis Division, New York/USA

1983-88 Study of Political Science and Law, Saarland University, Saarbrücken/Germany and Free University Berlin/Germany, 1988: Diploma (MA equiv.) in Political Science, Free University Berlin/Germany

1977-1980 Trained Retail Salesman, In-firm Training at “Gebrüder Sinn AG”, Saarbrücken/Germany

Multinational corporations, International strategy and organization, Critical management studies, Cross-cultural management, Headquarters-subsidiary relationships, Subsidiary management, Micro-politics in multinational corporations, Multinational Corporations and public policy affairs

International business, International management

Corporate strategy

International human resource management

Organization theory, Organizational behavior

Academic writing

Research methods

Critical International Business (Textbook project together with Prof. Florian Becker-Ritterspach, HTW Berlin) (2019-2022)

Co-determination in foreign owned firms in Germany (Project funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung together with Prof. Heinz Tüselmann, Manchester Metropolitan University) (2014-2020)

Cross border standardization strategies and trends in European MNCs (Project funded by the European Trade Union Institute, toegether with Prof. Mike Geppert, FSU Jena, Daniel Pastuh, FSU Jena, Prof. Matthias Tomenendal, HWR Berlin) (2013-2019)

Transatlantic Merger of Equals and their implications for labor relations in Germany: „3 Short case studies, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (2017-2018)

Organisational identity, firm growth and internationlisation (toegether with Prof. Matthias Tomenendal, HWR Berlin) (2013-2018)

The Development of Foreign Subsidiaries in Germany, Denmark und the UK (together with Jens Gammelgaard, Copenhagen Business School/Denmark; Prof. Heinz Tüselmann, Manchester Metropolitan University/UK; Prof. Frank McDonald, Bradford University/UK; Prof. Andreas Stephan, Jönköping University/Sweden) (2010-2018)

Consulting of organizations, management and corporate stakeholders in the field of international strategy and organisation, intra-firm competition, production relocation, formation of European works councils.

Publications in double-blind peer reviewed journals

  • Dörrenbächer, C. / Gammelgaard, J. (2019) Critical and mainstream international business research: Making critical IB an integral part of a societally engaged international business discipline, critical perspectives on international business, 15/2-3, 239-261
  • Dörrenbächer, C./ Gammelgaard, J. (2016): Subsidiary Initiative-taking in Multinational Corporations: The Relationship between Power and Issue-selling, Organization Studies, 37/9, 1249-1270
  • Geppert, M. / Dörrenbächer, C. (2014): Politics and power within multinational corporations: Mainstream studies, emerging critical approaches and suggestions for future research, International Journal of Management Reviews 16/2, 226–244
  • Geppert, M. / Dörrenbächer, C. / Gammelgaard, J. / Taplin, I. (2013): Managerial risk-taking in international acquisitions in the brewery industry: Institutional and ownership influences compared, British Journal of Management, 24/3, 316-332
  • Gammelgaard, J, /McDonald, F/. Stephan, A. / Tüselmann, H.J/ Dörrenbächer, C. (2012)" The impact of increases in subsidiary autonomy and network relationships on performance" International Business Review, 21/6, 1158-1172
  • Becker-Ritterspach, F./ Dörrenbächer C. (2011): An Organizational Politics Perspective on Intra-firm Competition in Multinational Corporations, Management International Review, 51/4, 533-559.
  • Dörrenbächer C./Gammelgaard, J. (2010): Multinational Corporations, Inter-organizational Networks and Subsidiary Charter Removals, Journal of World Business, 45/2, 206-216
  • Gammelgaard, J./Mc Donald, F./Tüselmann, H./ Dörrenbächer, C./Stephan, A. (2009): Subsidiary Role and Skilled Labour Effects in Small Developed Countries, Management International Review, 49/1, 27-42
  • Dörrenbächer, C./Gammelgaard, J. (2006): Subsidiary Role Development: The Effect of Micro-political Headquarters–subsidiary Negotiations on the Product, Market and Value-added Scope of Foreign-owned Subsidiaries, Journal of International Management, 12/3, 266-283

Monographs, Edited volumes and Special issues

  • Dörrenbächer, C. / Michailova, S. (2019) (eds.) Societally engaged, critical international business research: a programmatic view on the role and contribution of cpoib, double special issue: critical perspectives on international business, Emerald, 15/2-3
  • Dörrenbächer, C. / Geppert Mike (2017) (eds.) Multinational Corporations and Organization Theory: Post-millennium perspectives, Series. Research in the Sociology of Organizations Vol. 49, Emerald, Bingley
  • Dörrenbächer, C /Tomenendal, M./Stahnske, S.(2016) (eds.): Organizational identity and firm growth: Properties of growth, contextual identities and micro-level processes, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Becker-Ritterspach, F / Blazejewski, S. / Dörrenbächer, C. and Geppert, M. (2016) (eds.) Micropolitics in the Multinational Corporations: Foundations, Applications and New Directions, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Dörrenbächer C. / Roberts, J. (2014) (eds.): 10th anniversary issue, critical perspectives on international business, Emerald 10/1-2
  • Gammelgaard,. J. / Dörrenbächer, C. (2013): (Hrsg) The Global Brewery Industry: Markets, Strategies and Rivalries, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham and Northampton (New Horizons in International Business Series)
  • Dörrenbächer, C. / Geppert, M. (2011): (Hrsg.) Politics and Power in the Multinational Corporation. The role of Institutions, Interests and Identities, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

I am involved in several international research co-operations including the Copenhagen Business School/Denmark, the University of Surrey/UK, the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Jena.

I regularly present my work at international conferences such as the annual meetings of EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), EIBA (European International Business Academy) and AIB (Academy of International Business).

I am a reviewer to several renowned academic journals including the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of International Business studies, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, Multinational Business Review etc.