Prof. Dr. Olivier Berthod


Jacobs University Bremen
Department of Business & Economics
Research IV | Room 80
28759 Bremen, Germany



Dr. Olivier Berthod works at Jacobs University Bremen since 2017. Olivier coordinates the undergraduate study program Global and Economics Management and teaches organization theory, human resources, public and nonprofit management, and cross-sector cooperation. His current research inspects questions of organizational design, professional identity and inter-organizational collaboration, with a specific interest in public organizations and nonprofits. His work received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Peter Pribilla Foundation and the Wagener Foundation.

Olivier received his Ph.D. (Doktor rer. pol.) from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011 and Master degrees in social sciences and management from the Linné Universitet i Växjö (2005), Sweden, and Université Paris Dauphine (2006), France. Prior to joining Jacobs University, Prof. Berthod taught at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität zu Köln, the German Center for Aerospace Research (DLR), Toulouse School of Management and ESCP Europe, among other institutions.


Awards and Grants

  • Best Paper Award, European Group of Organization Studies, Program of 2016 (EGOS, 2017)
  • Best Paper Award, Scientific Commission on Public Management (VHB, WK ÖBWL, 2017)
  • Best Papers Selection – Scientific Commission on Organisation (VHB, WK Org, 2013)
  • Fellow – Peter Pribilla Foundation, Technische Universität München (2013-2014)
  • Honors Fellowship for outstanding academic achievement – Freie Universität Berlin (2011-2012)
  • PhD Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG, 2008-2011)
  • Grant for outstanding academic achievement, French Ministry for Education (2005-2006)


Current Research Topics

  • Organization theories
  • Organizational design
  • Public administration
  • Professional identity and careers
  • Organizational reliability
  • Case study research


Service, current and past

  • Study program coordinator, BA Global Economics and Management, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Deputy chair, inclusion committee, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Member, faculty council election committee, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Member, best paper selection committee (PNP), Academy of Management (2016-17)
  • Reviewer for:
    Organization Studies
    Journal of Management Inquiry

    Public Management Review
    European Management Journal
    Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
    Industry and Innovation
    R&D Management
    Industrielle Beziehungen
    International Review of Administrative Sciences
    Various academic conferences and proceedings


Publications list and current research