Research Interests

Birthe’s activities revolve around novel organizational phenomena. She bridges insights from institutional and organization theory as well as economic sociology to enhance the understanding of the fundamental social, institutional, and organizational underpinnings that shape new market fields and novel forms of organizing. She focuses on efforts to gain legitimacy for novel organizational activities and innovations, and examines the social processes and values out of which novel organizational forms and collaborations arise and are sustained. She studies these topics and theories mostly within in the context of transitions, such as the sustainability and digital transition.

 

Academic Awards

 2019

Best Paper Proceedings

Best Paper Proceedings of the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting for the paper: Doblinger, C., Soppe, B., & Huber, S. Converging Logics: Coopetitive ties and innovation in the early clean transportation industry

2015

Highly Commended Paper Award

Received from Emerald Publishing, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development for my paper ”Vertical coopetiton in entrepreneurial firms: Theory and practice” (together with C. Lechner and M. Dowling)

2009

Best Student Paper Award

Winner, received at the annual conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT), Orlando, USA, for my paper: “How governments matter to sustainable development: Comparison of the German and U.S. wind energy industry”

 

Conference Presentations

Birthe regularly presents her work at international academic conferences and workshops. Here is a selection of recent presentations:

Soppe, B. & Bohn, S. (2020). Transiting toward greener solutions? A comparative study of the e-mobility discourse in Norway and Germany during times of change (2000–2018). Paper presented at the 36th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Hamburg, Germany (digital event).

Doblinger, C., Soppe, B., & Huber, S. (2020). Converging logics? Coopetitive ties and entrepreneurial innovation in the emerging clean transportation industry. Paper presented at the Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship Conference 2020, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Soppe, B. & Arnold, N. (2019). Moral struggles of field expansion: Navigating conflicting values in the case of fair trade. Paper presented at the Workshop on moral critique in and around markets: Organizing (for) alternatives in troubled times, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

Pershina, R., Furnari, S. & Soppe, B. (2019). A horse of a different color: How entrepreneurs use design and location to overcome stigma by association. Paper presented at the Paper Development Workshop with the Journal of Management Studies, Paris, France.

Pershina, R., Furnari, S. & Soppe, B. (2019). How entrepreneurs overcome stigma: The role of design, material practices, and location. PDW Workshop presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, USA.

Doblinger, C., Soppe, B., & Huber, S. (2019). Converging logics? Coopetitive ties and entrepreneurial innovation in the emerging clean transportation industry. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, USA.

Soppe, B. & Arnold, N. (2019). Field stability and change: The co-evolution of fields and organizations in the case of fair trade. Paper presented at the 35th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Croidieu, G., Soppe, B., & Powell, W.W. (2019). How contestation buttresses legitimacy: The case of the 1855 Bordeaux wine classification. Paper presented at the 35th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arnold, N. & Soppe, B. (2019). The Waltz of the Flowers: How material devices buttress the formation of organizational fields. Paper presented at the WK Org Workshop, Münster, Germany.

Soppe, B. & Arnold, N. (2018). From street to shelves: Identity and change in the field of fair trade. Paper presented at the 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Tallinn, Estonia.

Pershina, R., Soppe, B., & Good, M. (2018). Creative rationalization? The adoption of big data in the creative industries. Paper presented at the 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Tallinn, Estonia.

Pershina, R. & Soppe, B. (2018). What’s in the Toolbox? Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Creation of New Digital Products. Paper presented at the SMS Special Conference: Sharing Strategies for the Connected World, Oslo, Norway.

Soppe, B., Pietraszkiewicz, A., Pershina, R., & Formanowicz, M. (2018). Get the crowd moving: Sustainability as a value frame in crowdfunding. Paper presented at the workshop on Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship: Research at the Cross Borders of Finance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship, Ghent University, Belgium.

Pershina, R., Soppe, B., & Good, M. (2018). Friend or Foe? The adoption of Big Data in the creative industries. Paper presented at the AOM Specialized Conference: Big Data and Managing in a Digital Economy, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Croidieu, G., Soppe, B., & Powell, W.W. (2018). How contestation buttresses legitimacy: The case of the 1855 Bordeaux wine classification. Paper presented at the 14th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory, Bocconi University, Italy.

Arnold, N. & Soppe, B. (2018). The waltz of the flowers: How material devices buttress the formation of value-based fields. Paper presented at the 14th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory, Bocconi University, Italy.

Pershina, R. & Soppe, B. (2018). The role of emotions and rhetorical devices in the creation of institutionally complex products. Paper presented at the 14th Workshop on New Institutionalism in Organization Theory, Bocconi University, Italy.

Good, M., Knockaert, M., & Soppe, B. (2017). A typology of the organizational design of technology transfer infrastructures. Paper presented at the T2S Annual Conference, Washington, USA.

Pershina, R., Soppe, B., & Thune, T.M. (2017). Bridging two worlds in creative hybrids: The role of emotions, rhetorical devices, and prototyping in product design. Paper presented at the 33rd European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Soppe, B., Pietraszkiewicz, A., Pershina, R., & Formanowicz, M. (2017). Mobilizing backers? Sustainability framing and success in crowdfunding. Paper presented at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), 9th Annual Research Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Pershina, R. & Soppe, B. (2016). Let the Games Begin: Designing Organizational Artifacts at the Intersection of Conflicting Institutional Fields. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Visuality, Materiality, Multimodality, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Croidieu, G., Soppe, B., & Powell, W.W. (2016). Multimodality and cultural entrepreneurship: The case of the wine château tradition in Bordeaux. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Visuality, Materiality, Multimodality, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Arnold, N. & Soppe, B. (2016). Materializing morality: The creation of a new concerned market field. Paper presented at the 6th Organizations, Artifacts & Practices (OAP) workshop, Lisbon, Portugal.

Patala, S., Korpivaara, I., Jalkala, A., Kuitunen, A., & Soppe, B. (2016). Legitimacy under institutional change: How incumbents borrow clean rhetoric for dirty technologies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California.

Arnold, N. & Soppe, B. (2014). From movement to market: The institutionalization of moral products. Paper presented at the 30th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Croidieu, G., Soppe, B., & Powell, W. W. (2014). How are traditions invented? The case of the emergent Bordeaux wine field. Paper presented at the 30th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Invited presentations

2020

Sustainability transitions from an organizational perspective: Insights from studying the changing e-mobility discourse across countries. Invited presentation at the Cirus Seminar (Cluster for Sustainability Transitions), EAWAG, Switzerland (digital event).

Soppe, B. 2020. Building bridges and struggles on the ground: Sustainability transitions from an organizational perspective. Invited presentation at the Cirus Seminar (Cluster for Sustainability Transitions), EAWAG, Switzerland (digital event).

Firms, organisations and sustainability transitions. Presentation at the INTRANSIT seminar, University of Oslo, Norway (digital event).

The role of organizations in sustainability transitions. Invited presentation at the Workshop on Innovation, Institutions & Sustainability, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

2019

How organizations make creativity valuable. Presentation at the annual ConJunction Organization Studies Innsbruck Community, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The era of sustainability transitions and industrial transformation – current knowledge and research gaps. Presentation at the INTRANSIT kick-off workshop, University of Oslo, Norway (with A.D. Andersen).

The Waltz of the Flowers: How material devices buttress the formation of organizational fields. Invited presentation at the Cass Business School in London, UK.

2018

Organizations and the Manufacturing of Values. Presentation at the annual ConJunction Organization Studies Innsbruck Community, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The waltz of the flowers: How material devices buttress the formation of value-based fields. Presentation at the HR Forum, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

What’s in the toolbox? Cross-domain collaboration in the creation of new digital products. Brown bag lunch seminar in Organization Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Future steps in institutional theory. Invited panel discussant at the 14th Workshop on New Institutionalism, Bocconi University, Milano, Italy.

Collaborating with your rival? Co-opetitive ties and entrepreneurial innovation in the early clean transportation industry. Invited presentation at the School of Economics, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

 

 

Current research projects

INTRANSIT

INTRANSIT is a Research Centre for the study of innovation policy for industrial transformation, sustainability and digitalization. I am co-directing the centre together with Prof. Taran Thune from the University of Oslo.
This Centre is funded by the Norwegian Research Council with the aim to understand how industrial transformation towards a more sustainable and smarter economy can be fostered.

  • Centre start: January 1st, 2019
  • Duration: Eight years
  • Funding: Norwegian Research Council

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Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics)

This is a joint interdisciplinary research project by the Department of Private Law and the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. The aim is to investigate the great challenges of globalization, digitalization, and sustainable development in the context of Nordic businesses.

  • Start: January 1st, 2019
  • Duration: Three years
  • Funding: UiO: Nordic, University of Oslo

 

 

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