Research Profile

Birthe examines organizational and institutional dynamics and processes of meaning making out of which new markets emerge and existing ones evolve, and does so particularly in the context of sustainability-related change processes and periods of transitions. As part of this research agenda, she also investigates novel forms of inter-organizational collaboration and how organizations cope with extraordinary societal challenges, including technological novelty, negative social evaluation, and climate change. Empirically, her work includes settings such as renewable energy, clean transportation, fair trade, and ethical fashion.

 

Academic Awards

 2019

Best Paper Proceedings

Best Paper Proceedings of the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting for the paper "Converging Logics: Coopetitive ties and innovation in the early clean transportation industry" (together with C. Doblinger & S. Huber)

2015

Highly Commended Paper Award

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

2009

Best Student Paper Award

Received at the annual conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT), Orlando, USA, for the 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:

Schupfer, H. & Soppe, B. (2022). Incumbents under pressure: Frame inversion as a response to the enduring climate crisis. Paper presented at the  9th Paper Development Workshop on Organizational and Institutional Change, University of Edinburgh Business School, UK.

Soppe, B. & Schupfer, H. (2022). The ‘greening’ incumbent: Incumbent-entrant collaborations for achieving sustainable business model. Paper presented at the Circular Economy and Corporate Sustainability’ seminar, University of Oslo, Norway.

Hasim, K. & Soppe, B. (2021). When entrepreneurs become custodians: Evidence from tourism entrepreneurs in Northern Cyprus. Paper presented at the 37th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Schiller-Merkens, S., Balsiger, P., & Soppe, B. (2021). Real utopias in times of crises: How the pandemic crisis affects moral market entrepreneurs’ imaginaries of the future. Paper presented at the 37th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Schupfer, H. & Soppe, B. (2021). Let’s rethink our partners! Incumbent-entrant collaborations as micro-institutional practice during institutional change. Paper presented at the 37th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

Schiller-Merkens, S., Balsiger, P., & Soppe, B. (2021). Reimaging capitalism in times of crises: How the pandemic crisis affects moral market entrepreneurs’ imaginaries of the future. Paper presented at the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics), July 2-5, 2021.

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.

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.

 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.

Invited Presentations

2022

Shaping the Future in Times of Crises: Moral Market Entrepreneurs' Imaginaries of the Future and Social Change Agenda. University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany (with S. Schiller-Merkens & P. Balsiger).

Thinking the future of sustainability transitions. Keynote at the Digital Leadership Club, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2021

Incumbents under pressure: Frame inversion as a response to the enduring climate crisis. School of Innovation - UniTrento, Italy.

The ‘greening’ incumbent: Incumbent-entrant collaborations for achieving sustainable business models. Futuring Nordics seminar series, University of Oslo, Norway.

Entrepreneurship and the creation of innovation at the intersection of digital and analog fields. E&O Paper Presentation and Discussion session, University of Southern Denmark (with R. Pershina).

2020

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

Building bridges and struggles on the ground: Sustainability transitions from an organizational perspective. Cirus Seminar (Cluster for Sustainability Transitions), EAWAG, Switzerland.

Firms, organisations and sustainability transitions. INTRANSIT seminar, University of Oslo, Norway.

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. Annual ConJunction Organization Studies Innsbruck Community, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The era of sustainability transitions and industrial transformation – current knowledge and research gaps. 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. Cass Business School in London, UK.

2018

Organizations and the Manufacturing of Values. 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. 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,  Italy.

Collaborating with your rival? Co-opetitive ties and entrepreneurial innovation in the early clean transportation industry. 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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