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Department of Business Administration Chair of Organization and Management

Prof. David Seidl, PhD

Research Interests

Corporate Governance

Organizational Routines

Organization Theory


Strategy as Practice

Strategy Consulting

Top Management Teams





Chair of Organization and Management
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 14
Office: Room J-417
CH-8032 Zurich

Phone: +41/44/634 37 50
Fax: +41/44/634 37 49

Consultation hour: on appointment


Since 2008 Full Professor, Chair of Organization & Management, University of Zurich
2008 Habilitation (postdoctoral thesis) on the topic “Strategy as Practice”, Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg
2004-2008 Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Munich
Head of the Centre for Organizational Research, University of Munich
Since 2006 Research Associate, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
2005 Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
2001-2004 Research Associate, Institute of Business Policy and Strategic Management, University of Munich
1996-2000 PhD in Management Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge University
1999 Visiting scholar, Witten/Herdecke University
1993-1994 Exchange student, City University, London
1991-1996 Diploma (MSc) in Business Administration and Sociology, University of Munich

Recent Publications (Selection)

Ma, S., Kor, Y., & Seidl, D. (2022) TMT role structure: A vantage point for advancing upper echelons research. Strategic Management Journal.

Feldman, M., Pentland, B., D’Adderio, L., Dittrich, K., Rerup, C., Seidl, D. (eds.) (2021) Cambridge Handbook of Routine Dynamics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cooren, F. and Seidl, D. (2020) “Niklas Luhmann’s radical communication approach and its implications for research on organizational communication”. Academy of Management Review 45(2): 479–497.

Ma, S., Kor, Y. and Seidl, D. (2020) “CEO Advice Seeking: An Integrative Framework and Future Agenda”. Journal of Management 46(6): 771-805.

Dittrich, K. and Seidl, D. (2018) “Emerging intentionality in routine dynamics: A pragmatist view”. Academy of Management Journal 61(1): 111-138.

Seidl, D. and Werle, F. (2018) “Inter-organizational sensemaking in the face of strategic meta-problems: Requisite variety and the dynamics of participation”. Strategic Management Journal 39(3): 830-858.

Ma, S. and Seidl, D. (2018) “New CEOs and their collaborators: Divergence and convergence between the strategic leadership constellation and the top management team” Strategic Management Journal 39(3): 606-638.

Dittrich, K., Guerard, S. and Seidl, D. (2016) “Talking about routines: The role of reflective talk in routine change”. Organization Science 27(3): 678–697.

Kieser, A., Nicolai, A. and Seidl, D. (2015) “The practical relevance of management research: turning the debate on relevance into a rigorous scientific research program” Academy of Management Annals 9(1): 143-233.

See complete list of publications (PDF, 199 KB)

Editorial Boards

Membership in Academic Boards

Since 2012 Member of the Advisory Committee of the Interest Group “Strategizing: Activities and Practice (SAP) at the Academy of Management (AoM)
2011 - 2012 Past Chair of the Interest Group “Strategizing: Activities and Practice (SAP) at the Academy of Management (AoM)
2010 - 2011 Chair of the Interest Group “Strategizing: Activities and Practice (SAP) at the Academy of Management (AoM)
2008 - 2014 Member of the Executive Board of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
2007 - 2009 Representative-at-large of the Interest Group “Strategy Practice” at the Strategic Management Society (SMS)