Maximilian Heimstädt

Maximilian Heimstädt

Professor of Digital Governance & Service Design
Helmut Schmidt University
Friedrich-Ebert-Damm 245
22159 Hamburg
+49 (0)40 6541 4563

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Welcome visitor! I’m a Professor of Business Administration, in particular Digital Governance & Service Design, at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. At HSU I co-direct the interdisciplinary Master's programme "Digital Governance and Administration (DiGA)". In my research I'm interested in the relationship between digital technologies and expert work in public organizations and organized publics. My research is grounded in organization theory, cross-fertilized by science and technology studies, and mostly conducted using qualitative methods. I'm an open science advocate and father of twin toddlers.

I received my Ph.D. from Free University Berlin (2017) and my Habilitation from Witten/Herdecke University (2023). Previously, I held positions at Bielefeld University, Witten/Herdecke University, and the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin. I've been a visiting scholar at Cornell University and Columbia University. My research has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Foundation of German Business (SDW), the German-American Fulbright Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Heinrich Hertz Foundation, the Joachim Herz Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm currently a junior fellow at Germany's first Institute for Advanced Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld.


Journal articles

Journal articles (work in progress)

Book chapters


Scientific theses


PhD-Blog (Archive)

During my time as a PhD candidate I maintained a blog to document observations, experiences and open questions.


Algorithmic prediction and co-determination (2021-2023)

The aim of this project (funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung; co-conducted with Lukas Daniel Klausner, Sandrine Faißt and Leonhard Dobusch) was to better understand the risks and potential of algorithmic prediction for co-determination in and across organizations. The empirical focus of this project was on the use of algorithmic prediction for risk management in global value networks.

Digital strategizing (2019-2023)

This project (funded by DFG; co-conducted with Thomas Gegenhuber, Violetta Splitter and Georg Reischauer) was a network of early career researchers. The aim of the network was to build a research community around the topics of strategy and digitalisation. The theoretical core of the network was the strategy-as-practice paradigm. The interest of the research network was therefore not so much on digital strategy as something that organisations have, but rather on digital strategy as something that organisations do.


Community service


Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Big Data & Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Information, Communication and Society, Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik, Internet Policy Review, Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Trust Research, Management Learning, Momentum Quarterly, Organization, Organization Studies, Policy & Internet, Public Administration Review, Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, Soziale Welt, Strategic Management Society, WK ORG Workshop, Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung

Conference, workshop, and seminar organization

Open syllabi


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