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Christopher Grieser


Hardenbergstr. 16-18
10623 Berlin
Room: HBS 128
Phone: +49 30 314 27378
Email: christopher.grieser [at] tu-berlin.de


Office contact:

Nina Krampitz, room H 2532
nina.krampitz [at] tu-berlin.de   


Research Project

Creating Innovations in the Platform Economy. On the Interdependence of Platform-Innovations and Application-Innovations in Software Development

Digitalization as a technological trend is commonly associated with a transformation of previous business models and forms of organization. Concerning digital platforms, scholars in economics and sociology notice an increasing transition of traditional markets to platform economies. Particularly the well-known tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, or Microsoft are seen as platform organizations. While economists and information system researchers regard platforms primarily as technological infrastructures that constitute two-sided markets, sociologists commonly conceptualize platforms as organizers of digital marketplaces. Following up on those notions, I want to combine both approaches by considering infrastructural as well as market mediating aspects of platforms.

For my research project, I will regard platforms as a new form of governance. The first empirical question will be whether platform economies should be seen as an independent type of governance alongside markets, organizations, networks and communities, a hybrid of those governance forms, or as a specific subtype of an already known form of governance. Based on an action-theory-approach to governance, the point of departure for this project is that platform economies are also characterized by a specific mode of producing innovations. To that end, I will empirically investigate the field of software development, as it is hallmarked by the fact that the technological and organizational complexity lies not only in the platform but also in the platform applications: In contrast to the commonly investigated platform economies such as ride sharing and crowdworking-platforms, software production is characterized by rather creative and less standardized working activities by the platform application providers. In the long term, my dissertation project will also enable a comparison between innovation fields and governance types based on their mode of producing novelty.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2019 -
Research and Teaching Associate at the Chair for Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Berlin (Prof. Jochen Gläser)
2018 - 2019
Research Fellow at the DFG Graduate School „Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelt“ Department of Sociology, Technical University of Berlin
2014 - 2018
M.A. Sociology and Technology Studies, Technical University of Berlin
2015 - 2018
Student Research and Teaching Assistant at Chair „Methods of Social Research“ at the Technical University of Berlin (Prof. Nina Baur)
Stay abroad at the University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Associate Editor at Eleven, „Undergraduate Journal of Sociology“ at the University of California, Berkeley (USA)
2013 - 2015
Student Research Assistant at the Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ) in Berlin
2011 - 2014
B.A. Sociology and Technology Studies, Technical University of Berlin
(Minor Subject: Computer Science)
2009 - 2010
Communication Science and Philosophy at the University of Erfurt

Areas of research

  • Innovation and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Science
  • Sociology of the Digital Economy
  • Organizational and Economic Sociology
  • Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Science (particularly Causality)
  • Qualitative and quantitative Methods of Social Research




  • Grieser, C. (2019). The Problem of Collecting Data on Mid-Sized Complete Networks (50 < n < 200) via Questionnaire: A Proposition for Using Subgroup-Based Name Generators. Working Paper, Berlin. Retrieved from https://www.ssoar.info/ssoar/handle/document/61650
  • Gläser, J., Laudel, G., Grieser, C., & Meyer, U. (2018). Scientific Fields as Epistemic Regimes: New Opportunities for Comparative Science Studies. Working Paper TUTS-WP-3-2018, TU Berlin. (online)
  • Deisner, J. & Grieser, C. (2018). The Relationship between Openness and Closedness in the FabLab. A Differentiated Typology of Possible Relations between Institutional Logics. In: J. Engelschalt, F. Engels, & A. Maibaum (Hrsg.), Schafft Wissen – Gemeinsames und geteiltes Wissen in Wissenschaft und Technik. Proceedings der 2. Tagung des Nachwuchsnetzwerks "INSIST". München: SSOAR. (online)


  • „Dependence on the Industry that Simultaneously Restricts and Enables Knowledge Exchange in a Scientific Community. The Case of German Automotive Engineering“ at the International Workshop „Independence of Research“, 15. November 2018 in Berlin
  • „The Subgroup-Based Recall. A Proposition for Collecting Data on Mid-Sized Intraorganizational Networks (30 < n < 150) via Questionnaire“, at the 2. Workshop of the Working Group Organizational Network Research, 27. September 2018 in Jena
  • „Scientific fields as epistemic regimes; new opportunities for comparative science studies“ at the Workshop „Regimes of knowledge production“, 08. June 2018 in Berlin (together with Jochen Gläser, Grit Laudel, and Uli Meyer)
  • „FabLabs als Produktionsstätten zwischen Offenheit und Geschlossenheit“ at the INSISTConference „Schafft Wissen“ at the Panel „Wissen in Labs“, 7. October 2016 in Munich (together with Jana Deisner)
  • „Die Erhebung von mittelgroßen, intraorganisationalen Netzwerkdaten. Organisationstheoretische Überlegungen“ in the Colloquium for Organizational Sociology, 30. June 2016 in Berlin
  • „Womit beschäftigt sich eigentlich die Wissenschaftstheorie der Sozialwissenschaften? Ein Versuch der Kartografierung des ‘Bermuda-Dreiecks’ zwischen Wissenschaftsphilosophie, Sozialtheorie und Methodologie“ in the Colloquium for Methods of Social Research, 25. May 2016 in Berlin


  • Section Economic Sociology of the German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • Section Organizational Sociology of the German Sociological Association (DGS)

Scholarships and grants

  • 2014 - 2017: Scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • 2016 - 2017: e-fellows Scholarship
  • 2016: Scholarship for Academic Training and Education abroad by the Technical University of
  • 2016: Scholarship for Academic Training and Education abroad by the German Academic
    Scholarship Foundation

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