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Dirk BAECKER, Prof Dr rer soc

“Das Leben ist kurz, die Kunst ist lang, die Gelegenheit flüchtig, die Erfahrung unsicher, das Urteil schwierig.” (Hippokrates)

“Alles hinkt auf zwo Seiten.” (Johann Gottlieb Herder)

“Ich freue mich an allen Systemen, wenn sie überschaubar sind, wie ein Spielzeug in der Hand.” (Elias Canetti)

“Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.” (Manifesto for Agile Software Development)

Senior Professorship at Witten/Herdecke University

Social Sciences Research Network (preprints & offprints)

Soziale Systeme: Zeitschrift für soziologische Theorie (co-editor)

DGS-Forum SOZIOLOGIE (editor on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie)

Cybernetics and Human Knowing (board)

Email: baecker (at)

Areas of Interest: sociological theory, culture theory, economic sociology, organization research, and management education.

May 2015 until April 2021 chair of cultural theory and management at University Witten/Herdecke.

Visiting professor at University of Vienna (1995–1997), at University of Basel (2009–2011), and at Ashkal Alwan Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts (November 2012).

Coeditor of the journal Soziale Systeme: Zeitschrift für soziologische Theorie (since 1995); cofounder of the center for management and consulting education Management Zentrum Witten (2000–11); coeditor of the yearbook Revue für Postheroisches Management (2007–12); board member of the journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing.

January 2011 cofounder of the bachelor degree course Sociology, Politics, & Economics (SPE) at Zeppelin University; September 2013 until April 2015 Academic Director of SPE.

In 2007 appointed to the chair of cultural theory and analysis at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany.

In 1996 appointed as Reinhard Mohn Professor of Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, and Social Change at the Department for Business Economics at University Witten/Herdecke; in 2000 appointed to the chair of sociology at the Department for Fundamental Studies at University Witten/Herdecke.

Academic visitor at the Department for Accounting and Finance of London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 1994.

From 1993 to 1996 Heisenberg grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Research project on risk management in banking, visiting scholar at Stanford University, California in 1990/91; lecturer at University Witten/Herdecke from 1991 to 1996.

Philosophical dissertation with Professor Niklas Luhmann at University of Bielefeld from 1982 to 1986 (Dr. rer. soc.); Habilitation at University of Bielefeld from 1990 to 1992.

Studies of sociology, economics, and economic history at universities of Cologne (1982 Dipl.-Volksw. sozw. R.) and Paris-IX (Dauphine).

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