Steffen ROTH

Steffen ROTH
  • Department Strategy
  • Areas of research Organisation and management theory, systems theory, social differentiation, digital sociology.
  • Teaching fields Entrepreneurship, organisation theory, social theory, innovation management, change management.


Steffen Roth is Full Professor of Management at the La Rochelle Business School, France, and Research Professor of Digital Sociology at the Kazimieras Simonavičius University in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is also Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Yerevan State University, Armenia. He holds a Habilitation in Economic and Environmental Sociology awarded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research; a PhD in Sociology from the University of Geneva; and a PhD in Management from the Chemnitz University of Technology. He was Associate Professor at the La Rochelle Business School (2016-2018) and Assistant Professor at the Rennes School of Business (2012-2016) as well as Visiting Professor at the International University of Rabat (2012-2017) and the University of Cagliari (2012). He is an associate editor of Kybernetes and the field editor for social systems theory of Systems Research and Behavioral Science. The journals his research has been published in include Journal of Business Ethics, Administration and Society, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Futures. His ORCID profile is available at


Roth S. (in press) Digital transformation of social theory. A research update, Technological Forecasting and Social Change [SSCI 3.129, Scopus, CNRS***, ABS***, VHB***].

Roth S., Leydesdorff L., Kaivo-oja J., and Sales A. (in press) Open Coopetition: When Multiple Players and Rivals Team Up, Journal of Business Strategy, DOI: 10.1108/JBS-11-2018-0192 [Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**, VHB**]

Hirschmann T., Hartley N., and Roth. S (in press), Can we build resilience by way of creativity? Artistic ventures in a London hospice, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management [Scopus, CRNS*, CABS*, VHB**].


Roth S. (2019), The open theory and its enemy. Implicit moralisation as epistemological obstacle for general systems theory, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 1-8 [SSCI .860, Scopus, CABS**].

Valentinov V., Roth S., and Will M. G. (2019), Stakeholder theory: A Luhmannian perspective, Administration and Society, Vol. 51 No. 5, pp. 826-849 [SSCI 1.761, Scopus, CNRS***, CABS**, VHB**].

Roth S. (2019), Heal the world. A solution-focused systems therapy approach to environmental problems, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 216 No. April, pp. 504-510 [SSCI 6.352, Scopus, FNEGE**, CABS**, VHB***].


Roth S. (2018), Contingency alert. Editorial note on necessary and impossible media, Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 12-13.

Roth S., Valentinov V., Heidingsfelder M., and Pérez-Valls M. (2018), CSR beyond Economy and Society. A post-capitalist approach, Journal of Business Ethics, online first [SSCI 2.917, FT50, CNRS***, CABS***, VHB***].

Roth S., Valentinov V., Kaivo-oja J., and Dana L.-P. (2018), Multifunctional organisation models. A systems-theoretical framework for new venture discovery and creation, Journal of Organizational Change Management, online first [SSCI 1.262, Scopus, CNRS**, CABS**].

Roth S., Melkonyan A., Kaivo-oja J., Manke B., and Dana L.-P. (2018), Interfunctional business models. Map to an uncharted quadrant of the blue ocean, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, Vol. 10 No. 5, pp. 581-595 [Scopus, ABS*, VHB***].

Рот С., Трофимов Н.А., и Мкртичян А. (2018), Где же капитализм? Анализ русской языковой среды в XIX и XX веках с помощью больших данных, Южно-Российский Журнал Социальных Наук, Том 19 № 2, С. 6-26.

Will M. G., Roth S., and Valentinov V. (2018), From nonprofit diversity to organizational multifunctionality: a systems-theoretical proposal, Administration and Society, Vol. 50 No. 7, pp. 1015-1036 [SSCI 1.761, Scopus, CNRS***, ABS**, VHB**].

Roth S., Valentinov V., Agustinaitis A., Mkrtichyan A., and Kaivo-oja J. (2018), Was that capitalism? A future-oriented big data analysis of the English language area in the 19th and 20th century, Futures, Vol. 98 No. April, pp. 41-48 [SSCI 1.918, Scopus, ABS**, FNEGE**].

Kaivo-oja J., Kuusi O., Ahlqvist T., Linturi R., and Roth S. (2018), New industrial platforms and radical technology foresight: The case of 3-D printing in Finland and Europe, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 65-84 [Scopus, CNRS**].

Roth S. (2018), Market therapy? On intervention in the consociation with non-members, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 127-138. [SSCI 1.034, Scopus, ABS**].

Roth S. (2018), The cash is in the medium, not in the machine: Toward the golden moments of 3D printing, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 5-15 [Scopus, CNRS**].


Roth S. (2017), Parsons, Luhmann, Spencer Brown. NOR design for double contingency tables, Kybernetes, Vol. 46 No. 8, pp. 1469-1482 [SCI .980, Scopus, ABS*].

Roth S. (2017), Marginal economy. Growth strategies for post-growth societies, Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 51 No. 4, pp. 1033-1046 [SSCI .581, Scopus, CNRS**, ABS**, Handelsblatt].

Roth S., Clark C., Trofimov N., Mkrtchyan A., Heidingsfelder M., Appignanesi L., Pérez-Valls M., Berkel J., and Kaivo-oja J. (2017), Futures of a distributed memory. A global brain wave measurement (1800-2000), Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 118 No. April, pp. 307-323 [SSCI 3.005, Scopus, CNRS***, ABS***, VHB***].

Roth S., Sales A., and Kaivo-oja J. (2017), Multiplying the division of labor: functional differentiation of the next key variables in management research, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 195-207 [SSCI 1.034, Scopus, ABS**].

Kaivo-oja J., Roth S., and Westerlund L. (2017), Futures of robotics. Human work in digital transformation, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 73 No. 4, pp. 176-205 [SSCI 1.036, Scopus, CNRS**, ABS**, VHB**].

Roth S. (2017), From added values to augmented realities: introducing the special issue of management and functional differentiation, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 131-138 [SSCI 1.034, Scopus, ABS**].

Roth S. (2017), Serious gamification. On the redesign of a popular paradox, Games and Culture, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 100-111 [SSCI .490, Scopus].


Roth S. (2016), Growth and function. A viral research program for next organisations, International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 72 No. 4, pp. 269-309 [SSCI 1.036, Scopus, CNRS**, ABS**, VHB**].

Roth S. and Kaivo-oja J. (2016), Is the future a political economy? Functional analysis of three leading foresight and futures studies journals, Futures, Vol. 81, pp. 15-26. Corrected proof available for download here [SSCI 1.414, Scopus, FNEGE**, ABS**].