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


A native of Germany, Dr Steffen Roth has been a Professor at Excelia Business School since 2016 and Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Yerevan, Armenia. He holds a Doctorate in Management Science from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany, and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an HDR qualification (to advise doctoral students and oversee research) in Environmental Economics and Sociology awarded by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Before coming to La Rochelle, for several years, Dr Roth was an Assistant Professor at the Rennes School of Business, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Rabat. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the international research journal Kybernetes, and Editor of the research journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science. His research work has been published many times in leading journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, Administration and Society, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Organizational Change Management, European Management Journal, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Futures.


Roth S. (in press), Draw your organization! A solution-focused theory-method for business school challenges and change, Journal of Organizational Change Management

Valentinov V. and Roth S. (in press), Chester Barnard’s theory of the firm: an institutionalist view, Journal of Economic Issues

Valentinov V., Roth S., and Pies I. (2021), Social goals in the theory of the firm: a systems theory view, Administration and Society, Vol. 53

Roth S. (2021), The Great Reset. Restratification for lives, livelihoods, and the planet, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 166

Grothe-Hammer M. and Roth S. (2021), Dying is Normal, Dying with the Coronavirus is not: A Sociological Analysis of the Implicit Norms Behind the Criticism of Swedish ‘Exceptionalism’, European Societies, Vol. 23, No. sup 1, pp. S332-S347 [SSCI 1.051].

Valentinov V. and Roth S. (2021), Chester Barnard’s systems-theoretic approach to organization theory: a reconstruction, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 28 No. 5, DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2021.1877759 [SSCI .398, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS ].

Roth S., Valentinov V., Heidingsfelder M., and Pérez-Valls M. (2020), CSR beyond Economy and Society. A post-capitalist approach, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 165 No. 3, pp. 411-423 [SSCI 4.141, Scopus, FT50, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ].

Roth S. (2020), Heal the world. Eine lösungsorientierte, systemisch-therapeutische Sicht auf Umweltprobleme, Familiendynamik, Vol. 45 No. 4, pp. 296-307.

Roth S. and Valentinov V. (2020), East of nature. Accounting for the environments of social sciences, Ecological Economics, Vol. 176, 106734 [SSCI 4.482, Scopus, CNRS , CABS , VHB , Handelsblatt 0.2].

Roth S., Valentinov V., and Clausen L. (2020), Dissecting the empirical-normative divide in business ethics: the contribution of systems theory, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 679-694 [SSCI 2.056, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ].

Roth S., Clausen L., and Möller S. (2020), COVID-19. Scenarios of a superfluous crisis, Kybernetes, DOI: 10.1108/K-05-2020-0280 [SCI 1.754, Scopus, ABS ].

Kleve H., Roth S., Köllner T., and Wetzel R. (2020), The tetralemma of the business family. A systemic approach to business-family dilemmas in research and practice, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 433-446 [SSCI 1.185, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS ].

Roth S. (2020), Weak Evidence for Strong Pandemic Interventions. A 2019 WHO Warning for the Current Covid-19 Crisis, Kybernetes, DOI: 10.1108/K-04-2020-0248 [SCI 1.754, Scopus, ABS ].

Roth S., Schwede P., Valentinov V., Pérez-Valls M., and Kaivo-oja J. (2020), Harnessing big data for a multifunctional theory of the firm, European Management Journal, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 54-61 [SSCI 2.985, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ].

Hirschmann T., Hartley N., and Roth. S (2020), Can we build resilience by way of creativity? Artistic ventures in a London hospice, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 24 Nos. 2-3, pp. 116-131 [Scopus, CRNS , FNEGE CABS , VHB ].

Roth S. (2020), Of wolfs and dogs, and other false distinctions. A rejoinder to Wallis, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 182-183 [SSCI 1.052, Scopus, CABS ].

Roth S., Schwede P., Valentinov V., Zazar K., and Kaivo-oja J. (2019), Big data insights into social macro trends (1800-2000): A replication study, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 149, 119759 [SSCI 5.846, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ]

Roth S., Santonen T., Heimstädt M., Clark C., Trofimov N., Kaivo-oja J., Atanesyan A., Laki B., and Sales A. (2019), Multifunctional cabinet portfolio analysis of 201 national governments, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 621-639 [SSCI 1.185, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS ].

Roth S., Dahms H., Welz F., and Cattacin S. (2019), Print theories of computer societies. Introduction to the digital transformation of social theory, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 149, 119778 [SSCI 5.846, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ].

Roth S., Leydesdorff L., Kaivo-oja J., and Sales A. (2019), Open Coopetition: When Multiple Players and Rivals Team Up, Journal of Business Strategy, DOI: 10.1108/JBS-11-2018-0192 [Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , CABS , VHB ].

Roth S. (2019), Digital transformation of social theory. A research update, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 146 No. September, pp. 88-93 [SSCI 5.846, Scopus, CNRS, FNEGE, 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. 281-288 [SSCI 1.052, 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 1.698, Scopus, CNR , FNEGE, 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 6.395, 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., 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, Vol. 31 No. 7, pp. 1383-1400 [SSCI 1.262, Scopus, CNRS, FNEGE, CABS]. This article won an Emerald Literati Award 2019 for Highly Commended articles. 

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 [ESCI, Scopus, CABS, 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, C. 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 1.698, Scopus, CNRS, FNEGE, CABS, 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, pp. 41-48 [SSCI 2.214, Scopus, FNEGE, CABS.

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, FNEGE].

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 1.052, Scopus, CABS].

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, FNEGE].

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, pp. 307-323 [SSCI 3.005, Scopus, CNRS , FNEGE , 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 , FNEGE , 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 1.500, Scopus].