Dr. Maximilian Heimstädt

Research Group Lead

Dr. Maximilian Heimstädt is an organizational researcher and received his doctorate from the Institute of Management at Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the Weizenbaum Institute, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reinhard Mohn Institute for Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke (2016-2019).

In his research he is interested in “openness” as a practice and design principle of organizations. In his dissertation project he investigated the cooperation of civil society and public authorities in the implementation of open data strategies.

In a follow-up project, he accompanied the efforts of the City of New York to make algorithmic decision systems transparent and comprehensible. At the Weizenbaum Institute he is researching new forms of work and organization in science, often referred to as “Open Science”.



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More about Maximilian Heimstädt

Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.
  • Positions

    Research Group Lead

    Research Group „Reorganisation of Knowledge Practices“

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  • Committees and functions
    • Department of Management
    • Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management at Witten/Herdecke University
    • Civil society and public Authorities
    • In a follow-up project, he studied the regulation of “black boxed” algorithmic systems in the New York City administration
  • Fields of research
    • Organization Studies
    • Strategy-as-Practice
    • Digital Openness
    • Experts and Expertise


Dobusch, L., & Heimstädt, M. (2019). Predatory publishing in management research: A call for open peer review, Management Learning, 50(5), 607-619.

Roth S., Santonen T., Heimstädt M., Clark C., Trofimov N., Kaivo-oja J., Atanesyan A., Laki B., and Sales A. (2019). Government.com? Multifunctional cabinet portfolio analysis of 201 national governments, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 32(6), 621-639.

Heimstädt, M., & Reischauer, G. (2018). Framing innovation practices in interstitial issue fields: Open innovation in the NYC administration. Innovation: Organization & Management. 21(1), 128-150.

Heimstädt, M., & Dobusch, L. (2017). Politics of disclosure: Organizational transparency as multi-actor negotiation. Public Administration Review, 78(5), 727-738.

Heimstädt, M. (2017). Openwashing: A decoupling perspective on organizational transparency. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 125, 77-86.

Heimstädt, M. (2015). Societal self-observation in the time of datafication: Interfunctional analysis of the Chilean open data web portal. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 22(4), 57-73.

Heimstädt, M., Saunderson, F., & Heath, T. (2014). From toddler to teen: Growth of an open data ecosystem. eJournal of eDemocracy & Open Government, 6(2), 123-135.