Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. K. Senge


Prof. Dr. Konstanze Senge

phone: 0345 55-24242
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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Soziologie
Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26–27
06108 Halle (Saale)

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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
06099 Halle (Saale)


phone: 0345 55-24241
fax: 0345 55-27150

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Professor Konstanze Senge

Current Projects


KS_Lehre_1122.pdf (93.2 KB)  vom 15.11.2022


Current Research Projects

Risk practices in politics and the financial sector: A comparative analysis of their characteristics and of translational dynamics across social fields

The aim of the research project is to conduct a comparative analysis of specific meanings and understandings of risk in the financial sector and the field of politics. We look at risk from a theory-neutral perspective as an indicator of a situation that requires a decision with an uncertain outcome. In particular, we construct various translations processes which – according to our thesis – highlight the increased interweaving of these fields, producing shifts in the respective meanings of risk. The project has the overarching goal of developing a better sociological understanding of the meaning and handling of risk in two key social fields.

  • Headed by: Professor Konstanze Senge (MLU Halle-Wittenberg), Professor Jürgen Beyer (University of Hamburg), Professor Christian von Scheve (Free University of Berlin)
  • Cooperation partner: DekaBank Frankfurt am Main
  • Funded by the DFG, February 2017 ‐ September 2020

Public limited companies between profit-making and corporate social responsibility – addressing institutional non-complementarity in organisations

The project focuses on addressing the contradictory requirements of public limited companies. In concrete terms it looks at the contradiction between the organisation’s goals of profit-making and corporate social responsibility. The project studies how organisation members address the non-complementarity that is generated, and which adjustments to the organisational structure are made as a result of this.

  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) Duration: 2015 – 2019
  • Headed by: Prof Dr Konstanze Senge (MLU Halle-Wittenberg) and Prof Dr Jürgen Beyer (University of Hamburg)

Former Research
KS_Forschung.pdf (295.8 KB)  vom 29.06.2017

Five Most-Recent Publications

  • Senge, K. (2024 forthcoming): Theorien der Wirtschaftssoziologie – Lehrbuch. München: De Gruyter Oldenbourg
  • Senge, K.; Cevolini, A. Hof, B.; Lange, M.;. (Edrs.) (2024 forthcoming): Economic Organizations, Uncertainty, and Risk: Sociological Analyses of Economic Organizations in Times of Crises. Scandinavian Journal of Management. Special Issue
  • Senge, K.; Dabrowski, F. (2024): Aktiengesellschaften zwischen Kapitalmarktorientierung und Nachhaltigkeit: Zur Multiresonanz und Pluralität in Unternehmen. Zeitschrift für Soziologie
  • Zink, V.; Senge, K.: (2024): Emotion und Wirtschaft: Zur Emotionalisierung des homo oeconomicus. In: Zink, V.; Diefenbach, A. (Hg.): Einführung in die soziologische Emotions- und Affektforschung. Oldenbourg: DeGruyter. pp. 117-137
  • Zink, V.; Senge, K.: (2024): Gefühle der Krise: Green Emotions als Antwort auf den Klimawandel. In: Zink, V.; Diefenbach, A. (Hg.): Einführung in die soziologische Emotions- und Affektforschung. Oldenbourg: DeGruyter. pp. 253-261

KS_Publikationen_0224.pdf (140.4 KB)  vom 09.02.2024

Academic Activities

Member in the following departments and working groups of the German Sociological Association   :

Conference Organisation

Workshop: Nachhaltige Ökonomie: Lösungen institutioneller Inkomplementarität, Halle (Saale)
Workshop Halle 26.09^.pdf (142.3 KB)  vom 30.06.2017

Kongress der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2017
Workshop B-06: Translation von Interessen: Nachhaltigkeit in ökonomischen Kontexten
SGS 2017 Workshop Ablauf.pdf (153.5 KB)  vom 30.06.2017

Institutskolloquium im Sommersemster
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Halle (Saale)
Soziologisches Institutskolloquium 2016.pdf (226.3 KB)  vom 31.03.2016

Organisation der Kooperationstagung der Sektionen Organisations- und Wirtschaftssoziologie:
„Soziologie der Finanzmärkte“, gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Jürgen Beyer in Hamburg (Call, Programm, Tagungsbericht)
Soziologie der Finanzmärkte_Programm.pdf (1.6 MB)  vom 30.06.2017

Organisation der Tagung „Organisationen im Chaos“, gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Maja Apelt im Rahmen der AG Organisationssoziologie in Potsdam
(Call, Programm, Tagungsbericht)

All conferences
KS_Tagungen.pdf (228.3 KB)  vom 03.07.2017

Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

since 2015Professorship, Economic and Organisational Sociology at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
2006 - 2015Research associate, Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg under Professor Jürgen Beyer
2014 - 2015Substitute professorship, Sociology at TU Darmstadt (Chair, Professor Michael Hartmann)
2014Visiting scholar at Boston University, USA, Department of Sociology
2012 - 2013Substitute professorship, Sociology of Work and Economics at the University of Bielefeld (Chair, Professor Ursula Mense-Petermann)
2000 - 2005Research associate, Institute of Sociology at the University of Darmstadt under Professor Michael Hartmann


2014Habilitation at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg
2005PhD from TU Darmstadt
1997 - 2000Master’s degree in sociology from Boston University, USA
1998 - 1999Full-time scholarship at the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, USA, under Professor Peter Berger
1991 - 1996Studies in communication science, psychology and German studies at the University of Essen
Degree: Magister Artium
1992 - 1993Studies in sociology, literature and Spanish at University College Dublin, Ireland as an Erasmus scholar (10/92 – 03/93)

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