Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack


Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5255
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276


Since 6/2020

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)


Since 10/2017

Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Managing Director

Since 10/2013

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Institute for Sociology

Professor of Sociology


Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany

Research Group Institution Building Across Borders

Head of Research Group


Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

Internationalization and Organization

Senior Researcher


Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Sociology



Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

Labor Market Policy

PhD Fellow

Research Interests

  • Globalization and Institutional Change
  • Transnational Governance, Expertise and Authority
  • Pathways and Recursivity of Transnational Governance
  • International Standard Setting (Labour, Environment, Intellectual Property, Finance)
  • Social and Organizational Practices of Coping with Regulatory Uncertainty

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Professor of Comparative and Transnational Sociology in the BA and MA Programme in Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Member of the Faculty of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Politica Constitution of the Economy, Germany


  • Society for the Avancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
  • German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, DGS)


  • Winner of the MPIFG Journal Article Award 2014 (with L. Dobusch)
  • Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 (with M.-L. Djelic)

Selected Publications

Sigrid Quack (2022). Emergence and Demise of Labor Market Institutions. A Transnational Perspective. In: Ursula Mense-Petermann, Thomas Welskopp and Anna Zaharieva (eds.), In the Search of the Global Labor Market, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 198–216.

Sigrid Quack (2019). Transnational Governance: Achievements and Limits. Book Review of Tim Bartley, Rules without Rights. Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy (Oxford, University Press, 2018) and Veerle Heyvaert, Transnational Environmental Regulation and Governance. Purpose, Strategies and Principles (Cambridge University Press, 2019). European Journal of Sociology 60 (3), 429–436.

Freistein, Katja, Mahlert, Bettina, Quack, Sigrid, Unrau, Christine (2019). Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation: How Imaginaries Shape Collaboration. Global Cooperation Research. A Quaterly Magazine, 1, 2-3.

Quack, Sigrid (2019). Policy Fields: Introducing the Centre's Research Agenda. Global Cooperation Research. A Quaterly Magazine, 2, 2-3.

Quack, Sigrid (2019). From the hope of transcendence to dreams of domestication? Review Symposium On Tim Bartley’s ‘Rules without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy’, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018. Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 0, No. 0, 1-5.

Djelic, Marie-Laure and Quack, Sigrid (2018). Globalization and Business Regulation, Annual Review of Sociology 44: 123-143.

Quack, Sigrid, Schulz-Schaeffer, Ingo, Shire, Karen, Weiß, Anja (eds.) (2018). Transnationalisierung der Arbeit. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH.

Dobusch, Leonhard, Hondros, Konstantin, Quack, Sigrid and Zangerle, Katharina (2018). Shaping Competition, Cooperation and Creativity in Music and Pharma: The Role of Legal Professionals, Intellectual Property and Regulatory Uncertainty. Organized Creativity Discussion Paper No. 18/3, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

Malets, Olga and Quack, Sigrid (2017). Varieties of Recursivity in Transnational Governance, Global Policy 8 (3): 333–42.

Dobusch, Leonhard, Lang, Markus, and Quack, Sigrid (2017). Open to Feedback? Formal and Informal Recursivity in Creative Commons’ Transnational Standard-Setting, Global Policy 8 (3): 353–63.

Botzem, Sebastian, Quack, Sigrid, and Zori, Salomon (2017). International Accounting Standards in Africa: Selective Recursivity for the ‘Happy Few’?, Global Policy 8 (4): forthcoming.

Quack, Sigrid (2016). Organizing Counter-Expertise: Critical Professional Communities in Transnational Governance, in: Staffan Furusten und Andreas Werr (eds.): The Organization of the Expert Society, Routledge: 103–18.

Alfinito Vieira, Ana Carolina, and Quack, Sigrid (2016). Trajectories of Transnational Mobilization for Indigenous Rights in Brazil, RAE - Revista de Administração de Empresas, 46 (4): 380–94.

Quack, Sigrid (2016). Expertise and Authority in Transnational Governance, in: Cotterrell, Roger/Del Mar, Maksymillian (eds.): Authority in a Transnational Age, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 361–86.

Quack, Sigrid and Schüssler, Elke (2015). Dynamics of Regulation and the Transformation of Professional Services Firms: National and Transnational Developments, in: Laure Empson et al. (eds.): Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 48–71.

Morgan, Glenn, Hirsch, Paul, and Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2015). Elites on Trial. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald Publishers.

Dobusch, Leonhard and Quack, Sigrid (2013). Framing Standards, Mobilizing Users: Copyright versus Fair Use in Transnational Regulation, Review of International Political Economy 20 (1): 52–88.

Malets, Olga and Quack, Sigrid (2013). Projecting the Local into the Global: Trajectories of Participation in Transnational Standard-Setting, in: Gili Drori, Markus Höllerer, and Peter Walgenbach (eds.): Global Themes and Local Variations in Organization and Management. Perspectives on Glocalization, London: Routledge, 325–38.

Quack, Sigrid (2010). Law, Expertise and Legitimacy in Transnational Economic Governance: An Introduction, Socio-Economic Review 8 (1): 3–16.

Quack, Sigrid (2009). "Global" Markets in Theory and History: Towards a Comparative Analysis, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderheft 49: 126–42.

Djelic, Marie-Laure and Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2010). Transnational Communities. Shaping Global Economic Governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Botzem, Sebastian and Quack, Sigrid (2009). (No) Limits to Anglo-American Accounting? Reconstructing the History of the International Accounting Standards Committee: A Review Article, Accounting, Organizations and Society 34 (8): 988–98.

Quack, Sigrid (2007): Legal Professionals and Transnational Law-Making: A Case of Distributed Agency, Organization 14 (5): 643–66.

Djelic, Marie-Laure and Quack, Sigrid (2007). Overcoming Path Dependencies – Path Generation in Open Systems, Theory and Society 36: 161–86.

Djelic, Marie-Laure and Quack, Sigrid (eds.) (2003). Globalization and Institutions. Redefining the Rules of the Economic Game, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.