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Christian Wittrock

Christian Wittrock


I study the intra- and inter organizational diffusion of innovations in and across multiple settings. Current projects consider the fields of management ideas, health care, education, and responsible research and innovation. Drawing from a multidisciplinary background, lenses applied are often neo-institutional theory, translation theory and practice variation. I also consider classic psychosocial work environment measures in the context of organizational change and implementation processes. Additionally, I do research in the fields of coaching and mentoring.

I worked a decade each in business and in management consultancy respectively, giving me encompassing knowledge on the workings of organizations, as well as a hands-on perspective on organizational change and development. I am an experienced process consultant, with a proven record of accomplishment with top-tier companies as well as public organizations. Additionally, I am an experienced project manager.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Philosophy   History of ideas   Sociology   Linguistics   Political science and organisational theory

Subject areas

Action research   Research method   Diffusion   Institutional change   Cognitive linguistics   Organizational theory   Business development   Organizational change   Coaching   Innovation   Mixed methods   Innovation in the public sector   Dialogical practice   Work environment and health   Service Innovation   Mentoring


The Nordic Countries



Research projects

Scientific publications

Forsberg, Ellen-Marie; Wittrock, Christian (2022). The potential for learning from good RRI practices and implications for the usefulness of RRI as an umbrella concept. 26 p. Learning Organization .

Johnsen, Åge; Svare, Helge; Wittrock, Christian (2022). Tillitsbasert styring og ledelse i offentlig sektor i Norge: Mye hørt men lite sett?. 28 p. Nordisk Administrativt Tidsskrift . Vol. 99.

Wittrock, Christian; Skaug, Marte; Ribu, Lis (2021). Implementing assisted living technologies under resource constraints: Which frameworks help?. Bitran, Iain; Conn, Steffen; Huizingh, K.R.E.; Torkkeli, Marko (Ed.). Proceedings on the 2021 ISPIM innovation conference : Innovating our common future. .. ISPIM Lappeenranta University of Technology Press.

Wittrock, Christian; Forsberg, Ellen-Marie; Pols, Auke; Macnaghten, Philip; Ludwig, David (2020). Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation. ISBN: 978-3-030-57850-3. 131 p. Springer.

Wittrock, Christian; Forsberg, Ellen-Marie (2020). Using Indicators to further Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?. Bitrain, Iain; Conn, Steffen; Gernreich, Chris; Heber, Michelle; Huizingh, K.R.E.; Kokshagina, Olga; Torkkeli, Marko; Tynnhammar, Marcus (Ed.). Proceedings of the 2020 ISPIM Innovation Conference (Virtual) Event : Innovating in Times of Crisis. 2. ISPIM Lappeenranta University of Technology Press.

Strang, David; Wittrock, Christian (2019). Methods for the Study of Management Ideas. Sturdy, Andrew; Heusinkveld, Stefan; Reay, Trish; Strang, David (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Management Ideas. Chapter 4. p. 86-103. Oxford University Press.

Saltkjel, Therese; Tøge, Anne Grete; Malmberg-Heimonen, Ira; Borg, Elin; Lyng, Selma Therese; Wittrock, Christian; Pålshaugen, Øyvind; Fossestøl, Knut; Christensen, Hanne; Lund, Torbjørn (2018). Research protocol: A cluster-randomised study evaluating the effects of a model for improving inter-professional collaboration in Norwegian primary schools. International Journal of Educational Research . Vol. 91.

Wittrock, Christian (2015). Reembedding Lean: The Japanese Cultural and Religious Context of a World Changing Management Concept. International Journal of Sociology . Vol. 45.

Poulsen, Kirsten M.; Wittrock, Christian (2012). Mentorprogrammer i virksomheder og organisationer. ISBN: 9788757418378. 478 p.

Wittrock, Christian; Didriksen, Vibeke; Stelter, Reinhard (2009). Coaching Barometret 2009: En foreløbig oversigt over coachingens udbredelse og anvendelse i Danmark. 16 p. Personale Chefen/ The Human Ressource Manager. Vol. December.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete