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Professor Dr. Stefanie Hiß

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Sociology
18 k Bachstraße
Jena 07743
Germany




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research profile/ research interests

Economic sociology/ rating, credit, scoring
Sociology of markets/ sociology of financial markets, socially responsible investment
Sociology of organizations: corporate social responsibility, social standards
Environmental sociology/ sustainability, environmental standards
Institutional theory/ new institutionalism in sociology
Sociology of work and industry/ work in the financial sector
Political sociology/ social movements, NGOs
International Political Economy/ Financialisation


curriculum vitae

academic background

Since winter term 2012/2013
Full Professor (W3), Sociology of Markets, Organizations and Governance

since 06/2012
Senior Academic Affiliate at the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions, University of California, San Diego, US

01/2012-06-2012 Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

Since winter term 2009/2010
Assistant Professor (W1) of Economic Sociology/ Sociology of Financial Markets
Schumpeter Fellow, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation
Head of the Junior Research Group 'Sustainability and Financial Markets - Institutional Arrangements and Patterns of Perception (NaFin)'

02/2007-09/2009
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Researcher [Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin], and Assistant Professor [Akademische Rätin a.Z.) at the Department of Sociology II and in the Research Training Group (German Research Foundation) 'Markets and Social Systems in Europe' at the University of Bamberg

09/2005-01/2007
Researcher [Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin] at the Max Planch Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne

10/2002-08/2005
Ph.D. student in the Research Training Group 'Markets and Social Systems in Europe' at the University of Bamberg

03/2004-08/2004
Marie Curie Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick, UK

07/2003-10/2003
DAAD Visiting Research Fellow at the Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

10/1994-09/2002
Studies in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Law, and South Asian Studies at the Universities in Frankfurt am Main and Heidelberg


academic degrees

12/2005
Ph.D. in Sociology [Dr. rer. pol.] at the University of Bamberg [summa cum laude]
Committee: Prof. Dr. Richard Münch, Prof. Dr. Lothar Brock)
Dissertation: Corporate Social Responsibility - ein Mythos? Reichweite und Grenzen des Neoinstitutionalismus als Erklärungsinstrument. [Corporate Social Responsibility - a Myth? Scope and Limits of the New Institutionalism in Sociology.]
Winner of the 2006 PhD Award of the University of Bamberg

12/2002
MA [Diplom] Political Science at the University Frankfurt am Main

09/2002
MSc Econ [Diplom] Economics at the University Frankfurt am Main


Award and Honours

01/2012 - 07/2012 Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

06/2011-06/2016 Member of the Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - BBAW) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina).

2009 Stefanie Hiss as the only sociologist listed in the German business magazin Capital's ranking of the 40 top junior researchers

2006 Dissertation Award of the University of Bamberg


Other scientific activities

Since 07/2013
Speaker of the Jena Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Societies (JenZiG)

Since 06/2013
Speaker of the interdisciplinary working group "Sustainability" of the Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - BBAW) and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina)

Since 04/2010
Member of the Jena Graduate School "Human Behaviour in Social & Economic Change" (GSBC)

Since 12/2009
Speaker of the pillar "work" in the Jena Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Societies (JenZiG)

2010-2011
Member in the network project "Institutional Change in the Regulation of Financial Markets", organized by Prof. Dr. Renate Mayntz, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

2009-2012
Fellow in the Young Researchers Network of the German Research Foundation (DFG): "The political economy of the global processes of financialisation"

10/2009-09/2011
Fellow of the Fast Track Programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation

courses

Courses in the summer term 2014

Sustainability strategies of organizations (undergraduate course, teaching research project)
Sociology of markets II (graduate course)
Research colloquium

Courses in the winter term 2013/2014

Introduction to organizational sociology (undergraduate course)
Sustainability strategies of organizations (undergraduate course, teaching research project)
Sociology of markets (graduate course)
Research colloquium: organizations and sustainability

Courses in the summer term 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility - appraisals and explanations II (undergraduate course, teaching research project)
Sociology of Organizations - new research (graduate course; course language: English)

Courses in the winter term 2012/2013

Introduction to organizational sociology (undergraduate course)
Corporate Social Responsibility - appraisals and explanations I (undergraduate course, teaching research project)
The Role of the Corporation in Society (graduate course; course language: English)

Courses in the winter term 2011/2012

Introduction to organizational sociology (undergraduate course)
Comparing Capitalism(s) (graduate course; course language: English)

Courses in the summer term 2011

Institutions and Institutionalism(s) (graduate course; course language: English)

Courses in the winter term 2010/2011

Economic sociology (graduate course; course language: English)

Courses in the summer term 2010

Sociology of Markets (graduate course)

Courses in the winter term 2009/2010

Corporate Social Responsibility (graduate course)

research projects

current research projects

NaFin - Sustainability and Financial Markets - Institutional Arrangements and Patterns of Perception, funded by VolkswagenFoundation, funding initiative Schumpeter-Fellowships
Duration: October 2009 - September 2014

Institutionalization of public interests in private corporations, funded by the University of Jena
Duration: July 2011 - June 2013

Rating and Rating agencies, funded by Hans Boeckler Foundation
Duration: June 2010 - March 2011

publications

books

Hiss, Stefanie/ Nagel, Sebastian (2012): Ratingagenturen zwischen Krise und Regulierung. [Rating Agencies Between Crisis and Regulation.] Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Hiss, Stefanie (2006): Warum übernehmen Unternehmen gesellschaftliche Verantwortung? Ein soziologischer Erklärungsversuch. [Why Do Corporations Act Socially Responsible? A Sociological Perspective.] Dissertation. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.

editorials

Beyer, Jürgen/ Hiss, Stefanie (2007): Unternehmen zwischen Aktionärsinteresse und sozialer Verantwortung. [Corporations Between Social Responsibility and Shareholder Value.] Berliner Debatte Initial, Special Issue 18 (4/5).

Gad, Gerhard/ Hiss, Stefanie/ Wienhardt, Thomas (2005): Wirtschaft, Ethik und Entwicklung - Wie passt das zusammen? [Business, Ethics, and Development - How Does it Fit?] Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin.

journal articles

Hiss, Stefanie (2013): The Politics of Financialization of Sustainability. Competition and Change 17(3): 234-247.

Hiss, Stefanie/ Rona-Tas, Akos (2011): Wie entstehen Preise? Zur Lösung des Bewertungsproblems auf dem Markt für Ratingurteile strukturierter Finanzprodukte. [The Making of Prices. How the Valuation Problem is Solved on the Market for the Rating of Structured Finance Products.] In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie 21(4): 469-494.

Rona-Tas, Akos/ Hiss, Stefanie (2010): The Role of Ratings in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis: The Art of Corporate and the Science of Consumer Credit Rating. In: Lounsbury, Michael/ Hirsch, Paul M. (eds.) Markets on Trial. The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 30A: 115-155.

Róna-Tas, Ákos/ Hiss, Stefanie (2010): Das Kreditrating von Verbrauchern und Unternehmen und die Subprime-Krise in den USA mit Lehren für Deutschland. [Consumer and Corporate Credit Ratings and the Subprime Crisis in the U.S. with Some Lessons for Germany.] In: Informatik-Spektrum 33(3): 241-261.
-> German Reprint of the Study prepared to the SCHUFA 2008

Hiß, Stefanie (2009): Corporate Social Responsibility - Innovation oder Tradition? Zum Wandel der gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung von Unternehmen in Deutschland. [Corporate Social Responsibility - Innovation or Tradition? The Transformation of Societal Responsibility of Corporations.] In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik [Journal for Business, Economics and Ethics] 10(3): 287-303.

Hiß, Stefanie (2009): Zum Wandel von Arbeit und Expertentum im Finanzsystem - das Beispiel der Ratinganalysten. [Changing work and expertise in the financial system - the example of rating analysts] In: Arbeits- und Industriesoziologische Studien 2 (2): 5-16.

Hiss, Stefanie (2009): From Implicit to Explicit Corporate Social Responsibility - Institutional Change as a Fight for Myths. In: Business Ethics Quarterly, Special Issue on "The Changing Role of Business in a Global Society: New Challenges and Responsibilities" Vol. 19(3): 433- 451.

Hiss, Stefanie (2007): Corporate Social Responsibility - Über die Durchsetzung von Stakeholder-Interessen im Shareholder-Kapitalismus. [Corporate Sopcial Responsibility - How to Enforce the Stakeholders' Interests in Shareholder Capitalism.] In: Berliner Debatte Initial 18 (4/5), 6-15.

Hiss, Stefanie (2006): Does Corporate Social Responsibility Need Social Capital? In: Journal of Corporate Citizenship 23, 81-91.

Hiss, Stefanie (2005): Durch Reden zum Handeln?! Zur Rolle freiwilliger Unternehmensinitiativen bei der Verbreitung von Sozialstandards. [From Talking the Walk to Walking the Talk?! The Role of Voluntary Initiatives of Multinational Firms for the Diffusion of Social Standards.] In: Journal for Business, Economics and Ethics 6/2, 215-230.

book chapters

Hiss, Stefanie/Nagel, Sebastian (2014): Credit Rating Agencies. In: Mügge, Daniel (Ed.): Europe and the Governance of Global Finance. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 127-140.

Hiß, Stefanie (2014): Was bleibt von der Nachhaltigkeit nach ihrer Finanzialisierung? [What remains of sustainability after its financialization?] In: Heires, Marcel/ Nölke, Andreas (eds.): Politische Ökonomie der Finanzialisierung [Political Economy of Financialization]. Wiesbaden: SpringerVS: 211-224.

Hiss, Stefanie (2013): Responsible Investing as Social Innovation. In: Osburg, T. and Schmidpeter, R. (eds.), Social Innovation. Solutions for a Sustainable Future. Berlin and Heidelberg: Springer: 229-237.

Hiss, Stefanie (2012): Konfligierende Rationalitäten - wie Nachhaltigkeit die Rationalitätsordnung des Finanzmarktes irritiert. [Conflicting Rationalities - How Sustainability Confuses the Financial Market's Order of Rationality.] In: Engels, Anita/ Knoll, Lisa (eds..): Wirtschaftliche Rationalität: Soziologische Perspektiven. [Economic Rationality: Sociological Perspectives.] Wiesbaden: SpringerVS: 85-107.

Hiss, Stefanie/ Kunzlmann, Jakob (2011): Nachhaltigkeitsaccounting - Initiativen zur Integration von Nachhaltigkeit in den Geschäftsbericht. [Sustainability Accounting. Initiatives Integrating Sustainability into Annual Reports.] In: Burckhardt, Gisela (ed.): Mythos CSR: Unternehmensverantwortung und Regulierungslücken. [Myth CSR. Corporate Responsibility and Regulatory Shortcomings.] Bonn: Horlemann Verlag: 200-204.

Rona-Tas, Akos/ Hiss, Stefanie (2011): Forecasting as Valuation: The Role of Ratings and Predictions in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis in the US. In: Beckert, Jens/ Aspers, Patrik (eds.): The Worth of Goods. Valuation and Pricing in the Economy. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 223-246.

Hiss, Stefanie (2011): Globale Finanzmärkte und nachhaltiges Investieren. [Global Financial Markets and Responsible Investment.] In: Groß, Matthias (ed.): Handbuch Umweltsoziologie. [Handbook Environmental Sociology.] Wiesbaden: VS Verlag. 651-670.

Hiss, Stefanie (2010): Wo bleibt der Weltfinanzklimabericht? Zur zivilgesellschaftlichen Kritikfähigkeit von Finanzmarktrisiken. [Waiting for the World Financial Climate Change Report. What Do German Civil Society Organizations Have to Say About Global Financial Risks?], In: Soeffner, Hans-Georg (ed.): Unsichere Zeiten: Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. [Uncertain Times: Challenging societal transformations.] Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Hiss, Stefanie/ Curbach, Janina (2010): Einleitung zur Ad-hoc-Gruppe: Transformationen unternehmerischer Verantwortung. Zum Wandel von Corporate Social Responsibility vor dem Hintergrund der Spielarten des Kapitalismus. [Introduction to the Ad hoc group: Transformations of corporate social responsibility and Varieties of Capitalism]. In: Soeffner, Hans-Georg (ed.): Unsichere Zeiten: Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. [Uncertain Times: Challenging societal transformations.] Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag. CD-ROM.

Hiss, Stefanie (2010): Spielarten der institutionellen Verankerung von Corporate Social Responsibility. [Varieties of Corporate Social Responsibility.] In: Soeffner, Hans-Georg (ed.): Unsichere Zeiten: Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. [Uncertain Times: Challenging societal transformations.] Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Hiss, Stefanie (2010): Übernehmen Unternehmen mit ihrer Unterstützung der Tafeln gesellschaftliche Verantwortung? [Do corporations with their support of Food Banks act socially responsible?] In: Lorenz, Stephan (ed.): TafelGesellschaft. Zum neuen Umgang mit Überfluss und Ausgrenzung. [TafelSociety. On the new dealing with affluence and social exclusion.] Bielefeld: transcript, 69-80.

Hiss, Stefanie (2005): Embeddedness und Autonomy - zum Einfluss von Sozialkapital auf Corporate Social Responsibility. [Embeddedness and Autonomy - The Impact of Social Capital on Corporate Social Responsibility.] In: Gad, Gerhard/ Hiss, Stefanie/ Wienhardt Thomas (eds.): Wirtschaft, Ethik und Entwicklung - Wie passt das zusammen? [Business, Ethics, and Development - How Does it Fit?] Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin. 296-323.

studies

Róna-Tas, Ákos/ Hiss, Stefanie (2008): Consumer and Corporate Credit Ratings and the Subprime Crisis in the U.S. with Some Lessons for Germany, Study prepared to the SCHUFA, Wiesbaden (together with Ákos Róna-Tas).

German version: Das Kreditrating von Verbrauchern und Unternehmen und die Subprime-Krise in den USA mit Lehren für Deutschland, translation: Stephan Elkins (SocioTrans)

-> German version of the study has been reprinted in Informatik-Spektrum 2010

working papers

Róna-Tas, Ákos/ Hiß, Stefanie (2010): Consumer and Corporate Credit Ratings and the Subprime Crisis in the U.S. with Some Lessons for Germany. In: Micklitz, Hans-W. (ed.): Consumer Loans and the Role of the Credit Bureaus in Europe. EUI Working Papers RSCAS 2010/44. 5-28.

Hiss, Stefanie (2004): Corporate Social Responsibility - A Myth? The Example of the 'Round Table Codes of Conduct' in Germany. CSGR Working Paper No 140/04, University of Warwick.

Hiss, Stefanie (2004): Does Corporate Social Responsibility Need Social Capi­tal? The Example of the 'Sector Model Social Responsibility' of the 'Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail Trade (AVE)', a Public Private Partnership Project. CSGR Working Paper No 141/04, University of Warwick.

miscellaneous

Hiß, Stefanie (2011): Der Finanzmarkt als Adressat unternehmerischen Werte- und Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements. [The financial market as addressee of corporate value and sustainability management.] Hernsteiner 02/11: 11-13.

Hiss, Stefanie (2008) Review of Peter Imbusch/ Dieter Rucht (Hrsg.), Profit oder Gemeinwohl? Fallstudien zur gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung von Wirtschaftseliten. [Profits of Common Goods? Case Studies Concerning the Societal Responsibility of Economic Elites.] Soziologische Revue 31 (4): 413-416.

Hiss, Stefanie (2009): The Crisis on Financial Markets and Sustainable Development In: Einblicke Nr. 49, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. 28-30.