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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dolata

Managing Director of the Institute for Social Sciences

Phone 0711 685-81002
Fax 0711 685-81006
Room 02.017
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Adress University of Stuttgart
Institute for Social Sciences
Department of Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies
Seidenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart
Office Hours Wednesday, 12.00 to 12.45 am

By appointment only Frau Ristok


Areas of teaching and research

Technology, Economic Sociology and Organization Studies, Innovation Research, Technology Policy, Sociology and Political Economy of the Internet.
Curriculum Since October 2009 Ulrich Dolata has been Professor for Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart. His work and research focuses on the sociology of technology and organizations, on innovation research and technology policy as well as on the sociology and political economy of the internet.

Ulrich Dolata earned a graduate degree in economics at the University of Bremen in 1985, where he continued to complete a doctorate in economics and social sciences (Dr. rer.pol.) in 1992 as well as a post-doctoral degree (habilitation) with a thesis on the sociology of technology in 2003. Starting with the end of the 1980s, he worked at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, followed by artec, a research center for labor, environment and technology at the University of Bremen, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. In the academic year 2000/2001, he taught as a guest professor at the University of Graz and was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz.

Ulrich Dolata has been a member of the board of science and technology section of the German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, DGS) from 2007 to 2018, and has served as its spokesperson from 2014 to 2018. Since 2011, he has also been a member of the advisory board of the Sociology of Science and Technology Network (SST-Net) of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

Selected Publications

  • Dolata, Ulrich / Schrape, Jan-Felix, 2018: Collectivity and Power on the Internet. A Sociological Perspective. Cham: Springer. SpringerLink

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2017: Social Movements and the Internet. The Sociotechnical Constitution of Collective Action. Research Contributions to Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies 2017-02. PDF Volltext

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2017: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft. Market Concentration – Competition – Innovation Strategies. Research Contributions to Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies 2017-01. PDF Volltext

  • Dolata, Ulrich/Schrape, Jan-Felix, 2016: Masses, Crowds, Communities, Movements: Collective Action in the Internet Age. In: Social Movement Studies 15(1), S. 1–18. Abstract and further informations

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2013: The Transformative Capacity of New Technologies. A Theory of Sociotechnical Change. London: Routledge.

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2011: The Music Industry and the Internet. A Decade of Disruptive and Uncontrolled Sectoral Change. Research Contributions to Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies 2011-02. PDF Volltext

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2011: Radical Change as Gradual Transformation. Characteristics and Variants of Socio-technical Transitions. Research Contributions to Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies 2011-03. PDF Volltext

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2009: Technological Innovations and Sectoral Change. Transformative Capacity, Adaptability, Patterns of Change. An Analytical Framework. Research Policy 38(6), 1066-1076. PDF PDF

  • Dolata, Ulrich, 2005: Reflexive stimulation or disjointed incrementalism? Readjustments of national technology and innovation policy. In: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies 1(1), 59-76.


  • Other Publications PDF PDF

  • Presentations PDF PDF