Dr. Gorgi Krlev

Gorgi Krlev, DPhil (Oxon)

Centre for Social Investment (CSI)
Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology
University of Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg

Telefon: 06221 - 54 119-82

Cosultation hours: by appointment

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08/2019 Theorizing Social Innovation + Brokerage in collective action + Entrepreneurial ecosystems,
AOM Boston (provisional)

07/2019 Living with best friends: A study of social capital,
EGOS Edinburgh (provisional)

06/2019 Hybrid organizing,
EURAM Lisbon (provisional)

03/2019 Institutions in becoming,
New Institutionalism Workshop Uppsala

03/2019 Bringing citizens back in, digitally?, IOM PDW Barcelona

03/2019 New forms of organizing,
Edinburgh Business School Workshop

10/2018 G-Forum Stuttgart

07/2018 EGOS Tallinn

08/2018 AOM Chicago

Research focus

Gorgi Krlev's research focus is on organisation theory, institutional theory, entrepreneurship and innovation among others. At the Centre for Social Investment (CSI) he has worked on a number of projects on social enterprise and social innovation. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford (Kellogg College) in which he has theoretically and empirically advanced the measurement of social impact (summary, in German). His research focussed on the impact of a school-based intervention on pro-social behaviour (results), a political web platform (results) and community-oriented living models (results). Gorgi's work is mostly interdisciplinary and he uses both, quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • Orgnisation theory
  • Institutional theory
  • Management and Governance
  • (Social) Innovation
  • (Social) Entrepreneurship
  • Hybridisation
  • Social investment/Impact investing
  • Social impact measurement

Current and completed projects

Selected publications

Guest editing (ongoing): Symposium Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly & Special Issue International Review of Applied Economics

  • Anheier, H. K., Krlev, G., & Mildenberger, G. (Eds.). (2018/2019). Social Innovation: Comparative European Perspectives [OPEN ACCESS]. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138068360.
  • Krlev, G., Einarsson, T., Wijkström, F., Heyer, L. & Mildenberger, G. (conditional accept). The policies of social innovation – a cross-national analysis. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
  • Göler von Ravensburg, N., Krlev, G. & Mildenberger, G. (2019). Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe. Country report: Germany. European Commission: Brussels.
  • Kehl, K., Krlev, G., Then, V., & Mildenberger, G. (2018). Adapting the measuring rod for social returns in advanced welfare states: A critique of SROI. In A. Lindgreen, B. Hirsch, C. Vallaster, & S. Yousafzai (Eds.), Measuring and controlling sustainability: Spanning theory and practice. London: Routledge.
  • Anheier, H. K., & Krlev, G. (2015) Governance and management of hybrid organizations: Introduction to the Special Issue. International Studies of Management and Organization, 45(3), 193–206.
  • Anheier, H. K., & Krlev, G. (2014) Welfare regimes, policy reforms, and hybridity: Introduction to the Special Issue. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(11), 1395–1411.
  • Krlev, G., Bund, E., & Mildenberger, G. (2014). Measuring what matters—Indicators of social innovativeness on the national level. Information Systems Management, 31(3), 200–224.
  • Krlev, G. (2013). Framework conditions for Social Entrepreneurship—a spotlight on legal and financial issues. Trusts & Trustees, 19(6), 526–534.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Seit 2018: Post-Doc CSI
  • 2013 - 2017: DPhil in Business and Management University of Oxford (Kellogg College)
    (advised by Alex Nicholls and Jonathan Michie)
  • 2011 - 2017: Research Associate CSI
  • 2010: Project Associate BASF SE (BoP Business and Social Business)
  • 2005 - 2010: M.Sc. Business Administration/Dipl.-Kfm. University of Mannheim
    (majors: Finance & International Management)

Membership & Engagement: AOM, EURAM, EGOS, Board of Directors Euclid Network, Advisory Board INFINITY Deutschland, Associated Scholar DFG Network “Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing”.


  • WS 2018: Organizational Institutionalism
  • SoSe 2017: Social innovation as a source of social change
  • WS 2017: Measuring social impact
  • WS 2017: Business Ethics & Social Entrepreneurship (Univ. of Applied Sciences Worms)