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Andrea Fried

Senior Associate Professor

The deviance and the violation of formal management control instruments are ‘necessary possibilities’.

CV, research and teaching


Andrea Fried obtained a MSc (Dipl.-Kffr.) degree in business administration and vocationomics from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and a PhD degree from Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. She has worked as a post-doctoral researcher, held a C1 (Habilitation) position and was awarded a Habilitation degree at the Chemnitz University of Technology. Before becoming an Associate (Biträdande) Professor in business administration, in particular in management control and organization studies Andrea was a visiting international research fellow and senior lecturer at the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden. Furthermore, she was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Science Research and Science Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland, at the Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and at the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.

Her earlier research looked at the philosophical foundations of knowledge and performance management. More recently, she has been actively involved in the development of the research field on management control, standards and innovation.

Andrea’s research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and books.


My main research is about formal management control systems. In my reading, formal management control systems are artifacts, not naturally given, neutral or even universally valid for organizations. They are of socio-material nature shaped by individual and organizational interests, values, and assumptions and embedded in some time, place, discourse and community. While investigating the social, behavioral and economic circumstances within which MCS artifacts are embedded I put an emphasis on the social-material aspects in the context in which formal MCS operate. I explore furthermore the changes occurring in the MCS artifacts themselves, for instance through innovation, regulation or technology.

In my research on standards I take up an important aspect of modern organizations in industrialized as well as emerging economies: the appearance of standards as an expression of global form of rule setting and regulation and as a common attempt to minimize risk by auditing and control processes. I am particularly interested in the ‚use mode’ of globally available standards and, thus, in the dangerous and beneficial deviance of standards in modern working environments.


  • Management Control Systems, Master level, 7.5 ETCS (722A46)
  • Ekonomisk styrning, civilekonom program, 15 hp (722A14)
  • Management Control, Bachelor level, 7.5 ETCS (723G71, 723G72, 723G84)
  • Classics of Organization Theory, Advanced Course, Bachelor level, 7.5 ECTS (723G56)
  • Master thesis course, SMIO program, Master level, 30 ECTS (722A31)
  • Examensarbete i företagsekonomi, civilekonom program, 30ECTS (722A35)

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International affiliations

Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena

Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research
DFG Research Project DaDriS (FR 2892/3-1)

Reviewer for research funding bodies and scientific journals

  • Reviewer for the Austrian research council FFG
  • Reviewer for the Dutch research council NWO
  • Reviewer for the German research council DFG
  • Reviewer for the South African research council NRF
  • Reviewer and guest editor for numerous international peer-reviewed journals
  • Liaison docent of the Hans Böckler Foundation, Germany

International PhD thesis examination boards

  • Member of PhD Examiners Board, School of Economic and Business Sciences, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Member of PhD Examiners Board, School of Management, IT & Governance, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Collaborative Research Seminar Series at IEI