Phenomenological sociology, sociology of knowledge, social theory and methodology, qualitative social research, ethnography
sociological methodology and qualitative social research
phenomenological sociology of knowledge
sociology of communication
sociology of organization
Studies of sociology, economics and law at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland (1969-1975) and of sociology (PhD-level) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1980-1982). Training in Gestalt psycho- and sociotherapy and coaching 1984-1989.
Professor Emeritus (since 2015); Vice-president of The European Sociological Association (ESA) (2007-2011); President of the Swiss Sociological Association (SSA) (1998-2005); Member of The Social Science Policy Council (SSPC) (2000-2005); Guest professor at the University of Constance and the University of Vienna; Regular lectureship at the University of Basel, and lectureship at the University of Zurich; Adviser of the DFG-project "build-up of an international open-access-document server for the social sciences (SSOAR)" (2008-2012); Member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) (2002-2008); Member of the steering committee and expert group of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s priority program "Future Switzerland" (1998-2004); Professor of sociology at the University of St. Gallen (2001); Habilitation (venia legendi) in sociology at the University of St. Gallen (1998); Visiting Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) (1994); PhD at the University of St. Gallen (summa cum laude) (1984); Visiting Scholar at UCSB (1980-1982); Master Degree (licentiate) in Economic Sociology at the University of St. Gallen (1975).
Lectures and seminars at the Bachelor-, Master- and PhD-level at the universities of St. Gallen, Konstanz, Basel, Zurich and Vienna.
Senior Board member and former chair of the Research Network "Qualitative Methods" (since 2001), and board member and former chair of the Research Network "Sociology of Culture" of the European Sociological Association (ESA) (since 2005).
Regular Memberships: Swiss Sociological Association (SSA), American Sociological Association (ASA), German Sociological Association (GSA), European Sociological Association (ESA), International Sociological Association (ISA), Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS, U.S.), Academy of Management, Association of the Swiss university lecturers.
John-Latsis-Award for outstanding scientific achievements (1984).
Amicitia-Award for the best doctorate in economic sciences at the University of St. Gallen (1984).
Ethnography-Award from the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, Germany (2017).
Member of the scientific advisory board of the Forum Qualitative Social Research (FQS) (since 2003); Editorial Board Member of Schutzian Research (since 2007).
Sociological practice: seminars, workshops and consulting for public administrations and private-sector companies in the realms of leadership, communication, intercultural management, conflict management, project management, teambuilding, organisational development, personality development, time management and self-management.