He obtained an MA degree in Management & Organizational Analysis at the Warwick Business School, UK, and a BA and MA degree in Sociology at the Karl Franzens University Graz. Daniel held visiting appointments at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, the University of Alberta, Canada, the University of Bergamo, Italy, and the Higher School of Economics in Russia.
His research interests revolve around institutional change and categorization processes of organizations. In particular, these topics involve questions of legitimacy, authenticity, identity and stigmatization of organizations. His current research projects focus on change dynamics within and of categories.