First videos for course II: Organizing in times of war and armed conflict

We and our contributors are working hard to make the full course available as soon as possible. In the meantime, our first two classes are fully ready with a lecture, course materials and an assigment: Organizational Decision-Making in Times of Crisis (by Markus Reihlen from the Leuphana University Lüneburg) and Democratic Leadership, Dictatorship and the Sensemaking Battle (by Jochen Koch from the European University Viadrina). In addition, we have prepared an introductory video. We have also conducted two “Practice-Research Dialogue” interviews as supporting material for our classes, one with Prof. Dr. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights and NYU Stert School of Business) discussing business responsibilities from a human rights perspective and one with Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jan Pospisil (Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution and University of Vienna) about peace keeping and conflict resolution.

New course in progress: The case of war and armed conflict

Photo Credit: AP, Ukrainian Presidential Press Office

While we didn’t think about possible future iterations of this open course concept when we developed the first “Organizing in Times of Crisis: The Case of Covid-19” course, we feel that now is an important time to update our course material and take into account the second major crisis the world finds itself in now, two years after the start of the pandemic: the Russian large-scale and brutal invasion of Ukraine and the resulting fundamental disruption of the world order, not to mention the loss of life and violence in Ukraine itself. We will post course materials for 14 new sessions, ranging again from typical crisis management topics such as decision-making and leadership in times of crisis to more specific questions of corporate responsibilities in crisis as well as some sessions specifically dedicated to wartime organizing, such as information warfare and the role of digital platforms. We have also expanded our network to include new experts on these topics. Stay tuned – we aim to have everything ready by mid April 2022. You can find a short introductory video to the course here.