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This blog offers reflections on “Organizing in Times of Crisis” by professors and students.

Is it the primary responsibility of corporations to return money to shareholders?

This blog post was contributed by Jennifer Arosio, a student in the MSc Leading Innovative Organizations at JKU Linz, and is based on the lecture “CSR and Stakeholder Relations” by Prof. Dr. Nora Lohmeyer (class #8 of Course II) The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) emerged in the 1950s when Howard Bowen advocated for more ethical and … Continue reading

Is CSR a market(ing) instrument to attract shareholders? A perspective from Austria

This blog post was contributed by Hannah Schneller and Mario Stich, both students in the MSc Leading Innovative Organizations at JKU Linz, based on class #8 of Course II, “CSR and Stakeholder Relations“. Discussing the shareholder vs. stakeholder approach in CSR strategies in class was great, and we concluded that Friedman’s shareholder value approach from … Continue reading

Academic symposium: Organized violence in its contexts

Steffen Boehm from the University of Exeter Business School has put together an interesting academic symposium investigating the sources and consequences of organized violence – a phenomenon we find inside organizations, but also in society – as in the case of war. The symposium features a variety of experts on the topic such as Samer … Continue reading

Teaching course II: The case of war and armed conflict – First impressions from Leuphana University

Today, I have started teaching the course Organizing in Times of Crisis: The Case of War and Armed Conflict at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg! The bachelor students will analyse the current Russian invasion of Ukraine through a management and organization theory lens, in order to better understand the impact of such a crisis on organizations, but … Continue reading

New articles relevant to “Organizing in times of war and armed conflict”

The current volume of “Organization Studies” contains two studies that are highly relevant to our course contents. First, the article “Space and Sensemaking in High-Reliability Task Contexts: Insights from a maritime mass rescue exercise” links to classes 2 and 4 by examining the role of sensemaking in high reliability contexts. Second, the study “Precarity, Hospitality, … Continue reading

Panel on “Corporate sanctions in Russia”

Fitting to the second part of our “Organizing in Times of War and Armed Conflict” course which contains four classes on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in crisis, leading CSR scholars are holding a panel reflecting on the corporate sanctions in Russia. The event is online and free of charge, you can register here.

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 … Continue reading

New study on pandemic leadership

Leadership in times of crisis has been an important theme in our course, and popular among students as an essay topic. One student, for example, addressed the question of whether women are the better crisis leaders. In the early months of the pandemic, many also attributed Germany’s relatively good response to the fact that the … Continue reading

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