Class 12: How Grand Challenges Link Together

Provided by Ali Aslan Gümüsay, University of Hamburg and Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Guiding question: How does this crisis relate to other grand challenges, e.g. climate change?


Slides: PDF / PPT

Core readings

Ferraro, F., Etzion, D., & Gehman, J. (2015). Tackling grand challenges pragmatically: Robust action revisited. Organization Studies, 36(3), pp. 363-390. SSRN

Contemporary news article

Watts, J. & Kommenda, N. (2020). Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution. The Guardian, March 23.

Post-lecture assignment

Present a local, regional or national example as to how Covid-19 has impacted another grand challenge. How do organizations respond to this entanglement? (400-600 words)

Background readings

George, G., Howard-Grenville, J., Joshi, A., & Tihanyi, L. (2016). Understanding and tackling societal grand challenges through management research. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 1880-1895. PDF 

Sachs, J. D., Schmidt-Traub G., Mazzucato, M., Messner, D., Nakicenovic, N., Rockström, J. (2019): Six transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nature Sustainability, in print. PDF