EIASM Responsible Organising: New perspectives on Social Inequalities, 7.-11.11.2022

Time: 7.-11.11.2022

Place: Hanken School of Economics, classroom teaching (subject to change depending on the COVID situation)

Learning goals and objectives:

The aim of the course is to give an in-depth overview of the current state and contribution of Responsible Organising research on social inequalities. Responsible Organising (RO) is one of Hanken's four Areas of Strength, which has been evaluated as reaching highest international standard. At the core of Responsible Organising (RO) is research on how different actors are organising for transformative action towards sustainability, as expressed in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Common for RO research is a rejection of the idea that moral concerns and business decisions are something separate. Instead, within RO ethics/morality and business as inseparable, intertwined, and interconnected. Simultaneously it recognizes the complexity, multifacetedness, and intersectionality of societal inequalities. The course brings together faculty from different subjects to explore the intersections between social responsibility and social inequalities. 

After completing the course, the participants are able to

• evaluate different perspectives on social inequalities

• position your own research in relation to different Responsible Organising perspectives

• understand the evolution of Responsible Organising research and how you can contrib-ute to that evolution 

• collaborate with other researchers to develop research ideas into joint paper

Instruction and examination: a) pre-assignment tasks b) participation to the lectures c) contribution to mentoring sessions d) writing a learning diary. 

Credits: 6

Grading: Pass – Fail

Prerequisites: Preferably second- and third-year doctoral students.

Responsible Organising is not a separate division/function but covers all aspects of life from social to ecological, therefore the course is targeted to all doctoral candidates including all Kataja graduate schools (Doctoral Education Network in Marketing; The Finnish Graduate School of International Business; the Graduate School of Management and Organisation; the Graduate School of Accounting; the Graduate School of Finance; and the Graduate School of Logistics and Supply Chain Management). 


The maximum number of participants is 25. If more apply, the selection is based on the relevance to the applicant’s thesis topic as well as previous studies.

Interested doctoral students should register online via EIASM on 5 September latest and add the required documents: 

•the applicant's curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research related to social inequalities

•two-page description of doctoral research proposal


Prof. Janne Tienari (lead educator): Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics. Tienari's research and teaching interests include gender and diversity, strate-gy work, managing multinational corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and branding and media. His latest passion is to understand management, new generations, and the future. Tienari’s work has been published in leading organization and management stud-ies journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Sci-ence, Organization Studies, Organization, Human Relations, and Journal of Manage-ment Studies.  

Dr. Maria Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes: Postdoctoral researcher, Hanken School of Econom-ics. Her research interests are in CSR, local community, social license to operate, stake-holder dialogues, forestry, conflicts, stakeholder dialogues, governance, social license to operate, relational ontologies, decolonial research, indigenous knowlegdes, territorial movements, Latin America, alternative food networks, sustainable food, food ethics.

Associate Prof. Martin Fougere: Associate Professor in Politics and Business, board member at Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) Institute Hanken School of Eco-nomics. His research interests focus on business and society, business and politics, cor-porate responsibility, critical management studies, governmentality, postcolonialism, re-sponsible management education, social innovation, transnational governance.

Dr. Charlotta Niemistö: Director of Gender, Organisation, Diversity, Equality, and Social Sustainability in transnational times (GODESS) Institute, Hanken School of Economics. Her research interests include questions around work/family reconciliation, work/non-work boundaries, coping at work, gender, age/generations, inequalities, and social and human sustainability.

Prof. emeritus Jeff Hearn: Research Director of Gender, Organisation, Diversity, Equali-ty, and Social Sustainability in transnational times (GODESS) Institute Hanken School of Economics. His current research focuses on gender, age, intersectionality, organisations, management, and transnational processes. He has been involved in many national, Nor-dic, EU and international research and policy projects, is co-managing editor, Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series, and has published widely in organisation studies and social sciences.

Dr. Wojciech Piotrowicz: Director of the Director of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research (HUMLOG) Institute. Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics. His research is related to Sup-ply Chain and logistics in various contexts, performance and evaluation, as well as im-pact of technologies on organizations and societies. Currently he leads Academy of Fin-land project focused on humanitarian assistance and local markets under armed conflict conditions and two projects related the response to pandemics. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Pia Polsa: Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Hanken School of Economics. Her current research interests are poverty, service and relationship marketing at non-profit settings like health care in developing countries, international marketing channels, and cross-cultural methodology. Additionally, her research includes grocery retailing and consumer behaviour in China and sustainable poverty alleviating business models in In-dia. She has published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Busi-ness Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Macromarketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Supply Chain Management, among others.

Dr. Nikodemus Solitander: Director of Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) Insti-tute, Sinituote Postdoctoral Researcher in Supply Chain Management and Social Respon-sibility, Hanken School of Economics. Solitander’s research interests are in business and politics, CSR, critical management studies, business & human rights, responsible man-agement education, financialization, critical geography. 

Responsible Organising webpage: https://www.hanken.fi/en/departments-and-centres/department-management-and-organisation/ccr/research/responsible-organising. 

Course coordinator and contact information: Associate Professor Pia Polsa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Nikodemus Solitander  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.