EIASM Responsible Organising: New perspectives on Social Inequalities

Time and place: 11th -15th November, 2024, Hanken School of Economics, classroom teaching

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 a research area at Hanken School of Economics, 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 contribute 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 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

Last application date: 1st September 2024

Accepted applicants will be notified by 16th September 2024.


Prof. Janne Tienari (lead educator): Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics. Tienari’s research and teaching interests include gender and diversity, strategy 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 studies journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, Human Relations, and Journal of Management Studies.

Prof. Martin Fougere: Professor in Management and Politics and Business, board member at Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) Institute Hanken School of Economics. His research interests focus on business and society, business and politics, corporate responsibility, critical management studies, governmentality, postcolonialism, responsible management education, social innovation, transnational governance.

Dr. Pia Polsa: Associate Professor of Marketing, 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 India. She has published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business 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) Institute, Researcher in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Hanken School of Economics. Solitander’s research interests are in business and politics, CSR, critical management studies, business & human rights, responsible management 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: Nikodemus Solitander, solitander@hanken.fi