Auswärtige Empfehlungen

Doctoral Workshop on 'Organizational Wrongdoing' HS19

with Prof. Don Lange

We are happy to announce this year’s doctoral workshop “Current Topics in Management and Business Ethics”. The particular focus of the seminar will be on "Organizational Wrongdoing" (please find some further details attached). Professor Donald Lange from the Hertie School of Governance - former associate editor of the 'Academy of Management Review' and an internationally recognized expert on this topic - will be our lecturer this year. It will take place from 16 to 19 September 2019 at the University of Zurich. You can already save the date!

Please spread the word to those who might be interested in participating. Please note that participation is limited to about 10 students. Students will be selected based upon the stage of their studies and the fit of the workshop with their research area. Interested participants should send me their CVs and a short motivational statement until 2 August 2019.

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Social Entrepreneurship - Research from an Organizational and Institutional Perspective HS18

PhD Workshop Current Topics in Management and Business Ethics:

Social Entrepreneurship -Research from an Organizational and Institutional Perspective

When? September 17-20, 2018

Where? University of Zurich, UNK-E-2, Universitätsstr. 84, 8006 Zürich

With whom? Prof. Johanna Mair (PhD), Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and Stanford University

For whom? Doctoral students with interest in organizational theory or entrepreneurship

Content: In this four-day course we will revisit research on social entrepreneurship by taking an organizational and institutional lens. The course is most useful for students seeking to learn more about these topics and use them as a theoretical foundation for their papers. We are happy to announce that Prof. Johanna Mair from the Hertie School of Governance will lead this course. She is one of the leading authors in the field of social entrepreneurship and her seminal work has been published in Top-Tier journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Journal of Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Business Ethics, among others. Prof. Mair will guide you through an interesting week dedicated to organizational theory and social entrepreneurship.

Schedule: In the morning sessions of the first three days, we will focus our discussion on current literature and theories in the specific topics of Organizational Research on Social Entrepreneurship Research (day 1), Intra and Inter-organizational Perspectives (day 2) and the Institutional Context Revisited (day 3). In the afternoon sessions of the first three days, we will hear selected student presentations and discussions. In the morning session of day 4, we will discuss more generally research practices and focus on how to combine rigor and relevance, specifically: How to combine theoretical insights and in-depth field work? How can we build a knowledge base that advances theory and practice? We will end the seminar with a lunch on day 4. A detailed and final syllabus will be available in July on the website of the Chair of Foundations of Business Administration and Theories of the Firm. (

Grading: The grading includes course participation and presentation (50%) as well as a research proposal as a follow-up assignment (50%). The workshop is worth 3 ECTS points.

Registration: Please register for this doctoral seminar by sending an email with your CV and a short motivation to Dr. Nadine Hietschold ( until July 15, 2018 (due to the GSB regulations, UZH doctoral students have priority). For questions regarding the seminar content, please contact Nadine Hietschold or Johanna Mair (

Recent Developments in Institutional Theory FS18

We are happy to announce the next seminar in the Distinguished Scholars Series: Prof. Royston Greenwood from the University of Alberta will teach a 3-day seminar on April 25th-27th, 2018. The seminar will focus on the recent developments in Institutional Theory. More details will follow. 
Please note that spots are limited. In order to attend, please apply by sending an email to Dr. Shenghui Ma ( with a few sentences of your motivation and attaching a copy of your CV until March 10th, 2017. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For PhD students, it is possible to attain 3 credits from the course.

Power and Organizations FS17

Luciana D'Adderio

Stewart Clegg

June 26th to 28th 2017, UNK-E-2

Course for PhD students and Postdocs

Module: Scientific Writing


Organization Studies is a hybrid area that has formed, largely in Business Schools, out of the meeting of an essentially social science view of organizations (as opposed to a more managerialist or economistic view) in which the sociology of organizations is a dominant element. Its aim is to situate organizational relations within an account of social ordering, both within and without, organizations. The focus is on organization, organizations and organizing. To address these adequately power relations have to be in central focus.
Organizations are both crucibles of power relations and major power actors in the contemporary world. Unfortunately, power has rarely been addressed adequately by much management theory, which, where it has addressed power relations, often sees them as illegitimate.
The objective of this course is to present current research related to power and organizations to which the lecturer has made a significant contribution. The argument of the subject will be that an appropriate understanding of power and organizations should be grounded in the major streams of political theory in the West, notably the traditions inspired by Hobbes and Machiavelli.

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Practices, Artifacts and Materiality FS17

Luciana D'Adderio

Luciana D’Adderio

May 16th to 18th 2017, UNK-E-2

Course for PhD students and Postdocs

Module: Scientific Writing


Link to the course catalogue

This seminar on Practices, artifacts and materiality aims to provide participants with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the dynamics through which artifacts, technology and materiality shape organizational practices and routines. The course will be delivered as a set of specialist sessions on specific topics each involving an advanced introduction to the state of the art literature by the convener, followed by practical class-based exercises and discussion. Participants will be provided with a recommended reading list and will be asked to reflect how these contributions related to their own work/project. A provisional list of topics and articles (subject to change) can be found below.

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