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Organization Studies and Ethics
We are facing unprecedented major challenges that threaten our world at the societal and environmental levels. These global, interconnected and systemic problems are not a matter for the future, but must be urgently addressed through individual and collective efforts. This requires solidarity, new forms of organization, collaboration, new ways of working, and responsible leaders who dare to engage and act for the common good.
The Department of Organization Studies and Ethics aims to contribute to these challenges by addressing these issues at multiple levels and considering how these issues are interrelated and interact with each other. Our department brings together a broad group of scholars specializing in different disciplines and working on different topics.
We seek to understand current developments in order to build a desirable and sustainable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. We believe that change happens at all three levels, and we strive to influence positive change. It can be extraordinary and innovative, as well as ordinary and traditional.
We conduct research that is committed and has impact at individual (employee, leader, manager), organizational (start-up, large corporations and SME) and inter-organizational (network, supply chains, ecosystem, stakeholder) levels that improve knowledge and lead to practical recommendations.
We take real-world issues as the starting point for our empirical research, and we often, but not exclusively, practice theory development based on qualitative material. We seek to transfer our knowledge and research findings to pedagogy at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, as well as to executive education programs.
An interdisciplinary perspective
The research we conduct and the courses we offer encompass the following interrelated areas of expertise with an interdisciplinary perspective:
Accountability and Ethics
As centers of excellence in teaching and research, they bring together diverse disciplines and schools of thought. What's more, these clusters have a well-established presence and strong experience within Audencia, having been developed within the school.
Through responsible and inclusive management education, strong collaboration with industry partners, and interdisciplinary research that enables us to understand the complexity of issues, we believe that our Department of Organization Studies and Ethics contributes to the creation of a sustainable, livable world in which everyone has a place.
Major challenges require the concerted efforts of a wide range of stakeholders committed to sustainable development and ethical behavior. If the future is at stake in our work, the present is our anchor. We strive to understand current developments in order to build a desirable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. To this end, we approach sustainability and ethics in our research and teaching from a variety of disciplines, contexts, and theoretical and empirical perspectives. We focus on topics such as political CSR, stakeholder engagement, complex systems, business ethics, responsible leadership, diversity and inclusion, and pressing industry challenges.
- Perspectives on CSR (political, strategic, stakeholders...)
- Great challenges and complex systems (SDGs, The Donut...)
- Sustainable and Responsible Innovation
- Business Ethics
- Diversity, Inclusion and Equality
- Responsible Management Education
- Cross-sectorial collaboration (NGOs, public sector)
- Extra-financial rating and CSR reporting
- Energy transition and socio-industrial design
- Sustainable Finance
- Sustainable and Natural Food Supply
- Corruption and Fraud Prevention
Drawing on the social sciences and humanities, organizational studies is inherently interdisciplinary, focusing on organizational processes and practices as well as organizational theory. Our department often adopts a critical management perspective and uses a wide range of reflexive and empirical methodologies to study issues such as governance, public management, project management, knowledge management, intercultural management, and managerial innovation.
- Organizational theory
- Intercultural management
- Organizational dysfunctions
- Public Management
- Managerial innovation
- Alternative Organizations
- Hybrid Organizations
Organizational behavior is important because people are at the heart of organizations and their behavior affects almost every aspect of them. Drawing on a range of disciplines such as psychology and sociology, our teaching and research crosses the boundaries between the individual, team/group, and organizational levels to shed light on complex issues related to human behavior. We focus on topics such as communication, negotiation, conflict, well-being, work-life balance, meaning in work, personal development, teamwork, and leadership.
- Work-life balance
- The sense of working
- New ways of working
- Teamwork (multicultural)
- Social Skills and Personal Development
- Well-being and stress management
- Communication (multicultural)
- Negotiation (multicultural)
- Conflict management
- Change management
Human Resource Management is concerned with the management of people as an organization's most important asset. We aim to advance knowledge in talent management, strategic human resource management, which focuses on forward-looking processes for developing and implementing HR programs, various aspects of careers, such as sustainable careers, and law. We draw on a range of disciplines, including law and economics, and use a variety of research methodologies to make a difference in our HRM specialties.
- Talent management