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CCR is organising on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 14 to 16 its annual Christmas Research-Get-Together!

During the event we will look back at the year 2017 and lay out our plans for 2018. We will have short presentations of the SUSMINO-project (”Sustainability challenges of mining in the Nordic countries”), CORE-project (”Collaborative remedies for fragmented societies”) and a couple of other project presentations from the University of Helsinki. We will also lay out our plans for continuing our stakeholder seminars on “Finance and Sustainability” building on the success of our “Does Corporate Responsibility Necessitate a Restructuring of Incentive-Compensation Systems?" workshop in 2017. CCR’s core values are cross-disciplinarity and cooperation so the event will also provide an opportunity to discuss possibilities of cooperation in a relaxed atmosphere!

If you are interested in joining, please contact the organizers at


Seminar with DS Fellow Henning Grosse Ruse Khan (a joint seminar with IP law and CCR). 14/12 2017 from 15:30-18:00


Researchers' comments on state-owner governance memo on Finnfund (In Finnish)



CCR, GODESS and HUMLOG warmly welcome you to join our new seminars:  

“What do you think?” – Collaborative and Cross-disciplinary Seminars

Each seminar, arranged once every second month, will consist of three presentations of around 10 minutes each, followed by discussion of around 20 minutes. The purpose of these seminars is to offer a platform to exchange research ideas, interests, project funding, etc. related to the topic areas of the three research centres. Presenters are encouraged to present early-stage research plan in order to receive some valuable feedback and encouragement.  

Bring your smile and be ready to indulge in high quality exchange of knowledge! 

If you have any question or if you need more info, please do not hesitate to contact Marie-Lou at


Keep posted to know when our next seminars will take place!


Our presenters on December 11, 2017:

From left to right:

Ville-Pekka Sorsa: Why would industry associations (not) participate in central trade associations?

Nikodemus Solitander: Responsible Colonial Continuities: The financialization and responsibilization of development aid

Tricia Cleland: #metoo: challenging epistemic violence through digital story sharing


Here are some pictures of our 1st seminar, on October 16. Join us!

Greta Steenvoorden: The missing piece: a bottom-up perspective in social sustainability governance

Ira Haavisto: Learning from reporting in a humanitarian context – Rhetoric and Reality

Nelli Ruotsalainen: Contesting Normative Whiteness in the Finnish Feminist Movement


Watch the TRAILER of our 1st seminar:


See you soon! 


The Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) is a cross-disciplinary Research and Development Institute focusing on the societal impacts and responsibilities of business.  

GODESS, which stands for Gender, Organisation, Diversity, Equality and Social Sustainability in Transnational Times, is a research and development institute that focusses on research areas of gender, organization, diversity, equality, and social sustainability in transnational times. 

The Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG) acts as a focal point for researchers and partly for practitioners in Humanitarian Logistics to conduct high-quality research on logistics and supply chain management in humanitarian and development context.


Research seminars with Farzad Khan

Centre of Corporate Responsibility (CCR), and the Department of Marketing at Hanken would like to invite you to two open research seminars with visiting researcher Farzad Khan on Thursday 31.8 and Friday 1.9 respectively at Hanken School of Economics.

On Thursday 31 August 10-12 am (Hanken School of Economics, aud.305) Farzad will be talking on "Recoupling Institutional Logics through Institutional Work: The Case Study of the Pakistani Judiciary’s Struggle for Independence"

On Friday 1 September 9.30-11.39 am (Hanken School of Economics, aud.411) Farzad will be talking about "Epistemic Healing: A Critical Ethical Response to Epistemic Violence in Business Ethics"


About Farzad: Dr. Khan is a well recognized scholar within CSR and critical managemenfarzad-khan.jpgt studies. His research interests center on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, critical approaches in management, and organization theory. He graduated with a Ph.D in Strategy and Organization from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2005. He also has a Masters in Economics of Developing Countries from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor with Great Distinction from McGill University in Accounting and Finance. He has published in the leading academic research journals in the business and management field such as Human Relations, Organization, Organization Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics. He has been involved in consulting and executive development programs with leading organizations such as Nestle, Siemens, Telenor, and Teradata. He also has held several international academic appointments and has taught at the top universities in a wide range of countries including Canada, China, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Recoupling Institutional Logics through Institutional Work: The Case Study of the Pakistani Judiciary’s Struggle for Independence

Articulating and documenting a qualitative fieldwork based case study on the lawyers movement for judicial independence from the executive branch of the government in Pakistan (2007-2009), this paper investigates the process through which decoupled institutional logics become recoupled. In doing so, it answers the following unexplored questions in institutional theory: 1) What is the process for recoupling decoupled institutional logics?; 2) What forms of institutional work are involved in recoupling material and symbolic elements of institutional logics?; and 3) What set of activities are associated with these recoupling institutional work forms? Both written documents and field interviews have been used for addressing these questions. Doing so reveals that a successful recoupling process unfolds gradually over three stages: the background stage, the inter-person rivalry stage, and the institutional war stage. The last of these stages is divided in two phases i.e., limited and total institutional war phases. Furthermore, each stage involves various institutional work forms manifested through different activities. Identifying these work forms and activities helps us in offering a multi-level analysis of institutional agency, in opening the black box of institutional recoupling, and in highlighting some blind spots in institutional theory that potentially have to do with its ethnocentric bias and lack of input from the Global South.

Epistemic Healing: A Critical Ethical Response to Epistemic Violence in Business Ethics

We argue that there is a neo-colonial knowledge regime operating in business ethics. This knowledge regime engages in systematic epistemic violence of exclusion and distortion against indigenous alternative
knowledge formations from the Global South. Thus, the question posed for the business ethics field from a critical perspective is how to ethically respond and challenge this situation of power and domination. We propose the idea of epistemic healing as an ethical critical response for reversing epistemic violence in business ethics. Epistemic healing requires identifying and then calling back to the center of discussion in business ethics knowledge traditions of the other that it has excluded and made peripheral. We illustrate this principle of epistemic healing in the context of Islamic business ethics given that it contains epistemic violence against Islam, particularly Sufism, an important knowledge tradition of the Muslim other from the Global South. Breaking silence on the neocolonial knowledge regime operating in the construction of business ethics, introducing the concept of epistemic healing, and illustrating the latter’s fecundity in advancing debate in business ethics while also helping reverse the field’s epistemic violence against alternative knowledge commitments
and resources of the other from the Global South are the important contributions of this paper.

We welcome all interested researchers to attend - the seminars are open and free of charge.


Hanken receives funding for SUSMINO consortia from Ekon. dr Peter Wallenbergs Stiftelse för Ekonomi och Teknik

Hanken has been granted 300 000 SEK by Ekon. dr Peter Wallenbergs Stiftelse för Ekonomi och Teknik for the project 'Sustainability challenges of mining in the Nordic countries: the business, politics and society (SUSMINO)'' . 

The project is a cooperation between Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) at Hanken, Finland; Centre for Sami Studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway and the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

About the project: Sweden and Finland are currently experiencing a renewed mining boom in their northern territories. Many local communities in these areas are economically and culturally dependent on reindeer herding and other land-based livelihoods. While mining operations may boost rural economies, they may also have an adverse impact on the environment and regional livelihoods. This creates a risk of social and political conflicts, which can question the sustainability of mining, affect the companies’ performance and reputation negatively, and produce cross-border political instability. There have been various research projects on the complex social, cultural and political drivers, contexts and impacts of mining in the Nordic countries. By organizing three research workshops in 2018-19, the SUSMINO project seeks to build a synthesis on the research findings of previous projects to identify the key sustainability challenges and ways to tackle them in Nordic mining. The project promotes networking between Nordic scholars in social sciences, humanities and business studies as well as with business practitioners and stakeholders. One of the workshops is dedicated for connecting Nordic junior researchers with broader international research networks and key stakeholders of Nordic mining, facilitating interdisciplinary and cross-border collaboration in doctoral supervision, and identifying further research opportunities especially for junior researchers.

For more information contact consortia leader Dr. Ville-Pekka Sorsa at