Courses Responsible Organising: New perspectives on social inequalities

63847 Responsible Organising: New perspectives on social inequalities , 6 sp

Doctoral studies
Teaching language
Course description

The aim of this 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 sustainablility, 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. RO focuses on "organising" rather than on "organisation", majority of research denoting the performativity of responsibility - how people do things and organise for transformative action. Examples of this would include the organising of firms and other societal actors, the organising of supply chains and networks across space to deal with societal inequalities. The course brings together faculty from different subjects to explore the intersections between social responsibility and social inequalities.

Learning Goal

You have an in-depth understanding of Responsible Organising research on social inequalities, and experience in collaborating with other researchers from different subjects.

After completing the course, you will be 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
Additional Information

Apply by October 25th 2019 here:
The attachments that will be asked are:

  • Your curriculum vitae demonstrating your capabilities of doing research related to social inequalities
  • A two-page description of doctoral research proposal

Acceptance to the course will be confirmed at latest on Friday November 1st. Pre-assignments will be communicated at the same time.

Limited Number of Participants

A maximum of 25 students


Course consists of 1) pre-readings and pre-writings, 2) lectures, 3) individual mentoring sessions, and 4) written assignment.

Total Student Workload

160 hours divided into
scheduled contact hours: 30 h
non-scheduled work: 130 h


Pre-readings and pre-writings
individual mentoring sessions
written assignment (learning diary, around 3,000 words)
Grading: Pass or fail