Research clusters

Responsible Organising is a research collaboration between three institutes: CCR, GODESS, and HUMLOG. Its researchers focus on a variety of subjects including Commercial Law, Management and Organisation, Management and Politics, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Social Responsibility. The research within RO is organized into three clusters that work together in a synergistic and interrelated manner.

Cluster A

Research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability is organized around four main themes:

  • A1. CSR and sustainability as concepts and practices. This research uses empirical, conceptual, and transformative orientations to critically assess and improve the concepts and practices associated with CSR and sustainability.
  • A2. Responsible business-stakeholder relations. The research investigates how stakeholders can play an instrumental role in instigating and elaborating on responsible business practices.
  • A3. Responsible innovation and technology. Research in this area explores how CSR and sustainability can inspire and depend on innovative solutions, while also highlighting the risks associated with the innovation imperative, which can lead to negative consequences from a sustainability perspective.
  • A4. Responsible supply chains and production networks. This research seeks to understand how CSR and sustainability cannot rely solely on focal organizations and their stakeholders, but have implications for wider production systems, often across national borders. 

By exploring these four themes, the research at Hanken aims to advance knowledge and understanding of CSR and sustainability, and to promote responsible business practices that contribute to a more sustainable future.

Cluster B

Organising around gender, intersectionality and inequalities, with three main themes:

  • B1. Diversity, intersectionality
  • B2. (In)equalities, privileges and disadvantages in organizations
  • B3. Responsible management of work/non-work boundaries

Cluster C

Organising in situations where both social responsibility and inequalities are present, with three main themes:

  • C1. Responsible Academia and Education. It concerns itself with academic studies that reflect on the role of business school academics, emphasizing the objective of delivering responsible management education in accordance with the UN PRME principles. It is worth noting that Hanken is a Champion school in this regard. 
  • C2. Responsible digitalized organisation. It includes studies on the use of gamification as a potentially responsible practice, as well as the impact of digitalized socio-technologies on organizations.
  • C3. Responsible marketing and markets. It concerns itself with studies on market formations in developing countries, ethical consumption and branding, and the impact of marketing ideology on organizations.