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Publications and projects from Responsible Organising

Transformative Action for Sustainable Outcomes: Responsible Organising 


This edited book is a collaborative effort by the community of researchers at Hanken - Responsible Organising. It critically examines sustainability challenges that humankind faces and offers responsible organising as a solution in responding to these challenges.

The book explores how different actors can responsibly organise transformative action towards sustainable outcomes, as expressed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Responsible refers to a reflexive understanding of how to organise in times of sustainability challenges. Organising refers to activities and practices where different actors take transformative action together. This comprehensive edited collection of short, clear, concise, and compelling chapters brings together scholars in a range of disciplines and blends theoretical perspectives to study humans and social interactions, organisations, nonhumans, and living environments. It offers topical examples from across the world and from organising of companies and other organisations, supply chains, networks, ecosystems, and markets.

The book is written for scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities as well as for practitioners working with the SDGs. It discusses complex issues in an informative and engaging way. It is critical and collaborative. The book serves as an introduction to key themes and perspectives of responsible organising and offers new insights into connections between themes and perspectives.

The book is available here!

Part I: A road map to responsible organising
1. Responsible organising: An introduction
2. Corporate social responsibility is useful only when it is made useful
3. Diversity must be refocused to enable responsible organising
4. Responsibility is not only about humans

Part II: Responsibility in a changing world
5. Global risks: Fundamentals are (not) changing
6. Re-emergence of geopolitics and façades of responsibility
7. Cross-sector collaborations for responsibility
8. The ecosystem approach to responsibility
9. The (ir)responsibility of organisational innovation
10. (Re)organising supply chains for responsibility
11. Responsible markets and marketing

Part III: Challenging inequalities
12. The logistification of humanitarian relief
13. "Corporate saviourism" and poverty in the Global South
14. Social media and bias 2.0
15. Intersectional inequalities and how to fight them
16. Work, care, and gendered (in)equalities

Part IV: Engaging with the nonhuman world
17: The nature-human dichotomy within disaster governance
18. Humans and water: The problem(s) with affordability
19. Human and nonhuman animals in a posthuman reality: Accreditation schemes as voice?
20. Ontological multiplicity: Responsible organising in defence of life

Part V: Responsible organising: Ways forward
21. Responsible organising: Ways forward


Maria Sandberg is a postdoctoral researcher at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her main research interests are sustainability transitions towards degrowth, sufficiency, and sustainable production-consumption systems.

Janne Tienari is Professor in Management and Organisation at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. His research interests include gender and diversity, feminist theory, strategy work, managing multinational corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and branding, media, and social media.

Jana Abikova
Anna Aminoff
Linda Annala Tesfaye
Frank den Hond 
Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes
Ling Eleanor Zhang
Martin Fougère
Ashkan Fredström
Meri-Maaria Frig
David B. Grant
Jeff Hearn
Jonna Heliskoski
Tiina Jääskeläinen
Neema Komba
Jonna Louvrier
Anna Maaranen
Eija Meriläinen
Charlotta Niemistö
Eva Nilsson
Kaisa Penttilä
Visa Penttilä
Wojciech D. Piotrowicz 
Pia Polsa
Maria Sandberg
Beata Segercrantz
Nikodemus Solitander
Karl-Erik Sveiby
Linda Tallberg
Inkeri Tanhua
Yewondwossen Tesfaye
Janne Tienari
Mikko Vesa
Ya Xi Shen
Man Yang
Anna Zhuravleva