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Godess is a research and development institute that focusses on research areas of gender, organization, diversity, equality, and social sustainability in transnational times.


The Institute builds on and brings together strong Hanken international research areas, along with key partners, nationally and internationally. The Hanken main research areas are gender, diversity, organisations, and management (as developed by the Research Group on Gender Relations in Organisations, Management and Society based in the Department of Management and Organisation); discrimination, equality, and law (in the Department of Accounting and Commercial Law); and diversity, equality, and sustainability in marketing, and development (in the Sustainability Group in the Department of Marketing). All areas of gender, diversity, intersectionality, equality, and social sustainability are central.

The Institute is based in the Department of Management and Organisation with collaborations with the Departments of Accounting and Commercial Law, and Marketing.

The initial institutional partners are the School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University, and the Department of Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, with the affiliated partners, the Sobey School of Business doctoral programme, St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada, and the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit, GLASS, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

The Institute seeks to be outward- and forward-looking, and to act as a base for raising collaborative research funding, from national and international sources.