Research clusters

Responsible Organising is founded in the synergistic intersection of the three research institutes of CCR, GODESS and HUMLOG. It currently encompasses researchers and research from subjects of (alphabetical order) Commercial Law; Management and Organisation; Management and Politics; Marketing; and Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. The research within RO is divided into three synergistic and interrelated clusters.

Cluster A

Organising around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, with four main themes:

A1) CSR and sustainability as concepts and practice. Research on CSR and sustainability--with empirical, conceptual, and transformative orientations--has a long-standing tradition at Hanken. It assesses, critiques, and seeks to enhance concepts and practices that go under the labels of CSR and sustainability  

A2) Responsible business-stakeholder relations. It explores how, in many instances, stakeholders are instrumental in instigating and elaborating RO 

A3) Responsible innovation and technology. Research on RO suggests how CSR and sustainability can be inspirations for and simultaneously depend on innovative solutions, and it also problematizes how the innovation imperative can lead to undesirable consequences from a sustainability perspective 

A4) Responsible supply chains and production networks. RO research seeks to understand how CSR and sustainability cannot solely rely on focal organizations and their stakeholders, but has ramifications and implications for wider production systems, often across national borders


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. Responsible academia and education refers to studies reflecting on our roles as business school academics, making explicit links to the objective of delivering responsible management education in line with UN PRME principles, of which Hanken is a Champion school

C2) Responsible digitalized organisation. Responsible digitalized organisation includes studies of both gamification as a potentially responsible practice and the impacts of digitalized socio-technologies in organisations

C3) Responsible marketing and markets. Responsible marketing and markets encompasses studies of market formations in developing countries; ethical consumption and branding; and the impacts of marketing ideology in organizations