We are faced with unprecedented grand challenges on societal and environmental levels that are threatening our world. These global, interconnected, system-wide problems are not future issues, but need to be tackled urgently through individual and collective efforts. This asks for solidarity, new ways of organizing, collaboration, new forms of work and responsible leaders who dare to engage and act for the common good.
The Department of Organization Studies and Ethics aims to contribute to those challenges, by tackling these issues on multiple levels and by taking into account the way in which these issues are interrelated and intertwined. Our department brings together a wide group of academics across multiple disciplines and topics, whose work strives to extend knowledge on Organization Studies and Ethics. We aim to understand present developments for building a desirable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. Our belief is that change takes place at all three levels and we strive to influence positive change. It can be extraordinary and innovative but also ordinary and traditional. We conduct engaged and impactful research at the individual (employee, leader, manager), organizational (start-up, large companies and SMEs) and inter-organizational (networks, supply chains, ecosystems, stakeholder) levels that enhance scholarship and practice. We take real-life issues as a starting point for empirical exploration and analysis, and we often, but not exclusively, practice theory-building based on qualitative material. We strive to transfer research-related knowledge and outcomes to pedagogy at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels as well as in executive education programmes.
The research we undertake and the courses we offer encompass the following expertise poles that are interrelated and have an interdisciplinary outlook: Sustainability and Ethics; Organization Studies; Human Resource Management; Organizational Behavior. As poles of expertise in teaching and research, they bring together various disciplines and schools of thought. Further, these poles share a well-established presence and a strong experience within Audencia as they have been developed within the School.
Through responsible and inclusive management education, strong cooperation with industry partners and interdisciplinary research that allows to grasp the complexities of the issues involved, we believe that our Department of Organization Studies and Ethics helps to create a sustainable, liveable and enjoyable world in which everyone has a place.
Grand challenges require concerted efforts by various actors that aspire for sustainable development and ethical conduct. While the challenge of our work is the future, our anchorage is the present. We strive to understand present developments to build a desirable future that creates value for individuals, organizations and society. To do that, we approach the topic of sustainability and ethics in our research and teaching from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and theoretical and empirical angles. We focus on topics such as political CSR, stakeholder engagement, complex systems, business ethics, responsible leadership, diversity and inclusion, and pressing industry sector challenges.
Drawing on the social sciences and humanities, organization studies is inherently interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on organizational processes and practices as well as organization theory. Our department often adopts a critical management lens and employs a wide spectrum of reflective and empirical methodologies to study issues such as governance; public management, project management, knowledge management, intercultural management and managerial innovation.
Organizational Behavior is important as humans are the core of many organizations and their behavior influences almost all aspects of it. Drawing from a range of disciplines such as psychology and sociology, our teaching and research crosses the boundaries between individual, team/group and organizational societal levels in order to shed light on the complex issues involved in human behavior. We focus on topics such as communication, negotiation, conflict, well-being, work-life balance, meaningful work, personal development, teamwork and leadership.
Human Resource Management is about the management of employees as the main asset for an organization. We aim to extend knowledge on talent management, strategic human resource management in which the emphasis is on future-oriented processes of developing and implementing HR programs, various aspects of careers, such as sustainable careers and law. We draw on a range of disciplines including law and economics and use variety of research methods to make an impact in our specialized fields in HRM.
“My research strives to extend knowledge on the emergence and evolution of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating agencies and their roles in the standardization and institutionalization of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) field. Currently, I’m also examining the impact of non-financial disclosure on firm-level CSR activities.”
“I focus on the transformations of organizational and management methods and I actively contribute to dissemination of more virtuous practices.”
“In the field of business ethics, I am mainly interested in ethical decision making and how to build an ethical culture in the company. In the field of change management, I strive to promote a French-speaking vision of change management in the wake of François Pichault (HEC Liège). I publish case studies and manuals for this purpose.”
“With an academic background in agronomy, I am involved in hybrid research to better understand the understanding and perception by lay people of technological innovations (nutrients content, genetic techniques for plants selection, alternative to proteins from animal origin, etc.) to improve quality of food and to face climate challenges. More recently, I have developed research on food resilience in urban areas (urban agriculture, short circuits, small food production in private areas).”
“I’m an advocate of a global and interdisciplinary vision of the common good, both theoretical and practical, which can help the different members of the organizations to escape the logic of competition, the cult of professional success and the extreme scientification of work. I support the idea that there are different ways for them to pursue the common good, to cooperate and to give meaning to their work activity. My research has focused on business and society, meaningful work, and the common good.”
“Sustainability challenges are complex for businesses. My focus in research and teaching is to situate business within its socio-ecological context to unravel this complexity and to explore ways to bring diverse voices and discourses into organizations to enable them to shift to sustainable ways of working.”
“I’m an advocate of an inclusive workplace in which every individual feels safe and valued for who they are. Diversity, inclusion and equality are keywords both in my teaching and my research.”
“Sustainability requires change. But how do individuals and organizations initiate and implement change? It requires breaking with existing norms, imagining new practices and new organizational forms, engaging with resistance and tensions.... Those are some of the areas I explore through my research and teaching.”
“I aim to contribute to research in diversity & inclusion and individual careers. Currently, we study the impact of chance events on managerial careers. My research and teaching areas are perfectly aligned ranging from broader Human Resource Management (HRM) topics to more specific ones like Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI).”
“With an academic background in clinical psychology, HRM and Management, and a professional background as Consultant, my ambition consists in developing a cross-disciplinary and pragmatic-oriented approach in terms of teaching and research of organizational and managerial issues in a complex world of work (from the individual to societal level).”
“I aim to understand the contemporary evolutions of professional organizations and how they impact the experience of individuals at work, with a specific focus on work-life balance, boredom, and the meaning of work.”
“We all believe businesses should behave responsibly, but we don’t always have the same ideas as to what that means. My research looks at how companies respond to a society filled with different beliefs and values, and when the right thing to do isn’t so clear.”
“My research background navigates between critical and ethical perspectives applied to the fields of Organization Studies and Management. On the one side I’m focusing on the organizational use of discourses in the neo-normative regimes, which are emerging especially in alternative forms of organizing, such as liberated companies. On the other part, I'm investigating the connections between business ethics and new forms of work organization.”
“My ambition is to develop research and teaching that produce an impact on academia, students, business and society. My work focuses on the integration of the principles of social responsibility at the heart of business models, strategies and management practices of organizations as well as on stakeholder engagement.”
“My aim is to contribute to a more coherent understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of responsible management in and of corporations and the drivers of sustainability and corporate social responsibility across levels of analysis. I focus thereby for instance on corporate governance, responsible leadership and responsible innovation.”
Discover some of the programs offered by the department Organization Studies and Ethics:
|20/01||Emma Avetisyan||The Intended and Unintended Consequences of the Non Financial Reporting EU Directive on Firms’ Sustainability Activities|
|03/03||Jos Akkermans||Career shocks and sustainable careers|
|TBD||Alison Pullen||Feminist ethics in the doing of leadership diversity research|
|26/05||Patrizia Zanoni||Post-diversity, precarious work for all: Un-bordering categories of socio-demographic difference in the Amazon warehouse|