The Department of Management & Society came into existence in September 2020. M&S currently numbers about 20 full-time permanent academic staff. For teaching activities, the Department also welcomes more than 25 visiting professors and adjuncts with professional backgrounds as well as industry experts. The diversity in faculty profiles guarantees a premium standard of course delivery covering both theoretical and real-life organizational cases.
In line with the vision of the School to ‘empower changemakers for a better society’ and reflecting its commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME), courses, pedagogical initiatives and learning activities designed and carried on by the Management & Society Department build on the acknowledgement that contemporary organizations and the communities in which they operate face multi-dimensional, society-oriented, systemic challenges. Organizations are in this context ever more expected to integrate social responsibility and sustainability thinking and considerations within their overall orientation, activities and practices, as well as in their interaction with partners and other stakeholders in their ecosystem. Members of the Department teach and design innovative learning activities at the bachelor and master levels, as well as in executive contexts.
In this era of rapid changes, the Management & Society Department thus plays a central role in preparing our undergraduate and postgraduate students – through curricular and extracurricular initiatives – for the deeper environmental understanding, renewed strategic thinking, and organizational capabilities development needed by organizational actors to enact ethical and responsible working environments and develop inspiring managerial and organizational perspectives that resonate with society aspirations.
The School and the Department provide ample resources to support a variety of research interests and activities and has comparative advantage in promoting cross-disciplinary research efforts needed to address the challenges faced by for-profit and non-profit organizations and their stakeholders. In their research projects, current faculty members and research teams from the Management & Society Department develop research efforts at the crossroads of strategy, organization studies, ethics and business and society considerations. They use a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and often rely on multidisciplinary approaches in their scholarly work.
Researchers of the Department maintain excellent networks with colleagues at overseas institutions for collaborative work. Current faculty members from the Management & Society Department have been successful in publishing articles in top-tier refereed international journals such as (amongst others) the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics and Organization & Environment.