Summer School in Responsible Capitalism

Summer School
Responsible Capitalism:
Micro and Macroinstitutional Conditions of Transformation

May 29 – June 1, 2017

Deadline to apply:
February 28, 2017

In its second edition, the Summer School on Responsible Capitalism is an initiative of VIU in cooperation with the two member universities Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and University of Lausanne.

It aims at the development of ideas that promote a more sustainable future by bringing together young scholars from all over the world to discuss their ideas on the future of Capitalism from the microlevel of individual decision-making to the organizational and the societal level. It gives participants the opportunity to discuss with eminent scholars in management theory and to test their ideas and present their work. Participants will be made familiar with recent research from a broad set of disciplines. They will work on their ability to engage in the transdisciplinary discourse which is required for the development of innovative answers to grand sustainability challenges.

Who is it for?
Applications are welcome from current PhD students, post-doc researchers in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Finance, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide.

Guido Palazzo – University of Lausanne (Coordinator)
Francesco Zirpoli – Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Giovanni Favero – Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Marie-Laure Djelic – Sciences Po
Juliane Reinecke – University of Warwick
Fabrizio Ferraro – IESE Business School

Application procedure and costs
The Program will admit 15 student participants.
Fees: € 180 incl. VAT
The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in multiple rooms at the VIU campus, meals in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.

Application via the VIU website: January 16 – February 28, 2017
Admitted candidates will be notified by March 7.

Venice International University
Island of San Servolo, Venice

For further information visit the Summer School website
Contacts and info:

Application form

Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo
30133 Venice, Italy
T. +39 041 2719511
F. +39 041 2719510

Managing Communist Enterprise

Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970


A Symposium


Rutgers University, Camden

April 21st 2017

12pm – 2pm, Faculty Lounge


Philip Scranton (Rutgers, Camden)


Pal Germuska (EUI – Florence)

Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton)

Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology)


The business history of communist eastern and central Europe has not yet received the attention that it deserves. This symposium is organized around a significant new paper by Phil Scranton, entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970,” that itself emerges from a major project being undertaken by Professor Scranton and Professor Patrick Fridenson to examine the evolution of global business practices in the second half of the twentieth-century.  Based in extensive research in previously unused archives and sources, the paper uncovers the fascinating and often surprising story of management in three key European economies, essentially opening up a hitherto neglected field of study in business history.

Professor Scranton will briefly present the paper before we hear three invited commentaries, from Pal Germuska (EUI), Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton), and Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology). Following a response from Professor Scranton, the final hour of event will be reserved for audience discussion. The lead paper and all three commentaries will subsequently be published in Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History. 

Everyone intending to attend is strongly encouraged to download and read the lead paper in advance. Please note that in order to access the PDF of this unpublished paper, you will first need to log in with your BHC website credentials.

All are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required, though it would be appreciated if notices of intent to attend could be sent to Andrew Popp at All enquiries should be addressed to the same address.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Rutgers University, Camden and of the Business History Conference.