VIU Summer School in responsible capitalism 2018

Responsible Capitalism: Micro and Macro-institutional Conditions of Transformation

III Edition
June 25 – 28, 2018

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.

Deadline for submissions
February 28, 2018; admitted candidates will be notified by March 7, 2018.

Program theme
Capitalism is facing a historically unprecedented legitimacy crisis. Accumulating social and environmental side effects, disconnected financial markets, and a growing gap between the rich and the poor create grand challenges which require fundamental changes in how we produce and consume. While the importance and urgency of sustainability is rarely challenged, deep processes of transformation usually face numerous institutional and psychological barriers that have to be overcome. As Jared Diamond described in his book “Collapse”, civilizations often react to a crisis of which they do not understand the causalities by reinforcing the routines that might have created the crisis in the first place. Understanding the institutional and psychological forces that block and/or enable deep transformations is a key aspect of responsible capitalism. The Venice Summer School 2018 will investigate those forces on the individual, organizational and societal level.

Francesco Zirpoli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Coordinator)
Marie-Laure Djelic, Sciences Po
Giovanni Favero, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Johanna Mair, Hertie School of Governance/ Stanford University
Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne
Juliane Reinecke, King’s Business School

A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2

Application via VIU website now available (see box in this page)

The Program will admit 15 student participants.

Students of VIU member universities: € 200 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities: € 300 incl. VAT.

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in multiple rooms at the VIU campus, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice and local transportation.


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