Department of Management Studies

Corporate responsibility

Cross-national governance of businesses make ethical issues urgent.
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Our work in the domain of corporate responsibility (CR) deals with the impacts – positive and negative – that business organizations have on society in terms of environmental quality and social and economic well-being. The objective of such work is to increase understanding of the multiple interrelations between business, society, and the environment, and to promote transitions to a more sustainable world.

The research area of CR is very broad and it can be approached from several perspectives. Examples of our current areas of interest include:

  • Philosophical questions: What is the role of business in society?
  • Contemporary questions: How does digitalization affect CR?
  • Strategic questions: How are CR activities related to financial performance outcomes of business?
  • Sustainability questions: When and how can CR activities result in real improvements in social and environmental conditions in the world?
  • Systemic questions: How can corporate and consumer responsibilities work in tandem to transform production-consumption systems?


Research areas

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Energy transitions

Renewable energy production and storage technologies change the way we produce and use energy, do business with it, and innovate.

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Managing transition risks

The effective management of transition risks is crucial for the resilience of businesses in global value chains.

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Circular economy

Circular economy keeps materials in use longer using strategies like reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and replacing ownership with rentals.

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Innovation for sustainability

Innovating new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle global challenges.

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Innovation for poverty alleviation

Frugal innovations can help alleviate poverty.

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Transformational change and leadership

Quality of leadership matters in sustainable transitions.

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Sustainability in Business (SUB)
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