The University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication is one of the leading Austrian business schools and the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics is the leading national institution for these topics.
One purpose of our Center is the advancement of interdisciplinary discourse regarding economic and corporate ethics. Since 2012, we have been organizing the CGBE Lecture series on a regular basis. In this series, internationally renowned experts from the scientific and business communities present their perspectives on a variety of topics related to business ethics, corporate governance, CSR and sustainability.
The lectures are attended by our students and faculty as well as external guests from the private sector, policy-making bodies and the CSR community. In the past the speakers have included i.a. Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner (University of St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Andreas Georg Scherer (University of Zurich), Prof. Craig Smith (INSEAD) and Prof. Guido Palazzo (University of Lausanne) as well as numerous prominent practitioners.
The next CGBE Lectures take place to the following dates at the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna, Austria, 8pm to 9:45pm:
Thursday, 3 October 2019
Dr. Julia Roloff
Rennes School of Business
How Can We Make Stakeholder Dialogues Work For Our Company?
Managers that want to formalise their firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement by working with the ISO 26000 guidelines or reporting according to the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), notice the standards’ emphasis on engaging with stakeholder. While most companies will have regular contact with their suppliers, customers, investors and employees, contact with other stakeholder groups such as local communities, activist groups and governmental institutions may be sporadic.
In the past decades, more and more firms formalized their stakeholder management, often towards including more of these ‘secondary’ stakeholders. How that looks like in practice, depends on how CSR managers and board members approach stakeholders. Drawing on the experience of CSR managers from the private and public sector operating in France and from a stakeholder mapping survey conducted at African mines, I compare different dialogue strategies and look into the question of what makes some dialogues a success, while others fail.
In this talk, I identify not only best practices for organizing successful stakeholder dialogues, but I will also highlight which personal competencies are needed to make stakeholder dialogue a success. How do we move from talking to each other to collaborate in cross-sector partnerships and multi-stakeholder initiatives delivering responsible innovations?
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Prof. Dr. Mollie Painter
Professor of Ethics and Organisation
Lead: Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab
Nottingham Business School
Instead of calculation in matters of business & society
In this presentation, I will challenge one of the most basic assumptions that seem to underpin management discourses, i.e. that only that which can be measured can be managed, and therefore only that which can be calculated can be valued. By drawing some examples from sustainability discourses and ethics management initiatives, I hope to expose the limitations of such thinking and gesture towards alternatives. The talk will touch on the risks that reside in a preoccupation with calculability, scientism, and instrumentalism, especially in the context of digitalization.
In order to challenge the obsession with calculability in management discourses, we have to revisited how we take ‘decisions’, how we ‘manage’, and how we ‘report’ organisational activities. To do so, I will draw inspiration from philosophers such as Heidegger, Deleuze and Guattari, and Bataille. Throughout, I will illustrate the importance of revisiting the humanities in business and society discourses.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Dr. Sebastian Fritz-Morgenthal
Bain & Company Inc.
Whale Watching on the Trading Floor: Unravelling Collusive Rogue Trading in Banks
Recent history reveals a series of rogue traders, jeopardizing their employers’ assets and reputation. There have been instances of unauthorized acting in concert between traders, their supervisors and/or firms’ decision makers and executives, resulting in collusive rogue trading. We explore organizational misbehaviour theory and explain three major collusive rogue trading events at National Australia Bank, JPMorgan with its London Whale and the interest reference rate manipulation/LIBOR scandal through a descriptive model of organizational/structural, individual and group forces as well as group think. Our model draws conclusions on how banks can set up behavioural risk management and internal control frameworks to mitigate potential collusive rogue trading and group think.
Thursday, 24 October 2019
Prof. Dr. Arno Kourula
Associate Professor of Strategy
University of Amsterdam Business School
Rethinking Corporate Roles In Sustainability
In light of grand societal challenges, companies are rethinking the way they are approaching sustainability. The United Nations’ response to these global challenges, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), calls for more collaborative approaches to tackling the wicked problems that societies face, ranging from poverty to climate change. Traditionally, we have assigned rather stable roles to the three societal sectors: governments are regulators, businesses are innovators and profit-makers, and civil society fills in the gaps and/or takes on the role of the critic. Currently, we are seeing much innovation in each of these sectors as governments are reinventing themselves and adopting more varied roles, companies have taken on increasing political tasks and responsibilities, and civil society has moved beyond being either collaborative or conflicting strategies.
In this talk, we discuss the changing landscape of national and global governance and explore the roles that companies can adopt in sustainability. We define an organizational role as a purposive, resource-based, and relational function exhibited through a specific activity or a set of activities. Using roles, we move from examining ethical and responsibility issues as organizational to viewing them as systemic in nature. Using cases and examples, we show how adopting specific roles has important consequences for the company as well as the sustainability as a whole. We end on exploring the potential and limits of businesses innovating their role(s) in sustainability.