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 at the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna, Austria, 8pm to 9:45pm
Thursday, 08. March 2018
Prof. Dr. Frank De Bakker
Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility
IÉSEG School of Management
Title: Getting CSR Going: Activists and CSR Managers
When we discuss CSR, we often look at organizations as a whole. In my research I focus on what sets CSR in motion, highlighting the role of activists and CSR managers and combining insights from institutional theory, social movement studies and stakeholder theory. In doing so, I am particularly interested in examining interactions between activist groups and business firms on issues of corporate social responsibility. In this presentation I will give a flavor of both these interactions, looking at how activism can influence corporate social change activities: what tactics and strategies do they use, and why? Then, based on a recent study, I discuss how CSR managers, operating as ‘issue sellers’ within their organizations operate: how do they perceive themselves and their organizational roles; how does this motivate them to engage in selling social issues and how do these perceptions influence the strategies these issue sellers employ? These findings shed new light on the motivation, aspirations and strategies of issue sellers.
Thursday, 15. March 2018
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf
Head of Criminal Law Department, ALES Director
University of Vienna
Title: Austrian Anti-Corruption Criminal Law: Concepts-Control-Concerns
In my talk, I will explore the European and international legal instruments providing the background for the Austrian Anti-Corruption Criminal Law and highlight the signifcant steps towards the current criminal law regime on the international scale. Furthermore, I will outline the principles of the Austrian core criminal offences applicable to the phenomenon of corruption.
The second part of my speech will focus on some Austrian specifics relating to the police and prosecution authorities working in the respective field. Austria has made great efforts to implement independent investigative bodies and, thus, to fulfill its international obligations.
Unfortunately, despite all efforts, some rather complex problems remain unsolved. To illustrate such a scenario I will finish my talk discussing a highly debated judgment of the Austrian High Court concerning the “sponsoring” of schools.
Thursday, 22. March 2018
Prof. Dr. Juliane Reinecke
Professor of International Management & Sustainability
King’s Business School
Title: 5 years after Rana Plaza: Stitching Governance Institutions in Global Supply Chains
Despite increasing attention being paid to global labour rights, and the emergence of a myriad of sometimes overlapping initiatives to audit labour standards, these have often failed to deliver progress in protecting worker rights or securing worker representation. This was tragically highlighted by the 1,129 deaths caused by the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which shunted the garment industry into the global spotlight. 5 years later, has anything changed? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Bangladesh, the presentation outlines the global garment industry’s response to the disaster. It explores how collective leadership can generate new regulatory institutions to govern transnational, inter-organizational relationships. Findings also point to the need of a new paradigm of global labour rights, rooted in transnational industrial democracy, as a prerequisite for more just and sustainable globalization.
Thursday, 05. April 2018
Prof. Dr. Mette Morsing
Department of Management, Society and Communication
Copenhagen Business School
Title: Big Data Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Exploring their Legitimacy
Big Data Partnerships between private businesses and public institutions have emerged as a new governance mechanism to address global challenges of sustainability. From the United Nations, businesses as well as from civil society actors a lot of hope is expressed as to the potential positive social impact of these collective efforts. We know only little about their impact and governance structures so far, and in this lecture we will discuss the input and output legitimacy of two types of Big Data Partnerships: open data partnerships where data and/or insights are freely available and hence not restricted to any bilateral and network-based agreements, and closed data partnerships where data and the insights created through the partnership are shared within a network of organizations or through a trusted intermediary. An analytical framework will be presented, which allows to assess the input and output legitimacy of open and closed partnerships. The analysis delivers an initial descriptive framework of a dynamic emerging way of governing societal development, as it points to some of the possibilities and shortcomings of Big Data Partnerships for future sustainable development.