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Dissertation projects

 

In this section you find information about current and accomplished dissertation projects.

Current dissertation projects

 

Business firms as political actors: Challenges and opportunities of individual and collective self-regulation 

Das Projekt untersucht sowohl individuelle als auch kollektive Formen der unternehmerischen Selbstregulierung. Während sich zwei empirische Artikel (ein Artikel zusammen mit Anica Zeyen) mit individuellen CSR-Praktiken in der Bergbaubranche auseinandersetzen, beschäftigt sich ein konzeptioneller Artikel (gemeinsam verfasst mit Anica Zeyen und Markus Beckmann) mit kollektiven Ansätzen in Form von Multi-Stakeholder Initiativen.
Publications:
Zeyen, A., Beckmann, M., & Wolters, S. (2016). Actor and Institutional Dynamics in the Development of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. Journal of business ethics, 135, 341-360.
PhD student: Stella Wolters

Integration von Nachhaltigkeit in Unternehmensentscheidungen

Unterschiede zwischen Denkmustern von Entscheidungsträgern und Nachhaltigkeitsspezialisten hinsichtlich des Beitrags von Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen auf den Unternehmenswert sind eine möglich Erklärung für unterschiedliche Implementierungsgrade von Unternehmen. Aufbauend auf einer literaturbasierten Analyse der Wirkung von Denkmustern auf Entscheidungsprozesse werden in dem Forschungsprojekt Methoden und Strategien zur internen Kommunikation von Nachhaltigkeitsprojekten in deutschsprachigen multinationalen Unternehmen analysiert. In einem Expiriment in einem ausgewähltem Unternehmen werden aufbauend auf die Ergebnisse der Literatur- und der qualitativen Analyse Interventionen entwickelt, angewandt und in Hinsicht auf ihre Wirkung auf die Denkmuster von Managern analysiert.
Doktorand: Jasper Meyer

 

Strategic role of sustainable sourcing and supply chain management

The research project “Sustainable Supply Chain Management – Corporate strategies and capabilities” investigates the integration of sustainability in supply management strategies and processes. The first part of this project sheds light on the management practices implemented by different corporations in integrating sustainability into supply management processes. This includes the question whether composition of certain management practices form a strategy and how this is influenced by context factors such as region or industry. In a second question this research endeavor identifies what resources and capabilities companies need to implement sustainability practices and strategies. In this respect, it is important to discuss how supply chain management operates as a boundary-spanning approach and how this changes through sustainability.
Publications:

Akhavan, R., & Beckmann, M. (2015). Corporate Management Practices to Integerate Sustainability into Sourcing: A Taxonomy of Firms. Academy of Management Proceedings. https://dx.doi.org/10.5465

Akhavan, R. & Beckmann, M. (2016): A Configuration of Sustainable Sourcing and Supply Management Strategies, angenommen in: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Doi: 10.1016/j.pursup.2016.07.006

PhD student: Roya Akhavan

Sustainability standards and labels as a governance tool for sustainable development along global value chains

Complex global value chains, weak institutions and divergent interests of involved and affected stakeholders, represent great challenges for implementing effective and legitimate (self-) regulatory governance frameworks for corporate actors along the value chain. Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) as a voluntary collective action approach of different stakeholders, can function as a suitable governance instrument for these challenges. By delivering sustainability standards and labels, MSIs provide specific management tools for companies. The PhD thesis investigates the role, development and composition of different MSIs at the intersection of corporate actors, civil society and governmental agents, as well as the impacts of standards and labels as management tools. In this regard, the thesis has a particular focus on the field of “sustainable mining practices”, seemingly an inherent contradiction of sourcing extractive resources and the sustainable development approach.
PhD student: Jens Heidingsfelder

Sustainability-oriented Innovation: The Role of Technologies and Participation

Innovations can contribute to sustainable development. However, the development of innovations in the context of sustainability requires broad knowledge of environmental and social aspects, which is scattered over many actors. The project, therefore, examines crowdsourcing (especially open innovation) and crowdfunding as participatory instruments to support the development of sustainability-oriented innovations (SOI). Two empirical articles deal with data mining for the front-end of SOIs and crowdfunding for SOI. Furthermore, a conceptual article deals with crowdsourcing approaches for SOI.
PhD student: Peter Wehnert

Finished dissertation projects

Scaling Strategies of Soical Entrepreneurship Organizations: An Actor-Motivation Perspective

Social Entrepreneurship (Sozialunternehmertum) versucht innovativ, gesellschaftliche Probleme zu lösen. Hier stellt sich die Frage, wie diese Lösungen bestmöglich gestreut werden können, um so gesellschaftlichen Wandel voranzubringen.

Publications:
Beckmann, M., & Zeyen, A. (2014): Franchising as a Strategy for Combining Small and Large Group Advantages (Logics) in Social Entrepreneurship: A Hayekian Perspective, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(3), S. 502-522  (Online First)
Phd: Anica Zeyen