ETHOS - Ethik, Organisation, Strategie


Quick Info: MBR ׀ Course ׀ English ׀ Summer term ׀ ECTS 6

General information

ChairProfessorship Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
LecturerProf. Dr. Martin Kornberger
Time25.06. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Target Group
Master of Business Research (exclusiv)
Seminar paper
Course Material
All relevant course materials will be provided at the course.

Course description and structure

Course content

This one-day course will provide PhD students with insights into the what and how of studying ethics in the context of strategy and organization theory. Deliberatly staying clear of business ethics the course locates ethics as central aspect of research in strategy and organization theory and highlights new avenues for studying ethics.

The course is taught through a set of readings – primarily theoretical and empirical articles. Students are expected to do all required readings and participate actively in discussions. Students should read the assigned material for each session with the following four questions in mind.

Choreography: What is the story (main argument) of the text? What was the motivation for writing it? What is its contribution (significance)?

Craft: What are the text’s methods? How do the authors gather and analyze data? How is data translated into a compelling narrative? What is the unit of analysis?

Criticality: What are the taken for granted assumptions? What are the blind spots of the text?

Creativity: How can you make good use of the text for your own project? What does the text make you understand that you have not thought about previously? How could you use the text to motivate and position your own research? Finally, are there any useful practical implications?

To receive a passing grade, students will have to attend the sessions having done the readings and ready to engage in the discussions (Oral participation will be assessed). Students will be asked to do a 2-page write up of one paper. Each student will have to submit a short paper including a research question, providing a motivation as to why this is a problem worth exploring theoretically and practically, what research they have conducted and current learnings /emerging contributions, or what research will they conduct, and how they think it will contribute to the current research.

This course is highly selective and restricted to a maximum number of 15 participants. To attend the course, please apply by April 15, 2024 by sending your CV and motivation letter via email to Monica Nadegger (