Grand Challenges & Desirable Futures


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

General information

ChairProfessorship Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
LecturerProf. Dr. Ali Aslan Gümüsay
Time13.05. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
10.06. 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
24.06. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (optional)
Target Group
Master of Business Research (exclusiv)
Seminar paper
Course Material
All relevant course materials will be provided at the course LSF

Course description and structure

Course content

There is a growing demand for impact-driven management and organization theory (Reinecke et al., 2022; Wickert et al., 2021) and engaged scholarship (Ergene et al., 2021; Sharma & Bansal, 2020; Van de Ven, 2007) to address societal grand challenges (Ferraro et al., 2015; George et al., 2016; Gümüsay et al., 2022). In this seminar, we read articles on grand challenges and desirable futures to explore and engage with this growing body of scholarship. The course is open to interdisciplinary perspectives and doctoral scholars should be comfortable engaging in critical and appreciative discussions of journal articles including issues such as theoretical positioning, research design, methods, and overall contributions. For grading, doctoral scholars are encouraged to submit a working paper or proposal related to the course content.

If you are interested in participating in this course, please send your matriculation number and CV to

Registration deadline: 15.04.2024