Major Grant Proposal at WU Vienna

A proposal for a major grant, provided by the Austrian Science foundation FWF (8 million Euro) was submitted, by Günter Stahl (WU Vienna) as the principal investigator. The proposed research program would bring together an interdisciplinary network of scholars to investigate what drives and hinders the transition to more sustainable and responsible patterns of managerial decision-making and behavior and, concomitantly, the evolution towards more sustainable business models, corporate practices and ways of organizing in multinational corporations. Researchers connected with GOLDEN contributed to the development of the proposal by leveraging some of the GOLDEN ideas on studying organisational evolution towards sustainability through field and lab experiments at the individual and organisational levels, and will lead one of the nine subprojects (entitled: “Integrating sustainability in strategic decision-making and core business processes”), if funds will be provided.

 - 11/11/2015

GOLDEN cooperating with the World Bank Initiative Connect4Climate

Launched by the World Bank Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global community that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act.

The Connect4Climate  community connects more than 200 partners around the world including civil society groups, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups, and the private sector.

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 - 11/11/2015

Review GOLDEN at the Milan Expo

Earlier this year, on the 1st and 2nd of September, Bocconi and GOLDEN collaborated with the Sustainability School of The Interdisciplinary Center, Hertzliya (Israel), on an event that took place at Milano’s EXPO15. The two-day event included presentations from both schools’ faculty on matters that concern sustainability such as climate change, energy needs, and equitable growth, as well as issues related to sustainable enterprise models. The event also hosted company representatives from Enel, Acea, and Orange Fiber, who kindly discussed sustainability-related matters in their company. Additional activities included presentations of IDC’s students’ sustainability projects, as well as a world café afternoon that enabled a discussion among faculty and students on various questions of sustainability.

 - 11/11/2015

Report from the GOLDEN related track at EGOS 2015

It was the third time in a row that the annual EGOS colloquium hosted a GOLDEN related track on organizational innovation towards sustainable enterprise models. Beside having many interesting paper presentations which investigated the sustainability challenge from individual-, organizational- und system level perspectives, we organized a joint panel with another track (focusing on responsible leadership) for the first time. Given the themes of the two tracks, the panel discussed the role of corporate leaders in driving sustainable development in corporations and society. Following the extraordinary positive feedback from the audience on this format, we will try to organize a similar session again in our track at next year’s EGOS.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s conference July 7-9 2016 in Naples, Italy. We kindly invite short paper submissions to our track on “Innovating towards sustainable organizations – the role of power, resistance and social context” (submission system will open in late summer/early fall 2015).

For more information please contact Kerstin Neumann.

2nd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

ESCP-Europe hosts this event in January 2016 addressing the question: How does the sharing economy disrupt individual behaviors, industries and public regulation?

Airbnb, Kickstarter, Uber, Fab Labs, The Food Assembly, etc.: the rise of these collaborative initiatives no doubt constitutes one of the most striking revolutions of the present day. However, despite the rise of the “sharing economy”, no consensus about its definition yet exists. It pertains to a broad set of industries, including collaborative finance (crowdfunding), collaborative production (3D printing, FabLabs, DIY, etc.) collaborative education (e.g. open education and open knowledge) and finally collaborative consumption.

Throughout this workshop, the impact of the sharing economy will be discussed on various dimensions.

The call for the submission of extended paper abstracts ends on October 30th, 2015. Find more information at the conference homepage:

Joint Academic Session at the Israeli Pavilion @EXPO2015

As part of the Israeli Pavilion at the EXPO2015 World Exhibition on the theme of Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya will hold a two-day conference in the fields of Sustainability, Education and Entrepreneurship. On September 1st, 2015 a joint academic session on “The Transition towards Sustainable Model of the Enterprise” will be held. This session will be led by GOLDEN in partnership with the CRIOS research center at Bocconi University and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Please register for the session here

For more information on this event, contact Lilach Trabelsi

 - 07/15/2015

Meet GOLDEN @AoM in Vancouver

Since many GOLDEN friends will attend this year’s Annual Academy of Management Meeting in Vancouver, we would like to suggest to meet for an informal get-together on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 7 pm. It would be great if you would be able to join us. Please contact Kerstin Neumann to indicate your availability, she will inform you about the meeting place. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canada.

Call for action: GOLDEN for Government Institutions

GOLDEN is working on an important initiative to propose the idea of creating a Sustainable Enterprise Model Innovation (SEMI) Lab as an innovative form of policy intervention to support and speed up the diffusion of sustainability experimentation within firms’ core activities (governance, strategy-making, control and incentive systems, leadership and managerial mind-sets, etc.).

We are discussing the idea with the OECD, with UN Agencies (UNGC, UNIDO, UNEP, ILO), with the support of ministries in the Italian and the French Government.  For instance, the concept has been officially proposed by the Italian government to the meeting of UNGC donors (governments), with positive initial feedback.  We now have to expand the document to full proposal status for the next meeting of UNGC donors in the fall. We will also present the collaborative initiative at a specific workshop organized by OECD at the end of September. 

If you are interested to collaborate and contribute to this line of work, please contact Nicoletta Ferro.

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