Panelist at Symposium: Addressing Grand Challenges in Organization Theory-System Change Through Theory, Engagement & Action

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


The Covid-19 pandemic warrants increased scholarly attention to grand challenges, such as inequality, poverty, climate change, ecological imbalances, socioeconomic and political crises along with their extended impacts (Davis, 2020; Ferraro, Etzio, & Gehman, 2015; George et al., 2016; Munir, 2020; Pio & Waddock, 2020). Whereas mainstream organizational theorizing brings those challenges in as part of our empirical contexts, or in our managerial implications, this symposium will discuss how we can address head-on the importance of grand challenges, make them a core aspect of our research, and accordingly develop theoretical and empirical approaches that may be seen as a ‘grand challenges turn’ in our field. Some recent examples include work on the patriarchy of microfinance (Zhao & Wry, 2016) and providing toilets in Indian villages (Mair, Wolf, & Seelos, 2016). Nevertheless, even scholars working on grand challenges tend to focus on a particular problemand may lose sight of the broader systemic challenges of these issues (Munir, 2019).
Period31 Jul 2021
Event titleAOM
Event typeUnknown
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 504
  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502026 Human resource management
  • 502044 Business management
  • 502052 Business administration