In its fifth edition, the summer school aims at the development of ideas that promote a more sustainable future by bringing together young scholars from all over the world to discuss their ideas on the Grand Transition of our society from the microlevel of individual decisionmaking to the organizational and the societal level.

It gives young scholars the opportunity to discuss with eminent scholars in management theory and to test their ideas and present their work. Participants will become familiar with recent research from a broad set of disciplines.

They will work on their ability to engage in the transdisciplinary discourse which is required for the development of innovative answers to grand sustainability challenges.

Who is it for?
Applications are welcome from current PhD students, post-doc scholars and young researchers in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Finance, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide.

Application procedure and cost
This summer school is a postponed 2020 activity. Applications are currently closed, however, should any places become available, a new call for applications will be opened.

Program theme
Our society is facing a legitimacy crisis. The accelerating ecological crisis, the growing gap between the rich and the poor as well as the systemic risks provoked by disconnected financial markets make it necessary to profoundly rethink our routines of production and consumption. While there is a growing awareness for the importance and urgency of radical change, deep processes of transformation usually face numerous institutional and psychological barriers that have to be overcome. As Jared Diamond described in his book “Collapse”, civilizations often react to a crisis of which they do not understand the causalities by reinforcing the routines that might have created the crisis in the first place. The VIU Summer School in 2021 will go beyond those routines, to reimagine pathways for the Grand Transition on which we have embarked on a planetary scale, and to reflect upon the radical change, both in what economic actors do, and how organization scholars theorize about it. For the same reason for the 2021 edition, a change of title from “Responsible Capitalism” to “After Capitalism” represents the need for the paradigm shift proposed in the school. We look forward to engaging in discussion with the young scholars in the Summer School.

Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne (Coordinator)
Francesco Zirpoli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Francesco Rullani, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
Giovanni Favero, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Elisa Giuliani, Università di Pisa
Johanna Mair, Hertie School of Governance/ Stanford University
Juliane Reinecke, King’s Business School

A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2

The Program will admit 15 student participants.

Fees | online edition
Students of VIU member universities: € 150 VAT included
Students of other universities: € 250 VAT included

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice, accommodation and local transportation.

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