Responsible Capitalism: Micro and Macro-institutional Conditions of Transformation

Elisa Giuliani will be lecturing at the Responsible Capitalism summer school hosted by Venice International University (VIU) in cooperation with the two member universities Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and University of Lausanne.

It 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 future of Capitalism from the microlevel of individual decision-making to the organizational and the societal level.

It gives participants the opportunity to discuss with eminent scholars in management theory and to test their ideas and present their work.

Participants will be made 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.

Program theme
Capitalism is facing a historically unprecedented legitimacy crisis. Accumulating social and environmental side effects, disconnected financial markets, and a growing gap between the rich and the poor create grand challenges which require fundamental changes in how we produce and consume. While the importance and urgency of sustainability is rarely challenged, 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. Understanding the institutional and psychological forces that block and/or enable deep transformations is a key aspect of responsible capitalism. The Venice Summer School 2019 will investigate those forces on the individual, organizational and societal level.

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


Starting Time


June 10, 2019

Ending Time


April 13, 2019


Venice International University, Venice

Event Participants