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Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Elizabeth Mesok (University of Basel)

Elizabeth Mesok (University of Basel): Sexual Violence against Men and Women in the US Military

on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, 13.30-16.30, MS Teams

Abstract: This article considers the ways in which military women’s rights campaigns have linked the “epidemic” of sexual violence to the struggle for military women’s equality. I analyze the approaches of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) in order to trace a partial history of military women’s rights organizations built on liberal feminist ideals. I argue that understanding military sexual violence as a result of women’s inequality does nothing to explain sexual violence against men, as well as occludes global victims of US sexual and imperial violence. Ultimately, I argue that organizations such as SWAN are emblematic of a neoliberal feminist approach that problematically prioritizes women’s equal access to the military over a critique of US militarism.

Speaker:  Elizabeth Mesok is an SNF PRIMA Grantee at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel, where she leads a five-year research project looking at how gender mattes within the global counterterrorism security architecture known as the preventing and countering violent extremism agenda. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies in 2013 and her M.A. in Politics in 2007, both from New York University. From 2013-2015 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard University and a seminar associate in the Mahindra Humanities Center’s Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence. From 2015-2016, she held a Visiting Assistant Professorship in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she taught courses in gender and sexuality studies, social and political theory, and the global history of U.S. militarism.

After relocating to Switzerland, Mesok was a senior researcher and program officer at swisspeace, where she was the lead researcher on the project, “Civil Society Implementation of the Swiss National Action Plan 1325,” which focused on women, gender, and violence prevention. In Switzerland, she has also taught courses on gender, peace, and security in the Department of Political Science at the University of Basel and in the Department of Political Science/International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Her publications can be found in the edited volumes Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics and Managing Sex in the U.S. Military, and in the journals Radical History Review and Feminist Studies. Her article “Sexual Violence and the U.S. Military: Feminism, U.S. Empire, and the Failure of Liberal Equality,” won the 2016 Claire Moses Goldberg Award.

Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Mary Yoko-Brannen (University of Victoria)

Mary Yoko-Brannen (University of Victoria): Migrants as Boundary Spanners in Global Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities

on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, 16.00-19.00, MS Teams

Abstract: Migrants often carry with them mixed cultural identities giving them access to unique skills including language and cultural intelligence not often shared by host-country nationals (Brannen & Thomas, 2010; Brannen, 2020). As bicultural individuals who identify with two (or sometimes more) distinct cultures, they are ideally suited as intercultural knowledge brokers who can help to facilitate the joint understanding, development and refinement of novel ideas between individuals located across a firm’s global footprint (Brannen & Thomas, 2010; Brannen & Doz, 2012).  Being able to sense new knowledge from around the world and to communicate it effectively to key individuals within and across an MNC’s organizational boundaries are considered essential resources for ensuring sustainable competitive advantage (Doz, Santos & Williamson, 2001).  Migrants often possess these abilities. But, firms rarely recognize, legitimize or reward for them. Moreover, the migrants themselves often don’t know they have them. In this talk, Professor Brannen will elaborate on these various skillsets, explicit as well as tacit, that can enable migrants to act as important boundary spanners in global organizational contexts and explicate the psychological, behavioral and structural processes that are required to help them fulfill these roles.

Speaker:  Mary Yoko Brannen is Honorary Professor of International Business at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark having been awarded honorary doctorate in 2016 and Professor Emerita from San José State University, California, U.S.A.  She previously held the Jarislowsky East Asia (Japan) Chair of Cross-Cultural Management at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She has served as a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Stanford University, California, U.S.A, and Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.  She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of the Master of International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University in the U.S. She was appointed Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2016 having served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies for two consecutive elected terms (2011-2016).

As an organizational ethnographer, Professor Brannen’s research is centered around understanding the effects of multiple cultural contexts on individuals and the organizations in which they are employed. Her work, cited over 5000 times, asks: How do language and culture affect today’s complex cultural organizations and the people they employee? What are the effects of today’s new workplace demographic brought on by unprecedented migration and mobility? What is biculturalism, multiculturalism, and global cosmopolitanism and how do they differ? What are the unique challenges such individuals face? What are their equally unique gifts that often have been overlooked and underappreciated in our society and work organizations? Through her understanding of the challenges and special gifts of this new demographic, Professor Brannen sheds light on the experiences of all who do not fit comfortably within a mainstream way of life and the array of opportunities such individuals bring to organizations. Born and raised in Japan, having studied in the US, France and Spain, and having worked as a cross-cultural consultant for over 40 years to various Fortune 100 companies Professor Brannen brings a multi-faceted, deep knowledge of today’s complex cultural business environment.      

Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Hans Hansen (Texas Tech University)

Hans Hansen (Texas Tech University): The aesthetics of leadership success and failure

on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, 16.00-19.00, MS Teams

Abstract: This paper explores the aesthetics of leadership success and failure. We conducted a qualitative study where we analyzed 64 leadership narratives and asked leaders to reflect on their feelings relating to personal accounts of leadership success and failure. Our data revealed that it is not any set of emotions that determined perceived leadership success or failure, but whether or not the leader managed to act when faced with a leadership challenge. From our data, we infer that taking action, or not, was associated with leader’s sensory perceptions in applying their aesthetic schema when making sense of their experience, a consideration of others in the leadership situation, and the quality of their connection to those others. We develop an inductive model of the aesthetics of leadership success and failure. 

Speaker: Hans Hansen is an associate professor at Texas Tech University (Rawls College of Business). He has received his PhD at the university of Texas. His areas of expertise include organizational theory, organizational aesthetics, and qualitative methods. He is the author of countless journal articles in the field of management studies. He won several AOM awards (e.g. Best Paper Award Critical Management Studies, Best Paper Research Methods). He is well known for his work on compassionate research methods. He serves as a reviewer for Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Relations, Management Learning, and Organization Studies, among others.

Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Chris St Pourçain

Chris St Pourçain: Workshop: Writing and Publishing Academic Papers

on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, 13.30-18.30, MS Teams

Workshop: Writing and Publishing Academic Papers

Writing research papers is difficult, and the process of publishing them can be confusing, even for established researchers.

This interactive workshop will introduce the writing skills and knowledge you need to:

  • Write more effective research papers.

  • Understand how research papers are assessed and published.

  • Choose the right journal for your paper.

Workshop Overview
  • Writing style

  • The structure of research papers

  • Effective writing

  • How research papers are peer-reviewed

  • How to choose a journal

Trainer: Dr. Chris St Pourçain is a former university lecturer who worked for 13 years in chemistry research and teaching in British universities. This was followed by ten years managing research grant funding processes and peer review for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the UK. Chris is now an experienced freelance academic editor and trainer based in Germany.

Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Jan Ketil Arnulf (BI Norwegian Business School)

Jan Ketil Arnulf (BI Norwegian Business School): Predicting survey responses in Organizational Behavior (OB) before they happen: How text algorithms can help us explore the difference between empirical and semantic relationships and move our science forwards

on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, 13.30-16.30, MS Teams

Abstract: Research in some social science disciplines such as OB rely heavily on data from Likert-scale surveys. These data are commonly used for modelling relationships between variables, often referred to as “latent constructs”. Through the use of digital text algorithms, such survey data have been found to be predictable a priori. The relationships between variables such as leadership, motivation, engagement, well-being and training interventions can be modelled using the survey item texts alone, with no knowledge about how humans might respond. Such models have been found to predict up to 86% of the variance in the data sampled from human subjects.

In this presentation, he will briefly present the technology and an overview of the research publications so far, including areas where the approach does not seem to work. This will include topics such as leadership, personality, cross-cultural research, linguistic relativity and existing attempts at replacing Likert scales with free text analysis.

Finally, he will outline some perspectives on the future of this research field: The modelling and construction of constructs, why the term “nomological networks” could be replaced by the term “semantic networks”, and establishing testing grounds for scales.

Speaker: Jan Ketil Arnulf is a full professor of organizational and industrial psychology at BI Norwegian Business School. Now he is serving as Dean Executive at BI, the academic head of the school’s executive programs. Earlier he served two periods as Associate Dean of our joint MBA program with Fudan University in Shanghai, China. His main areas of teaching and research are leadership and leadership development, global leadership, language, and digital technology for language analysis. He has extensive experience as a practitioner in the field of leadership development to companies in the private and public sector.

Research Seminar || SS 2021|| Frank DE BAKKER (IÉSEG School of Management)

Frank De Bakker (IÉSEG School of Management): Emancipation Through Entrepreneurship: Mobilizing Social Embeddedness To Counter The Mafia

on Tuesday, April 20th,2021, 13.30-16.30, MS Teams

Abstract: Scholars have been emphasizing for long the economic advantages entrepreneurs can gain by being embedded in their social context. While most studies looking at social embeddedness and entrepreneurship focus on how social ties and structures facilitate entrepreneurial activity, some also point at how the social context and entrepreneurship influence each other, especially under adverse environmental circumstances. Constraining conditions of social embeddedness have been discussed in terms of negative implications for entrepreneurship but have also been used to contextualize the emancipatory power of entrepreneurship, examining the transformational change that extends to social or institutional spheres. Despite several advancements, a gap still exists in understanding if and how entrepreneurship could retain its emancipatory force when embedded in a social structure that oppresses and severely limits individual agency to act entrepreneurially. Thus, we ask: When social embeddedness is constraining individual freedom to engage in entrepreneurial activity, how does entrepreneurship contribute to overcoming those constraints and changing the social context in which it unfolds? Combining different lenses, we develop a framework for contextualizing the emancipatory role of entrepreneurship and expanding our understanding of its relationship with its embedding social context. We then report on a rich case study of an Italian entrepreneurial venture, GOEL, that operates in an extremely unfavorable social context of oppressive institutionalized (mafia) crime with the objective to alter that unfavorable context through entrepreneurial activity. We thus illustrate our framework and contribute to the literature on social embeddedness and entrepreneurship by providing a better understanding of how both concepts are related. We then contextualize the emancipatory process of entrepreneurial activity and add to the debate on the emancipatory power of entrepreneurship theorizing. Creating and disseminating a shared image of a liberated community, supported by proof of success and pragmatic non-violent social action, challenges the historically-rooted and mafia-oriented social structure and enables the capacities of both the entrepreneurs and the community members to drive change.

Speaker: Frank G.A. de Bakker is a full professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at IÉSEG School of Management and a member of the research laboratory Lille Economics Management (LEM-CNRS 9221) in Lille, France. He coordinates the IÉSEG Centre for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR). De Bakker received his PhD from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In his research he examines the role of CSR managers within firms and the interactions between activists and firms on issues of corporate social responsibility. Since 2017 he is a co-editor of Business & Society and he sits on several editorial boards. His work has been published in journals like Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies and many more. Twitter: @frankdebakker

EDI Conference 2021

13th-14th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference
12 - 14, July 2021
IOP, University of Bern, Switzerland

Conference Theme: Social Sustainability

Working Papers des Instituts für Gender und Diversität in Organisationen