Long term sustainability represents the most complex challenge of our time. Its complexity requires future oriented thinking that crosses the boundaries between private, public and civil society spheres. These complex challenges can also be referred to as wicked problems i.e., issues that are difficult to identify, define, and solve without triggering uncertain and unforeseeable systemic social changes. Wicked problems always encompass multi-level complexity and interdependencies, as a consequence, their implications are difficult to foresee. In addition, in this scenario, agency is often elusive and dispersed.
As a result, the identification of agents of change or universal technical fixes becomes virtually impossible. Examples of these global challenges are climate change, food security, and social injustice and poverty. All these challenges require innovative solutions (but also social transformation) that can be only addressed by joint solutions pursued by private subjects, policy makers, and civil society actors. Aim and Scope The ABIS Doctoral Summer School 2015 builds on the above mentioned elements that can be condensed in the theme: Responsible and Sustainable Futures.
The Summer School aims at providing early stage PhD/DBA students with the essential insights to understand long-range global social and economic changes, and how to link these developments into the current and future operational environments. This includes examining future economic and social transitions, and reflecting upon the implications to both innovative business strategy and public policy. The scope of the ABIS Doctoral Summer School is to offer early phase PhD (1st or 2nd year) and DBA students an opportunity to set the agenda for interdisciplinary research initiatives, explore research methodologies appropriate to the field of business in society, benefit from the advice and feedback of senior scholars, and network with international peers.
For the third consecutive year, the ABIS Doctoral Workshop will bring together doctoral candidates from across Europe and beyond to share their research experience, their initial findings and the challenges they face in their studies in the field of business in society — including corporate responsibility, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, social issues in management and business ethics.
In a nutshell, the ABIS Doctoral Workshop is an outstanding opportunity for PhD and DBA students to: Turun kauppakorkeakoulu • Turku School of Economics FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland Telephone +358 2 333 51 Fax +358 2 333 8900 www.tse.utu.fi
§ Set the agenda for transdisciplinary research work
§ Explore research methodologies appropriate to the field of business in society.
§ Understand the challenges of global research and European Union funding opportunities
§ Build research collaborations that could last a lifetime & Network with peers globally. § Understand your assets as PhD and DBA for a better insertion in the Job market
§ Present your works to senior audience and get immediate feedback Application and Outcomes The students are invited to present their PhD/DBA projects in the form of papers and/or research projects. These formats might include a structured description of the research questions, theoretical mainstream and research methodologies that candidates want to use, or are currently using, in their research. The students are also encouraged to present issues or methodological queries i.e., a narrative of problems related to conceptual issues or methodologies that the candidates are facing in their research. The topics of the doctoral school include, but are not exclusive to: § Global change and megatrends
§ Corporate responsibility and sustainability
§ Cross-sector collaboration as a solution to wicked problems
§ Corporate foresight
§ Methodological approaches, such as scenario planning, environmental scanning, Delphi method The seminars and presentations given by senior scholars in the fields above mentioned will be followed by research methodologies workshops tailored on the profiles of the applicants. The second day, all the doctoral students will present their work during a dedicated track to a senior audience who will give immediate feedback.
Deadlines Prospective participants are invited to apply by sending the following documents: • Extended abstract of their research projects, a CV and Letter of motivation (one page) Important dates • Application and submission: 30 June 2015 • Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2015 • Registration deadline: 1 August 2015 Participation fee • Regular fee: 290 Euro • ABIS members fee: 240 Euro The participation fee covers costs including materials, meals.