Responsible Capitalism: Micro and Macro-institutional Conditions of Transformation

Starts:  Jun 16, 2020 9:00 AM (IT)
Ends:  Jun 19, 2020 5:00 PM (IT)
Associated with  Organizational Behavior (OB)

V Edition: 

June 16-19, 2020

Application open: December 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020 via VIU website.

The summer school on Responsible Capitalism is an initiative of 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.

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

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 2020 will investigate those forces on the individual, organizational and societal level.

Francesco Zirpoli, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (Coordinator)
Francesco Rullani, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne
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

Application via VIU website will be available from December 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020 (see box in this page).

The Program will admit 15 student participants. 

Students of VIU member universities: € 200 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities: € 300 incl. VAT.

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.

Accommodation costs on campus
Further information about the costs of accommodation on campus will be available in the Brochure and Application form.


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Elisa Carlotto