Organizing for Societal Grand Challenges – part II

Creating impact through outreach activities and teaching


Speakers: Sascha Friesike (Berlin University of the Arts), Emilio Marti (Erasmus), Matteo Ronzani (Manchester)


We discuss how researchers who study societal grand challenges can create impact through outreach activities and teaching. Sascha Friesike elaborates on the idea of a “post-heroic” perspective on impact in which seemingly mundane activities become linked in a meaningful way. Matteo Ronzani, in turn, explores barriers that prevent learning about grand challenges by drawing on the concept of “uncomfortable knowledge.” Emilio Marti introduces and moderates the session. The session builds on the recently published volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations (RSO) on Organizing for Societal Grand Challenges.





Time: Thursday, 27 April at 9am (US Eastern) / 2pm (London) / 3pm (CET). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).


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About the speakers:


Matteo Ronzani is Lecturer at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. His work is situated at the intersection of accounting, institutional theory, and the sociology of quantification, and focuses on understanding how technologies of calculation can be mobilized to address grand challenges.


Sascha Friesike is a Professor of Digital Innovation Design at the Berlin University of the Arts and Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society also in Berlin. In his research, he focuses on the role digital technologies play when something new is created. He investigates the role of digitalization in academia and looks at how creative people work.


Emilio Marti is an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, institutional theory, performativity, and socially responsible investing. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Journal of Management Studies.



This event is supported by Responsible Research in Business and Management (


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