Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

Behavioural studies, Society and Religion Behavioural studies, Society and Religion
Law, Economics, Politics and Governance Law, Economics, Politics and Governance
Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Philosophy and Philosophy of Science


29 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021
Course directors:
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany
Dorothea Alewell, University of Hamburg, Germany
Marcelo Neves, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Simon Jebsen Fietze, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Course description:

With our workshop “The ‘Betrieb’ as Corporate Actor – Theoretical and Empirical Challenges”, we aim to discuss the following topics and share ideas and concepts on how to treat these problems in our research. The notion of corporate actor appeals to (a) the sociological and political analysis of organizations, (b) the concept of the legal person’s rights to make decisions and take action, (c) the normative problem of whether establishments should be seen as ends from a welfare-economic perspective or merely as means of individual actors, and (d) the methodological need to differentiate between the unit of analysis and the survey unit.

  • Microfoundation(s) of organizational behaviour 
  • Unit of analysis
  • The firm and the law
  • Corporate responsibility
  • The borders of the firm
  • Standards of good work and institutionalized labour relations

Answers to all these questions also have to be considered under the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The workshop is scheduled for April 29-30, 2021 at the Helmut-Schmidt-University but will be held ONLINE.




Ger Snijkers and Mojca Bavdaz - The Betrieb in surveys. Collecting data from the right unit .pdf


Video Lectures 2021:

Hartmut Kliemt - (Il-)legitimate CSRa:

Hauke Brunkhorst - The Legal Code of Capital - A Legal Revolution?

Rolf Bruhl - Human Rights in the Supply Chain - On Moral and Legal Responsibilities of Corporate Actors

Rutger Claassen - Business Corporations as Political Actors

Albert Martin - Personalpolitik: Basis und Überbau - Gedankenexperimente mit Hilfe von Simulationsrechnungen

Frank Schirmer - Micro politics and Organizational Change

Sylvia Marlene Wilz - „All of a sudden, I was speaking their language.“ Communication, Interpretation, and the Constitution of the Organization

Günther Ortmann - On Elias Khalil's "Is the Firm an Individual?"

Georg Krücken - Multiple Competitions in Higher Education: A Conceptual Approach

Wolfgang Mayrhofer - Institutionalization of Personnel Management and Collective Action

Arne Kalleberg and Wolfgang Mayrhofer  - On the Development of the Rights of Action of Corporate Actors in the USA 

Peter Walgenbach - On the Social Construction of Corporate Responsibility

Charlotte Schmitt Leonardy - Criminal Responsibility for Corporate Crimes in Germany – The Never Ending Story to finally get to the Corporate Actor

Cécile Ezvan - The Social Footprint of an Investment Fund - An Analysis Based on the Capabilities Approach

Woody Powell and Peter Walgenbach - Organizations, Networks and Institutions

Tobias Gebel - Operational Definition of the Betrieb in Organizational Research

Lutz Bellmann - The German Industrial Relations System under Pressure – Evidence from the IAB Establishment Panel Survey 1993-2019

Berndt Keller - Work Councils: Collective Action within Corporations

Dieter Sadowski - Board-level Codetermination in Germany - The Importance and Economic Impact of Fiduciary Duties

Lisa Herzog and Hauke Brunkhorst - The Epistemic Life of Corporations and its Moral Dimensions

David Schweikard - The Agential and Normative Profile of Collective Agents

Ute Schmiel - Corporate Actors and Market Theory

Konstanze Senge - Standards of Good Work and Uncertainties beyond the Precariate The Rise of a new Emotional Economic Culture

Bénédicte Zimmermann - Workers Capabilities and the Boarders of the Firm

Sigurt Vitols - What Drives Sustainability in Companies?

David Marsden and Berndt Keller - Patterns of Organisational Ownership and Employee Well-being in Britain

Course lecturers:
Sylvia M. Wilz, University of Hagen, Germany
Georg Krücken, University of Kassel, Germany
Rolf Brühl, ESCP Business School Berlin, Germany
Wolfgang Mayrhofer, WU Vienna, Austria
Dieter Sadowski, University of Trier, Germany
Sigurt Vitols, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
David Marsden, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Bénédicte Zimmermann, The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France
Woody Powell, Stanford University, United States
Hartmut Kliemt, University of Giessen, Germany
Ute Schmiel, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, Germany
Rutger Claassen, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Albert Martin, Leuphana University of Luneburg, Germany
Günther Ortmann, Helmut-Schmidt University, Germany
Frank Schirmer, TU Dresden, Germany
Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina, United States
Peter Walgenbach, University of Jena, Germany
Charlotte Schmitt-Leonardy, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Cécile Ezvan, La Rochelle Business School, France
Ger Snijkers, CBS - Statistics Netherlands, Heerlen, Netherlands
Mojca Bavdaz, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tobias Gebel, German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin (DIW), Germany
Berndt Keller, University of Konstanz, Germany
Lutz Bellmann, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen Nurnberg, Germany
Lisa Herzog, University of Groningen, Netherlands
David Schweikard, University of Flensburg, Germany
Konstanze Senge, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Attached documents
Programme - The “Betrieb” (Organization, Firm, Establishment, …) as Corporate Actor - A Theoretical and Empirical Challenge.pdf
Ger Snijkers and Mojca Bavdaz - The Betrieb in surveys. Collecting data from the right unit .pdf