Track Organizing for Global Social Challenges

The track ‘Organizing for Global Social Challenges’ gives you a different perspective on Sustainable Development based on the theories and methods pertinent to this discipline. This specialization considers the role of organizations in addressing global social challenges.

  • The course “Evidence-based Interventions” learns you that organizational change and evidence-based actions are crucial to mold organizations to the needs of a complex, multi-factors, multi-stakeholder environments, characterized by high dynamism and sudden shocks.
  • The course “Social Changes and Sustainable Development” provides you with an overview of social changes and sociodemographic dynamics, which lead to social inequalities and introduce the need for policies and social structures that are able to translate economic growth into social development.
  • The course “Complexity within Organizations” introduces complexity theory as an important lens to understand organizations and specifically collaboration in teams and organizations. Complexity within organizations helps to understand the difficulties to implement evidence-based interventions that might be needed in response to socio-demographic changes and development-aimed policies.
  • The course “Interorganizational Relationships” learns you that inter-organizational relations hold a crucial role, in various forms. Collaborations between local entrepreneurs and established firms to penetrate poor markets are considered crucial, as well as public-private partnership to channel development aids in difficult areas.
  • The course “Organizational Dynamics”, examines the possibilities that organizations have to change and renew themselves based on the stimuli of the external environments, such as corporate entrepreneurship or open innovation. The GMSI context often requires highly flexible organizational forms able to respond to the needs of specific target markets, for example in remote rural areas.
  • The course “Hybrid Organizations” provides an in-depth view on hybrid organizations, their motives, specific structure, leadership, challenges and societal impact, their dual nature and its repercussions for strategic renewal, competitiveness and collaborative structures.
  • Throughout the program, master’s seminars will prepare students to their Master’s thesis, which will focus on a GMSI-related topic.

Program track Organizing for global social challenges (60 ECTS)

The one-year program of the GMSI track Organizing for global social challenges consists of 60 ECTS, divided into four units from the end of August to the end of June.

Unit 1: End of August – October

Unit 2: End of October – January

Units 3: End of January – March

Unit 4: End of March – June


Department of Organization Studies

The Department of Organization Studies is known for her research and teaching expertise on:

  • Base-of-the-pyramid theories and examples, that illustrate how businesses can hold an important role in providing services able to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions of people living in resource-constrained settings (slum-dwellers in emerging countries, rural areas, etc.)
  •  Healthcare organizations and policies, both in developed economies in Europe (Netherlands, Italy) as well as in emerging contexts (India). The healthcare setting provides examples of complex societal challenges (universal healthcare coverage, health access inequities among socio-economic groups, simultaneous need for quality and cost-effective healthcare delivery, etc.) and of complex interventions (pro-competitive health policy reforms, multi strategy policy interventions, etc.)
  •  Global Health challenges covering new epidemiological trends in emerging contexts, health inequities across genders and socio-economic groups, emerging business models for inclusive healthcare delivery in low-income countries.
  •  Collaboration/cooperation theories, operationalization and empirical analysis.Cooperation and collaboration across governments, organizations and individuals is crucial to tackle societal issues and promote sustainable development.
  • Corporate social responsibility, and strategies for improving companies’ non-financial indicators, such as social and environmental matrices.
  • Social entrepreneurship and hybrid organizations
  • Strategies, entrepreneurship and organizational change
  • Intervention theory in multi-party collaboration

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