Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • Centre for Sustainability
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Associate professor

Room: DH.Ø.2.28
Verena Girschik

Verena Girschik is Associate Professor of Business and Society at Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on the responsibilities of multinational companies in the context of complex societal problems and humanitarian crises. Zooming in on the relations between companies, governments, NGOs, and other societal actors, she explores how companies negotiate their roles and responsibilities, how they perform them, and with what consequences. She is passionate about conducting in-depth qualitative studies that dive into novel phenomena, especially in the areas of employee activism and business-humanitarian collaboration. Her research has been published in Business & Society, Journal of Management Studies, and Human Relations, among others.

Primary research areas
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Complex societal problems and humanitarian crises
  • Institutional change and innovation
  • Communication
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Germany as a Global Actor (MSc BLC)
The Corporation in Society (BSc BLC)
International Business, Responsibility and Communication (CM kom)

PhD course: Case-study approaches to theory building


I supervise master theses within the scope of my research interests

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Stefan Schaltegger; Verena Girschik; Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich; Ilka Weissbrod / Corporate Change Agents for Sustainability : Transforming Organizations from the Inside Out.
In: Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility, Vol. 33, No. 2, 4.2024, p. 145-156
Journal article > peer review
Verena Girschik; Jeremy Moon / Corporations as Governance Actors : From Behemoths in the Shadows to Corporate Citizens.
Paper presented at 39th EGOS Colloquium 2023, 2023
Paper > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Verena Girschik; Jakob Lutz / How Europe's Largest Companies Supported Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine in 2022
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2023, 16 p.
Anna Stöber; Verena Girschik / Caught between Two Worlds : Constructing the Purposeful Self in a Community of Corporate Change Activists.
Paper presented at 38th EGOS Colloquium 2022, 2022
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Verena Girschik; Jette Steen Knudsen; Jeremy Moon / Corporations as Governance Actors
Paper presented at SASE 34th Annual Conference 2022, 2022
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Verena Girschik; Liudmyla Svystunova; Evgenia I. Lysova / Transforming Corporate Social Responsibilities : Toward an Intellectual Activist Research Agenda for Micro-CSR Research.
In: Human Relations, Vol. 75, No. 1, 1.2022, p. 3-32
Journal article > peer review
Dennis Schoeneborn; Verena Girschik / Managing CSR Communication
In: Handbook of Management Communication. ed. /François Cooren; Peter Stücheli-Herlach. Berlin : De Gruyter 2021, p. 443-458 (Handbooks of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 16)
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Verena Girschik; Jasper J. Hotho / Managing the Unavoidable : New Avenues for Research on MNEs and Societal Crises.
In: A Research Agenda for International Business and Management . ed. /Ödül Bozkurt. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2021, p. 175-194
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Verena Girschik / Managing Legitimacy in Business‐driven Social Change : The Role of Relational Work.
In: Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 57, No. 4, 6.2020, p. 775-804
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Verena Girschik / Shared Responsibility for Societal Problems : The Role of Internal Activists in Reframing Corporate Responsibility.
In: Business & Society, Vol. 59, No. 1, 1.2020, p. 34-66
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