Department of Management, Society and Communication

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

Room: DH.Ø.2.28
Verena Girschik

I am an Assistant Professor in CSR, Communication and Organization. My research explores the intra- and inter-organizational dynamics of CSR. Building on institutional and communication perspectives, I currently focus on two main areas.

  1. The responsibilities of companies in the contexts of complex societal problems and humanitarian crises. Focusing on dynamics between companies, governments, NGOs, and other societal actors, my research explores how companies negotiate their roles and responsibilites, how they perform them, and to what consequences.
  2. The role of internal activists in transforming companies from the inside out. I explore the intra-organizational politics of corporate responsibility by asking how internal activists work and under what organizational conditions they may thrive.
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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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
Book chapter > peer review
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
Journal article > peer review
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
Journal article > peer review
Verena Girschik; Liudmyla Svystunova; Evgenia I. Lysova / Transforming Corporate Social Responsibilities : Toward an Intellectual Activist Research Agenda for Micro-CSR Research.
In: Human Relations, 3.11.2020
Journal article > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Verena Girschik / Corporate Engagement in Humanitarian Action : Concepts, Challenges, and Areas for International Business Research.
In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 15, No. 2/3, 2019, p. 201-218
Journal article > peer review
Verena Girschik / Realizing Corporate Responsibility : Positioning and Framing in Nascent Institutional Change.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2016, 149 p. (PhD series, No. 03.2016)
Ph.D. thesis
Verena Girschik; Eva Boxenbaum / Silent Struggles : Framing a New Understanding of Business in Society.
Paper presented at The 32nd EGOS Colloquium 2016, 2016
Paper > peer review
Verena Girschik / From Aspirational Talk to Actionable Walk : Framing a Vision of Socialized Business.
Abstract from The 2nd Sustainability in a Scandinavian Context Conference 2015, 2015
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
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