Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability Centre
  • Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
Associate 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; Jeremy Moon / Corporations as Governance Actors : From Behemoths in the Shadows to Corporate Citizens.
Paper presented at 39th EGOS Colloquium 2023, 2023
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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
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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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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
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