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My research program takes a governance perspective to investigate the opportunities and limits of how private organizations, including business firms and civil society organizations, can contribute to sustainable societal development by realizing win-win solutions. In my empirical and conceptual work, I am particularly interested in inter- and intra-organizational governance innovations, such as those set up and facilitated by the sharing economy, and in the variegated contributions of private organizations to societal discourses. My research also covers the history of business and society practice, focusing on governance innovations of businesses during both the Industrial Revolution and the Commercial Revolution.

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Research Output 2009 2018

The anti-GMO advocacy: an institutionalist and systems-theoretic assessment

Valentinov, V., Hielscher, S., Everding, S. & Pies, I., 2018, In : Kybernetes.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
non-governmental organization
genetic engineering
1 Citation (Scopus)

Saving the moral capital of NGOs: identifying one-sided and many-sided social dilemmas in NGO accountability

Hielscher, S., Winkin, J., Crack, A. & Pies, I., Aug 2017, In : Voluntas. 28, 4, p. 1562–1594 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social dilemma
non-governmental organization
15 Citations (Scopus)

Emergence: a systems theory’s challenge to ethics

Valentinov, V., Hielscher, S. & Pies, I., Dec 2016, In : Systemic Practice and Action Research. 29, 6, p. 597-610 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
System theory
Systems theory
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)

Rationalizing the GMO debate: the ordonomic approach to addressing agricultural myths

Hielscher, S., Pies, I., Valentinov, V. & Chatalova, L., 9 May 2016, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13, 5, 476.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Genetically Modified Organisms