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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 2017

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

non-governmental organization
social dilemma
rational choice theory
10 Citations

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

System theory
Social systems
3 Citations
Open Access
6 Citations

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
20 Citations

Nonprofit organizations, institutional economics, and systems thinking

Valentinov, V., Hielscher, S. & Pies, I. 1 Sep 2015 In : Economic Systems. 39, 3, p. 491-501 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Niklas Luhmann
Social systems
Systems thinking