Current research at the Chair of Gender, Governance and International Management centres on the following areas:
- Men and women on boards
This research focuses on the changing role of boards of directors, and in particular the determinants and effects of increasing gender diversity in board composition, in Germany and in an international comparison. It is based primarily on interviews with directors. It is also concerned with women's managerial careers and their access to leadership positions, as well as men's role in promoting gender equality in organizations. This research has been funded by an EU Marie Curie Career Integration Grant for a project titled “Women in the Boardroom: Institutional and Organizational Approaches to Gender Equality” (BOARDEQUALITY), as well by Freie Universität Berlin’s Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrum for a project titled “Men on Boards – Change Agents for Equality?”.
- The role of law for social cohesion
This research is part of the Berlin University Alliance’s Grand Challenge Initiative. The interdisciplinary project titled “The Laws of Social Cohesion” (LSC) examines how law promotes social cohesion, where the limits of its integrative capacity lie and to what extent it might even endanger social cohesion. In this context, law is seen as a social practice that actively shapes how we live together in society. The work conducted at our Chair focuses on how law compels companies to engage in public discourse about their contribution to societal goals, including gender equality and sustainability. It also examines companies' reputation management strategies. We employ quantitative and qualitative text analysis methods to examine the annual reports of German stock-listed companies, focusing especially on how they report on their commitment to gender equality in leadership positions.
- The governance of global labour standards
This research uses comparative case studies and content analysis to examine the implementation of global framework agreements within multinational companies. The project “Umsetzung globaler Rahmenabkommen in MNU” is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation and carried out jointly by researchers from Freie Universität Berlin (principal investigator Gregory Jackson) and from the University of Duisburg-Essen (principal investigator Thomas Haipeter). We are investigating how labour standards codified in global framework agreements struck between headquarter management and international unions are implemented in the foreign subsidiaries of multinational companies. We are also investigating the extent to which companies ensure that their suppliers and subcontractors comply with such agreements and with international labour standards more generally.
- Just transition to e-mobility
This research is an international cooperation project together with researchers from Cornell University, USA (Ian Greer, Virginia Doellgast and Art Wheaton) and Laval University, Canada (Mathieu Dupuis). The project is titled “A just transition for autoworkers? E-mobility and restructuring in transatlantic comparison”. We are investigating the effects of the shift to e-mobility for work and employment in the automotive industry, as well as ideas surrounding justice and fairness during the change process in an international comparison. Our research methods are interviews and observation.
Digitalization and the future of work
This research uses discourse analytic methods to examine dystopian narratives about the future of work in the digital economy and appeals for action by employment relations actors. Our research interests also include digitalization in recruitment and selection, as well as human resource management in platform-based service organizations.