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Research

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 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 research 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Digitalization and the future of work

This research uses discourse analytic methods to examine utopian and dystopian narratives about the future of work in the digital economy and possible responses 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.