Doctoral Program grows: New Doctoral Students and Partners

At October 4, 2018, the WCGE celebrated its 20th anniversary, bid farewell to three graduating doctoral students of the doctoral program, and welcomed the program’s fifth cohort.

The topic „good leadership“ is not only one of the central topics of the WCGE, but is also one of the research focuses of the doctoral program „Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business“. Therefore the WCGE invited to a public panel discussion about the topic “Good Leadership in Uncertain Times” in order to celebrates its 20th anniversary and this year’s graduation and inauguration of the doctoral program. After a welcoming address by Torsten Zugehör, Lord Mayor of Lutehrstadt Wittenberg, Justus Felix Wehmer, chief financial officer of the Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Daniel Hannemann, CEO of the TESVOLT GmbH, Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek, professor of economic and business ethics at the HHL Leipzig, and Magdalena Wallkamm, doctoral student of the doctoral program, discussed what defines good leadership in a more and more complex, unpredictable and uncertain world. Does one has to say goodbye to traditional leadership models? Does one need to approach leadership in a radically new way? Although the discussants gave different answers to these questions, they agreed that good leadership has to give a sense of purpose.

Following the panel discussion, Katharina de Biasi, Julia Grimm und Linda Kannenberg were officially bid farewell from the doctoral program. They were admitted to the doctoral program in 2015 and have successfully finished their three year membership in 2018. Gonzalo Samuel Conti Perochena, Dijana Galijasevic, Lili Jassemi Schmidt-Thomé und Alexander Reese were welcomed into the fifth cohort of the doctoral program. With the admission of the fifth cohort, thirteen doctoral students from five countries and from four continents are currently working on their dissertation projects within the doctoral program. We are happy that Dr. Katrin Schlecht, member of the board of the Karl Schlecht Foundation, could participate at the celebration.

In order that the doctoral program will also be able to welcome highly qualified, socially engaged, and globally thinking and active doctoral students in 2019, one scholarship with the thematic focus “Corporate Ethics for Civil Society Organizations” has been tendered by the end of September 2018. The call for applications for further six scholarships will be published mid-November 2018. We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Laura Edinger-Schons will join the group of supervising professors from October 2019.

The doctoral program does not only grow with respect to its doctoral students and supervising professors, but also intensifies its collaboration and exchange with its partners. At November 16, 2019, a doctoral workshop takes place in course of the 8th International Conference on Sustainability & Responsibility. The workshop is organized by Prof. Dr. Philipp Schreck, Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies, and Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter. The cooperation between the doctoral program and the CASM is thereby strengthened.