TADA: idea and concept

    Background

    Corporate responsibility has become a crucial issue in modern societies and an emerging field in social sciences and humanities. Due to an ongoing process of globalization along with the lack of national regulatory mechanisms, questions of how to avoid “bad” corporate behaviour and to foster “good” business practices have increasingly risen. The debate on business ethics in recent years has clearly shown that corporate responsibility has to take into account both “das Menschengerechte” (the human side) as well as “das Sachgerechte” (the "functioning" of our society). Thus, we must not overemphasize one or the other, but must seek an adequate balance between the Scylla of ethical application in business practices and the Charybdis of moral philosophical justification. Consequently, business ethics and the findings for corporate responsibility must be interdisciplinary-oriented and integrate management and economics as well as social, cultural, and philosophical perspectives.It must be international to stimulate cultural perspectives.

    Concept

    The Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility brings together German and Canadian PhD students who are dealing with questions of corporate responsibility/ business ethics in their doctoral theses. The Academy is interdisciplinary-oriented and open to PhD students of all academic disciplines and from all German and Canadian universities. 18 PhD students from 14 different universities (from Vancouver to Frankfurt/ Oder, from Toronto to Flensburg) have been selected to participate in at TADA within the next two years..

    The PhD students work in seminars, with a length of four to six days, taking place twice a year (in Canada and in Germany) on issues regarding corporate responsibility. These seminars include:

    • student presentations about their work, followed by critically discussions,
    • readings and discussions on crucial issues in the context of responsible corporate actions that are particularly relevant to Germany, Canada or both countries,
    • meetings with managers and politicians to discuss and reflect on concrete problems

    Language of instruction and debate will be English.

    In addition to the seminar series, TADA offers a limited number of short term research internships for the Canadian students in Germany and for German students in Canada. The internships take place at the institutes of the faculty members of the Academy or at partner organizations (businesses, NGOs, or political organizations). It will especially enable students undertaking empirical research in Germany and Canada to deepen their practical experience and knowledge of these countries.

    Sponsors

    The Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Corporate Responsibility Foundation.

    Contact

    The Academy is supervised by Thomas Beschorner, Universities of Oldenburg and Montréal as well as by Matthias Schmidt, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin.

    Please contact us for any further questions.