Martin Kunze, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

    About Martin

    Martin Kunze is working as a research assistant at the university of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and holds a Magister Artium (M.A.) degree in educational science, sociology and psychology from Jena University.

    From 2005 to 2006 Martin has spent one year as an exchange student in Denmark, where he among other things specialized in Scandinavian Area Studies. The research interests of Martin are non-profit management, social policy, corporate citizenship and the cooperation of companies and non-profit organizations. Besides of his studies, he was engaged in several projects of the German Student Network for Ethics in Economics and Practice.




    PhD project

    Companies as addressees of the social question. Institutional change in welfare regimes in Germany, Denmark and Great Britain.

    The purpose of the PhD project is to analyze the role of companies in welfare regimes in an international comparative perspective between Germany, Denmark and Great Britain. Thereby the theoretical approaches of path-dependence and neo-institutionalism are used to analyze the institutionalization of the ’social question’ in companies. As a result, distinct conclusions on how innovative social policy within a framework of new actor constellations and their governance abilities concerning answering the ‘social question’ should be drawn.





    Publications and conferences



    Subsidiarity, in: Anheiher, Helmut K./Fässel, Viktor/Jürgensmeyer, Mark (eds.) 2012: Encyclopedia of Global Studies, London/Thousand Oaks/New Dehli: Sage (forthcoming; together with Holger Backhaus-Maul).

    Kooperative Unternehmen und verantwortungsvoller Konsum. Herausforderungen der modernen Organisations- und Wissensgesellschaft, in: Heidbrink et al. (eds.) 2011: Die Verantwortung der Konsumenten. Über das Verhältnis von Markt, Moral und Konsum. Campus Verlag. (forthcoming; together with Holger Backhaus-Maul and Peter Friedrich).

    Unternehmen als gesellschaftliche Akteure. Soziologische Zugänge, in: Aßländer, Michael S./ Löhr, Albert (eds.) 2010: Corporate Social Responsibility in der Wirtschaftskrise. Reichweiten der Verantwortung. DNWE Schriftenreihe 18. München: Rainer-Hampp-Verlag, pp. 85-95 (together with Holger Backhaus-Maul).

    Soziale Verantwortung von Unternehmen in Dänemark, in: Blätter der Wohlfahrtspflege 155(6), 2008, pp. 213-215.


    ‘Unternehmen als Adressaten der sozialen Frage‘, presented at the Jahrestagung der Sektion Sozialpolitik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (Kassel, October 2011)

    ‘Kooperation von Unternehmen und Nonprofit Organisationen in Deutschland – empirische und theoretische Befunde‘, Guest lecturer ‘Corporate Social Responsibility‘ in the Master Program ‘Nonprofit Management and Governance’ at the University of Münster (Münster, June 2011)



    martin.kunze [at] doctoral-academy [dot] net