Associazione Italiana di Organizzazione Aziendale

ASSIOA-VHB Summer School 2023

September 4-7, 2023 University of Trento, Italy

This course is centered on broad topics related to social evaluation, from categorization to status, stigma, boundary work, moral legitimacy and inequality in organizations.

The material ranges from ‘recent classics’ to papers fresh from print. After an introduction to these dimensions, we also will discuss the ontological, epistemological, and axiological (normative) assumptions in these works and how they affect the study design and our understandings of the role of us as researchers.

Students will be asked to prepare in advance in order to present the main themes of the assigned literature and discuss empirical material with a hands-on approach.

Learning objectives:

Exposure to advanced and emerging themes (and their established roots) in the field of management and organization
Understanding the broad variety of methods (inductive, deductive, and abductive) used in the field in a complementary way and their epistemological background
Learning about abductive methods and Dos and Don’ts in abductive theorizing
Recognizing and positioning diverse epistemological grounds in research papers.
Practicing a reflexive approach towards the self as researcher and towards the discourse being developed throughout the course.


Giuseppe Delmestri (WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
Filippo Carlo Wezel (USI Università della Svizzera italiana)
Maria Laura Frigotto (Università di Trento)

Target group:

The course is aimed at students in organization and management disciplines but has applicability in other domains of social-economic science. Students of strategy, international management, operation and information management,  human resources and entrepreneurship should find value in this course.


Registration open until 6 August 2023!

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For this course, the following attendance fees apply:

Assioa members: EUR 570
Non-members: EUR 690

ASSIOA also makes available 4 scholarships of 500 Euros each as financial support for participation in the Summer School


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