The Josef Ressel Center for Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships (JR Center CARe) explores the emergence, management, evaluation, and legitimacy of so-called Collective Action initiatives. We understand collective action initiatives as collaborative, long-term cooperation processes between companies and other stakeholders in order to solve social and environmental challenges.
The JR Center CARe was launched in September 2020 and is located at the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at FHWien der WKW. Further information about the launch is available here.
The center is led by Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz and Dr. Katharina Jarmai (currently on maternity leave). In addition to this position, Markus Scholz holds the Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance & Business Ethics and is Head of the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) at FHWien der WKW.
Project duration: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2025
Guiding research questions
“What drives companies to engage in collective action initiatives?”
“What basic conditions are suitable for the development of collective action initiatives?”
“How can collective action initiatives be managed more effectively and what success factors can be identified?”
“How can the success of collective action initiatives be measured?”
“Where do collective action initiatives derive their legitimacy?“
Types of Collective Action Initiatives
Collective action initiatives can generally be distinguished into regulatory initiatives and implementation initiatives. Regulatory initiatives aim to close regulatory gaps – for example by creating industry codes, certifiable standards or legally binding agreements. In contrast to this, in implementation initiatives, which are often also referred to as partnerships, companies and other stakeholders join forces to jointly address a certain problem which is usually limited to a certain region (e.g. shortage of skilled workers, energy supply or digitization). Both types of collective action are being addressed at the JR Center CARe.
In Josef Ressel Centers application-oriented research is conducted at the highest level of academic excellence; outstanding researchers collaborate with innovative companies. The Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft is internationally recognized as a best-practice example for the promotion of such a cooperation.
Josef Ressel Centers are jointly financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the corporate partners.
The JR Center CARe’s innovative corporate partners, Josef Manner & Comp AG, Kapsch TrafficCom AG and Simacek Facility Management Group GmbH, are closely involved in the project and regularly exchange relevant knowledge with the team at FHWien der WKW.
Voices by our corporate partners
The responsibility towards the employees of Josef Manner & Comp AG represents the foundation of our value pyramid, which was developed in cooperation with the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES). Furthermore, we aim to integrate the goal of ecological sustainability into our core business activities. Since 2012, we have been supporting the valuable work of the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES). Our goal as a corporate partner of the Josef Ressel Center for Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships is to better understand how collective action initiatives can be effectively designed and coordinated in order to jointly solve socially relevant problems.
As part of the Kapsch Group, Kapsch TrafficCom AG recognizes the challenge of long-term and responsible corporate activity and is therefore committed to the goal of economic, ecological and social sustainability. Since 2012, Kapsch has been an important partner of the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES) and through this cooperation has developed an understanding that many current problems cannot be solved individually, but only in cooperation with others. As a corporate partner of the Josef Ressel Center for Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships, we are interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of profound responsibility in a multidimensional way.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a major concern of SIMACEK Facility Management Group, a company conscious of tradition in the field of facility management. From 2013 to 2019, I served as president of the Austrian CSR platform respACT and thus have many years of experience in the areas of collective action and corporate responsibility. I am convinced that the act of living social responsibility leads to corporate success and I look forward to participating in the Josef Ressel Center for Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships.