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While the AIROD group members represent different research foci, what unites their efforts is their focus on organisational development and strategy implementation.

In that sense, their different disciplines jointly provide a strong research-based foundation of practical relevance to any private or public enterprise involved in organisational development and strategic implementation initiatives. The main disciplines currently represented within the group include (but are not limited to): 

Marketing


Once a strategy has been set and the organisational design established, marketing becomes central for promoting the organisation's resources.

The particular focus of AIROD's marketing research is the cultural dimension of doing business. The purpose of our marketing research is to draw attention to the cultural factors in business research in order to expand and deepen our understanding of doing business in a globalised world.

Culture plays an important part for research, not just for the way customers and consumers behave, but also for the questions raised, the issues addressed and the methods used in research. Analysing markets and organisations requires a rich understanding of cultural factors such as identity formation, rituals and symbols, and the impact culture has on marketing communication.

Organisational Design


Organisational design is a branch of organisation theory that deals with a) how organisations, seen as structures that usefully aggregate the efforts of individuals, work and b) how to make them work better.  

In that respect, organisational design provides the foundation for strategy implementation by uniting the efforts of organisational members towards the joint pursuit of a common organisational goal.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Cutting-edge innovation and competitive advantage can result from weaving social and environmental considerations into business strategy from the beginning.

AIROD's research on CSR focuses on how to incorporate CSR's impact on organisational decision-making and behaviour through organisational development activities.

Strategic Risk Management


Navigating in a more and more dynamic and unforeseeable business world, strategic risk management has attracted growing attention in recent years. While the formalised enterprise risk management framework, where central risk departments across sections and companies identify, measure and address the foreseeable risks, is well-established in many large companies, procedures to cope with the often more important unforeseeable risks constitute an area that has been neglected so far.

Strategic risk management investigates how to create a dynamic organisation that is able to rapidly identify, evaluate and address potential new threats and opportunities by delegating decision authority, creating safe organisational cultures that support information and idea sharing across departments and organisational layers as well as incentive and control systems that ensure and support motivation and citizenship behaviour among all employees.

The research is conducted in a close collaboration with scholars in Copenhagen, Paris, Sydney and Florence.