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A “Timely” IMCA project proposal approved by SNF

Congratulations to IMCA’s Prof. Michael Gibbert whose research project on the role of time in qualitative theorizing has been granted funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Over the course of the next four years, Prof. Michael Gibbert will collaborate with Lakshmi B. Nair of the University of Utrecht (and an IMCA alumnus) and Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki of the Univeristy of Vienna to address the methodological role of time in developing rigorous, in-depth theoretical understanding of organizational phenomena. More specifically, it will focus on three research questions: (a) How is time being used in the theorizing process?; (b) How can different treatments of time can enrich the theorizing process for qualitative research in the field of management and organization research?; (c) What is the impact of different time-based theorizing approaches on article citations of published qualitative papers?
The project will also welcome 2 new Ph.D. students and 1 Post Doc.

31.05.2018: The Roots of Tango @ StudioFoce

Thursday, 31 May, 6pm, IMCA is organizing the event The Roots of Tango under the initiative of Prof. Luca Visconti and with the support of USI and the City of Lugano.

Tango is one of the many examples of the complex relationships between local and global culture. ‘Contaminated’ at the outset, it has evolved constantly through its widespread popularity, reflecting the sensibilities of artists, periods and people who deal and live with it. 

The concert-event Alle radici del tango (Thursday, May 31, at 6PM in the Sala musica at the Studio Foce Lugano) will see flutist Luisa Sello and pianist María Dolores Gaitá will recount and illustrate  through the music  the evolution of tango. Through to the interplay of speeches and listening, the event offers a different perspective on the cultures and society of our time.

The two artists will show how the concepts of local and global can deceive: the tango dance was, already in 19th century Argentina, a hybrid, even though it was interpreted only as the expression of a local culture and a marginal social class. Through its spreading popularity in other countries, tango becomes a global phenomenon and, because of such expansion, is declined in various ways. In essence, by going global, tango localises.

The event is the first in the series “Arti in Azienda” (Arts in the Business World), which revisits the contemporary challenges of communication and marketing (globalization, sustainability, vulnerability, etc.) through the artistic idiom. The series is organized by the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences within the activities of its Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy, with the support of the Events and Congresses Division of the City of Lugano. At the end of the concert, the artists will offer a moment of interaction with the audience.

Free admittance, but seats are limited.
Reservations by May 30 at: sportello.foce@lugano.ch (tel: 058 866 48 00) For full details on the Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy: www.usi.ch/mktg


IMCA Master and PhD Graduate Irina Lock takes over Assistant Professorship at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

IMCA post-doc Irina Lock has accepted the call for a position of Assistant Professor in Corporate Communication (Amsterdam School of Communication Research – ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Irina has graduated at USI with a Masters degree in Corporate Communication and obtained her PhD in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility Communication, more specifically the credibility of Corporate Social Responsibility reports in Europe (SNF project 150296, prof. P. Seele). Currently, after winning the prize for the best PhD of the department at USI, Irina works as a post-doc in Lugano and takes over the professorship in Amsterdam in February 2017.
Congratulations, Irina!

IMCA PhD Candidate offered Assistant Professor position at Utrecht University, Netherlands

IMCA PhD Candidate Lakshmi Balachandran Nair has been offered the position of Assistant Professor (Methodology and Statistics Department, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences) at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Currently Lakshmi is in her final year of PhD and is planning to defend her thesis in April, 2016. Her research focuses on the methodological sophistication, rigor, and transparency of research methods in management (with a specific focus on qualitative research methods).

Utrecht University is an internationally prominent, research-led university, which has been deemed as #1 in the Netherlands, #17 in Europe and #56 in the world (Shanghai Ranking, 2015). The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University is currently #49 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2016). Lakshmi is planning to join Utrecht University in May-June, 2016.

Congrats, Lakshmi!

New IMCA Research Project Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The project entitled “The Benefits of Thinking Less: How Deliberation Can Harm Consumer Judgment”, proposed to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) by IMCA Marketing Professor Reto Hofstetter and PhD student Roland Rüppell, was granted research funds for a duration of three years to the Universitŕ della Svizzera italiana. In this project, the scholars will investigate how cognitive processing style (i.e. fast/intuitive vs. slow/deliberative) influences consumers judgments and decisions accross various contexts.

Doctoral Defense: Collective and individual identities in the external communication of regional cluster firms – The case of Franciacorta wineries

On Monday, November 25th 2013, Alessandra Zamparini will defend her doctoral thesis on “Collective and individual identities in the external communication of regional cluster firms: The case of Franciacorta wineries”. The defense will take place at 17:15 in room 250.

The committee will be composed of Prof. F. Lurati, USI (thesis supervisor), Prof. R. Grandinetti, Universitŕ degli Studi di Padova (co-supervisor), Prof. P. Foreman, Illinois State University (external jury member), Prof. D. Ravasi, Cass Business School (external jury member). It will be chaired by Prof. Suzanne Suggs.

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