Academic & Research Profile

Our academic profile is characterized by pluralistic oriented research interests in economic and entrepreneurial acting and activities in organizational life-worlds and their socio-cultural, societal embedment. We act on the assumption that economic and organizational realities are constructed and staged (performed) by agents and agencies through attributions, interpretations and negotiations of senses and sense-making. For us these dimensions of meaning emerge co-creatively through the interacting agents as well as various stake-holders.

Thus Karlshochschule International University understands itself as a business and management school that is "coined" by the studies of culture while it aspires to supplement or overcome traditional economistic and managerialistic approaches. Therefore we understand theories and concepts of management not as sub-discipline of economics, but as a culturally oriented inter- and transdisciplinary field inspired by sociology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, communication and media sciences as well as art. In its research (and teaching) Karlshochschule orientates itself towards "Critical Management Studies" and further new research develops in social research coherences, like "Cultural Economy" and "The Hybrid of Humans and Media".

With this focus it pursuits the aim to embrace and "fructify" the cross-disciplinary marked "cultural turn" for economics and especially organization and management studies. Referring to Bachmann-Medick (2010), we take as a starting point that "cultural turns" today are to be conceived as a plurality. Following the general orientation of the humanities and social sciences towards culturally relevant issues, pluralistically understood "cultural turns" represent current moves and new orientations that cut across and go beyond the cultural sciences.

Based on the mentioned orientation towards cultural studies, and alongside quantitative approaches, great importance is attached to qualitative research methods. Methodologically, the Karlshochschule pursues in particular an interpretative-critical and integrative approach in relation to economics, and organization and management studies and practices. Such interpretative and qualitative approach allows also considering critically and systematically ambiguous and emergent phenomena, processes and dimensions of meaning.