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Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships in Focus

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. 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 – September 30, 2022

Funding authoritys and corporate partners of the JR Center CARe

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Manner Kapsch Logo Logo Simacek Facility Management Group
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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?“

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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


Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz coordinates the JR Center CARe at IBES.

The team of the JR Center CARe has an interdisciplinary academic background which is complemented by sound practical experience.

Maria Riegler, BSc MSc

Maria Riegler, BSc MSc

Research Associate

PhD Student

Josef Ressel Center CARe