On Friday 13 April 2018, Aalborg University held its annual celebration event with award ceremonies and the promotion of doctorates. Among the awardees was the Faculty of Social Sciences’ new honorary doctor, Senior Professor Barbara Czarniawska from the University of Gothenburg. The researcher who has accepted the award from AAU is highly estimated with the fields of business management and economics, which is also reflected in the recommendation for the honorary doctorate. This reads:
“Barbara Czarniawska is a world famous and most appreciated and prominent scholar in the research community of Organisation Studies. She conducts research at world-class level, especially in that she applies a constructivist perspective on organising, and focuses on action nets. Her methodological interests concern field work techniques, and her narrative approach in social science studies is highly respected. Barbara Czarniawska’s Honory Doctorate in Organisation Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Aalborg University not only gives credit to her for her groundbreaking work; it also relates to the strong position of organisational studies at several departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences and to the increasing interest, relevance and internationalisation of Czarniawska's research.”
High impact at AAU
According to Dean Rasmus Antoft, the departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences have expressed broad consensus and general recognition that their collaboration with Professor Barbara Czarniawska has been very important to both research environments and individual researchers at the departments. Moreover, a number of her publications have had a major impact in terms of both theory and methodology/method on many research projects at the Faculty.
Barbara Czarniawska conducts groundbreaking research and boasts a great scientific production, which was also pointed out in the recommendation.
“With numerous books, more than 125 articles and approximately 25,000 citations, Barbara Czarniawska is a most appreciated and prominent scholar in the research community of Organisation Studies. Her work within conceptualisation and empirical studies is highly recognised, as is her involvement in organisation and management practices. She has always been at the forefront in her field of research and has an excellent sense of "emerging trends". With her many original and innovative publications and her active participation in numerous academic foras, Czarniawska has contributed immensely to the field of organisation studies, particularly in relation to themes such as organising, complex organisations, institutionalism, organisational change and, not least, narrative approaches in social science studies.”
An impressive CV
The new honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences was awarded an MA in Psychology and Industrial Psychology at Warsaw University in 1970. Six years later, she received a PhD degree in Economic Sciences from the Warsaw School of Economics. From 1990-1996, she was a professor of business economics at Lund University, following which she was appointed for her current research professorship at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) at the University of Gothenburg. Barbara Czarniawska is also employed as a professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Management in Brussels and is a visiting professor at the University of Rome. In addition, she has been awarded an honorary doctorate at the Stockholm School of Economics, at CBS and at the Helsinki School of Economics. She has received numerous awards for her research.