Global Centre of Paradox & Organization
Individuals and organizations constantly face tensions built from contradictory yet interdependent interests of pluralistic stakeholders. Should we privilege the individual or the collective? Should we emphasize economic or social value? Should we invest inefficiency or innovation? Because these interdependent tensions cannot be pulled apart and persist over time, long term success depends on pursuing their oppositional demands simultaneously.
The discourse of leaders in the private, public, and third sectors, is increasingly polarized, simplified, and blind to the interrelation of both sides of these tensions. This leads to inequalities and social alienation.
Grounded on close collaboration, the Centre is supported by the European Forum on Paradox and Pluralism (EUFORPP) -a forum that leverages on the expertise of five European business schools -Nova School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE; Portugal), CASS Business School (CASS; United Kingdom), Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM; Switzerland) LUISS Guido Carli (LUISS; Italy) and Rotterdam School of Management (RSM; The Netherlands) - and a wider network of international experts, to foster ground-breaking research with paradoxical and pluralistic perspectives to provide solutions to social tension, and to create social and organizational impact by opening the forum to policymakers, regulators, business ecosystems, and the society at large. Nova SBE is the leading partner of the EUFORPP.
Beyond research, there are being developed series of case studies that may be used as pedagogical means in higher education, which fosters an understanding of paradoxical questions within real-world organizations. Themes range from gender equality, sustainability, managerial dilemmas to stakeholders’ tensions, etc.
Other activities encompass the Annual Meeting (held in the campus every May), Impact Labs, Academic Symposia and many other activities with scholars, practitioners, policy-makers and society at large.
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Assistant Professor Adjunct at Nova SBE. He holds a PhD in Management from Nova School of Business and Economics. His research interests range from the applied psychology of entrepreneurship and the application of management practices in new venture growth to social exchange processes at the workplace. His work is published in the Journal of Small Business Management.Website
Person-job fit across the work lifespan: the case of classical ballet dancers
This study examines how employees assess demands-abilities and needs-supplies across their work lifespan, and how they better adjust to their work.Learn more
The effects of overconfidence in job market signaling — an experimental approach
Education can work as a signal that workers send to employers to indicate their productivity. Since a worker’s productivity can only be observed after the employer has already hired him, they must rely on signs to predict which salary will be the most appropriate for a worker.Learn more
A multi-level approach to direct and indirect relationships between organizational voice climate, team manager openness, implicit voice theories, and silence
Employee silence impedes sustainable organizational development, and it can conceal harm for internal and external stakeholders. This research introduces a model proposing ways through which shared implicit knowledge structures emerge in teams and organizations, and how they affect motives to remain silent.Learn more