Sub-theme 40: Grand Challenges and the Rhetoric of Collective Action

Kerstin Neumann, Innsbruck University, Austria
Issy Drori, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yiannis Kyratsis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Session I: Thursday, July 06, 09:00 to 10:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Narratives for Sustainability: Addressing Ecological Grand Challenges
Chair: Kerstin Neumann
Luca Sabini, Daniel Muzio and Stewart Clegg
Contextualize sustainability in collaborative settings: An ethnographic study
Discussant(s): Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Hope Witmer, Tracy Trägårdh, Filippa Säwe and Sissi Ingman
Story making for Gaia? Newcomers' stories of managing sustainability
Discussant(s): Frode Heldal
Frode Heldal, Mara Gorli, Chiara Corvino, Mara Gorli, Chiara Corvino, Haakon Halstensen, Even Ligård and Erika Gjetsund
The impact of the ecological rhetoric to achieve psychological safety in supporting the Green Shift: Italian and Norwegian cases in comparison
Discussant(s): Luca Sabini
Session II: Thursday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Responding to Public Health Grand Challenges
Chair: Yiannis Kyratsis
Krystallia Moysidou
Narratives as sources of mobilization in the post truth era: Lessons from the COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement
Discussant(s): Fatima Ahmed
Fatima Ahmed and Bennet Schwoon
Collective Action toward grand challenges in polarized times – The role of deliberation in responding to Covid-19 in the U.K.
Discussant(s): Amelia Compagni
Amelia Compagni, Rebecca Graziani, Giovanni Fattore, rebecca graziani, giovanni fattore and Mislav Radic
All but rhetorical persuasion: Mechanisms of discursive opportunity closure and marginalization of dissent in the vaccination debate in Italy
Discussant(s): Krystallia Moysidou
Session III: Thursday, July 06, 14:00 to 15:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Promoting Grand Challenges through Political Agency and Collective Action
Chair: Israel Drori
Valentina Carbone, Anne Touboulic and Liliane Carmagnac
Unpacking the political agency of MSIs in addressing wicked problems: Discursive framing as legitimation strategies
Discussant(s): Prins Marcus Valiant Lantz
Prins Marcus Valiant Lantz, Jonathan Feddersen and Sine Nørholm Just
’Rather do too much than too little’: The rhetorical constitution of resolute collective action
Discussant(s): Roberta Ferrarini
Roberta Ferrarini, Luca Zan and Luca Zan
Venice and its Lagoon. The clash between conservation policies and policy making
Discussant(s): Valentina Carbone
Session IV: Friday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Social Movements and Activism for Grand Challenges: Rhetorics and Legitimacy
Chair: Kerstin Neumann
Laura Olkkonen, Salla-Maaria Laaksonen and Tijs Adriaan van den Broek
The rhetoric of corporate stances: How companies talk about divisive socio-political issues and motivate collective action on social media
Discussant(s): Domitille Bonneton
Domitille Bonneton, Emilie Bourlier Bargues, Arthur Gauthier Penhirin and valiorgue bertrand
Changing from the inside out: How do internal social movements of tempered radicals push their companies to tackle climate change?
Discussant(s): Stefan Schembera
Stefan Schembera, Andreas Georg Scherer and Andreas Georg Scherer
Value practices as micro-foundation of collective action against corruption
Discussant(s): Laura Olkkonen
Session V: Friday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Framing Grand Challenges: The Role of Social Entrepreneurs
Chair: Israel Drori
Lin Gao, Johanna Mair and Johanna Mair
Framing toward a collective future: The construction of social enterprise in China
Discussant(s): Bart Clarysse
Bart Clarysse and Rhea Li
Grand challenge entrepreneurs: Understanding dynamic narratives to maintain stakeholder engagement
Discussant(s): Asma Naimi
Asma Naimi and Daniel Arenas
A market-based approach to social mobilization: How social enterprises frame their public discourse to create and leverage emotional tensions
Discussant(s): Lin Gao
Session VI: Friday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Collective Perceptions and Reflexivity in Addressing Grand Challenges
Chair: Yiannis Kyratsis
Heidi Reed, Erin Cote and Erin Cote
“Working for big, evil ag”: The liberating potential of the antihero as a non-binary moral identity
Discussant(s): Jamie Borromeo
Taehyun Lee and Jonathan Sitruk
The “sharing economy” category: The double-edged sword of central examples
Discussant(s): Ferran Torres Nadal
Ferran Torres Nadal and Bennet Schwoon
Extremist, Multivocal, or Deliberative: Unpacking the (Communicative) Processes of Collective Action
Discussant(s): Taehyun Lee
Jamie Borromeo, Yuan Li and Roy Suddaby
Reclaiming 'woke': How the rhetorical struggle around diversity, equity and inclusion management produced a floating signifier
Discussant(s): Heidi Reed
Session VII: Saturday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Legitimacy for Institutional Change in Adressing Grand Challenges
Chair: Yiannis Kyratsis
Louis Lines and Niall Mackenzie
The legitimation game – leveraging organisational stigma to legitimate multilateral institutional change
Discussant(s): Nicola Mountford
Nicola Mountford, Gillian Moran and Gillian Moran
Forum hopping and quorum shopping: Legitimacy flows in the discursive field of orphan drug reimbursement
Discussant(s): Louis Lines
Session VIII: Saturday, July 08, 11:00 to 12:30, Ingegneria – N – 3_Lidia MLF
Grand Challenges and the Rhetoric of Collective Action: Next Steps
Chair: Kerstin Neumann
Discussion and Wrap-up