In the first EU Horizon 2020 project of the University Réka Matolay and Judit Gáspár aspired to interpret the characteristics of Responsible Research and Innovation for management higher education. Within the framework of Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Higher Education Curricula (EnRRICH) they worked with the colleagues in the workshops of the Faculty Research Weeks on how RRI may support the reflective reform of our teaching and research practice. Mentorship of the experienced science shop members of the consortium helped the preparation of Corvinus Science Shop, which was officially established in 2018. The department members of the Corvinus Science Shop team are: Réka Matolay, Judit Gáspár and Gabriella Kiss.
Alexandra Köves has been performing backcasting researches since 2012. Backcasting is one of the futurology methods of normative scenario construction exploring the potential visions of social organisations. The novelty of the method is using an ideal normative vision instead of the present situation as starting point to forecast an expected future and linking this vision – progressing backwards in time – with the present, and identifying the steps, which may lead to the envisaged future. There have been five participatory backcasting researches performed in Hungary to date in four different themes: sustainable employment; future of economic higher education; responsible and sustainable businesses; cosmo-local networks and the future of marketing communication.
In 2016 Alexandra Köves, Judit Gáspár and Réka Matolay launched the ‘What will the business of the future look like? – Sustainable and responsible economic actors in 2050’ backcasting research together. In 2018 up to the philosophy of post normal science, within the framework of a methodology innovation we examined how art and social science can cooperate in understanding such a social issue and in the dissemination of the results of social science research. We financed an initiative from prominent publication award, in which the results of the research were processed by a theatrical company and put on the boards at the Bánkitó Festival (Tünet Group, directed by Péter Valcz).
Our colleagues have been participating in the research program titled ‘In global competition’ – Microeconomic factors of the competitiveness of the Hungarian economy since 1996, its beginning. We continued our previous research related to the 2018 questionnaire survey (the sixth one covering over two hundred businesses) of the research program, examined and continue to examine the subjects of, among others, corporate and management skills, management decision support, decision-making approaches and corporate performance measurement, the connection between stakeholder related approach and business performance, the characteristics of supplier selection decisions, attitudes in the relationship between buyers and suppliers from the point of view of corporate competitiveness. The results will be incorporated in the teaching, have been and will be published in the form of conference presentations, articles and studies. Our colleagues participating in the Competitiveness research are Zita Zoltayné Paprika, Ágnes Wimmer, Richárd Szántó, Réka Matolay.
The organisational level research of social innovations with primary focus on social enterprises and short food supply chains is performed within the framework of project No. HRDOP3.6.2-16-2017-00007 titled ‘Az intelligens, fenntartható és inkluzív társadalom fejlesztésének aspektusai: társadalmi, technológiai, innovációs hálózatok a foglalkoztatásban és a digitális gazdaságban’ (Aspects of the Development of a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Society: social, technological, innovation networks in employment and digital economy). Active participants in the research from the department are: Julianna Kiss, Orsolya Lazányi and Réka Matolay.
A country report on the status of the Hungarian ecosystem of social enterprises titled “Update of the Mapping of Social Enterprises and their Eco-systems in Europe” ordered by the European Commission was prepared under the direction of Julianna Kiss. Réka Matolay also participated in writing the study.
Within the framework of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Catering, the colleagues of the department are participating in the project titled EcoVelo Tour controlled by the Municipality of Zugló. The work of CUB is coordinated by Veronika Kiss. In addition to the researchers of our Institute of Marketing and Media the academic partners cooperating in the project are the researchers of BOKU in Vienna, Danube Delta Institute for Research and the traffic, land development and tourism researchers of the University of Passau. The development of cycle tourism is also being performed along the Rákos Stream within the framework of the project running between 2018 and 2021. The Ecosystem Service based Cycle Ecotourism Development Guide and, in the course of 2020, the cycle ecotourism strategy of Rákos Stream valley were prepared based on the concept of ecosystem service.
The colleagues of our department have also been participating in the project titled ‘A Társadalmi Jóllét Ökológiai Alapjai: Tájhasználat és Klímaváltozás Hatása a Vízi és Szárazföldi Ökoszisztémákra’ (Ecological Basis of Social Well-being: Impacts of Land-Use and Climate Change on the Aquatic and Land Ecosystems) running since 2019 within the framework of ‘Support for Centres of Excellence’ of HAS. The research performed at CUB is to explore the social judgement of ecosystem services provided by forests, grasslands and wetlands.