Dr. Alex Gertschen

Assoziierter Forscher

E-Mail
alex.gertschen@cgs.unibe.ch
Postadresse
Universität Bern
WBKolleg / CGS
Muesmattstrasse 45
3012 Bern

Fields of research and teaching

  • The political economy of globalisation since the 19th century
  • Corporate social responsibility and transnational corporations since the mid-20th century
  • Economic history of Europe and Latin America, in particular of Mexico, Germany, and Switzerland
  • Political economy and corporate practice of sustainable development, with a particular focus on tourism


Current projects

  • Postdoc research on corporate social responsibility in Mexico and Switzerland in the context of economic internationalisation, 1960-2010


Academic positions

Since 2018 Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR)
Since 2017 Associated Researcher with the Center for Global Studies, University of Bern
2012 – 2018 Associated Researcher with the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg
2008 – 2010 Academic collaborator with Prof. Dr. Eckart Conze at the Chair of Contemporary History, Philipps-University of Marburg
2007 Academic collaborator with Prof. Dr. Guy Kirsch at the Chair of Public Choice, University of Fribourg


Academic education

2007 – 2012
 
PhD in History at the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg (with a dissertation on the industrial relations in the West German textile industry in the context of economic internationalisation, 1949-1979)
2000 – 2006
 
M.A. in Contemporary History, Communication and Media Studies, and Economics, University of Fribourg (with an M.A. thesis on Edgar Salin and the debate on  economic concentration in West Germany, 1960-1963)


Publications

Book

Klassenfeinde – Branchenpartner? Unternehmer und Gewerkschaft der westdeutschen Textilindustrie vor der Herausforderung der Internationalisierung 1949-1979, Historische Grundlagen der Moderne, Band 9, Baden-Baden 2013.

Articles

  • Economic Development and Cultural Change: the Role of Multinational Enterprises in Mexico’s Emerging Dual Economy (1970s to 2000s), in: Philipp Aerni/Isabelle Schluep/Marianthe Stavridou (eds.): Transitioning to Decent Work and Economic Growth, MDPI Open Access Book Series “Transitioning to Sustainability”, Basel 2020 (30 pages). (under peer review)
  • Kleiner Staat, grosse Unternehmen. Regeln für die wirtschaftliche Globalisierung und die Rolle der Schweiz, Faktenblatt der Akademie der Wissenschaften Schweiz, Bern 2020 (with Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi). (forthcoming)
  • Kleiner Staat, grosse Unternehmen. Die Schweiz in der Ordnung der Globalisierung, Swiss Academies Communications, Akademie der Wissenschaften Schweiz, Bern 2020 (with Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi). (forthcoming)
  • Katholische Soziallehre, multinationale Konzerne und staatliche (Un-)Sicherheit: der Verantwortungsdiskurs der Unternehmer in Mexiko von den 1960er bis in die 1980er Jahre, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 104 (2017), 4, S. 525-559.
  • Akteure gesellschaftlicher Veränderung und Stabilität: Unternehmer im autoritären und post-autoritären Mexiko, in: Schröter, Barbara (ed.): Das Politische System Mexiko, Wiesbaden 2014, p. 335-352.
  • Der tägliche Untergang der Maya, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 51-52 (2012), p. 57-62.
  • Edgar Salin in der Konzentrationsdebatte mit den Ordoliberalen, 1960-1963, Fribourg 2005 [unpublished M.A. thesis].

Reviews

  • Stark in der soziologischen Konzeption, schwach in der historischen Umsetzung – Gabriel Abend über die Kontingenz der Wirtschaftsethik, in: Unternehmensverantwortung in historischer Perspektive, Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik, 17/1 (2016), p. 202-205. Review of Gabriel Abend: The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics, Princeton 2014.
  • Das Gewissen eines amerikanischen Liberalen. Paul Krugman rechnet mit den Konservativen ab, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 22.2.2008. Review of Paul Krugman: Nach Bush. Das Ende der Neokonservativen und die Stunde der Demokraten, Frankfurt am Main 2008.
  • Erzählen hiesse erklären. Der Historiker Bernard Wasserstein über Europa im 20. Jahrhundert, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 3.10.2008. Review of Bernard Wasserstein: Barbarisch and Civilization. A History of Europe in Our Time, Oxford 2007.
  • Erst im Nachhilfeunterricht. Die Lehren Grossbritanniens und Frankreichs aus dem Suez-Debakel, in: Der Bund, 27.10.2006. Review of Robert und Isabelle Tombs: That Sweet Enemy. The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present, London 2006.


Current and recent academic teaching and other activities

WS 2019
 
BA course “Corporate Responsibility in Switzerland in the Context of Globalisation” (University of St. Gallen)
BA course “Sustainable Development” (HTW Chur)
SS 2019


 
MA course “Political Power, Moral Discourse, and Economic Interests: the Small State Switzerland and its Business
Empire” (University of St. Gallen)
BA course “Intercultural communication and competence” (HTW Chur)
Mentor in the CAS course “Global Social Entrepreneurship” (Center for Philanthropy Studies, University of Basel)
WS 2018



 
BA course “Is Globalisation the Gravedigger of National Autonomy? A Comparison of Societal Discourses in Mexico and Switzerland” (University of St. Gallen)
BA course “From Foe to Friend and Role Model: Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility in Mexico” (University of St. Gallen)
BA course “Sustainable Development” (HTW Chur)
SS 2018
 
Organisation and moderation of a public workshop on education and sustainable development in Mexico (Center for Global Studies, University of Bern)
SS 2017
 
Mentor in the International Business Boot Camp on Latin America (School of Management Fribourg, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland/HES-SO)
SS 2017
 
Organisation and moderation of a public workshop on sustainability in Mexican agriculture (Center for Global Studies, University of Bern)
SS 2017

 
Co-organisation and participation as speaker in the workshop “The Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America: Discourses and Practices at the Local and Global Level” (Swiss School of Latin American Studies, University of St. Gallen)
SS 2016
 
Postgraduate course “Empresarios y legitimidad en México a finales del siglo XX” (Postgraduate Institute of the Faculty for Social and Political Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico/UNAM)


Awarded third-party funds

2017 – 2018 Postdoc-scholarship with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Düsseldorf
2016 Postdoc-scholarship with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne
2008 – 2010 Position as project collaborator (50%), financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn


Memberships

  • Center for Philanthropy Studies (research fellow), University of Basel
  • Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Kriegsverbrecherprozesse, Philipps-University of Marburg
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Geschichte
  • Swiss School of Latin American Studies


For information on my extra-academic career in communication and consulting
www.alexgertschen.com