Dr. Thorsten Busch has been working at the Institute for Business Ethics since 2007, first as a research assistant to Peter Ulrich and then as a research assistant to Thomas Beschorner and Florian Wettstein. From 2001 until 2007, he studied political science, economics, and management at the universities of Oldenburg (Germany) and St.Gallen (Switzerland) before working as a research assistant in social network research at the University of Oldenburg. During his studies, he was an intern at several media outlets and at the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin. At the same time, Thorsten worked for three professors in the fields of strategic management, political finance, and political theory.
In July 2010, Thorsten was awarded a place on the Oxford Internet Institute's Summer Doctoral Programme. Since October 2010, he has been a member of the Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA). From September 2010 through January 2011, he was a visiting scholar at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In the 2012/13 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at HEC Montréal and at Concordia University's Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre (TAG), supported by a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship. In August 2012, Thorsten received the Society for Business Ethics Founders' Award, and he defended his PhD thesis in April 2013. Since September 2013, Thorsten is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Centre in Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG), Concordia University, Montréal. In 2015, Thorsten will teach "Digital business ethics" and "Digital games: culture, business, ethics" at the University of St.Gallen.
Thorsten Busch's research focuses on the following fields: digital business ethics, internet research, CSR and corporate citizenship in the ICT sector, ethical aspects of online social networks, the political role of information technologies, digital divides, digital sustainability, ethics and digital games, corporate responsibility in the games industry, moral choice in video games, corporate regulation of online harassment, trolling
Thorsten is a member of the following associations: Academy of Management (AOM), Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Canadian Communication Association (ACC-CCA), Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA), Popular Culture Association (PCA), Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), Society for Business Ethics (SBE), European Business Ethics Network/Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE/EBEN Deutschland e.V.), Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), World Economics Association (WEA), Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA), Student Network for Ethics in Economics and Practice (alumnus), German Political Science Association (DVPW), Philosophical Society of Eastern Switzerland (PGO), DocNet HSG, e-fellows.net (scholarship since 2007).
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