Multiple responsibilities of organizations: grasp all, lose all?
Given increased social, ecological, digital and political challenges, the economic and legal requirements, companies face multiple and sometimes conflicting responsibilities. They are responsible toward many stakeholders --employees, customers, suppliers, states, communities and others--, at various geographical levels --local, regional, global--, and over different time frames --short, medium and long term.
This multiplicity of issues, in a complex world subject to recurring crises, makes it more and more difficult to draw boundaries around companies’ responsibilities and to organize them efficiently and meaningfully.
This situation raises some fundamental questions such as:
The 2023 EBEN research conference has three objectives. First, it aims at exploring the links, complementarities, and tensions between all these responsibilities. Second, it aims at building bridges between the concepts of corporate responsibility, sustainability, business ethics, compliance both from a theoretical and practical points of view. Third, it aims at opening fruitful dialogues between the academic and practitioners’ communities working on those concepts and issues.
To explore and clarify the conceptual, organizational and operational boundaries of corporate responsibilities, we invite submissions from various disciplinary fields including but not limited to philosophy, ethics, legal, management, organisation studies, and sociology. We also encourage submission drawing on broad range of methodological approach, including qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual work.
Here are some topics of particular interest :
Three different types of session will be held during the conference:
|Session type||Submission format|
|Papers: full paper presentations||3 to 5 pages abstract|
|Discussions: presentation of early-stage project (no paper ready yet)||1 page abstract|
|Workshops: ideas for themes that could be the subject of a cross-discussion (common theme to be discussed, researchers involved, research in progress)||1 page description|
The conference will take place at ESSCA School of Management on its Parisian campus in Boulogne Billancourt (92100).
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, please visit the conference website: https://eben-net.org/
The 2023 EBEN Research Conference is organized by EBEN France in partnership with three academic institutions: ESSCA, Excelia and Audencia business schools.
The organizing committee consists of:
Annex: Indicative bibliography
References in philosophy:
Contemporary references in business ethics and corporate responsibility:
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