IABS 2014


International Association for Business and Society, Sydney, 19-22 Jun 2014, Program chair Colin Higgins; Deadline 2 Dec

International Association for Business and Society

Sydney, Australia
19-22 June 2014



The past 25 years has witnessed considerable development in our understanding of the relationship between society and business. But, mostly our scholarship has placed business at the centre of this analysis. What happens when we take society?s perspective? What social issues, challenges and impacts should business address? What is the study of „society and business? meant to achieve? Is it about „giving something back? or something more fundamental in terms of how business interacts with society?

A lot of our work has fine-tuned descriptive accounts of how managers need to (and should) consider stakeholders, social performance and social and environmental impacts in order to ensure their legitimacy, continued survival and prosperity.A lot of it has attempted to institutionalise a new, moral language for business. But are there more fundamental objectives to consider?

The theme of the 25th anniversary IABS conference invites you to consider the broader societal, normative and political objectives of our field. Can (should) CSR be transformational of business organisations? Do we need to re-think the role and purpose of business in the context of global social and environmental challenges? Do CSR and our society and business theorising have sufficient intellectual strength to envisage fundamental change in the society and business relationship?

Reviewers for the conference will assess the relevance of the proposal in terms its contribution to the conference theme, as well as a broad range of business & society topics; thus proposals are not required to relate specifically to the conference theme. Given that the 2014 conference will also be the 25th anniversary IABS conference we are also seeking contributions that reflect the past 25 years of work in our field.

Proposals must conform to the submission requirements detailed overleaf, and should be submitted electronically by Monday December 2, 2013. Full submission instructions will be posted on http://www.iabs.netFor further information contact the 2014 Program Chair, Dr Colin Higgins: c.higgins@deakin.edu.au


The IABS founders intended that the annual conference provide a forum for scholarly work in various stages of development. We continue to pursue that goal, inviting you to submit proposals in any of the following formats:

  • Discussion: A discussion format provides an opportunity to share an idea that is in the early to middle stages of development but is not yet paper-ready. Sessions will provide ample time for conversation, questions, suggestions, and other feedback from attendees. Proposals should be approximately 3-4 pages (single-spaced) in length and should clarify how the idea fits into the field of business and society and the key point/issue to be discussed. Discussion sessions are limited, and preference will be given to new and innovative research topics. Discussion submissions will be grouped with like proposals, and participants will convene as a group.Discussion abstracts will be circulated prior to the conference.
  • Paper: Authors should submit a detailed abstract that includes the objectives and scope of the research, methodology, and findings. The abstract should be a maximum of 5 single-spaced pages in length. Full length papers will not be reviewed, but they should be submitted prior to the conference. Full papers are limited to a maximum of 15 pages. Paper sessions will include time for audience questions and feedback. Please submit only abstracts as specified. Full papers will be eligible for a Best Conference Paper Award.
  • Symposium: A symposium proposal of 3-5 single-spaced pages in length should provide both the presenters? names and their specific contributions to the symposium as well as an overview that clearly defines the interconnections among the various presentations. These presenters will not be anonymous to the reviewers. A symposium can focus on a particular area of business and society research or on a specific teaching-related topic.
  • Workshop: A workshop is a working meeting that focuses on a specific research or teaching challenge.Proposals for workshopsshould be 3-5 single spaced pages in length and should include a brief overview of the basic area of research or teaching that will be addressed; a summary of the session?s planned logistics and mechanics; and a brief discussion of the workshop leaders and some tentatively identified participants. (Note: Workshops may be “open” – you do not need to know all your participants ahead of time.) A workshop session can require participants to read and prepare feedback on one another?s abstracts or do some other preparation prior to the session.

Please read the Submission Requirements carefully.

All conference proposals will be subjected to a blind peer-review process. Each submission should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, and single-spaced. You must include a cover sheet with the intended session format, designated corresponding author, contact information (name, address, phone, fax, email) for the author and any other participants (e.g., workshop panellists, symposium presenters, etc.), and three keywords to assist in assigning reviewers.

Submission constitutes a commitment that at least one paper author will attend the conference if the submission is accepted.Everyone submitting a proposal will be requested to serve as a reviewer for at least three other submissions.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically through http://www.iabs.net by Monday 2 December 2013.

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