Revisit: SEE 2016


Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, Denver, 15-18 May 2016; Deadline 24 Jan

Call for Abstracts & Professional Development Workshop Participants

The 5th Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Research Conference

Denver, Colorado, USA
May 15-18, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24, 2016
PDW Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference draws on knowledge from diverse disciplines. These include but are not limited to studies on sustainability, social & sustainable entrepreneurship, business ethics, firm-community ties, environmental impacts, and resource management.

The fact that ethics and sustainability are intertwined with the concept of entrepreneurship is no longer new. Indeed, ethical choices are critical to any business activity and key to the success of startups, small firms, medium enterprises, and large, multinational corporations. Some even suggest that the focus on sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship triangulates every ecological consideration, social value, and economic opportunity. The goal of the conference is to lead the advancement and accumulation of knowledge about SEE-related topics.

Thus, the SEE Conference is a platform for featuring edgy research, ideas and theories, while fostering collaborative efforts, and building a worldwide network of scholars who advance the state of knowledge about SEE-related research.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of empirical research (including ethnographic and qualitative research) and conceptual studies. We are particularly interested in radical, controversial, and “edgy” projects; novel, useful, and non-obvious research that challenges dogmas and is highly revelatory, even if not fully grounded in well-studied or well-validated theory.

Abstracts should not to exceed two single-spaced pages and limited to 1,250 words that address a broad array of subjects on the topics of sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship (including social and impact entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, sustainable supply chains, etc.). Those selected by a double-blind review process will be asked to present their research. See a sample of topics at the end of this document.

Submitting an abstract signifies a commitment that at least one of the authors will participate in the conference if the abstract is accepted. Submitting an abstract also represents a commitment that the featured ideas are original and come from unpublished working papers.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24, 2016

Authors should submit their abstracts at

Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Participants: Assistant Professors and Ph.D. students are invited to apply for the PDW that is sponsored by the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ) and the Kauffman Foundation. It features addresses from senior scholars, discussions by journal editors, and paper development sessions with experienced mentors. A generous $700 stipend from the Kauffman Foundation to PDW participants will cover the registration cost for PDW and the conference.

PDW Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

Applicants should submit a full manuscript (up to 40 double-spaced pages) and a CV to:

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • How does strategy differ when firms are not constituted as vehicles of private wealth accumulation but are owned by communities of members or government?
  • How do companies repair their relationships with customers after activists tarnish their reputation?
  • How, when, and under what conditions do companies know that they are truly sustainable? Is there a finish line?
  • Under what conditions can firms integrate social and environmental responsibility efforts with their business model while continuing to maximize shareholder value?
  • How and when a business might seek sustainability to achieve competitive advantage?
  • What can scholarship in supply chain management do to advance research, theory, and practice related to the design and implementation of sustainability, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility?
  • In a capitalist system, wealth and value are measured in monetary units: what is social value, how is social value measured, and how do social value and economic value interact and shape each other?
  • Free markets and competition have brought many benefits (e.g., the average individual material wellbeing has improved markedly, even if the variance is distressing). How does this increasing but uneven material prosperity relate to human wellbeing, sustainability and entrepreneurship?
  • How does market competition affect the fabric of trust and social value within and between different organizational forms?
  • How does one gain better understanding of sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship?
  • What are most useful conceptual models and empirical analysis of the antecedents, consequences, and contingencies associated with the processes of sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship?
  • What is the role of ethical behavior in the growth, survival, and sustainability of new ventures?
  • What are the roles of economic and institutional systems in motivating ethical and sustainable behaviors?

Deadlines & Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline January 24, 2016
  • PDW Submission Deadline March 1, 2016
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification March 4, 2016
  • Registration Opens March 1, 2016
  • Preliminary Program Published April 4, 2016


  • PDW May 15 – 16, 2016
  • Conference May 16 – 18, 2016

For more information visit or contact:

Dan Bruder, SEE Conference Director

Jeff York, PDW Director

Amy Guerber, Abstract Submission Director

Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Abstract Submission Coordinator

Craig VanSandt, Abstract Submission Coordinator

Tom Dean, Organizer

Maritza Espina, Organizer

Dan Krause, Organizer

Mark Peterson, Organizer

Yolanda Sarason, Organizer

Gideon Markman, Conference Chair