Francesco Gangi, SIG CHAIR (Francesco.gangi@unicampania.
Lucia Michela Daniele, PROGRAMME CHAIR & COMMUNICATION OFFICER (luciamichela.daniele@
The Business for Society General Track addresses how organizations interact with their social, political and natural environment. Consistently with the interdisciplinary nature of this field, the general track aims at cross-fertilisations with colleagues from economics, political sciences, sociology, philosophy, who investigate the conditions under which organizations may contribute to a sustainable and just development. Coherently with the scope of EURAM 2019: “ Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado”, the track welcomes work that explores how future demographic, political and technological trends challenge management scholars. The general track particularly welcomes contributions not explicitly covered by other tracks within the SIG.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIETY SIG STANDING TRACKS
ST01_01/ST02_01 - Innovations in corporate governance: law, management and society (co-sponsored by Business for Society SIG-01 and Corporate Governance SIG-02)
Contemporary social and environmental challenges call for a rethinking of corporate governance. This track discusses how research in management can contribute to integrate societal issues and societal interests into corporate governance. We encourage work that examines our current theories of the corporation, revisits the history and the legal constitution of the corporation, extends our knowledge on alternative and emergent forms of business companies, and suggests new foundations for future governance.
ST01_02 Accounting and Control for Sustainability
Sustainability accounting and control plays a central role in the implementation of the sustainability strategy, and developing relationships with stakeholders. It comprises accounting practices and mechanisms devoted to measure, represent and communicate firm’s performance, embracing environmental, social and economic aspects. We aim to attract papers which critically review and advance theorizations, methodological and practical applications in the study of accounting, reporting and control for sustainability and CSR. Main topics are: how to embed sustainability and CSR in management control systems, performance measurement systems and reporting, the role of AFC department(s), sustainability/CSR disclosure, integrated reporting, quality and assurance of disclosure.
ST01_03 - Finance and Economy for Society: Inclusion, Empowerment and Sustainability
The dysfunctioning of the global financial system which culminated in the 2008 global economic meltdown calls for an in-depth analysis of financial and investment mechanisms, global business practices as well as market and institutional failures. Scholars and policy makers have underpinned the growing pace of financialization, lack of sufficient regulation and oversight and unethical practices as the cornerstones of financial instability, economic inefficiency and social inequality. The ‘Finance and Economy for Society: Inclusion, Empowerment and Sustainability’ track invites theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions that investigate the existing business and management practices and propose alternative financial and investment models to accelerate.
BUSINESS FOR SOCIETY SIG TRACKS
T01_04 - Arts for Business and Society
In this track we welcome contributions that put arts at the core of ‘business for society' research. Arts and management have been studied as separated concepts, looking at how the artists’ activities could be developed as businesses. Conversely, we look at arts as source of knowledge, by which management studies should inspire to get richer ways of understanding and dealing with human action. Accordingly, we refer to the etymological meaning of art, which derives from the latin word Ar-tem (the practice of giving value to the human action) and formerly from the Aryan root Ar (moving onwards).
T01_05 - Innovation for Society: the management of socio-ethical issues in responsible innovation
Despite aiming to address grand challenges, innovation may lead to unintended negative consequences if socio-ethical issues are not fully integrated. The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework provides several indications on how to manage innovation in a socially responsible manner; however, its applicability to competitive environments is questionable. This special track will bring together researchers investigating the motivations, capabilities, and mechanisms of integration of RRI in industry and how it supports the management of socio-ethical issues in commercial innovation processes. We aim to strengthen the theoretical conceptualisation of RRI and to create a common understanding implementation in industry.
T01_06 - Market for Society
This topic aims to analyze practices within different fields including market trends, social responsibility strategies, consumer behavior, focusing on new forms of cooperation/cooperation management amongst consumers, retailers and suppliers. This track contributes to the development of the society by taking a critical perspective on current consumerist approaches and seeking to develop a more manageable cooperative sustainable societal understanding. In this context, organizations and brands have a major role by engaging consumers to the co-creation process. We welcome authors, academics/researchers (management, sociologists, engineers...), practitioners and PhD students to develop papers concerning this track where the market and the exchanges act for.
T01_07 - Philosophy in business ethics. Roots and paradigms for interpreting behaviours
The topic aims to collect any kind of study that successfully applies and adopt philosophical paradigms to explain, interpret, and hopefully impact ethical behaviours in management and business. We are looking for novel or established approaches to create synergies between philosophical studies and managerial disciplines. Both in terms theoretical paradigms and methods of analysis employed we are open to a broad range of elements, Consequential, Non-consequential and Virtue Ethics, Realism and Pragmatism, Social and Political Philosophy, Ancient Philosophies, Continental Philosophy, Business and Human Rights, Philosophies of Diversity, Philosophy of Innovation, Organizational Aesthetics, non-Western tradition (e.g. Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduist and Buddhism).
T01_08 - The Quest for Social Impact: Opportunities and Challenges for Hybrid Organizations
By proposing this topic we aim at deepening our understanding of opportunities and challenges faced by hybrid organizations that pursue social mission through business ventures and therefore recombine largely divergent goals, and governance models. In particular, this topic encourages research that examines how hybrid organizations can be loci of managerial and organizational creativity and innovation to introduce more sustainable solutions to deep-seated societal problems. We also welcome papers that investigate how hybrid organizations deal with the managerial, governance and accounting challenges that may emerge while walking the fine line between achieving social impact and competing in complex, fast changing markets.