The 5th EIASM Workshop on Business Ethics brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss and develop ideas and research in the field of business ethics and corporate responsibility. Paper development is a main purpose of this workshop. It reaches out to a diverse international audience and provides a platform both for established as well as emerging and junior researchers. Facilitating an exchange between established scholars and young researchers is of particular concern to this workshop.
All topics in the domain of business ethics and corporate responsibility are welcome, though we encourage participants to adopt an international focus on their research. We welcome both foundational and applied research as well as papers written from purely normative, predominantly conceptual, or empirical angles. Contributions with a critical focus are particularly encouraged.
The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for scholars as well as practitioners to present and develop their research ideas. While there are no restrictions in regards to paper topics other than their relevance to business ethics and corporate responsibility, we particularly welcome contributions to the following sub-themes:
Business ethics in troubled times: Right-wing populist movements are currently reshaping politics and the world around us. Human rights, the rule of law, and the principles of democracy have come under considerable pressure around the world. What are the implications of and adequate response to these developments from the perspective of business ethics? In what regard can our field help make sense of what is happening around us and what solutions can it offer? The role particularly of corporations seems to be changing in this new environment: while some call for more progressive corporate political engagement, for example, by opposing harmful governmental policies and speaking out against injustice, others have warned of the new opportunities such engagement provides for ‘corporate capture’, that is, for the takeover of public space and functions through private interests. We seek innovative contributions that aim at conceptualizing business ethics and the role of various economic actors in this new environment.
Private governance: friend or foe? Traditionally, it has been the role of the state to govern business operations and social, environmental, and economic problems. However, states are not the primary rule makers anymore. Instead, non-state actors, i.e. corporations and non-governmental organizations, have taken an active role in advancing norms and standards as well as creating new institutions to regulate the negative side effects of global business operations such as deforestation, overfishing, working conditions, and violent conflicts. This begs many questions on the legitimacy, efficiency and effectiveness of private governance as well as its interaction with traditional state-led policies. We welcome submissions on the role, challenges and opportunities of private governance.
New technologies and ethics: Technological innovation is not only a preeminent driver of economic development, but also poses new challenges from an ethical perspective. For instance, recent events such as fatalities caused by automated UBER vehicles pose new and intricate questions concerning responsibility, agency and accountability. Further, disruptive innovations such as block-chain convey the promise of more open and participatory technologies which enable us to transcend the concentration of power in the hands of multinational corporations and to develop a more inclusive and democratic economy. Finally, advancements in automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to reshape the global distribution of work and to change the relation and interaction between human and non-human agents at a most fundamental level. We are interested in contributions that explore the various implications of the current technological revolution from normative and critical perspectives.
Ethical finance: While it is commonly accepted that finance has caused great harm to society, research on ‘alternative’ and ‘ethical’ finance indicates that another way of practicing and using finance is available. Well-known examples such as social impact investing or micro-finance are suggestive of how financial mechanisms and investment vehicles can be used to create social and environmental value alongside economic return. We call for contributions which critically interrogate the explicit and implicit moral assumptions guiding the debate on ‘alternative finance’. We are also interested in contributions focusing on if and how soft law and regulation could and, indeed, should be used to govern financial firms and institutions in line with higher moral principles of inclusivity, empowerment or solidarity. We welcome contributions that address how financial firms and institutions can play an active role in reforming the financial paradigm, which is notorious for its self-oriented, profit-maximizing logic.
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The event will begin at 9:00 am on May 20 and is scheduled to end around 4pm on the following day.
The workshop will be held in the premises of
As of February 1, 2019, although EIASM remains in its existing premises, the entrance and the official postal address have changed from Place de Brouckère to:
Passage du Nord 19, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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