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Coordinating Chairperson (Institute for Business Ethics - University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

(Robins School of Business, University of Richmond, USA)

Pascal DEY
(Institute for Business Ethics - University of St. Gallen, Switzerland / People, Organizations and Society Department, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France)


The 4th 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. 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 and human rights: the institutionalization of business and human rights as a research field is evolving rapidly. Currently, the field is driven predominantly by legalistic angles on the subject while other, non-legal disciplines remain underrepresented. We particularly welcome contributions that explore the subject from management, business ethics, international business, political science and other non-legal perspectives. We also welcome empirical analyses as well as contributions specifically on teaching business and human rights.  
  • Political role and responsibility of corporations: recent years have heralded a growing interest of scholars in business ethics and corporate responsibility in the political role and activities of companies and the responsibilities that inevitably come with them. Possible perspectives include, but are not limited to: business-government negotiations, lobbying, the interaction between corporations and non-governmental and civil society organizations, corporate influence and impact on public policy.
  • Historic corporate social responsibility: In recent years, historians, journalists and civil society activists have started to dig into the dark side of the past of some corporations: accomplices of the Nazi regime, or Apartheid South Africa, profiteers from slavery and producer of large scale ecological disasters. The functionalist interest of corporations is obvious in this case and the hermeneutical struggle over the interpretation of past incidents visible in public debates. How has the narration around corporate social responsible and irresponsible behavior evolved in the course of history? How do corporations use their past and storytelling in CSR and business strategy? Why are some serious cases of corporate irresponsibility collectively forgotten? How does the process of remembering and forgetting corporate (ir)responsibility work? More specifically, what do different people/ organizations do in order to forget or remember, or make other stakeholders remember or forget?
  • ​Future directions in business ethics: four decades of business ethics research and discussion have turned the field from a predominantly philosophical into a multi-disciplinary affair. New influences by, among others, (neo-)institutionalism, organizational theory, or neuro- and behavioral sciences, are reshaping the discussion in profound new ways. We welcome contributions that reflect on such new influences and their impact on the nature, identity, and trajectory of business ethics as a field.
  • Post-structural and post-foundational currents in business ethics: Post-structural and post-foundational theories, which are often, if falsely, accused of moral relativism (‘anything goes’), ask what business ethics becomes if one abandons the notion of a final (transcendental) ground upon which businesses’ moral course of action can be based. We welcome contributions which use post-structural and post-foundational approaches, such as those informed by the work of Oliver Marchart, Ernesto Laclau, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Foucault or Jacques Derrida, to pose new and intricate questions about the (im)possibility of business ethics under conditions of contingency and contestation.


The ISSN number for the workshop papers


Please click HERE to upload the workshop programme.



The whole workshop will take place in the Hotel Métropole in which the EIASM premises are located (Place De Brouckère-plein 31, 1000 Brussels).

The Hotel Métropole is marvelously well located right in the historical centre of Brussels, just a few steps away from the “Grand-Place”, the “Bourse” and the “Theatre de la Monnaie” and close to the central and north railway stations, that each have direct connections to Brussels International airport.

Note that there are plenty of other hotels in the surroundings of the Metropole. 
We invite you to check availability and prices on Internet.



Please see : http://www.eiasm.org/r/contact-us


  • Hotel Métropole ***** (conference location)

Place de Brouckère 31 - 1000 Bruxelles
Fixed EIASM rate during the whole year :
- During the week :
Single room at € 155 ,-/ night + city tax € 4.24 per person/per day
Double room at € 183,-/night + city tax € 4.24 per person/per day
Including buffet breakfast and selection of six offered drinks per night in the mini-bar, free WiFi Internet access during the stay,  free access to the fitness area, cancellation policy up to 6 PM without any charges

- During the week-end : (Night of Friday/Saturday & Sunday) :
Superior Single room at € 140 ,-/ night + city tax € 4.24 per person/per day
Superior Double room at € 168,-/night + city tax € 4.24 per person/per day
Including buffet breakfast and selection of six offered drinks per night in the mini-bar on arrival, free WiFi Internet access during the stay,  free access to the fitness area, cancellation policy up to 6 PM without any charges.

To take advantage of these special rates, please mention “EIASM” when making your reservation. However, according to the period of the booking, some better rates could be offered by contacting the hotel directly.
We also advice you to check prices on the internet !!

Tel. : + 32 2 214 24 25 or + 32 2 214 24 26 or + 32 2 2142424 -
Email :info@metropolehotel.be

  • Hotel NH Collection Brussels Centre (very close)

Boulevard Adolph Max 7
1000 Brussels
Tel +32 (0)2 214 07 44 - mtg.nhcollectionbrusselscentre@nh-hotels.com
Special rate (super double room for single use) 160 EUR (including breakfast) + city tax € 4.24 per person/per day
Please mention "EIASM " when making your reservation.

For individual reservations: Central Reservations Office Belgium BE:
Telephone number: +32 (0) 70 359 968
E-mail: reserveringen@nh-hotels.com

Hotel Marivaux (very close)

Boulevard Adolph Max 98
1000 Brussels - www.hotelmarivaux.be

Special rates (breakfast and all taxes included)
Monday-Thursday: € 135.00/night (breakfast included) - single Club room
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: € 85.00/night (breakfast included) - single Club room
Supplement of € 10.00/night for a double room.

To book a room : reservation@hotelmarivaux.be and mention EIASM 




The fees include participation to the workshop, documents, lunches, the workshop dinner, morning and afternoon refreshments


For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
363,00 € (including 63,00 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 423,50 € (including 73,50 € VAT)

Cancellations made before October 15, 2017 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access


Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax:
Email: michelante@eiasm.be