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Reminder: Call for contributions_ PhD Seminar: Business and Society 2022_Submission 20 Feb.

  • 1.  Reminder: Call for contributions_ PhD Seminar: Business and Society 2022_Submission 20 Feb.

    Posted 01-14-2022 06:56

    Call for contributions

    2022 Business & Society Research Seminar: "How to change the world? The art of sustainability"

    For PhD candidate and emerging scholars conducting research in the field of Business and Society, Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development Goals, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship or a related topic.




    How to change the world?

    There are no easy or instant solutions to the global challenges we are facing. Real and equitable transition to a more sustainable world necessitates continued and accelerated actions in multiple domains. It requires shifting behaviors and thinking, building new infrastructure and systems, and keeping the pressure on businesses, policymakers and transnational entities to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

    To build a sustainable future, we need to call upon our imagination and creative skills. We need to think differently, see problems in new ways, and develop innovative responses.

    ….in other words to call upon the art of sustainability…

    This year's seminar wants to examine the art of sustainably in all its aspects, forms and meanings. It is a call for boldness and imagination but also a call to reconnect to our emotions and to nature, and move towards the system changes that are required.



    The objective of this two-day seminar is to bring together doctoral students, emerging scholars, and more experienced academics to present and discuss their research projects and receive feedback in a stimulating, developmental and friendly atmosphere. We will explore commonalities as well as differences in each other's research approaches and themes in an inspiring, sociable, and convivial academic setting. This seminar consists of a mix of plenary sessions, full paper and research idea sessions as well as several workshops around career development and publications strategy. All sessions will involve fellow PhD students, emerging scholars, and more experienced researchers and journal editors. 


    OPEN CALL FOR PAPERS: business and society

    Beyond the main theme of this year's seminar and considering the interdisciplinary orientation of the event, we encourage submissions by scholars sharing a common interest for, and working on topics related to business and society, sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, social innovation and of course art and sustainability. We are interested in various organization-related research fields including business ethics and philosophy, management and organization studies, strategy, marketing, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, economy, sociology and art. We also encourage submissions drawing on a diverse array of methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and conceptual work.



    Everything you wanted to know about organisation theory and were afraid to ask Joseph Beuys

    By André Spicer, Professor of Organizational Behavior and the interim Dean of Bayes Business School in London, UK.

    Nomadic Discourses: The Role of the Humanities in Posthuman Epistemology

    By Douglas Atkinson, Free University of Brussels, Belgium



    There are two possible formats for the conference: full papers or research idea papers. 

    • Full papers: you can either submit a long abstract (around 4,000 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12) or a full paper (max. 40 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12). 
    • Research idea papers: submit a 2,000 to 4,000-word note to present your research idea.

    Submission Deadline: 20 February 2022. Please submit your long abstract, full paper or research idea paper using the following link via easychair:

    Registration: Participation is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. 



    At this stage, we are planning for on-site participation. Of course, we will further evaluate the situation in light of COVID-19 and if necessary, we will consider organizing the event on-line – the decision will be taken a minimum of 3 months in advance. The 2022 seminar will take place at Audencia, Nantes (France). If you have any question, please contact us at For more information, please visit the conference website:



    The event is supported by GAIA (Audencia's school of ecological and social transition) and the Positive Impact Chair, LouRIM Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations (UCLouvain, Belgium), IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) at IÉSEG School of Management and LEM-CNRS (France), ICHEC Brussels Management School (Belgium), VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and University of Namur (Belgium).



    More than 20 experienced scholars are invited to attend the seminar. Next to the organizing committee, confirmed guests include Flore Bridoux (Erasmus University), Laura-Marie Edinger-Schons (University of Mannheim Business School), Arno Kourula (University of Amsterdam), Frank Boons (Manchester University), Klement Podnar and Ursa Golob (University of Ljubljana) and many others!



    • Céline Louche, Jennifer Goodman, Emma Avetisyan, and Christian Voegtlin Audencia Business School, France 
    • Annick Castiaux and Sophie Pondeville, University of Namur, Belgium 
    • Valérie Swaen, UCLouvain, LouRIM (Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations), Belgium & IÉSEG School of Management, France 
    • Frank de Bakker and François Maon, IÉSEG School of Management, France 
    • Christel Dumas, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
    • Koen van Bommel and Christopher Wickert, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Céline Louche
    Audencia Business School
    00 33 2 40 37 81 10