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EBEN Annual Conferenc

THE EUROPEAN IDENTITY In Business and Social Ethics
20th EBEN Annual Conference
Leuven, September 18 – 20

Preliminary Call for Papers

The European political project as well as its social model, both based on extensive stakeholder dialogue and consensus, have recently suffered clear setbacks. Europe is now defined by some as ‘the old Europe’ – a dinosaur on its way to extinction. The same seems to hold for the world of business ethics. Corporate governance, SOX, whistle blowing regulation, CSR, it is just a sample of themes with a clear Anglo-Saxon origin that dominate the business ethics agenda worldwide. And yet when we take a closer look we notice that all these themes upon reaching the continent are translated in a slightly different manner. European corporate governance rules differ from their American counterparts; whistle blowing legislation is on the rise but provokes discussions in France and elsewhere that are unimaginable in the US and the way CSR gets translated in Europe differs from its American origins. This conference will ask the question whether there still is a European way of dealing with business ethics issues. Topics to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Legislating whistle blowing
  • European corporate governance, does it exist?
  • Business ethics and the Lisbon strategy
  • European CSR policy
  • The functioning of stakeholder dialogue
  • Role of trade unions
  • CSR and NGO’s
  • Participation
  • Developing business ethics in SME’s
  • CSR for SME’s
  • Diversity and women studies
  • Public service ethics
  • Financial ethics
  • Teaching ethics
  • Ethics training in organisations
  • Supply chain integrity
  • Bribery, corruption, nepotism
  • Responsible leadership
  • CSR and development
  • Contributions are invited as full paper or, alternatively, as 2-page abstracts in Word format as e-mail attachment until May 31, 2007 to the EBEN secretariat: ann.vanespen@econ.kuleuven.be

    Information on acceptance of papers will be given by June 30, 2007. Contributions of both academics and practitioners are encouraged. Please note that only submitted full papers are eligible for consideration for the special issue of The Journal of Business Ethics! If you want your paper to be considered please note “JBE” on the cover page. Since papers will be submitted to a peer review process, please make sure that it contains a cover page with all relevant information (title, authors, contact details, etc.) and that no author identifying information is included from page 2 onwards. Start with the title, include a short abstract of 100-200 words and use Times Roman font, 12 pt, double spaced and follow the JBE style guide for your references (e.g. Author, 1st and 2nd Author: 2007, `My EBEN paper´, in The Journal of Business Ethics 99(1), 21-32.). Teaching track papers are also encouraged and selected papers will be recommended for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics Education; and, as usual, EBEN members are free to submit a paper on any topic in business ethics and its related topics. Paper presenters will be entitled to a reduced conference fee. A selected conference paper will receive the EBEN Best Paper Award. The conference will take place in the historical university town of Leuven, Belgium. Many of the hotels as well as the major attractions are within walking distance. The conference will be preceded by the annual doctoral workshop, September 17 at the University of Leuven. It will be organized by Prof. Wim Vandekerckhove. Interested students are encouraged to apply soon for one of the limited slots but no later than the general deadline on May 31, 2007, by sending an abstract of their thesis, including name, affiliation and the intended focus of their presentation to: wim.vandekerckhove@ugent.be

    For further information see: www.eben2007.be .