Business & Society Research Seminar 2019

Amsterdam Canals 

Corporate Social Responsibility, Grand Challenges and Sustainability: The Business of Society?!

June 19th-21st, 2019 @ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), School of Business & Economics, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Deadline abstract submission: February 10, 2019
Decisions of acceptance: Early April, 2019

Conference theme

Corporate Social Responsibility, Grand Challenges and Sustainability: The Business of Society?!“

Global societal and environmental problems like climate change, inequality, and mass-migration all call for attention. Given the increasing power of business in a globalized world and the resulting societal impacts which include both positive social, environmental, and political engagement as well as negative externalities, there is an urgent need to scrutinize the relationship between business and society. How can businesses and societal stakeholders address those pressing challenges and develop solutions for more inclusive development? Moreover, how do current societal transformations like digitalization, raising nationalism around the globe, lack of faith in democracy and science influence the relationship between business and society? This year’s seminar will have a specific focus on novel approaches across the CSR, sustainability, and social innovation agenda in order to understand how emerging and mature issues might redefine responsibilities, roles and opportunities of both business and society.

VU Amsterdam is hosting the 9th edition of the Business & Society Research Seminar for PhD students and emerging scholars.

  • Are you a PhD candidate or an emerging scholar? 
  • Are you conducting research on Business and Society relationships, Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development Goals, Social Innovation or a related topic? 
  • Do you want to thoroughly discuss one of your research papers or your PhD project with leading scholars in the field? 
  • Do you want to enhance your ability to write and review scholarly publications? 
  • Do you want to meet other emerging scholars and experienced academics in the field to develop your academic network?
Then we encourage you to submit your contribution! 

Objectives of the seminar

The objective of this two-and-a-half-day “Business and Society Research 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. Similarly to previous editions of the seminar, this year’s event will be composed of plenary, thematic paper discussion sessions, and workshop sessions dedicated to research methodology and publication strategy. Furthermore, we will put an emphasis on collaboration and dialogue with practitioners. All sessions will involve fellow PhD students, emerging scholars, and more experienced researchers.

Organizing institutions
The 2019 edition of the Business & Society seminar will be held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, hosted by VU University’s Department of Management & Organization and the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI; The seminar is organized in collaboration with and financially supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), the Louvain CSR Network of the LouRIM Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations (UCLouvain, Belgium), University of Namur (Belgium), the Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility at Audencia Business School (France), IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) at IÉSEG School of Management (France), and ICHEC Brussels Management School (Belgium) and the Chair in CSR at University of Mannheim (Germany).

Scientific committee
More than 25 experienced researchers in the field are invited to attend the seminar. Next to the organizing committee, confirmed guests include Frank Boons, Joep Cornelissen, Panikos Georgallis, Frank den Hond, Arno Kourula, Christine Moser, Kenneth de Roeck, Michelle Westermann-Behaylo, and many others...

Organizing committee

  • 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 
  • Céline Louche, Audencia Business School, France
  • Christel Dumas, ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium 
  • Annick Castiaux and Sophie Pondeville, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, Chair of CSR, University of Mannheim Business School
  • Christopher Wickert and Koen van Bommel, VU Amsterdam

SponsorLogo 2
SponsorLogo 3
SponsorLogo 3