BUSINESS FOR SOCIETY STRATEGIC INTEREST GROUP
The shock of recent global crises contributed to widening the gap between business and society. The image of companies devoted to the common good as Peter Drucker could introduce them in the early 1950s gradually sank into oblivion for the benefit of much more critical representations. The most recent years even conducted to consider that business could act against society.
It is high time to favor research and educational programmes that analyze under which conditions business can (or actually does) interact positively with its social and natural environment. Said differently, it is high time to stop juxtaposing Business and Society as matters of fact, in order to start examining Business for Society as a project. Thus, exploring ways and methods, identifying actors and contexts that allow organizations to contribute to sustainable development is essential.
The objective of our SIG is to bring together scholars from various fields of social sciences (management, law, sociology, economics, political science, education, social psychology, history, philosophy, engineering, etc.). We aim to build, through our exchanges, a community of engaged scholars sharing a strong interest for B4S meaningful issues and fully grasping the ambiguities, contradictions, and potential for innovative and transformative practices of the B4S project.
Business for Society is open to various approaches: CSR, Business Ethics, Social issues in management, Stakeholders Management, Alternative Business Models and Sustainable Management among others.
- Theoretical, methodological and/or empirical works,
- Managerial (strategy, finance, marketing, HRM, control, etc.) environmental or more social/political and multidisciplinary orientation,
- Micro, Meso (for instance, sector/global value chain or region) or macro lenses,
- Diachronic (historical) and/or synchronic studies,
- Classical, constructionist/institutionalist or critical analyses,
- Research or pedagogical orientations.
See details on Conference website, and choose the one related to your paper or propose your paper to the B4S General track which invites contributions from all areas related to Business for Society that are not explicitly covered by other tracks within the SIG.
In the aim of promoting quality research among scholars interested in business for society project, this year the SIG, in collaboration with the Italian Academy of Management (SIMA – Società Italiana di Management), will introduce a Best EURAM-SIMA SIG Paper Award, for papers submitted to the Business for Society SIG.
The jury will review the selected papers and assign the award. Winners will be announced during the SIG award ceremony (plenary session).
The jury will be composed by:
Francesco Gangi, B4S SIG Chair
Alberto Pastore, SIMA President
Sandro Castaldo, SIMA Councilor Member
Edoardo Mollona, B4S SIG General Track
News form Reykjavik Conference - Euram 2018
Dear members of the EURAM Business for Society SIG, EURAM 2018 was successfully organized in Reykjavik.
In the Business for Society SIG we received 155 papers and managed more than 25 sessions within the different tracks: Business for Society General Track; Accounting and Control for Sustainability; Rethinking the form, governance & legal constitution of corporations: theoretical issues & social stakes (co-sponsored by Corporate Governance SIG-02); Economy and Finance for Society: Pathways to Social Innovation; Market and Society.
I would like to express all my sincerest thanks for the efforts and the commitment of this vibrant community. Thank you to the Track Chairs, Symposia Proponents, Session Chair and Discussant, Authors, Reviewers and everyone who contributed to making this Conference gorgeous.
This year we had the pleasure to meet and engage new colleagues, as well as new young researcher and members who joined the B4S project. This reflects the growing energy of our community.
A very special moment was the Kick Off, with the participation of Professor Ruth Aguilera. Listed in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014, Prof. Aguilera has gifted to the community a precious occasion to share opinions, idea, and reflection about SIG and its future direction in the international panorama.
Business for Society Kick Off- Special Guest, Prof. Ruth Aguilera
GT BEST PAPER AWARD
El Akremi Assâad, Gond Jean-Pascal, Nasr Mohamed Ikram, Richards Melanie won the GT Award with a paper titled: "How Do Corporate Social Responsibility Produce Responsible Behaviour Outside the Workplace".
ST - ACCOUNTING AND CONTROL FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Diego Ravenda, Valencia-Silva Maika, Argiles-Bosch Josep M. & García-Blandón won the best paper award with a paper titled: “Money Laundering through the Strategic Management of Accounting Transactions”.
ST - RETHINKING THE FORM, GOVERNANCE & LEGAL CONSTITUTION OF CORPORATIONS
Stephan Leixnering, Meyer Renate E. & Doralt Peter won the best paper award with a paper titled: “Corporate law and public interest: rethinking the Aktiengesellschaft from a historical perspective”.
ST – ECONOMY AND FINANCE FOR SOCIETY: PATHWAYS TO SOCIAL INNOVATION
Jakob Thomä & Murray Clare with the paper titled "Aligning Swiss pension funds and insurance companies’ listed equity portfolios with the 2°C climate goal – A new approach to benchmarking”.
Peter Wehnert, Baccarella Christian & Beckmann Markus won the best paper award with a paper titled: “In Crowdfunding we Trust? Investigating Crowdfunding Success as a Signal for Enhancing Trust in Sustainable Product Features”.
MARKET AND SOCIETY
Hamid Mazloomi, Truong Yann Burgundy & Berrone Pascual won the best paper award with a paper titled: “HOW DO THE COMPETITORS VALUE A FIRM’S ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS?”.
Our scholar community can assert that the Conference held in Iceland was a great occasion to make fruitful connections among different academics coming from several fields.
Thank you from our Team!
The next Conference theme is “Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado”. We hope to meet you again in Lisbon.
All the best
Francesco Gangi – B4S Sig Chair