A reminder about the BAM2010 conference

December 16, 2009

From the British Academy of Management…

This is a reminder of the call for papers for the 2010 BAM Conference, hosted by the University of Sheffield. The closing date for all submissions is Friday 26 February 2010. Please find further information on the event below.

BAM 2010, 14-16 September
Management Research in a Changing Climate

Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield

About the theme of the conference
List of tracks for 2010 and specifications
Submission process information

See the CSR SIG Track

Management Research in a Changing Climate

In recent years significant challenges have been presented to traditional notions of management and business. The financial crisis precipitated a deep and prolonged recession. As researchers in management and business we are unused to thinking about long-lasting economic downturns or how best to adapt to these conditions and help guide policymakers and business leaders to confront these economic circumstances.

These challenges are likely to continue beyond the current economic downturn. The publication of the Stern Review and the IPCC 4th Assessment in 2007 provoked debate about the potential size of the economic contraction that might result by having to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Even a cut of 40% by 2020, as recommended by UN scientists, means that a real change in thinking in the coming decade is called for. Whatever the outcome of the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009, limits to growth are a likely consequence.

Therefore, whatever your field, from strategy to HR, Operations to OB, your research is vital in helping to advance thinking to meet these challenges, and no matter what economic and environmental challenges are presented by these scenarios, there are real opportunities for your research to inform the transition process to a sustainable world. It is incumbent on the academic community in management and business to show leadership in our research agendas; to change, to grow, and to evolve – to be difference makers; and to feed this through to our students, at all levels, to prepare them adequately for the challenge of finding responsible pathways to solving these problems. Current global initiatives call for new approaches in research and teaching and many schools are embracing the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education to give impetus to this process. Will such initiatives provide graduates with the ability to enter relevant sustainability discourse as a step towards solving some of today’s major problems? And, how can our research inform responsible management education?

It is appropriate that the city of Sheffield should be the forum for such debate. From ‘steel city’ to ‘green city’, Sheffield knows a great deal about economies in transition, and what is needed to move away from traditional industries as global economic conditions change. Regeneration and transformation are at the forefront of Sheffield’s approach and we hope you will find both the city and the University a fitting forum in which to debate these issues.


ISO26000 conference, Australia

December 16, 2009

If you’re in Melbourne, Australia on 19th Feb 2010 and interested in ISO26000, then this may be useful…


Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets

December 4, 2009

With thanks to Alan Murray for passing on a link… here’s a new book looking at carbon trading: 

Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets

Steffen Böhm & Siddhartha Dabhi (eds)

You can download the book (for free) here: http://mayflybooks.org/?page_id=194

Call for Posters

December 3, 2009

From the AIB…  GRI Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency 2010

On 26-28 May 2010, the third Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency will be organised by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Like the second conference, held in 2008, the  conference will include a small-scale academic conference, chaired by Prof. Ans Kolk, University of Amsterdam Business School, The Netherlands. The academic conference will be held in RAI Elicium conference centre (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and will be an integrated component of the overall conference, thus offering ample opportunity for interaction and exchange between academics and practitioners. The previous conference, in 2008, was attended by almost 1,000 participants from diverse constituencies in 56 countries. The 2010 conference theme is ‘Rethink. Rebuild. Report’.

The academic conference will consist of two main elements. A series of debates with invited speakers will focus attention on important topics in sustainability/CSR reporting. These interactive sessions, put together by Prof. Ans Kolk and Prof. Brendan O’Dwyer (both University of Amsterdam Business School), will bring together prominent established scholars and younger researchers under specific themes, including Trends and issues in sustainability reporting; Assurance on sustainability reporting; Carbon disclosure; Carbon performance and measurement; NGO accountability; and Connecting sustainability reporting and international organisational processes. In addition, poster presentations will provide opportunities for young and senior scholars to discuss their latest research with those present at the conference. The posters will be placed (around A1 size format for each presenter) close to the meeting rooms so the idea is that people will be walking around and engaging in discussions around the boards in an informal and relaxed way. For those unfamiliar with poster presentations, see http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/poster/pop2a.cfm.

Submission requirements

Unlike other conferences, there will be no paper sessions, so all those who want to present their work at this conference can only submit for poster presentations. We are open to academic research on the broad topic of sustainability/CSR reporting and transparency, but will, in the selection process, also in view of the limited number of places, give preference to those that contain high-quality empirical studies.

Abstracts, with a maximum of 800 words (excluding references), should be submitted to mailto:gri-abs@uva.nl before 15 December 2009. Please note that this is the only address to which submissions for posters can be sent – other types of submissions and/or those sent to other addresses will not be considered. When submitting your abstract, please include, in the e-mail message that accompanies your submission, the statement that you will, if the poster is accepted for presentation, indeed come to present it at the conference. If these formal requirements are not met, the abstract will not be considered. Final decisions on poster proposals that are accepted will be sent out around 15 January 2010. The conference fee for one presenter per poster will be waived.

More information on the conference as a whole, including registration, will become available on http://www.amsterdamGRIconference.org

CSR Report Alert

December 2, 2009

Good link here to CSR reports as and when they are published…