News from EABIS…

July 30, 2010

Measuring the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility – Does CSR matter?

29 July 2010 – Öko-Institut and EABIS, together with a consortium of fourteen leading European research institutions, launches the project website for a unique research project that measures the impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):

Until March 2013, the “Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR” (IMPACT) project will ask, and attempt to reply to questions such as: What benefits does CSR actually bring to the economy and society at large? How can managers, policy-makers and stakeholders better measure and analyse its outcomes? What does this mean for smart mixes of public policies and corporate strategy? Read more in the full press release.


Call for papers

July 30, 2010


The impact of evaluations in the third sector: values, structures and relations

Organised by Third Sector Research Centre, Universities of Birmingham and Southampton

Venue: Shelter Training in London, City Forum, Unit 13, 250 City Road, London EC1V 2PU

TSRC will be holding this one day event, with the aim of bringing practitioners, policy-makers and academics together to explore the effects that impact evaluation has on third sector organisations. We invite academic papers to be presented in a context that engages academics, practitioners, and policy makers alike. For each paper presented, a discussant will be invited to prepare a reply, reflecting the view of a practitioner and/or policy maker.

Deadline for abstract is 15th September 2010. Please send abstracts to Naomi Landau, TSRC Knowledge Exchange Team: / 020 7520 2421

If you would like to discuss possible papers please contact Dr Malin Arvidson, TSRC, University of Southampton: 07900 987 030

More information:

The current environment in which many third sector organisations operate is characterised by relationships based on contracts and competition and the challenge of proving their worth or ‘impact’. Understanding evaluation and impact assessment requires not just an understanding of tools and definitions, but a recognition that these activities take place within a political arena where values, power and resources affect relationships, strategies, and organisational sustainability.

This one day conference will address topics related to evaluation and impact assessment within the third sector. It aims to examine the consequences of what we may call a ‘formal accountability regime’ and the context within which it is taking place. The consequences may refer to intended or unintended effects, good and bad, and occurring within organisations as well as between organisations and various stakeholders. We invite papers with a clear theoretical grounding (but not precluding reference to empirical material) that will highlight some of the following:

  • How can we understand impact assessment and reporting as a means to building and maintaining relationships?
  • How is formal and informal reporting used by the third sector in order to establish authority and legitimacy?
  • How is it used by commissioners and funders to exert control over service delivery?
  • In what way does formal accountability affect relationships with beneficiaries and service users? Does it provide a basis for user choice and public trust?
  • How does the use of ‘toolkits’ and focus on specific outcomes affect the running and structure of organisations?
  • Social goals, environmental sustainability and the concept of ‘value for money’ – can they all sit comfortably together in one comprehensive evaluation framework? How do organisations negotiate competing goals?
  • How do individual staff negotiate competing goals?

The questions above are suggested starting points, but other inputs are welcome, that for example elaborate on concepts such as trust, accountability regimes, mission drift, and staff integrity. We also invite contributions based on research of public and private sector organisations, written with the specific intention of exploring how experiences from these sectors can inform our understanding of impact assessment in the third sector.

This one day event will allow for more intensive and in-depth discussions than are usually offered at conferences, allowing academics, practitioners and policy-makers to share their learning and experience. The output of this event will be published as short summaries by TSRC. Presented papers will also be considered for full publications in journal or book form.

TSRC may be able to contribute toward expenses for those participants presenting papers. Please let us know your requirements in advance.

Call for papers

July 30, 2010


Leaders in organizations and governments must make responsible strategic and policy decisions that satisfy two important objectives, (1) to facilitate and sustain high organizational performance, and (2) to manage organizational and national resources so that organizations and societies can benefit from them in the future. Balancing these objectives can be complex and typically requires intellectual contributions across disciplines. The International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM) is a forum for publication of refereed, cross-disciplinary work in this field.

The IJSSM serves as an interface among business leaders, policy makers, economists, and management scholars. The IJSSM seeks contributions with global relevance concerned with organizational and economic sustainability. Readership includes professionals, academics, researchers and policy makers.

The IJSSM publishes original and review papers, technical reports, case studies, book reviews, and research notes. Both qualitative and empirical submissions are invited.

The IJSSM publishes papers on topics including but not limited to:

  • Crisis management from perspectives of society, government, and the organization
  • Economic theory and strategic industrial resource development
  • Economic theory and strategic ecology
  • Ethical and social responsibility considerations in sustainable management practice
  • Resource management from a public policy perspective
  • Role of information management in sustainable development
  • Strategic management from the perspective of sustainability of performance
  • Sustainability of competitive advantage from organizational and other perspectives

For additional information, please contact the editor, Dr.John E. Spillan, at or access the journal homepage on-line at

Call for papers

July 30, 2010

The Annual International Conference on Global Commerce and Sustainability

Theme: Achieving Sustainability through Collaboration

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver Colorado USA
October 7 to 9, 2010

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sustainability

July 16, 2010

University of Greenwich – Business School, Department of Systems Management and Strategy

Hector Laing Obituary

July 13, 2010

Obituary of  Lord Laing of Dunphail (Hector Laing)  HERE – founder of the Per Cent Club

Invitation and Call for Papers – IFORS Prize for OR in Development

July 8, 2010

IFORS is pleased to announce that the Prize will be awarded during the 19th Triennial conference on “Global Economy and Sustainable Environment” to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 10-15 July 2011.

Awarded at the close of the IFORS Triennial Conference and carries with it a grand prize of US$ 4,000.00 and a runner-up prize of US$ 2,000.00

The prized papers are automatically considered for publication in the IFORS Publication, International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR). Publication is contingent upon the usual refereeing process. Authors of these papers agree that the first right to publish their papers lies with ITOR; as such, they will not publish the same until and unless they receive permission to do so by the ITOR editor.

Important details about the competition follow:

Topic of paper

The paper describes a practical OR application in a developing country, conducted to assist a specific organization in its decision-making process with regard to education, health, water, technology, resource use (physical or financial), infrastructure, agricultural/industrialization, environmental sustainability with original features in methodology or implementation for development in developing countries. The idea is to optimize the development with the constraints and limited resources.

The paper includes some description of the application’s social context and its impact on the decision making process or on the organization for which it was conducted. Where appropriate, the relevance of the country’s state of development to the study is addressed. A stress on developmental issues will be an important factor in the judging. Papers of a purely technical nature, or those which have no relevance in the developmental context, will not be considered.

Judging Criteria

Qualifying papers will be evaluated on the following criteria: problem definition, creativity and appropriateness of approach, MS/OR content, stress on developmental issues, innovative methodology, impact of the study, paper organization and structure and quality of written and (if selected as finalist) oral presentation.

Other Information

Principal authors and presenters of any nationality are welcome. If selected to be among the finalists, the entry should be presented by one of the principal authors during the IFORS Triennial Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 10-15 July 2011.

Finalists’ registration fees will be sponsored by IFORS. For finalists who are nationals of developing countries, a grant for living expenses may be requested but cannot be guaranteed.

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their contributions using the submission site, indicating in their cover letters that they are intended for this competition.

Other inquiries should be sent directly to:

Dr. Subhash Datta

(Prize Chair)

Director, NIILM Centre for Management Studies

Plot No. 53, Knowledge Park V, Greater Noida, UP.

E-mail :

Last date of submission of the full paper: December 30, 2010.

Date of communication for finalists: March 31, 2011.

Date of presentations: July 10, 2011.