Forthcoming CSR book

September 25, 2010

I found this to be an interesting article on the evolution of CSR and look forward to picking up a copy of Wayne Visser’s forthcoming book:


Call for papers

September 23, 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

Video interviews on sustainability

September 21, 2010

There are a whole series of short interviews on sustainability here ( from the recent ‘Start Summit’ held in London… looks like a good line up of important folk, keep looking there each day this week for updates

Call for papers

September 20, 2010

Special Issue of the Journal of Management Education

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Call for papers

September 8, 2010

CR3 Conference: The Power of Responsibility

April 8-9th, 2011, at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

The CR3 conference is a cooperation between three business schools;

Audencia Nantes School of Management (France), Hanken School of

Economics in Helsinki (Finland) and ISAE/FGV in Curitiba (Brazil). The

first CR3 conference will take place at Hanken School of Economics in

Helsinki, Finland on April 8th and 9th, 2011. Its theme is ‘the power of

responsibility’. The deadline for abstracts submissions is November 15th


The Power of Responsibility

The concepts of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Global Responsibility

(GR) are reshaping the ways we think about business and society. From

global governance initiatives such as the UN Global Compact to local

efforts of greening offices, actions are taken in many areas to mobilize

organizations and individuals through the notion of responsibility in

order to work towards a more sustainable world. While much of the

groundwork on popularizing CSR/CR/GR has been prescriptive, focused on

‘selling’ Responsibility as a powerful principle that should be adopted

by all institutional actors and should lead the actions of managers and

employees, there is no doubt that CR has also become globally

influential as a real world phenomenon. This suggests that the academic

study of CR should now be ready for more descriptive accounts of both 1)

powerful CR actions that have contributed to make a positive difference

and 2) aspects of CR practice that are problematic, including in terms

of power relations and power effects. For this conference, we thus

encourage descriptive studies of both the positive and negative sides of


Taking an explicit power perspective on CR can lead our discussions in

different directions. A few examples follow, but this list is far from

comprehensive. First, such a power perspective may be used to study

power relations within supply chains, for instance by showing how some

powerful corporations have been successful in applying demanding codes

of conduct in their entire supply chain, or by examining the potential

detrimental effects of bargaining power imbalances between small

suppliers and big companies. Second, it could be thought of in terms of

how stakeholder engagement may lead to an empowerment of traditionally

marginalized groups, or how stakeholder co-optation may aim to

neutralize progressive critique, or how stakeholder exclusion may render

certain groups powerless. Third, it may entail studying how the

‘responsibilization’ of the different actors works as a global project

of liberal governance, through a ‘governmentality’ lens: both the

productive and problematic aspects of power could be discussed. Fourth,

it may be expressed through a critique of CR discourse which tends to

downplay power dimensions through its ‘win-win’ bias and its oxymoronic

articulations: here too, it is important to make explicit ‘the power of


We conceive of this conference as a meeting space where it is possible

to exchange scholarly views from different geographical places,

disciplinary locations, and ideological positions. We welcome normative,

descriptive and critical contributions, both conceptual and empirical,

specifically aimed at one of eight streams:

1. Articulating the political role of business through CR: Paradigm

shift or business as usual?

2. Responsible Management Education: Beyond complacency and contestation

3. Business-NGO relations: Power, challenges and opportunities

4. CR and the Base of the Pyramid: Empowering the poor while exploiting

new markets?

5. CR in the Supply Chain

6. Differences within and/or outside organisations: Diversity as

Corporate Responsibility

7. Great expectations: Stakeholder Engagement for Global Responsibility

8. Social Responsibility Investors: How Do They Use Their Power? How Can

Corporations Respond to SRI Power?

Confirmed keynote speaker: Professor Guido Palazzo, “The multinational

corporation as a political actor”

Guido Palazzo is Professor of Business Ethics at HEC, University of

Lausanne and a visiting Fellow at the Universities of Oxford and

Nottingham. He has two main research interests, a) globalization and

corporate responsibility and b) ethical and unethical decision making in

corporations. His work is published in the Academy of Management Review,

the Journal of Management Studies, the Business Ethics Quarterly and the

Journal of Business Ethics. He is associate editor of the Business

Ethics Quarterly and the European Management Review. In 2008 he won the

Max-Weber Award for Business Ethics of the German Industry Association.

Guido Palazzo works with numerous multinational corporations and NGOs in

the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Important dates

• November 15, 2010: deadline for abstracts

• December 15, 2010: scientific committee decisions

• January 31, 2011: early-bird registration (€120 for doctoral students,

€200 for others)

• February 28, 2011: registration deadline (€150 for doctoral students,

€250 for others)

For more information please visit or write us at

New Journal for 2011

September 7, 2010

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment

The Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment is the first journal to provide a dedicated international forum for the growing number of researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in sustainable finance, investments and governance. This inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focuses on environmental, social and governance principles as formulated in managed investment, banking, project finance, and philanthropy.

A focus of the Journal is the increasing importance of regulatory frameworks for sustainability in financial markets. In an era of global financial markets, the financial sector has a crucial impact on economic welfare, social equity and protection of the environment. Climate change debates provide an example of how financial markets have become an important policy mechanism.

The journal also develops the understanding of sustainable investment theory and practice by providing a venue for in-depth discussion and offering a range of accessible, impartial perspectives for both academics and professionals operating in the field.

The Journal publishes four issues per year and will publish its first issue in February 2011.

Authors are invited to submit articles to the Journal on topics including the following:

• Responsible investment and market structure

• Governance of financial markets

• Investors and corporate social responsibility

• Carbon finance

• Emerging markets and micro-financing

• Shareholder responsibilities

• Investments law and regulatory frameworks promoting sustainable forms of financing

• Education initiatives

• Intergovernmental policy issues such as the debates about sustainable development in international development assistance.

Please visit the Journal’s website for more information:


Please submit your papers to:

CONTACT: Dr Matthew Haigh, Aarhus University


Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment is available free online for academic institutions and NGOs for 2011. To request access, email

Call for papers

September 7, 2010


The 10th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility

18 – 20 May 2011, Loyola University New Orleans, USA


Sensemaking and Corporate Social Responsibility: individual and social contextual developments

Deadline for Submission: All papers and abstracts should be sent by 10th January 2011 by email to;;

Stream Convenors: Christina Reis and Anthony R. Yue

Making sense of corporate social responsibility reflects subjective judgments made by groups of observers. Karl Weick (1995) sees sensemaking as a process in which everyone engages in normal life and from which people develop a set of ideas with explanatory possibilities.  This sensemaking arises from contextualized actions and is grounded in identity work. The sensemaking of corporate social responsibility (CSR) aims to understand how employees come to believe, indeed to act upon, what is important for business and consequently improves our understanding about their interpretations and actions of CSR. However, in previous research these relationships are often largely acontextual, focusing exclusively on decision making and neglecting the role of various contextual aspects such as culture, gender, ethnicity, class or social background. We would argue there is a lack of contextual research on the relationship of sensemaking and CSR. Our aim in this stream is to extend traditional notions of the importance of the sensemaking and CSR by giving attention to issues of individual and social identities. At the same time the individual and the social is contextualized within attachments to cultural, communities and organizations. Thus we seek to foster an individual and social contextualised consideration of the concept of sensemaking and CSR.

Issues may include but are not confined to the following themes. In particular we seek papers which address the following themes and issues:

Individual orientations of professionals in different contexts. We are interested in papers that consider how professionals identify social responsibility content in their daily work. Reis (2010) examined how some managers were more proactive than others in identifying ethical content in unexpected situations. This theme seeks to extend our understanding of corporate professional orientations in various contexts or how they make sense of social responsibility in their daily work/lives.

Identity, choice and existential being. To consider individual choice within the context of ethical behavior and CSR broaches fundamental questions of how we act in good or  bad, faith (Sartre, 1957) and notions of personal authenticity (Yue, 2009a; 2009b).  Emerging work concerning sensemaking and identity in existential terms (Yue & Mills, 2008) might usefully be extended into the CSR field, offering more in-depth contextualization of the “enactive of sensible environments” aspect of sensemaking (Weick,1995) in CSR terms.

Reflecting on sensemaking and CRS. We propose a general theme focusing on the role of various contextual aspects such as culture, gender, ethnicity, embodied aesthetics, class or social background. We embrace papers with examples, case-studies and papers arguing of how theories related to these topics contribute to the study of sensemaking and CSR.

We therefore welcome both conceptual and empirical papers that develop these approaches toward understanding Sensemaking and CSR and insights on how Sensemaking and CSR relationship might apply in various contexts.

Submission Instructions: Although preference will be given to full papers, abstracts of 200-500 words will also be considered. All papers and abstracts should be sent by 10th January 2011 by email to;;

Stream Convenors:

Christina Reis

Christina Reis, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in management at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She worked as management trainer for a European multinational company where she gained knowledge and experience on international management and managers’ work. She has taught in Canada, Germany, Austria, Finland, Portugal and the USA. Her research covers global careers, ethics, gender and female entrepreneurship.

Anthony R. Yue

Anthony is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and came to academic life after an extensive career working in a variety of entrepreneurial organizations. He is broadly interested in how individuals navigate their organized world.  His research spans diverse areas such as gossip and storytelling in organizations, occupational health and safety issues, disability and workers, and existentialist thought.  Anthony teaches in the areas of public relations, management, ethics and research methods


Reis, C. (2010), Sensemaking of managers’ ethical work orientations, Social Responsibility Journal, Vol.6 No.1, pp. 143-155

Sartre, J.P. (1957) Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology. New York, NY: Philosophical Library.

Weick, K. E. (1995), Sensemaking in organizations, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Yue, A.R. (2009a). “Existentialism” in Mills, A.J., Durepos, G., & Wiebe, E. (Eds). The Sage Encyclopedia of Case Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Yue, A.R. (2009b). “Authenticity and Bad Faith (Sartre)” in Mills, A.J., Durepos, G., & Wiebe, E. (Eds). The Sage Encyclopedia of Case Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Yue, A. R. & Mills, A. J. (2008). Making sense out of bad faith: Sartre, Weick and existential sensemaking in organizational analysis. Tamara 7(1).