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ICSR Oslo Timetable

7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business

Conference Theme: Value(s) and Corporate Responsibility in the 21st Century

BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Friday, 12th of October, 2018

08.30 – 09.00    Registration
09.00 – 09.30    Opening ceremony (Room A2-030)
Inge Jan Henjesand, BI President
Caroline D Ditlev-Simonsen, PhD, Professor, BI Center for Corporate Responsibility
Dr Georgiana Grigore, Henley Business School, Chair of ICSR
Dr Alin Stancu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Chair of ICSR
09.30 – 10.00    Keynote: Sustainability and the future of business, Idar Kreutzer, CEO of Finance Norway
(Room A2-030)
10.00 – 11.30    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
11.30 – 12.00    Keynote: Sustainability as part of business, Mai Oldgard, SVP, Head of Sustainability, Telenor Group
(Room A2-030)
12.00 – 13.00    Lunch
13.00 – 14.30    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
14.30 – 15.30    Keynote: The Wary Art of Building Reputation through Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Peggy Simcic Brønn, BI Norwegian Business School (Room A2-030)
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.00    Roundtable: New Corporate Responsibilities in the Digital Economy
Chaired by Dr Georgiana Grigore and Dr Mike Molesworth (Room A2-030)
17.00 – 18.30    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
18.30                 Galla dinner
Saturday, 13th of October, 2018
09.00 – 10.30    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
10.30 – 11.30    Keynote: The Rhetorical Act of Corporate Social Responsibility: Constitutive, Dialogic, and Contextual, Professor Øyvind Ihlen, University of Oslo (Room A2-030)
11.30 – 11.45    Coffee break
11.45 – 13.15    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
13.15 – 14.00    Lunch
14.00 – 15.00    Keynote: Perspectives shaping CSR: Emerging insights from Africa, Dr Emmanuel Chao, 
(Room A2-030)
15.00 – 15.15    Coffee break
15.15 – 16.45    Parallel sessions (Rooms A2-020, A2-015 and A2-035)
16.45                 Closing ceremony & Sightseeing tour




Practical info in Oslo

PhD workshop

In collaboration with the International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business ( that will held at BI in October, we took the initiative to organize our very own workshop to help prepare ourselves for our future careers whether it be in academia or in business.  It also occurred to us that there are limited opportunities to socialize and collaborate across departments, we therefore wanted to take this opportunity to promote networking opportunities and to build our PhD community here at BI. This workshop is free of charge. At 15:00, we will serve food and drinks at our department of leadership and organization. Download the agenda phd workshop v1.


Idar Kreutzer keynote at ICSR Oslo

Idar Kreutzer is CEO of Finance Norway. He is the Chairman of the Board of Norway Post,and Aschehoug Forlag., and he is a member of the Board of the University of Oslo. In 2016 he was appointed member of The Norwegian Commission for Green Competitiveness, and he is a member of The Minister of Climate and Environment’s Climate Policy Council. In 2013 he was appointed member of the Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. In 2001-2012 he was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and co-chaired the WBCSD Vision 2050. Kreutzer holds a Master’s degree in Economic and Business Administration from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Emmanuel Chao – Keynote speaker at ICSR Oslo

Dr Chao has wide experience in presenting papers in leading academic conferences/platforms such as Academy of Marketing (UK), European Academy of Marketing (Portugal, Slovenia), Marketing science/ World Marketing Congress (France), Info Marketing (USA), Society of Behavioral scientists (Canada), Industrial marketing Association (China), Business and information management (Japan) and several others. He has published several papers in a wide international outlets such as International Business research, Journal of Global marketing, Journal of business to business relations, Journal of knowledge management and practice, Journal of relationship marketing, International journal of Business and Management, International Journal of Business research and management and several others. Dr. Chao holds a PhD (from 2014) and Msc (International Business and Management) (2010) from Norway.

Mai Oldgard – Keynote at ICSR 2018

Mai is passionate about how sustainable and responsible business solutions can create value for both companies and society. She works as Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability in the Telenor Group, which is one of the world’s major mobile operators with operations across Europe and Asia. A key interest is how business supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mai has developed Telenor’s focus on SDG10 Reduced Inequalities. Mai is responsible for teams focusing on Sustainability Programs, Human Rights, Climate and Supply Chain Sustainability.  She also serves as Director of the Board of Telenor Myanmar.
Mai has 15 years’ experience with the role of business in society during her career at Telenor, PA Consulting Group, ECON and the UN. Her work has involved frequent public speaking engagements and she has written or co-authored several publications. Mai also serves as a member of the Norwegian Government consultation group on CR. Mai holds a M.Sc. (International Business).

Peggy Simcic Brønn – Keynote at ICSR 2018

Peggy Simcic Brønn, a US citizen, is a professor in BI Norwegian Business School’s Department of Communication and Culture.. She is also leader of BI Centre for Corporate Communication.

Her research interests are corporate branding, corporate social responsibility, and reputation. Her works are published in European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Communication Management, Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management (Associate Editor), Corporate Reputation Review (editorial board), Corporate Communication an International Journal (editorial board), Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society Review, among others.
She is coeditor of Corporate Communication; A Strategic Approach to Building Reputation (second edition) and is coauthor of the first academic book on reputation in Norwegian, Åpen eller Innadvendt. Peggy Simcic Brønn is associated with the international consulting firm ReputationInc.

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen – keynote at ICSR2018

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and co-director of POLKOM –Centre for the Study of Political Communication.

He has over 100 publications, including the award-winning edited Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (2011, with Jennifer Bartlett and Steve May), Handbook of Organizational Rhetoric (2018, with Robert L. Heath), and Public Relations and Social Theory: Key Figures, Concepts and Developments (2009, 2nd expanded edition 2018, with Magnus Fredriksson)Ihlen is Past President of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA). 

Call for papers ICSR 2018

The 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business Theme: Value(s) and Corporate Responsibility in the 21st Century Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway| 12 and 13 of October 2018

The UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 reflects a wold wide common agenda for sustainable development. These 17 goals all include corporate actions and specifies the framework for corporate actions. Understanding value creation or co-creation, value delivery and value measurement in corporate responsibility, and connecting these with corporate and societal values, offers a chance to re-legitimize businesses are key issues to reach the sustainability goals.
This year’s conference calling for submissions that explore the intersections between and ramifications of “value(s) and corporate responsibility”. Defining value in a sustainable setting is both an business opportunity and a challenge. In business studies, especially in marketing, the concept of value is most commonly understood as a subjective measure of the perceived utility of a product or service, and can be reduced to cost benefits calculations (Ravald and Gronroos, 1998). Elsewhere, however, values are the principles of behaviour or one’s judgement of what is important in making a decision. Although business might be about the generation of value, ethical issues in business are therefore also tied to the moral values held by individuals (Forsyth, 1992). Porter and Kramer (2011) suggest that the purpose of organisations need to be redefined so that there is a focus not just on profit and value for money, but on creating shared value, such that economic value can also create value for society. This view brings together company’s success and social progress and opens the possibility of new discourses on what are the new sources of value that can be obtained by connecting business and society. Beyond shared value, what concepts and practices might better explain and align both the value and values of corporate responsibility and offer solutions to individuals who are making corporate responsibility happen.
We invite contributions that (re)connect value(s) and corporate responsibility. Articles that include current thinking and developments by both academics and practitioners, combine theoretical foundations on value and corporate responsibility with practical insights, and help managers in decision-making processes are particularly welcomed. Additionally, we are keen to encourage engagement with value themes across all aspects of business theory and practice. Below is an indicative (but not exclusive) list of possible submission topics:
  • How is value created in corporate responsibility and by whom
  • Added-value corporate responsibility
  • Value co-creation in corporate responsibility
  • Shared value and corporate responsibility
  • What are new sources of value for corporate responsibility
  • The value of values in corporate responsibility
  • Value systems in corporate responsibility
  • Moral values in corporate responsibility
  • Value and morality in corporate responsibility
  • Exploring, creating, delivering and measuring value in corporate responsibility
Applicants should submit an abstract of 300 words in a Word document format via email to by 15 of June 2018. Please add the following information : (i) full title, (ii) all author names, (iii) affiliations of each author, (iv) abstract of the paper, (v) 3-5 keywords of the paper, and (vi) acknowledgements or disclosure notices (if any). No more than two papers will be accepted from any author. Only the abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Acceptance of papers for the conference will be based on a peer- review of a 300 words abstract.