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


Call for papers

  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 Dr Georgiana Grigore Henley Business School, Marketing and Reputation,  by 15 of June 2018.  No more than two papers will be accepted from any author. Only the abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.
Review process: Acceptance of papers for the conference will be based on a review of a 300 words abstract. Following acceptance, attendees will be expected to submit a full paper, which will also be reviewed by two members of the scientific committee in preparation for publication in the proceedings.
Submission of abstracts: Abstracts of 300 words should be send in a Word document via email to
Submissions of full papers: Only electronic submissions are accepted. Manuscripts should be sent via email as text documents (.DOC/.DOCX). In order to facilitate the review process, authors are expected to submit: The manuscript without any author names and affiliations, or any other information that could disclose the authors. A separate electronic document containing only a title page with the following information: (i) the full title, (ii) all author names with affiliations, and (iii) the contact information (i.e., email and regular mail) of the corresponding author. If authors want to include acknowledgements or disclosure notices, they should use this document (a second page) to include the necessary information.
 Format Length: The full paper will usually be 4000-6000 words (main text excluding references, abstract, appendix, and figure and table legends). The entire manuscript must be double-spaced (including footnotes and references) and written on A4 page format, with 2 cm margins all around. Indents should be created using the tab function (1.27cm left), not the space bar (spaces). Keywords All texts must be accompanied by a list of keywords: 5 to 6 words or short phrases best describing the content of the papers. The keywords have to be arranged in alphabetical order. Acknowledgements and Disclosure Notices The manuscript must not contain any kind of acknowledgements or disclosure notices (as footnote or within the text). They may provide information that can lead to a positive identification of the author(s). References: References should follow Harvard style. Titles and Subtitles (Headings) Authors should use a maximum of three-levels of headings: Heading 1 – corresponding to the paper title (size 14, bold)