Call for papers_ PhD Seminar: Business and Society in Times of Crises: (Re)searching for New Directions, June 17-18, 2021, Namur, Belgium


2021 Business & Society Research Seminar for PhD students and emerging scholars: “Business and Society in Times of Crises: (Re)searching for New Directions

Date: June 17-18th, 2021

Place : The University of Namur - UNamur

Are you a PhD candidate or an emerging scholar conducting research in the field of Business and Society, Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development Goals, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship or a related topic?

Do you want to discuss one of your research papers or your PhD project with leading scholars in the field to enhance your ability to write and review scholarly publications?

Are you looking for some mentoring from leading experts or do you want to develop your academic network?

Then we encourage you to submit your contribution!


The objective of this two-day seminar is to bring together doctoral students, emerging scholars, and more experienced academics to present and discuss their research projects and receive feedback in a stimulating, developmental and friendly atmosphere. We will explore commonalities as well as differences in each other’s research approaches and themes in an inspiring, sociable, and convivial academic setting . This seminar consists in a mix of plenary sessions, paper and poster presentation sessions as well as several workshops around career development and publications strategy . All sessions will involve fellow PhD students, emerging scholars, and more experienced researchers and journal editors.


“Business and Society in Times of Crises: (Re)searching for New Directions”

Global societal and environmental problems like climate change, inequality, and mass-migration, as well as digitalization and dematerialization of human relationships, all call for attention. Given the increasing power of business in a globalized world and the resulting societal impacts - both positive social, environmental, and political engagement and negative externalities-, there is an urgent need to scrutinize the role of business in terms of contribution to the transition of society towards sustainability. To address these critical challenges, new ways of thinking and doing are required. Therefore, there is an urgent call for research to develop bold ideas and adopt less conventional methodologies involving social sciences, management and technology.

This year’s seminar wants to explore novel approaches across the corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, and social innovation agenda to understand how the aforementioned issues might redefine responsibilities, roles and opportunities of both business and society.


Our first keynote speaker will be Prof. Jean-Pascal Gond (head of ETHOS at Business School of City, University of London). Our second keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Roulet (University of Cambridge).

For complete details, see Keynotes and programme


There are two possible formats for the conference: paper or poster. For both, you can either submit a long abstract (up to 10 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12) or a full paper (maximum 40 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12).

Submission Deadline: 19 February 2021 . Please submit your abstract or paper using the following link via the conference website:

Submissions will undergo a double blind-review process. Notification of acceptance (as a paper presentation or as a poster* –) will be sent in April 2021

At this stage, we are planning for on-site participation. Of course we will further evaluate the situation in light of COVID-19 and if necessary, we will organize the event on-line – the decision will be taken a minimum of 3 months in advance.


The 2020 edition of the Business & Society seminar will be held in Namur (Belgium), hosted by UNamur located at the south of Brussels. This seminar is financially supported by the University of Namur (Belgium), LouRIM Louvain Research Institute in Management and Organizations (UCLouvain, Belgium), the Chair in CSR at Audencia Business School (France), IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) at IÉSEG School of Management and LEM-CNRS (France), ICHEC Brussels Management School (Belgium) and VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands).


More than 20 experienced researchers in the field are invited to attend the seminar. Next to the organizing committee, confirmed guests include Flore Bridoux (Erasmus University, The Netherlands), Laura-Marie Edinger-Schons (University of Mannheim Business School, Germany), Arno Kourula (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Klement Podnar and Ursa Golob (University of Ljubljana, Slovenja) and many others!