5a. Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Track Chairs

Goals and Objectives of the Track

Companies are important actors in any kind of (un-)sustainable development. Given this central role, scholars have developed different concepts and frameworks to support companies to integrate sustainability issues into their business activities. A central objective of this track is to discuss business sustainability management in relation to its effects on sustainable development.

This track offers a forum to reflect on recent developments in practice, results from science as well as ongoing transdisciplinary research activities in the fields of corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This relates for example to strategic management, sustainable business models and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Following main questions, amongst others, are of interest:

  • What is the contribution of sustainability strategies, business models and sustainable entrepreneurship to sustainable development?
  • How can strategies and business models be implemented, both in companies and in a network of companies?
  • Are current sustainability management approaches and strategies a sufficient contribution to sustainable development or are there limitations (for instance relative vs. absolute sustainability performance) which should be taken into account?
  • Which factors support or hinder the implementation of sustainability management approaches, strategies and business models in business practice?
  • How can managers deal with trade-offs between economic goals and environmental/social goals?
  • What is the role of leadership and organizational culture for sustainability management?
  • Which frameworks and tools support sustainable entrepreneurship?
  • How can corporates themselves become sustainable in the wider context of people, planet and profit?

Themes and topics

We encourage conceptual as well as empirical contributions specifically, but not exclusively, dealing with the following topics:

  • Sustainable business models
  • Strategic sustainability management and sustainable innovations
  • Sustainability management and organizational culture
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability management/CSR and sustainability strategies: experiences, developments, barriers and actors
  • Business sustainability and CSR sustainability management/CSR and resilience
  • Leadership for sustainability management

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to one of the areas pointed out above) within 300 and 500 words (including everything)

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    1. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”.
    2. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“ACCELERATING PROGRESS TOWARDS SDG’s IN TIMES OF CRISIS”).

Abstracts which do not outline points c.1.) AND c.2) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
  3. Business Strategy and Development

If there are sufficient number of papers related to any of the above journals, special issue may be brought out.


Please submit your abstract by visiting the abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first) at https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/login?redirect=/stages/2332/submitter

Extended deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2021

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