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18th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2019
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18th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2019

Business in Society: Measuring Impact and Creating Change

In light of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ABIS Colloquium 2019 will represent a significant opportunity to reflect on the striking changes the world has experienced over the last 3 decades. The event will also mark 18 years from the foundation of ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society.

Date October 29. - 30., 2019
Host ABIS- Academy of Business in Society
Venue ESMT Berlin
Focus Business in Society: Measuring Impact and Creating Change

In light of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ABIS Colloquium 2019 will represent a significant opportunity to reflect on the striking changes the world has experienced over the last 3 decades. The event will also mark 18 years from the foundation of ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society. Founded by major companies and leading business schools, the initiative was driven by a shared belief that advancing the role of business in society required more relevant research and knowledge and new management and leadership skills, mindsets & capabilities. Nowadays, forward-thinking knowledge, tools and relevant skills – whether they support training, planning, analysis, strategy or reporting - is increasingly available to decision makers and change agents.

With a growing number of companies taking steps to be more responsible in how they treat employees, communities and the planet, business is now emerging as a true player in fostering societal progress.  Business can provide real value to a wide range of stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders and communities. It can provide training, jobs and access to products and services which people need. In some companies, having a positive impact is deeply embedded within their purpose and business models. This is particularly true for emerging startups which are finding new creative ways to solve social problems while simultaneously growing their business.

But many companies are still adopting “business as usual” approaches which often take value away from people and planet, polluting the environment, overusing precious resources, contributing to the loss of biodiversity or selling harmful products. Such business models may still appear to provide value to the company’s shareholders in the short term, but they neglect long-term consequences and impact.

The amount and quality of information provided by companies, the difficulties in measuring and externalizing impact and the variety of existing reporting frameworks, tools and indicators represent some of the challenges businesses are facing in maximizing their positive impact on society. This is also crucial for investors, which find it extremely difficult to direct funding to companies which represent good investments in the long-term – for both shareholders and society.

As the world of business is being disrupted by new emerging players from startups, challenged by policy-maker regulations and consumer demands, and with the pace of digital innovation accelerating, during the 18th ABIS Annual Colloquium at ESMT Berlin we aim to examine the following:

  • What role business should play in creating changes for reaching SDGs?
  • How can the impact of business on society be assessed?
  • How can investors invest with positive impact?
  • How to source ideas from and collaborate with startups and social entrepreneurs for more positive impacts?
  • What role can digital solutions play in the maximizing positive impacts of business on society?

 

Agenda, Registration will be released soon. 

Call for Papers

For the first day of our Colloquium, we are inviting paper proposals which aim to advance our knowledge on the state-of-the art of business in society and in particular on impact measurement, the growing role of investors and start-ups in accelerating positive impact as well as on how latest digital advancements can further help in creating value for society. Presenters will be further invited to submit their papers for publication

As the world of business is being disrupted by new emerging players from startups, challenged by policy-maker regulations and consumer demands, and with the pace of digital innovation accelerating, during the 18th ABIS Annual Colloquium at ESMT Berlin we aim to examine the following:

  • How can the impact of business on society and nature be assessed?
  • How can investors invest with and accelerate positive impact?
  • How to source ideas from and collaborate with startups and social entrepreneurs for more positive impacts and sustainable business models?
  • What role can digital solutions play in the maximizing positive impacts of business on society?

Submissions

Extended paper abstracts of 700-1000 words must be submitted by July 31, 2019 by sending them to contributions@abis-global.org. Authors of accepted contributions have the opportunity to also submit a short paper proposal until October 15, 2019.

Types of Submission

We welcome high-quality submissions which advance our knowledge on the abovementioned topics. We do not favour any special theoretical perspectives or methodological approaches. The types of acceptable submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and empirical papers
  • Literature and practice reviews
  • Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods research
  • Experimental research
  • Single, multiple, large-sample case studies

 Selection process

The selection process will consider both the academic quality of the paper as well as the proximity to the general theme of the Colloquium.

 Deadlines

  • August 15, 2019: Submission of paper abstracts
  • August 31, 2019: Response of acceptance of the abstract to the authors
  • October 15, 2019: Submission of paper proposal
  • January 31, 2020: Submission of full paper
  • February 28, 2020: Response to authors about acceptance of papers for peer review  

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