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21st ABIS Annual Colloquium 2022
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21st ABIS Annual Colloquium 2022

Business principles for the stakeholder capitalism era

The 21st ABIS Annual Colloquium 2022 will welcome business managers and business and management scholars to discuss the business principles for the stakeholder capitalism era.

Date 29 - 30 November 2022
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Online and Avenue Louise 231, Brussels
Focus Business principles for the stakeholder capitalism era

Academics, progressive businesses and international organizations like ABIS have been calling for an “expanded” role of business in society for decades (most recently at the Value Creation Roundtables co-organized by ABIS). As a result, sustainability is now a mainstream term and has taken central stage on the agenda of most businesses. This is demonstrated by the rise of voluntary commitments (e.g. the 2019 Business Roundtable’s announcement redefining the purpose of a corporation), net-zero and net-positive initiatives, developments on ESG metrics and sustainability reporting standards.

In this year’s Colloquium, we aim to move beyond specificities and fragmented approaches towards a holistic understanding of responsible business conduct in light of the evolving concept of stakeholder capitalism. Albeit not new, this concept has been reforming the way we think about business and advocating for a system in which businesses are oriented to serve the interests of all their stakeholders. As such, it promotes new and nuanced ways to innovate business strategies and models for the benefit of society, to transform how resources are used and value is created, to combine profits and purpose, and to effectively approach paradoxes and conflicts.

The main outcome of the event will be a set of principles serving as guideposts for business in the stakeholder capitalism era. We believe the development of a principle-based approach will help all kind of companies to strengthen their social license to operate and to transition from traditional business-as-usual towards more sustainable, resilient and future-proof models.

By attending the event you will:

  • Understand emerging trends and implications of stakeholder capitalism
  • Unlock innovative business models with wider societal benefits
  • Disseminate and learn about examples, case studies and research results
  • Interact in dialogues between practitioners and academics
  • Draw up a list of key principles for business to apply in practice

The conference welcomes:

  • Business managers and practitioners
  • Business and management scholars

who want to enhance business competitiveness as well as social and environmental sustainability in a world in transition towards more inclusive, stakeholder and regenerative models. It offers a space where your search and efforts for sustainable transformation approaches meet research-based knowledge and real-world action in a spirit of hope

Colloquium report

Business Principles for the Stakeholder Capitalism Era



(All times local)


14:30 – 14:45 Opening and welcome speech

Welcome and introduction to the conference 

  • Baback Yazdani - Professor and Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School, NTU & Chair of the Board of Directors, ABIS
  • Karolina Sobczak - Knowledge Manager, ABIS
14:45 – 15:45 Panel discussion: Managing Business in the Stakeholder Capitalism era

The panel discussion will present academic and corporate perspectives on the theory and practice of stakeholder capitalism and its implications for sustainability strategy, business model innovation and management.

  • Luca Condosta - VP HR - Leadership Learning Ecosystem Community lead, ABB
  • Crispen Sachikonye - CEO, Social Value UK
  • Lisa Gring-Pemble - Associate Professor of Business and Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center, George Mason University
  • Moderator: Karolina Sobczak - Knowledge Manager, ABIS
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Research and cases presentations I. 

In this session, academic experts and practitioners from the ABIS network and beyond will present latest research findings and cases at the interplay among sustainability strategy, business model innovation and stakeholder capitalism in response to the call for research papers and cases.

17:00 - 


17:15 -


Research and cases presentations II.

18:00 – 18:15 Conclusions of the day

  • Ivo Matser - CEO, ABIS

14:00 - 14:30 Registration of in-person participants 
14:30 – 14:40 Introduction

Welcome and introduction to Day 2 of the conference

  • Manuela Brusoni - Associate Professor of Practice di Government, Health and Not for Profit, SDA Bocconi School of Management
  • Karolina Sobczak - Knowledge Manager, ABIS
14:40 – 15:10

Corporate keynote: Business performance that matters

The keynote will present a real-life example of a business run for the benefit of all of its stakeholders, with a truly integrated business, people-oriented and environmental approach. The speech will also address the required changes to a company’s business model, strategy and leadership as well the opportunities. 

  • Pauline Bieringa - Managing Director, Triodos Bank
15:10 – 15:40 Academic keynote: The power of AND – implementing stakeholder capitalism

The idea that business is only about money no longer holds true at a time when companies around the world are giving up traditional distinctions in order to succeed. Professor Freeman will explain how recent calls for capitalism to be more oriented towards stakeholders can be implemented. During his keynote speech, he will be suggesting five principles to include in and expand the way we think about business.

  • Edward Freeman - Professor and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
15:40 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Interactive discussion: Business principles for the stakeholder capitalism era

Group exploration of  trends, areas of uncertainty and emerging responsibilities and signposts for corporate action

17:00 – 17:50 Drawing up the key principles
17:50 – 18:00 Implications and conclusions

18:00 – 21:00

Conference Dinner
The Conference Dinner will be held in a restaurant near the conference venue, and will offer participants an excellent chance to enjoy delicious organic and vegetarian food in a relaxed setting while getting to know each other and making new connections outside the main conference environment.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed

In order to strengthen the dialogue between practitioners and academics on the topic and make sure that key insights reach applied audience who take business decisions everyday, we inviting the submission of papers and cases which will be presented on Day 1 of the event and further submitted for publication.  You can access the Call for papers HERE.

Logistics note

You can find all necessary information on the location, nearby hotels and transportation to the venue for the in-person sessions on November 30th in our logistics note.

Please notice that our event will take place at Avenue Louise 231, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels at Silversquare Bailli.


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