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
Pauline Bieringa Managing Director, Triodos Bank
Pauline Bieringa has been managing director of Triodos Bank Nederland since September 2020. She grew up in Friesland, studied history in Groningen and the United States and completed her MBA at the Erasmus University. Pauline started her banking career within ING Group, where she held several international positions in and outside the Netherlands. In 2004 she became director of public finance at BNG Bank. Besides that she was also supervisor at Hivos-Triodos Fund, Open University, KAS Bank and Stichting Berenschot Beheer for many years, and is involved in a number of initiatives related to help with debt problems.
Manuela Brusoni Associate Professor of Practice di Government, Health and Not for Profit, SDA Bocconi School of Management
At SDA Bocconi, Manuela is the Director of Quality Accreditation and Benchmarking and member of the Scientific Board of the Impact Investing Lab. She launched and was the Director of MASAN, the Executive Education Program of Public Procurement in Health Care Organizations.
She has conducted research, education and consulting projects for some of the major players in many different sectors, both at European and Italian level. Her research activities focus on public procurement and business government relations, quality and innovation in management education. Currently, she has focused on the role of public administration and responsibilities for innovation and competitiveness of businesses and the relationship between institutional models and skills development for public procurement.
She is the author of numerous books and articles. Her works have been published in Economia & Management, Public Management Review and Singapore Management Review, among others. She is the editor of and contributor to books for both international (such as Routledge, Greenleaf, Palgrave Macmillan) and Italian publishers (such as EGEA, Franco Angeli, CEDAM). She is Chair of the Accreditation Commission of ASFOR (the Italian Association for Management Education), member of its Board and contact person in ENQA, former President of the Central Procurement Society of the Lombardy Region, a member of the Board of ABIS (the Academy of Business in Society), System Evaluator for ANVUR (Agenzia nazionale di valutazione del sistema universitario e della ricerca) and a member of various Evaluation Units of Provinces, Municipalities and Health Care Organizations. She has been Chair Elected of various Committees of the Academy of Management.
Luca Condosta VP HR - Leadership Learning Ecosystem Community lead, ABB
Edward Freeman Professor and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
R. Edward Freeman is University Professor, Olsson Professor, and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is best known for his award winning book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach (Pitman, 1984; and reprinted by Cambridge University Press in 2010). His latest book is The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-offs, with Bidhan Parmar and Kirsten Martin, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2020. He has received six honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from: Radboud University in the Netherlands; Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain; the Hanken School of Economics, and Tampere University in Finland; Sherbrooke University in Canada; and, Leuphana University in Germany, for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. He is the host of The Stakeholder Podcast, sponsored by Stakeholder Media, LLC.
Lisa Gring-Pemble Associate Professor of Business and Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center, George Mason University
Dr. Lisa Gring-Pemble is the Business for a Better World Center's co-executive director. She is also an associate professor within the Business Foundations Area and co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Maryland.
Since joining George Mason University in 2000, she has pursued teaching and research around three main areas: 1) global impact and engagement, 2) argumentation, rhetorical criticism, and persuasion, and 3) political communication and public policy. She is author of Grim Fairy Tales: The Rhetorical Construction of American Welfare Policy and a co-editor of Readings on Political Communication. Her work has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Political Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Communication Quarterly. Current research focuses on the role of rhetoric and morality in capitalist markets, the role of language in legislation on equal pay and immigration, and the role of business in addressing sustainable development goals and creating positive impact.
She is passionate about teaching and is the recipient of the 2005 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, 2017 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, and 2019 George Mason University Alumni Association Faculty of the Year Award.
As Co-Executive Director for the Business for a Better World Center, Gring-Pemble supports university-wide initiatives that engage students of all majors in social innovation, social enterprise, and entrepreneurship. She is deeply involved with impact and sustainability initiatives as co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative, member of Mason’s team in the Deans and Directors Cohort of the Global Responsible Leadership Institute (GRLI), a representative of Mason in the Champions Cycle of the Principles of Responsible Management (PRME) Initiative of the UN Global Compact, and Mason’s liaison to Ashoka.
Ivo Matser CEO, ABIS
Ivo Matser is a specialist in managing and leading organizational change in the corporate world and private academic institutions. He continuously pursues to increase the organizational value bringing internal and external perspectives into the process. He executes his profession from three different roles: as a senior executive manager, as board member and as consultant.
Ivo is an economist, a leadership expert and certified Expert Marketing Professional (EMP). He started his career in sports business and managed real estate, publishing and professional services companies. Since 2001, he has been in the position of CEO/President/Dean of private higher education institutions: SWOT Business School (NL), TSM Business School (NL), ISM University of Management and Economics (LT), GISMA Business School (D, UK). Ivo is also assessor for international institutional accreditations in several countries. Regularly he is a speaker at conferences and board room consultant at companies for designing and implementing strategies.
He has represented for more than 10 year academic institutions as member of ABIS and he was member of the Board of Directors of ABIS from 2017-2019.
Crispen Sachikonye Chief Executive Officer of Social Value UK
Crispen Sachikonye is Chief Executive of Social Value UK, a membership organisation that encourages decisions which promote wellbeing and are based on a stakeholder involvement. He develops and refines approaches to help organisations understand the value they create and destroy, and builds pathways to ensure they do more good and less harm. He is a keen academic attached to the University of Manchester Health Management Group through which he facilitates leadership learning and researches ethical leadership. He has a particular interest in African ethics, which are rooted in community, as a basis for sustainable leadership action.
Karolina Sobczak Knowledge Manager, ABIS
Karolina Sobczak is Knowledge Manager at ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society, where she is responsible for identifying the most relevant sustainability themes and developing related projects, events and trainings. Passionate about leadership development, she is currently exploring holistic approaches to change and development, including coaching and awareness-based systems change. Prior to joining ABIS, she worked in a change management consultancy. Karolina holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University.
Baback Yazdani Professor and Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School, NTU & Chair of the Board of Directors, ABIS
Baback Yazdani is Professor of Product Development and the Executive Dean of Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). During his Deanship since 2007, NBS has gone through purposeful transformation and continuous growth to develop an international reputation for Personalisation and Experiential Learning. NBS is amongst the 1% of business schools globally that are accredited by AACSB and EQUIS. NBS is also a global PRME Champion, holds Small Business Charter (SBC) by Chartered ABS and EFMD’s Business School Impact System (BSIS) marque.
Baback plays an active role in the development of business school community and is a Council Member and Treasurer of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). He is also a Board Member of European Foundation for Management Development's (EFDM), and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).
As Professor of Product Development, with special expertise in the Auto industry, he continues to research and work with global automakers. His has over 20 years of experience as a senior leader at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University, as well as extensive senior leadership roles in industry and international business (US and Europe), including Director of Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover, and Director of Business and Operations at Premier Automotive Group: JLR, Volvo, Aston Martin and Lincoln Mercury in the USA. He is also a past Chair of CBI in East Midlands.
(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
|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.
|Research and cases presentations II.
|18:00 – 18:15
||Conclusions of the day
|14:00 - 14:30 ||Registration of in-person participants |
|14:30 – 14:40
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
|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
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.
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.