The Jan Schapper Scholarship for Emerging Critical Business Ethics Scholars

The Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics was founded in 2015 to provide encouragement and support for a PhD student, earlier career researcher, or other worthy recipient, to participate and present research that develops a critical approach to business ethics at the ABEN annual meeting. The initiative is being supported by Michelle Greenwood (Monash University), Campbell Jones (University of Auckland) and Carl Rhodes (University of Technology Sydney). We acknowledge the generous and thoughtful contribution from the Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management and several individual donors.

The Scholarship honours the memory of Dr Jan Schapper, co-founder of the Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) in 2010. Jan was born in 1951 in rural Victoria, Australia. She studied her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at La Trobe University in Melbourne. After a career in teaching and trade unions, she joined Monash University as an academic in the mid-1990s, gaining her PhD in 2004. She worked at Monash’s Department of Management for 15 years before returning to La Trobe in 2010. Jan retired in 2013. Deeply immersed in feminist, Marxist and psychoanalytic scholarship, Jan’s research interests included higher education, critical approaches to business ethics and CSR, and workplace equality and diversity.

Jan wanted to make a contribution, and to get to the things that mattered, especially teaching and learning. She was especially keen that as a scholarly community we pay attention to questions of critical pedagogy, teaching and learning, and to ensure that we provide supportive and friendly environments in which future scholars can develop their work. Jan died surrounded by her family and friends on September 24, 2014. It is deeply fitting that this award is named in Jan’s honour.

If you would like to acknowledge Jan’s contribution by making a donation to this scholarship, please contact Michelle Greenwood (michelle.greenwood@monash.edu) and she will provide you bank details. Any donation to support this important endeavour, no matter how large or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Jan Schapper

The Inaugural Jan Schapper Scholarship was awarded to Dr Dhammika Jayawardena (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka) during the Annual ABEN Conference, Sydney, 8 December 2015.

Dhammika’s award winning paper was entitled “Water, Blood, CSR: A case study from the Global South”. As their ‘corporate language’ embodies, MNCs are often inspired by and promote (the rhetoric of) business ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and good governance which are probably the ‘by-products’ of market managerialism in the contemporary political economy. This ‘duality’ of MNCs leads to an obvious ethico-political question: Why MNCs fail to ‘practice what they preach,’ mostly in the name of business ethics, or CSR. In this context, this paper seeks to explore and re-narrate a fearless struggle of the inhabitants of Rathupaswala —small village in Western Province, Sri Lanka — with a local MNC for their ‘right to free and clean water’.

Dhammika Jayawardena receiving the award from Jan's husband, Robert Nixey.

During the ABEN Conference in Brisbane on December 6, 2016, the Award Committee, comprised of Assoc Prof Edward Wray-Bliss (Macquarie University) and Dr Tracy Wilcox (University of New South Wales), conferred the Jan Schapper Scholarship 2016 to Dr Sanjukta Choudhury-Kaul (Monash University) for her paper “Researching marginalized issues in management history: An interpretive framework”. In her study, Dr Choudhury-Kaul proposes a multi-method interpretive framework, integrating a historiographical approach, a hermeneutic circle, and an archival investigation for examining historical business responses to marginalized societal issues, deep prejudice and social exclusion.

Ed Wray-Bliss, Sanjukta Choudhury-Kaul and Michelle Greenwood.
Sanjukta receiving the Award.

From 2017, the Jan Schapper Scholarship will be supported by the Critical Management Studies division of the Academy of Management. More information about the 2017 scholarship will be available at this site later in the year.

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