12th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network Hybrid Conference & Doctoral Workshop

1-2 December, 2022 

Hosted by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Hope, luck and current crises: Conversations and stories of business ethics

Submissions are now invited for the 12th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference, titled Hope, luck and current crises: Conversations and stories of business ethics. The conference will be hosted by the School of Business, Law & Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University, Melbourne, on 1 – 2 December 2022. The conference is a hybrid, face-to-face and virtual conference, to cater for different levels of accessibility. The ABEN Committee would of course love to welcome you in person, if possible, to the vibrant and multicultural city of Melbourne.

In order to facilitate interactions among PhD students and the experts in their respective fields of study, we will hold a Doctoral Colloquium on the morning of 1 December. This is a face to face event only.

The ABEN Committee also now welcomes submissions for the Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics, and the ABEN Grant for Ethical Decision Making in Financial Markets, supported by the Ecstra Foundation.

Please find below information regarding: conference submissions, the doctoral colloquium, the venue, the Jan Schapper Scholarship, the Ecstra Foundation, and key dates.

Conference Submissions – by 16 October 2022

Continuing from ABEN’s mid-year virtual conversation, the theme of this year’s conference is Hope, luck and current crises: Conversations and stories of business ethics. We are seeking conference contributions that reflect on, and critique, notions of hope in the context of the multiple current world crises, through the lens of business ethics. For example, this may be hope for a less turbulent or more sustainable future; or life and work in ‘the Lucky Country’, or moral luck.

However, we also welcome papers on broader business ethics topics, whether theoretical or empirical, including (but not limited to):

Maori and Indigenous philosophy

Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and irresponsibility

Sustainable development goals

Artificial intelligence, technology and ethics

Managerial ethics

Critical business ethics

Business ethics education

Ethics in human resource management

Ethics of care (vs. ethics of justice)

Leadership and ethics

Marketing ethics

Religiosity, spirituality, and ethnicity

Accounting ethics

Law and ethics

Ethics in finance

Ethics for complexity and complex adaptive systems

Managing wicked ethical problems

Emergence and evolution of ethics

Ethics and trust

Behavioural business ethics

Global governance, organisations and ethics

If you wish to make a submission for presentation at the 12th ABEN Conference, please submit a 500 word abstract by the extended date of  16 October 2022. Full papers may also be submitted, to be peer reviewed if required by your funding institution.

Abstracts and papers can be submitted by email to submissions@aben.org.au

Doctoral Colloquium – 1 December 2022. 9.30am to 11.30am

PhD and HDR students are invited to present their research projects in our Doctoral Colloquium (DC). ABEN Doctoral Colloquiums foster a collegial environment for PhD and HDR students to share their research with fellow participants and engage in friendly conversations with the experts in their fields of study. The DC will include a special panel session on effectively managing PhD student life and wellbeing.

If you would like to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium, please email a 500 word abstract to Dr Chamila Perera at chamilaperera@swin.edu.au, by the extended date of 25 November 2022.

Registration is free of charge.

Registration – Early Bird Registration by 31 October 2022

It is essential for all participants including delegates, speakers and guests to register online with payment of the applicable registration fee.

Please register using this EVENTBRITE LINK. Please email us if you experience any difficulty in registering.

Registration Fees

  Early Bird


31 October


October 31

Conference Dinner

1 December

Doctoral Colloquium Only
In person – full $ 240 $280 $65  
In person – student $180 $220 $65 Free
Virtual – full $100 $120    
Virtual – student Free Free   Free

In person registration fees include catering but exclude the conference dinner.


The conference will be held at Swinburne University of Technology, John St, Hawthorn VIC 3122.

Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics

As in previous years, the Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics is being offered for a PhD student, early career researcher or other worthy recipient. It comprises a $500 bursary and the waiving of the ABEN conference registration fee. The Scholarship was founded in 2015 to encourage critical approaches to business ethics at the ABEN annual meeting.

If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please indicate this when registering for the ABEN conference. Eligible participants should submit a full paper to submissions@aben.org.au by the extended date of 27 November 2022 with the email subject: Jan Schapper Scholarship. Papers are expected to be 8,000-10,000 words including references, tables and figures.  A decision on the award will be made by independent judges by the end of November 2022.

Jan Schapper was one of the founders of ABEN and worked at Monash’s Department of Management for 15 years before returning to La Trobe in 2010. 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. She was especially keen that as a scholarly community we pay attention to questions of critical pedagogy, teaching and learning, and 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 24 September 2014. Further information is available at https://aben.org.au/jan-schapper-scholarships/.


ABEN Grant for ethical decision making in financial markets, supported by Ecstra Foundation

The Australian Business Ethics Network, supported by the Ecstra Foundation, is offering up to two $5,000 research grants for research into ethical decision making in financial markets. The purpose of this scheme is to stimulate research in this area, particularly amongst scholars able to bring sound ethical perspectives to bear on issues of practical concern in finance.

Submissions for the grant scheme are open until the extended date of 28 November 2022. The selection process will be conducted by independent judges, and the decision announced at the conference.  Submissions will be evaluated on their relevance to ethical decision making in financial markets with preference to submissions that have practical relevance and application. Grants are competitive and applicants are expected to present findings at the 2023 ABEN conference.

Further details and template available at Ecstra Grants – ABEN.  Please send your submission to submissions@aben.org.au and include ABEN – ECSTRA Grant Proposal in the email subject.


Key Dates

Call for Papers – Closed on 31 October 2022

Deadline for Submission of Papers – Closed on 31 October 2022

Deadline for Submission for Doctoral Colloquium – extended to 25 November 2022

Notification of Accepted Papers – participants notified.

Deadline for Submissions for Jan Schapper Scholarship & Ecstra Grant: extended to 27 November 2022

Registration – Details to be provided by  1 September 2022 (see Eventbrite link above)

Early Bird Registration Closes – Closed on 31 October 2022

Deadline for Presenters to Register – Closed on 31 October 2022


Contact Us

For all enquiries regarding please email submissions@aben.org.au

ABEN 2022 Conference Organising Committee

Dr Chamila Perera, Conference Convener, HDR Coordinator

Dr Eva Tsahuridu, Chair

Dr Alessandro Bressan, Deputy Chair

Dr Alice Gibson, Secretary

Dr Heather Stewart, past Chair

ABEN 2022 Advisory Committee

Dr Saima Ahmad

Duncan Brown

Assoc Prof Tim Butcher

Dr Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul

Dr Alain Neher

Don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter: @ABEN_bus_ethics

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