10th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference 2020


To be hosted by the School of Business

The University of Notre Dame Australia   

Virtual Conference


7th and 8th December 2020

 Doctoral workshop: 9th December 2020


Not Business as Usual: Ethics, Sustainability and Innovation

 Submissions are now invited for the 10th Annual ABEN Conference, to be hosted by The University of Notre Dame, Australia. The conference will begin Monday 7th December 2020 with the Doctoral Workshop held on Wednesday 9th December (complimentary to all doctoral students).

The theme for this year’s conference is Not Business as Usual: Ethics, Sustainability and Innovation. Organisational success today is built on innovative approaches aimed at responding to environmental and social issues by developing new technologies and products and not merely based on the single metric approach which only considers profit. The recent climate and health crises have been a further ‘wake up’ call on the vulnerability of our planet and society. These events have several social, environmental, economic and political implications that pose new concerns and reflections for business ethics academia and practice. This year’s ABEN conference provides an opportunity to explore and debate the central role of business ethics in organisations’ innovation and sustainability discourse. Emphasis will be placed on how new pressures in organisations arise and how business ethics can become an integral component, rather than an afterthought, of the organisation’s innovation and sustainability responses to these dynamic and emerging challenges. Some of the themes to be explored include, but are not limited to:  How can business ethics become an integral component of an organisation’s innovation and sustainability approach? What are the roles of individuals, corporations, SMEs, government, civil society, academia and professionals in promoting ethics, innovation and sustainability as part of the ‘business as usual’ equation?

Submissions are now invited on a broad range of topics relative to ABEN in the format of:

  • Abstract submission (500 words)
  • Roundtable submission (1000 words including proposed questions for discussion)
  • Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics (Full paper – Doctoral students only)
  • ECSTRA research grant into ethical decision making in financial markets

Submissions should note on the submission (PDF or Word) and in the email subject header the submission type (e.g. Abstract or roundtable; ECSTRA or Jan Schapper)


Contact us

For all enquiries regarding submission of papers, please contact Dr Heather Stewart (h.stewart@griffith.edu.au)

On behalf of the ABEN 2019 Conference Organising Committee:

  • Dr Alessandro Bressan (The University of Notre Dame Australia)
  • Dr Heather Stewart (Griffith University)
  • Associate Professor Eva Tsahuridu (RMIT University)
  • Dr Julia Benkert (Swinburne University of Technology)

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