“Business Ethics: new challenges, better theories, practical solutions”

RMIT University, Melbourne
8 – 10 December 2019

Doctoral workshop: 8th December 2019 at Swinburne University of Technology

Submissions are now invited for the 9th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference, to be hosted by the School of Accounting, RMIT University, Melbourne.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Business Ethics: New Challenges, Better Theories, Practical Solutions“. Contemporary society and businesses require trust built on ethical foundations to ensure good governance, transparency and efficient cooperation. Continuing revelations of unethical behaviour in different sectors discovered by a number of Royal Commissions in Australia shed a light on old and new challenges for business ethics academia and practice.  Technological, geopolitical and social developments pose new issues for investigation.  These changes require the development, reassessment and reconceptualization of ethics theories for organisations that provide better understanding and practical solutions. What are the roles of individuals, organisations, government, civil society, academia and professionals in building trust, transparency and ethical conduct? How can business ethics enable us to solve business problems?

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

  • Indigenous ethics and Indigenous philosophy
  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and irresponsibility
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • 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
  • 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 ABEN Conference, please submit a 500-word abstract by 31 August 2019. Full papers may also be submitted, to be peer reviewed if required by your funding institution.

Papers and abstracts can be submitted by email to Dr Andrew West.

ABEN Doctoral Workshop

The 9th ABEN Conference will start with a dedicated workshop for Ph.D. students, on the afternoon of 8 December 2019. Regardless of the stage of candidature, Ph.D. Candidates can expect to benefit from this professional development activity by discussing their work and trajectories for their development with experienced scholars in their field, as well as by networking with fellow candidates. Places for the workshop are limited and pre-registration is essential. Please contact Dr Julia Benkert at jbenkert@swin.edu.au with any queries about the ABEN Doctoral workshop.


Contact us

For all enquires regarding registration, please click here to visit the RMIT ABEN Conference Website for more information.

For all enquiries regarding submission of papers, please contact Dr Andrew West (andrew.west@qut.edu.au)

On behalf of the ABEN 2019 Conference Organising Committee:

  • Professor Steven Dellaportas (RMIT University)
  • Associate Professor Eva Tsahuridu (RMIT University)
  • Dr Alena Golyagina (RMIT University)
  • Dr Andrew West (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Dr Heather Stewart (Griffith University)
  • Dr Julia Benkert (Swinburne University of Technology)

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