Are you a PhD Candidate or HdR student, and is your work concerned with business ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, diversity, equality, or addresses other normative issues in the business-society relationships not listed here?

If so, we would like to see you at Massey Business School in Auckland, NZ, on December 9, 2018, for the ABEN Doctoral Workshop. Registration to the ABEN Doctoral Workshop is free, but places are limited. Pre-registration is therefore essential.

Further, the ABEN Committee would like to extend the invitation to also join us for the 8th Annual ABEN Conference on 10-11 December at Massey Business School in Auckland, NZ. The Conference Theme is “Ethics and Sustainability in the Age of Disruption”. If you wish to make a submission for presentation at the ABEN Conference, please submit a 500-word abstract by 31 August 2018. Tickets to the ABEN Conference are available from NZD$ 270.00 (about AU$ 247.00) for PhD Candidates and HdR students.


At the ABEN Doctoral Workshop you will get the opportunity to:

  • present your research summaries to ABEN mentors who are long-standing experts in the field, and discuss avenues and strategies for your work,
  • hear from a panel of experienced ABEN members about research matters, publishing, finding co-authors, jobs, etc.,
  • meet with other students undertaking research in the field and build networks for future collaboration,
  • connect with other academics to discuss and debate the nature, intent, effects and futures of business ethics in Australasia and beyond.


For registration, please contact Dr Julia Benkert at jbenkert [at] swin [dot] edu [dot] au. Places to the ABEN Doctoral workshop are limited to ensure effectiveness of the mentoring and networking activities. To complete your registration, you will be required to submit a short research summary (max. 1,500 words) before 26 October 2018. You will receive further instructions and a template for writing your research summary after submitting your expression of interest to the above.


Also, 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. The Scholarship was founded in 2015 to encourage critical approaches to business ethics at the ABEN annual meeting.

Jan Schapper was one of the founders of ABEN. 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, before retiring in 2013. Jan wanted to make a contribution, and to get to the things that mattered, in particular 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.

The Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics comprises a bursary and the waiving of the ABEN conference registration fee. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please indicate this in writing on your abstract/paper submission for the ABEN conference. Participants whose abstracts/papers are eligible for the scholarship will be invited to submit a full paper by 21 September 2018. A decision on the awarding of the scholarship will be made in early October.


Important note on accommodation and transport

Auckland has become a popular travel destination, and December is peak tourism season, meaning that accommodation and transport options may book out ahead of season. Please take this into account when planning your travels and consider booking early. Please read the travel information for accommodation options near Massey University.

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