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

A virtual conference hosted by the School of Business University of Notre Dame Australia



7th and 8th December 2020

 Doctoral workshop: 9th December 2020

The call for submissions for the ABEN 2020 Annual Conference is closed.

The theme for the 2020 conference was 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 include:

  • 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


Whether theoretical or empirical, the themes for the conference include:

  • Indigenous ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and irresponsibility
  • Artificial intelligence, disruptive 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
  • Religiosity, spirituality, and ethnicity
  • Accounting ethics
  • Business law and ethics
  • Ethics in finance
  • Complexity and complex adaptive systems
  • Marketing ethics
  • Emergence vs. evolution of ethics
  • Ethics for Sustainability
  • Ethics for Sustainability Innovation


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