4th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference and Doctoral Workshop:

Reflection on Ethics

Sydney, 1-2 December 2014

Supported by the University of Sydney Business School and the Business & Professional Ethics Group

For more information, click here to visit the USyd conference website.


Bringing academics, critics and practitioners together to discuss and debate the nature, intent, effects and futures of business ethics in Australasia and beyond, the ABEN conference is a key forum in the region for reflective, engaged and philosophical work in the area.

The location for this year’s conference is the University of Sydney Business School CBD campus. Once again, the conference is linked with publication opportunities in business ethics journals 
(The Journal of Business Ethics Education – and Philosophy of Management, the leading interdisciplinary journal with a focus on applied philosophy in management).  Like the wider network from which it originates, the ABEN conference is inclusive – welcoming submissions that explore business ethics from a range of  theoretical, empirical and practical positions and perspectives.

Ethics is,  importantly, a reflective process. Last year’s ABEN conference, “Managing Ethics on The Edge”, considered some of the ignored areas of ethics research in management. Building on last year’s success, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Reflection on Ethics’.  This theme does not suggest reflecting on the past but considering the role academia plays in the research, dissemination and teaching of ethics.

Considering the interdisciplinary nature of ABEN, papers considering all facets of business ethics and social responsibility research are welcome. The broad conference streams proposed at this stage are:

  • Business Ethics in the Region
  • Business Ethics Education
  • UN Global Compact & Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Ethics and the Employee
  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Business Ethics and Human Rights
  • The Problems of (Business) Ethics
  • Ethics in Accounting

For example, topics such as Australasian business practice and education, the place of the employee, the questions of sustainability and of responsible accounting, as well as the place of human rights in the workplace, are encouraged. We are however open to novel topics in this field, hence we are prepared to create an Open Stream.

For more information, click here to visit the conference website.

Full papers may also be submitted, to be peer reviewed, if required by your funding institution.

Registration for the conference is $A300 (registering before 30 September) and $A380 (registering after 30 September) for salaried persons;
and $A200 (before 30 September) and $A280 (after 30 September) for those who are non-salaried. 
We are currently finalising the 2014 ABEN conference website. 
Any questions please email business.aben2014@sydney.edu.au.

Doctoral Workshop

This year at ABEN we are planning a dedicated workshop for PhD students. In this session PhD participants will have an opportunity to meet with senior scholars, discuss their research and ask questions related to issues beyond their dissertation (such as managing the supervisory relationship, how to find and work with co-authors, understanding reviewing and publishing processes). The workshop will also provide the students an opportunity to meet with other students undertaking research in the field of Business Ethics. Pre-registration for this workshop is required as the number of  participants will be limited.

Please contact michelle.greenwood@monash.edu with any queries or to register for the workshop.

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