19th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society

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19th IESE International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society

Tracks and Tentative Topics

  1. Ethics and the Purpose of the Firm
    - Vision and mission of the firm - Mission statements as strategic tools - Sustainability and the need for change - Short-term priorities and long-term vision -  Business and the common good - Businesses as social change agents - Ethics and organizational theories.

  2. Ethics in Business Models
    - Sustainability, CSR and the redefinition of business models - Innovation for sustainability - Opportunities for doing well by doing good - Shared value strategies - Social initiatives and social value creation - Social entrepreneurship -  Hybrid organizations - Benefit corporations.

  3. Integrating Ethics into Strategy
    - Moral values and corporate strategy - Impact of vision and mission on policies and practices - Ethics in strategic planning - The role of ethics in defining a new strategy - Competitive strategy and sustainability - Ethical issues concerning short-term strategies - CSR as a source of competitive advantage - Cooperative strategy, strategic alliances and partnerships - Strategic responses to social and environmental demands - Ethics and globalization.

  4. Ethics in the Management of Decision-making
    - Aligning shareholders’ and stakeholders’ interests - The role of the CEO in designing an ethical organization - Organizational effectiveness and sustainability - Ethics in management control and organizational structure - Congruency between organizational structure and strategy - Ethics in risk management and reputation - Situations of conflict and stakeholder engagement - Fiduciary duties and shareholder activism.

  5. Ethics in the Organizational Culture
    - Creating a sense of common purpose across the organization - Building relational and social capital - Embedding ethical values across organizations - Leadership and corporate culture - Integrity and trust in governance - The role of the Board in an ethical culture - Talent development and meaning at work - Managing organizational learning and organizational change.

  6. Business in Society
    - Value creation and stakeholder management - Legitimacy and corporate citizenship - Consistency between business vision and mission and CSR strategy - Building partnerships to create social and economic value - International standards and global initiatives - Defining common goals for business in society.


January 25, 2016: Submission of paper proposals of about 1,000 words explaining the aim, methodology, possible findings, and relevant references.

February 22, 2016: Authors are informed if their paper proposal has been accepted.

May 30, 2016: Deadline for receiving full papers. An abstract of about 250 words should be included. The suggested length for papers is about 7,000 words. Authors interested in submitting their paper for the special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics should make this clear on the cover page.

July 18, 2016: Authors are informed if their paper has been accepted for the review process for publication in the special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics.


The official language of the Symposium is English.

Please send proposals using the paper submission form

We suggest using Times New Roman 12 point font and a line spacing of 1.5 lines. Do not include lines between paragraphs. Title pages are not necessary. Use endnotes, insert page numbers in the lower right-hand corner and use the style guidelines of the Journal of Business Ethics for paper style and references.

Dates and Location

July 4-5, 2016

IESE Barcelona
North Campus
C/Arnús i Garí, 3-7
08034 Barcelona

How to get to IESE Barcelona


Prof. Joan Fontrodona

  • +34 93 253 42 00
  • 19symposium@iese.edu

  • Deadlines

    Proposal submission: January 25, 2016
    Full paper submission: June 13, 2016