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Cultural diversity and the existence of different moral perceptions are relevant questions in business ethics and in cross-cultural management. Some opt for accepting ethical relativism in teaching business ethics and managerial practices. However, others offer strong arguments against such relativism. In addition, corporate scandals, practices of corruption, violation of certain basic human rights and the environmental neglect all seriously question ethical relativism.

Universal ethics now seems even more necessary in the current process of globalization.  In practice, several philosophical traditions and more recent approaches propose a universal ethics, but such proposals are not always passively accepted. A search for common empirical values, dialogical processes for determining ethical standards and contractualist approaches have all  been presented as a solution for cultural diversity and globalization, but they are each problematic in some aspects, and all require further clarification and debate.
The aim of this Symposium is to encourage both conceptual and empirical research in topics related to universal ethics and its relation with cultural diversity and globalization. Although we propose specific tracks, with several refection questions, any topic more or less related to the central theme of this symposium will be welcomed.

A collection of selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics. The selection will consider both the quality and the proximity with the topic of the symposium.

About the Symposia:

The IESE International Symposia on Ethics, Business and Society try to promote interdisciplinary discussion on some of the most vital ethical issues facing the business community today.

The Symposium takes place every two years and it brings together leading academics from multiple disciplines and senior business executives to exchange ideas and experiences, reflect on current ethical challenges, and give impetus to the deeper integration of ethics with economics and business.

Sponsored by:
Caixa Penedès Obra Social

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Dates and Venue

May 14-15, 2012
IESE Business School
Auditorium South Campus
Av. Pearson, 21

How to get to IESE


Full paper submission: April 25
Registration: May 4

Symposium Fees

Before April 15
Standard Fee: €380
IESE member/Presenter: €260
PhD Students (without Gala Dinner): €80

As of April 15
Standard Fee: €425 
IESE member/Presenter: €320 
PhD Students (without Gala Dinner): €120

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