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Stakeholder Theory(ies): Ethical Bases, Managerial Applications, Conceptual Limits

Added by admin on 2010-06-21

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-07-01
Last Date Last Day: 2010-07-02

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Irma Mancini
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Address Address: University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

Conference Description:

3rd Bergamo-Wharton Joint Conference
Bergamo (Italy), 1st-2nd July, 2010

Call for Papers
The stakeholder approach to management offers a theoretical framework that aims to widen the perspective from which corporate strategies are formulated, shifting the focus away from shareholders to all those who are in some relevant way involved in the business enterprise. A basic idea in stakeholder thinking is that the company's survival and development are conditional upon its ability to take care of the network of relationships occurring among stakeholders.

There exists both confusion and controversy about the concept of a stakeholder. These problems may be traced the contentious nature of the theory and the use of the concept for conflicting theoretical and managerial purposes. It is, therefore, important to investigate the concepts and practices of stakeholder management, and to assess the prospects of giving determinate meaning to stakeholder ideas.

The essential nucleus of principles on which the stakeholder management theory (SMT) is based may not involve a specific normative core founded on comprehensive general ethical theory, but instead may involve a diverse variety of context-dependent principles. Indeed, Freeman (1994) speaks about "the reasonable pluralism" of the ethical bases of SMT and Phillips et al. (2003) mention eight different possible "normative cores" of SMT.

The conference aims to face with many questions rising from a business ethics perspective (please see the call for papers).
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