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Which Values for Which Organisations

Added by admin on 2010-08-25

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-09-09
Last Date Last Day: 2010-09-10
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2010-03-10

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Ericka Costa
Email Email: eben2010@economia.unitn.it
Address Address: University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Phone Tel: +39 0461 283155
Phone Fax: +39 0461 882124

Conference Description:

Even if it is impossible to find a single reason for or a solution to the challenges of the present global financial and economic crisis academics, politicians and practitioners mainly agree that at the core lies a lack of values. In response to the global crisis the United Nations Global Compact recently published The Global Economic Ethics Manifesto with the aim of defining common and shared moral principles and values which should be the basis of management in all types of business environments.

Moreover during the Pittsburgh G20 Summit the President of the European Commission, Mr Barroso said that: “This crisis is much more than an economic or financial crisis. It is also a crisis of the way we deal with our societies. It is a crisis about the values that we should respect”. This comment focuses on the need to rethink the way in which we manage businesses as well as to rebuild trust and ethical values in leaders and organisations.

One of the objectives of business ethics is to understand if and how it could be possible to match both economic and social values through managerial practices which consider not only the value created for shareholders but the situation of all stakeholders and the impact of a wider organisational social responsibility.

Using these considerations as a starting point, the EBEN 2010 Annual Conference aims to analyse what are and what should be the ethical values at the core of organisations - for/non profit, SMEs, public companies, banks, multinationals etc - and how a lack of these values in businesses could be one of the underlying variables of the financial and economic global crisis.

How might ethical values contribute to prevent the replication of an analogous crisis in the future? How could cross-fertilization between different organisations favour development based on ethical values? Do market oriented organisations exhibit common core values? Is there a clear difference with non-market organisations, cooperatives and non-profit organisations?

These and other questions will be discussed during the conference with the aim to inquire into the values at the core of organisations and the role of business ethics in developing more sustainable societies.

Topics to be considered include the following:

The role of values in economic and business life
Universal ethics and cultural diversity in business
Corporate values and their effective integration in managing organisations
Ethics and accountability instruments
Business ethics and CSR in non profit organisations and in cooperatives
The ethical basis of the stakeholder theory
Business ethics and philosophical basis
Ethical values and social responsibility in SMEs
The role of institutions in rebuilding values in economic life
Reason and functioning of stakeholder dialogue
Best practices in business ethics and CSR
Business ethics and CSR in the public sector
The role of values in an economic crisis
Cross-fertilization between for profit and non profit sector
Ethical strategy and ethical behaviour
Sustainable corporate governance
Values and codes of business conduct
Religions as a source of values for business and leadership
Ethical leadership
Ethics training in organisations
The impact of CSR and ethics on rebuilding trust in the financial and economic system
Teaching business ethics and lifelong education
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