Conference Theme

International Conference On

Business Ethics And Corporate

Social Responsibilty: Ideals Vs Realities


Organized Jointly By

IGIAD – Association For Economic Entrepreneurship And Business Ethics (Iktisadi Girisim Ve Is Ahlaki Dernegi), Istanbul

Durham Centre For Islamic Economics And Finance, Durham University, Uk


12th-14th April 2012 / Istanbul

We invite contributions from academics, researchers, as well as managers and entrepreneurs that discuss the ideals and realities of business ethics and CSR through original research papers.  While the priority will be given to research papers, papers related to practice and teaching of business ethics and CSR nexus are all also welcome.

All contributions that address the theme of the conference are welcome.

However, the conference will particularly be interested in papers that address the following themes:

Defining the business ethics and CSR nexus: Each tradition and philosophy as well as neo-classical school defines business ethics and CSR in different ways; and prioritizes different aspects of this relationship.  Thus, papers investigating the ontological and epistemological sources of business ethics and CSR in a discursive manner in different traditions in a comparative manner will be considered.  How does the nexus between business ethics and CSR is perceived by different schools of thoughts?  How does sustainability of business and business ethics considered?

The relationship between business and the larger environment including society and but also policy and politics: It is true that business operates within a social and political context, which is determined exogenously by the political economy of a country. However, due to the power owned by the business, the experience has shown that business do also shape that context in which it operates with the objective of making it an adequate environment for their own interest. It is therefore important to question the relationships between business practices, societal expectations and public policy-making. This should also aim to locate as to how business seeks to influence public policy and public opinion in different political economies. Thus, the social responsibility and business impact of this bi-directional causality should be investigated to see, for example, the distributive justice and environmental sustainability impact.  Importantly, also how these impacts can be changed for better should be explored.

Peripheral sources of business ethics: Eurocentricity has defined the way we understand business, business ethics and CSR all over the world.  However, in particular with the rise of cross-cultural management and heterogenous economics and finance, our understanding of how each particular tradition has a particular discourse on business ethics and CSR all over the world.  Therefore, it is important that all these different approaches to be understood so that business ethics and CSR can be effectively implemented in each society through the particular ontological and epistemological and/or philosophical sources.  Consequently, the impact on cultural relativism for business ethics and CSR should be considered which can help us to develop our understanding related to ethical and business practice as conceived and articulated by different traditions.

Religion/Spirituality and business ethics: Recent years have witnessed the increasing interest in the impact of religion and spirituality in the workplace, organizations and institutions but also on individual behaviour.  It is important to understand the impact of religion/spirituality both from instrumental and normative perspectives in relation to business ethics and CSR. How different religions and spirituality contributed to our understanding of business ethics and CSR?  How it is possible in multi-cultural societies to make reference to a particular religion and spirituality in the workplace? How are these different paradigms can be managed, as each one of them has different demands and rationale? In addition, since Islamic finance in recent years has experienced an unprecented growth; what has been the performance of Islamic finance institutions in terms of business ethics and CSR beyond discursive position of being an ethical financing? How has the contribution, if any, of Islamic financial institutions on larger society?

Challenges in business ethics: Each school of thought and tradition as well as the prevailing regulations in each society aims to define business ethics and CSR in their own way.  However, the performance of business organisations in all over the world indicates that despite some positive changes, CSR and business ethics oriented practices is developing rather slowly (if ever develops).  How this observed ineffectiveness of business ethics and CSR affecting the business can be explained?  What prevents business ethics and CSR to be included in the objective function of business organizations in developing proactive business behaviour?  What opportunities are offered and risks generated by the nexus between business ethics and CSR?  How the observed divergence between the ideals and realities can be explained and importantly can be overcome?

Empirical Case Studies: Empirical case studies from various contexts, countries, societies, and industries are also welcome, which can be on individual or organizational behaviours in relations to business ethics and CSR.

12th -14th April 2012 / Istanbul