Call for Applications
- Frank de Bakker, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Bobby Banerjee, Cass Business School, City University London, UK
- Thomas Donaldson, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Israel Drori, School of Business, College of Management Academic Studies, Israel
- Martha Feldman, University of California, USA
- M. May Seitanidi, Kent Business School, UK
of the challenges academic research faces is dealing with dichotomies such as private-public, local-global, profit-non-profit,
general-specific, and abstract-concrete. This challenge is especially relevant for the current challenges of the global economy,
in which the shifts of public-private governance structures entail new challenges to democracy, private regulation and standardization,
and political role of business.
At the local level, tragedies such as the Rana Plaza disaster revealed in an appalling manner the exploitative elements of the global economy and global supply chains. Similarly, albeit more within the public realm, the Greek financial crisis has had detrimental consequences at the local level. What do these transnational phenomena look like from the perspective of local stakeholders? What implications, role, and relevance does local voice have in the global setting?
In this pre-Colloquium Development Workshop (PDW), we tackle the tension and divide between the local and global, by engaging with local stakeholders. In this workshop, our invited guests include individuals who bring their local insight to the phenomena of poverty, corporate responsibility, and global supply chains. We also explore the ways in which art and artefacts can be used reflexively in examining the local-global divide.
We invite scholars interested in these topics within the business and society context to join us in this interactive workshop. In this pre-colloquium workshop, the questions that we seek to discuss and answer include the following:
- What are new and innovative analytic approaches to studying the local and global tensions within corporate responsibility, governance, and other business and society related contexts?
- What do we actually mean by ‘local’, and how can or does the local mobilize within different governance structures?
- What does accountability mean at the local and global levels, and in different cross-sector contexts?
- What role do cross-sector partnerships and various forms of transnational governance play in this equation?
The expected outcomes of this PDW include new theoretical and empirical insights to the workshop theme. This PDW will be based on interactive discussion groups and stimuli delivered by the invited participants, which consist of local stakeholder guests and invited senior scholars. Special emphasis will be given to the invited guests who will spur the discussion by sharing their personal experiences. The role of the senior scholars will be to participate in the discussions and offer their views, and steer the theoretical and/or empirical implications of the discussion. We seek for a group of about 35 participants.
All scholars interested in participating
in this debate are invited to apply. However, preference will be given to early career scholars such as assistant professors,
post-docs, and PhD students who are interested in the broader field of business & society, civil society, social movements,
corporate social responsibility or related topics.
Please submit a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes:
- On the first page: a short letter of application containing full details of name, address (postal address, phone and email), and affiliation
- CV including list of publications and/or work in progress
- Short and possibly provocative essay (1–2 pages text or a few PowerPoint slides) in which you address one of the above mentioned questions
Criteria for selection are:
- Originality of ideas in essay
- Existing and potential future impact in the field of business and society
- Research focus and geographical location (taken into account the geographical location of the facilitators/guests)