Society for Business Ethics Annual Conference 2014

Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2014×

We accept four types of submissions:

  • scholarly papers
  • panels proposals
  • workshop proposals
  • emerging scholar proposals

If you have questions or suggestions regarding the program please contact the Program Chair, Joe Desjardins at

Submit electronic copies of your paper or proposal, or workshop proposal, at the following website: Only electronic submissions submitted at this website will be considered.
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1) Paper Submissions

Papers should be double-spaced and use 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) type, and should be no longer than 30 pages (double-spaced). The manuscript itself must be suitable for blind review (prepared without a title page or any author identifying information in the text or notes). Authors should prepare a separate title page listing full contact information for all authors. The manuscript body and title page should be submitted as two separate documents. The body should be submitted as a PDF document. The title page should include the title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, five keywords, and the three-letter code based on the categories listed below. The title page should be submitted as a Word or RTF document.

2) Panel Submissions

These are thematically organized sessions intended to advance theoretical understanding, analyze the implications of recent business activity or public policy developments, or provide pedagogical guidance. Submissions should be in the range of three to six pages and should identify the chair and all proposed participants by name, address, phone number, and email address. Panel proposals should include a title, a clear statement indicating the rationale for the panel, the format to be used, and the contribution of each panelist. An abstract of 250 words must also be submitted separately.

3) Workshop Submissions

Workshops are interactive sessions where the attendees are participants and typically focus on scholarly development or pedagogy, although other types of submissions are welcome. Proposals should include a title and a clear statement indicating the rationale for the workshop, why your research and/or expertise qualify you to give this workshop, and how you would run the workshop. There should be no more than three workshop leaders. An abstract of 250 words must also be submitted separately.

4) Emerging Scholars Submissions

Ph.D. candidates may submit an abstract of between 750 and 1,000 words describing a research project in business ethics or related domains. Abstracts should include a short list of relevant citations and include a cover page with full contact information and affiliation. In addition to being able to present their ideas in a paper session, students whose papers are accepted will be invited to attend a half-day workshop with senior SBE mentors. Although a Ph.D. student may be an Emerging Scholar more than once, priority is given to those who have not previously been accepted into the SBE conference program as an Emerging Scholar.

Submission Format

Papers, panel and workshop descriptions, and emerging scholar submissions should be submitted as PDF documents. Paper and panel abstracts should be submitted as Word or RTF documents.

Multiple Submissions

In an effort to be more inclusive, and facilitate the participation of as many scholars as possible in the conference, individuals submitting paper proposals will be limited to one paper submission or one emerging scholar submission, but not both. (However, a PhD candidate who has submitted an abstract as an emerging scholar may be a co-author with another established scholar as lead author.) Scholars may also be included in up to two panel or workshop submissions for a total of three submissions. These rules may be relaxed space permitting on the program, and this will not prevent any program participant from also serving as a session chair appointed by the Program Committee.

To facilitate matching submissions with reviewers, paper submissions should also include a three-letter code according to the following (list at least one number from Theoretical Perspectives, Application Contexts, and Methodologies (e.g., T-6; A-4; M-1)). Submissions will be considered that do not “fit” any of these categories.

  • T-1: Accounting Theory
  • T-2: Comparative ethics/ Pluralism
  • T-3: Consequentialism
  • T-4: CSR/corporate citizenship theory
  • T-5: Critical theory
  • T-6: Deontological ethics
  • T-7: Economics (micro or macro)
  • T-8: Feminism/Care ethics
  • T-9: Finance Theory
  • T-10: Legal studies
  • T-11: Marketing Theory

  • T-12: Organizational behavior/psychology
  • T-13: Organizational theory/sociology
  • T-14: Pedagogy
  • T-15: Political theory
  • T-16: Religion/Theology
  • T-17: Social contract theory
  • T-18: Stakeholder theory
  • T-19: Strategic management
  • T-20: Virtue ethics
  • T-21: Other

  • A-1: Accounting
  • A-2: Business & human rights
  • A-3: Competitive practices
  • A-4: Corruption/Bribery
  • A-5: Corporate communications/Transparency/Media relations
  • A-6: Corporate governance
  • A-7: Corporate reporting/accountability programs
  • A-8: Corporate social responsibility
  • A-9: Corporate/Industry self-regulation
  • A-10: Distributive/Procedural justice
  • A-11: Employment & labor issues
  • A-12: Entrepreneurship
  • A-13: Ethical decision making & behavior
  • A-14: Environmental Sustainability
  • A-15: Finance
  • A-16: International bus./ TNCs/Globalization
  • A-17: Industry specific issues
  • A-18: Information Technology/Internet
  • A-19: Legal/Regulatory issues
  • A-20: Marketing/Advertising
  • A-21: Organizational culture
  • A-22: Organizational ethics programs/initiatives
  • A-23: Small & medium sized enterprises.
  • A-24: Social/Ethical investing
  • A-25: Spiritualty/Religion in workplace
  • A-26: Teaching/Curriculum
  • A-27: Stakeholder Relations
  • A-28: Other

  • M-1: Analytical/Conceptual/Theoretical
  • M-2: Case study (single case or comparative cases)
  • M-3: Historical
  • M-4: Qualitative (e.g., interview, participant-observer, ethnographic)
  • M-5: Quantitative data (experimental)
  • M-6: Quantitative data (field)
  • M-7: Quantitative data (measure development)
  • M-8: Other

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