FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
September brings a season of looking ahead for SBE. There are always learnings and follow-ups from the August conference. We start to plan for the following year’s membership registrations and conference. And we consider new leadership to guide SBE in the years hence.
First, thank you to everyone who attended the 2020 SBE Virtual Conference, and especially to everyone who completed the post-conference survey! Despite this year’s pandemic, the conference attracted 231 registered attendees… the fourth-highest attendance in the last dozen years. Eighty-one respondents to the post-conference survey reported a mean satisfaction with the conference of 4.47 / 5 (with 4 representing “Satisfied” and 5 representing “Very Satisfied”), with a standard deviation of 0.85. I am personally grateful to all who contributed to such a successful conference under such challenging circumstances, with special thanks to Program Chair (now SBE President) Danielle Warren, and to Treasurer Tim Mazur… both of whose dedication and expertise were indispensable for the conference’s success.
Second, the Call for Papers is now available for the 2021 SBE Annual Conference, July 30 – August 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can find the CfP, a link to book a room at our conference hotel (The Sonesta), and (later this year) links to conference registration and the ScholarOne submission site on the SBE website. The “Review Paper” submission type is being discontinued due to relatively few submissions, but I am excited to announce a new submission type for the 2021 program: “Coffee with an Author.” Monographs and textbooks are important for our field, and this year we are creating an opportunity to critically engage them in an informal, round-table format. Submissions should take the form of book reviews, but must also confirm that at least one author of the chosen monograph or textbook will be present at the session to discuss the reviewed work. Participants will gather at a table with an author and reviewer of a given work; we plan to schedule a session with multiple tables among which participants may choose. That session will abut a break so that participants can bring a cup of coffee (or water or tea, if they prefer) to enjoy at their table. It holds promise to be a lively discussion!
Third, nominations are now being accepted for the upcoming election of the next member of the SBE Board of Directors. The elected candidate will serve as an at-large Board member from 2021 to 2022, the Secretary from 2022 to 2023, the Program Chair from 2023 to 2024 (i.e., for the 2024 Annual Conference), the President from 2024 to 2025, and the Immediate Past President from 2025 to 2026. Details of the Board’s responsibilities are established in Articles III and IV of the Society’s bylaws. Current SBE members are invited to submit nominations (including self-nominations) via email to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Jeff Frooman, at email@example.com. Nominations will be accepted through October 15.
Dr. Jason M. Stansbury
I am proud to serve a Society whose members have continued to lead the conversation about business ethics in the midst of social, political, and economic crises! Thank you for your involvement in our shared project – Jason
Executive Director, Society for Business Ethics
James and Judith Chambery Chair for the Study of Ethics in Business
Associate Professor of Business