I hope your semester is finishing up well. It is a busy time of year, but please do make sure to vote for our new board member who will serve the 2023-2028 term (you should have got an email from BIGPULSE—check your spam if you haven't). Kirsten Martin, past president, will be stepping down next August. As you may or may not know, the first year one is simply on the board, the second year secretary, the third year conference program chair, the fourth year president of SBE and the last year immediate past president. We are grateful for all who are willing to serve. We have two excellent candidates, please take time to vote.
I am happy to say that our conference registration and Call for Papers for our 2023 Boston conference is now up (submissions due February 15th). Christopher Michaelson, our program chair, along with the Junior Scholars Network and DEI committee, have crafted a way to make our conference a hybrid event, with some being able to participate remotely, if they have financial, medical or political reasons for being unable to attend (getting a US visa is very difficult for some). It is a pilot (and details of this limited option are in the CFP), but it has been given a great deal of thoughtful planning—so many thanks to them all!
Thank you for your support of SBE. We are a unique organization, and our success depends on the support of our members, for which I am grateful. As you approach the end of the semester, and the holiday break, I wish all the best to you and yours as you celebrate with family and friends—and until then, happy grading!

Andrew Gustafson, Ph.D. (phil.)
Professor of Business Ethics and Society & Executive Director of the Society of Business Ethics
Heider College of Business, Creighton University


AUGUST 3–6, 2023
Boston, Massachusetts

The Society for Business Ethics (SBE) welcomes scholarly submissions and reviewers for its 2023 Annual Conference. Please upload your submissions at the website: Only electronic submissions to this website, in PDF format, will be considered. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the program, please contact the Program Chair, Christopher Michaelson: Information regarding the conference registration and hotel is available at the SBE website:

This year, the Program Chair is working with SBE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Junior Scholars Network on a hybrid (online and in-person) pilot of the Annual Meeting. The pilot is designed to increase access and engagement, and the online option is especially for scholars who cannot attend in-person due to political barriers to securing travel documents, economic constraints due to career stage and/or for those members from emerging market economies, or health concerns that make travel inadvisable. The exact details of the pilot are a work in progress but are expected to include opportunities for online presentations, online access to portions of the meeting, and interaction between online and in-person participants. During the submission process, you will be asked to specify whether you are planning on attending online or in person.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Due February 15, 2023



Upcoming Special Issue: Organizational Ethics of Life and Death

Business Ethics Quarterly (BEQ) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which publishes theoretical and empirical research relevant to the ethics of business, corporate social responsibility, and corporate sustainability. BEQ is accepting submission for its upcoming special issue on "Organizational Ethics of Life and Death" between April 1–May 31, 2023.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore the organizational ethics of life and death, to imagine modes and forms of organizing that shape our relatedness, i.e., how we share the world we live in with others, both human and non-human (Allen, Reference Allen 2020). In line with the disciplinary and thematic scope of the Business Ethics Quarterly, we invite scholars from a variety of perspectives to consider the roles of (business) organizations and organizing in the ethics of life and death, as it plays out in light of growing inequalities and recent global phenomena such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, refugee crises, the rise of authoritarianism, global political conflicts, wars, and climate change. Such roles can include engaging in the ethics of care and politics of inclusivity, redefining “essential” or “front line” work, managing relationships between bodily health and work, or ethically relating to non-human forms of life. Considering such roles can help organizational scholars reimagine organizations and/in/for/with society by stressing the ethical dimensions of organizing for life. By shedding light on the ethics of life and death implicit within all human efforts at organizing, we hope to foster scholarship on how ethics may be understood as “co-extensive with life in its full development” (Henry, Reference Henry and Davidson 2012: 96; Pérezts, Fay, & Picard, Reference Pérezts, Faÿ and Picard 2015).

BEQ, published by Cambridge University Press, is the official journal of the Society for Business Ethics.



David Dick

Written by Tobey Scharding, Rutgers Business School

David Dick was a brilliant philosopher; a trailblazing researcher and pedagogue; a generous teacher, mentor, and colleague; and a delightful person... READ MORE

Jerry Cavanaugh

Written by Kirk O. Hanson, Santa Clara University & Stanford GSB (Emeritus)

Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J., the Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics at University of Detroit Mercy, died November 8, 2022, at age 91. He had finished teaching his last class only two months before... READ MORE


  • Nicholas Poggioli (PhD, Minnesota) began a new position as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business and Management at the Appalachian State University Walker College of Business, teaching courses on sustainable business theory and practice and on business ethics.
  • Matthew Caulfield (PhD, Wharton) will be joining the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University as an Assistant Professor of Business Ethics in Fall 2023.
  • J.S. Nelson & Lynn A. Stout released Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know. DETAILS
  • Kenneth Silver (Trinity College Dublin) has received an ERC grant in the amount of €1,371,715 over 5 years for a project on Corporate Moral Progress (CMP). DETAILS
  • Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business has put together a new, open-access website—Business Ethics in a Box—with free pedagogical materials for business ethics instructors. DETAILS
  • Journal of Business Ethics turned 40 in 2022. A 40th Anniversary Issue with an editorial by Professor Laura Spence and five collaborative essays by JBE editors on the future of business ethics in relation to global and local challenges, megatrends in technology, work, social, political realms as well as the politics of academic knowledge production and empirical research has been published. DETAILS

Stories of Inclusion from the DEI Committee

The Society for Business Ethics' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee presents the series "Stories of Inclusion." This academic year we are focusing on the theme of #internationalization: our members come from all over the world, and SBE welcomes business ethics scholars worldwide to join the Society. Check out the SBE social media (view the first post here on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) to see the stories when they are published.

Do you want to share your story of inclusion as an SBE member? Please fill in this form and the Committee will consider your profile as our next story of inclusion! 



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