JUNE 2023


I hope your summer is going well! Our Boston conference looks to be well attended. The submission numbers are way up, and Christopher Michaelson has put together an excellent program. It's been a pleasure to work with the board this year and we've had many zoom board meetings during the year. I'm grateful for each person on the board, and I am especially grateful for the service of Kirsten Martin, our previous president who is finishing up her last year on the board.

As you know we held elections last fall for the new board member to take Kirsten's place this August, and Cristina Neesham was elected. In the meantime, Cristina as encountered some medical issues that she has decided will preclude her from being able to serve. She writes, "For family and personal reasons, I have had to make the tough decision of stepping down from the SBE Board member role into which I have been recently elected. I have considered this long and hard, and strongly believe it is the most responsible and timely decision to make. I remain, as always, committed to supporting the SBE community in any way I can."  The board is grateful for Cristina's initial willingness to serve, and certainly understands her decision, given the circumstances, and wishes her all the best. In lieu of this vacancy, the board met according to the bylaws to make a decision as to how to replace her and they decided that we will hold an election this fall for Cristina's replacement as well as the next new board member who would step in in 2024. Cristina's replacement would step in January 2024. We will discuss this further at the members' meeting in Boston on Sunday. At that meeting we will also discuss member concerns around the questions we ask in conference sign-up, membership, and review processes, and the board’s efforts to communicate that this data collection is entirely optional and unrequired.

I would be remiss if I didn't say I'm very grateful I am for our new SBE treasurer, Kendy Hess, as well as our media coordinator Matthew Caulfield (who put together this and all newsletters). It is difficult to imagine better colleagues to have alongside tackling those tasks.

The work of the SBE continues because of volunteers like them and those who serve on the board, those who help organize the Junior Scholars Network, DEI committee, awards committees, Emerging Scholars program, the APA sessions which we restarted this year, and the many others who make this organization successful. I'm grateful to get to be a part of this and look forward to seeing many of you in Boston in August. Have a great summer!

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

Dear Society for Business Ethics Members and Friends,

Please join us on August 3-6 for the Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting! We will be gathering in-person at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston for a full agenda while piloting a hybrid format for many sessions to offer an online option for scholars who cannot attend in-person due to political barriers, economic constraints, or health concerns.

Pre-conference events, including an International Reception, commence on Thursday, August 3, with our formal Welcome and Opening Plenary starting at 1:00pm US Eastern Time on Friday, August 4. Sessions will be scheduled until our Closing Reception begins at 4:00pm on Sunday, August 6.

Throughout, we will explore some of the most interesting and important issues affecting our field today, inspired by:
  • Opening Plenary speakers Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, exploring how tensions between academic freedom and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) influence our standing as scholars;
  • SBE/SIM Keynote speaker Erika Cheung, sharing her experience as a Theranos whisteblower;
  • Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, hosting our first DEI Plenary session;
  • Workshops on ChatGPT, Gender and Intersectionality, and other topics;
  • Panels on political CSR in times of war, grand challenges, and other topics;
  • Three Coffee with an Author sessions on Saturday morning (Boston time);
  • Agora presentations using stories, fables, and other artifacts of our work and lives; and,
  • Papers by emerging and established scholars on the A’s (accounting), B’s (behavioral ethics), C’s (climate change), and so on, of business ethics.

Please note that the Early Bird registration deadline is June 15. Presenters must be registered by then to be included on the program.

It’s been my honor and privilege to plan the program with the contributions of my fellow Board members; the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; the Emerging Scholars Program; the Junior Scholars Network; other volunteers from around the Society; our business partners at Cambridge University Press and Kynda; and, of course, every one of you who submitted manuscripts and participated in the review process.

See you in August!


Christopher Wong Michaelson
SBE Program Chair 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–June 20, 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. 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.”

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



Dennis Moberg

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

Dennis J. Moberg, emeritus professor at the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business, died May 31, 2023, after a long bout with cancer. Dennis was a pioneer in business ethics, having held two endowed chairs at Santa Clara, the Wilkinson Chair of Business and Ethics, and the Presidential Professorship in Ethics and the Common Good. READ MORE


  • Kendy Hess (College of the Holy Cross) and her colleagues have received a $140,230 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the College's interdisciplinary minor in Ethics, Society, and the Institution of Business. DETAILS
  • Jeff Moriarty (Bentley University) published Business Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (2021). DETAILS

SBE Diversity, Equity, or Inclusion Award

SBE's DEI Committee is launching an annual DEI Award to recognize members' efforts to promote diversity, equity, or inclusion. Contributions can be on any scale and in any context. The awardee will be recognized at the SBE's 2023 Annual Conference in Boston. Please submit nominations by June 31 using this form. Self-nominations are welcome. Questions? Email sbe.diversity@gmail.com.



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