Dear SBE members,

I hope your 2024 is off to a great start. 2023 was a great year for SBE, and we finished the year with nearly 400 members, the highest we have been for some time! 

The registration for the 2024 Chicago conference is now up and ready, so you may register at any time. The deadline for submitting papers is February 15, and conference chair Tae Wan Kim is putting together a great program, which will kick off with Eric Posner (U. Chicago) giving our initial plenary talk on Friday. We will once again offer some virtual participation for those who are unable to attend in person, and the DEI committee is also offering some conference scholarships for those with financial need. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

The board also wanted to announce the results of the recent vote for board representation. Rosemarie Monge (U. St. Thomas) will be serving for the 2023-2028 term beginning immediately. Joé Martineau will begin her term at the August 2024 Chicago meeting for the 2024-2029 term. We are grateful for their willingness to serve the Society, and the board looks forward to working with them! The board also thanks Brad Agle and Brian Berkey for their willingness to stand for election as well. SBE is blessed to have so many talented and generous members.

Rosemarie Monge is an Associate Professor in the Ethics & Business Law department in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. She has a Ph.D. in Ethics & Legal Studies in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include normative questions at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and business ethics, including the role of common morality in business ethics and the relevance of the doux commerce thesis for business ethics. Throughout her career, she has been very grateful for the scholarly fellowship offered by SBE and has long appreciated the Society’s efforts to create and maintain a space where normative and empirical scholars from a variety of fields can discuss one of the thorniest areas of contemporary life while benefiting from one another’s insights. She is honored to serve as a board member working to continue this tradition.
Joé T. Martineau is Associate Professor of organizational ethics at HEC Montreal, the business school affiliated with the University of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. She has a profound commitment to fostering ethical awareness and decision-making among organizational actors and business students. In her role as the Co-Chair of the Emerging Scholar program, she has proudly served the Society for Business Ethics since 2016. Throughout her 7-years tenure, she has been dedicated to nurturing the next generation of scholars and advancing the program to foster an inclusive community of new scholars to join our esteemed Society. This experience, coupled with her dedication to advancing the field, drove her desire to serve on the board of the Society for Business Ethics.
SBE would not exist without the selfless work of so many who volunteer their time and talent to help our organization do what it does. I am thankful for the SBE community, and grateful to be a part of such an excellent group of people. I hope your spring semesters get off to a great start! All the best!

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


2024 Annual Meeting: August 8–11, Chicago

We're excited to welcome guests to our next annual meeting at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Chicago, USA on August 8–11, 2024. Submit your papers promptly; early reviews will commence once a sufficient number have been received, even before the deadline.
Eric Posner (U. Chicago) is the conference opening plenary speaker. Eric Posner is Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago. In 2022-2023, he served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. His research interests antitrust law, financial regulation, and constitutional law. He has written a dozen books and more than a hundred academic articles on law and legal theory. His most recent books are How Antitrust Failed Workers (Oxford); Radical Markets (Princeton) (with Glen Weyl), which was named a best book of 2018 by The Economist; Last Resort: The Financial Crisis and the Future of Bailouts (Chicago), which was named a best book of 2018 by The Financial Times; and The Twilight of Human Rights Law (Oxford). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.

Plenary: The Paradox of Invisible Work
Abstract: Certain types of work-like behavior are not treated as paid labor in the law—and thus is not taxed or given workplace protections, for example—and often is not understood to be work by ordinary people. This kind of “invisible work” is exceedingly common. It encompasses not only the traditional example of household labor, but also the work, or some of the work, of (for example) athletes, soldiers, students, artists, volunteers, religious and political leaders, data laborers, and even consumers who implicitly exchange work as well as money for products and services. The usual objection to invisible work is that is devalued. I will argue that, in fact, converting invisible work to paid work often devalues it by converting activities that are performed for higher motivations into activities that are performed for self-interest. This creates a paradox: “commodification” of invisible work so that it is subject to government administration and market forces both increases the compensation for workers and devalues the meaning of their work. Businesses exploit the resulting ambiguities to push down labor costs. Implications for employment law and antitrust law are discussed.


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

Special Issue: Normativity in Business Ethics and Beyond

Guest Editors
N. Craig Smith, INSEAD, France
Thomas Donaldson, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Sareh Pouryousefi, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Markus Scholz, TU Dresden, Germany
Laura J. Spence, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

The purpose of this special issue is to address fundamental questions about a possible deficit of normativity in management research, practice, and education—especially as it relates to the field of business ethics and its neighboring disciplines, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. Questions regarding the role of normativity are familiar in many respects and have been the subject of long-standing debates in BEQ (e.g., with respect to the “separation thesis”). These questions are of renewed importance, if not urgency, against the backdrop of 1) the so-called grand challenges (George et al. Reference George, Howard-Grenville, Joshi and Tihanyi2016) and 2) the meteoric rise of dominantly descriptively and functionally oriented CSR and sustainability research and teaching.

By “normativity” in this context, we refer to explicit and implicit values-driven decision-making that is action guiding (i.e., prescriptive). The domain of the normative covers all forms of business decision-making, such as addressing systemic injustice, grand societal challenges, organizational narratives, institutional arrangements, corporate purposes, economic optimization norms, broader systemic design, and the decisions of individual managers. We seek different perspectives on the possible deficit of normativity in business, including alternative views suggesting that the problem is overstated or concern is misplaced.

Submission Window
September 1–October 31, 2024


Works-in-Progress Group

The SBE Junior Scholars Network is launching a works-in-progress group (organized by Roger Hunt). The group is currently looking for participants; if you have any works-in-progress to you’d like to discuss with peers, please reach out to roger.hunt@ideatrek.io.


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