JUNE 2024


Dear SBE members,

I hope your summer is going well. It has been great to have Rosmarie Monge join the SBE board mid-term in January, and we look forward to welcoming our new board member in August, Joé T. Martineau.

Tae Wan Kim has done an outstanding job putting together our Chicago conference, and we are ahead of normal in terms of membership and conference registrations at this point. We continue to use up the rooms we have requested—which is a good problem—but we will keep asking for more as long as they will allot us more. I hope you will take time to check out the conference schedule online—there are so many excellent sessions to go to. 

I want to thank all of the awards committees, as well as the emerging scholars committee (especially Florian Kraus), the DEI group for organizing scholarships for this year, and the Junior Scholars Network and J.S. mentors who all give of their time to our great organization. We are also grateful for the financial underwriting from some of our associated Ethics Centers and institutes who helped out with scholarship funding. 

Please don't forget: everyone is welcome to the receptions Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday—that is where you get to see old friends and meet new ones, so please plan to join us.  Please enjoy your summer, and we will see you in August in Chicago!

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


I am pleased to share some exciting updates with you. This year, we received the highest number of submissions in our history. We will have 5 to 6 concurrent sessions to accommodate this increase. Out of 225 submissions, 138 have been accepted, resulting in a lower acceptance rate compared to previous years due to the significantly higher number of submissions. I will provide more detailed information at the SBE business meeting.

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who submitted high-quality papers and to those who volunteered to review them. Additionally, my gratitude goes out to those who have volunteered to serve as session chairs. Your contributions are essential to the success and quality of our conference.

Like last year, we will be hosting hybrid sessions. During these sessions, remote presenters will present via Zoom. Main events and sessions held in the Grand Ballroom will be broadcast via Zoom for remote attendees. I am especially grateful to Florian Kraus, the DEI group, and the Junior Scholars Network group for volunteering to run the Zoom sessions.


Jeff McMahan is Sekyra and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He works primarily in moral, political, and legal philosophy, but particularly in the area of practical ethics. He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Killing in War (OUP, 2009). At present, he is writing a book about the relevance of population ethics to various issues in practical ethics: The Ethics of Creating, Saving, and Ending Lives (OUP, forthcoming).


The Society for Business Ethics is pleased to share the names of this year’s Emerging Scholars. Special thanks to our Reviewers Laura Spence and Helet Botha. Find more information and descriptions of their work here.
  • Iwan Alijew
  • Chau Bui Friedrich
  • David Eisenberg
  • Cassandra Grützner
  • Benedikt Kapteina
  • Artur Klingbeil
  • Catherine McDonald
  • Till Micke
  • Alexander Nitschke
  • Rhea Riemke
  • Katharina Scheer
  • Julian Schönauer
  • Milena Störner
  • Kyle van Oosterum
  • Zhaoyi Yan


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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


  • Call for Abstracts – The Zicklin Center Normative Business Ethics Workshop Series – Due July 15, 2024
    • Over the 2024-2025 academic year, the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, will convene a regular works-in-progress series for scholars working in normative business ethics. In particular, the Series will workshop papers pursuing business ethics issues from a normative perspective, or papers in moral or political philosophy with implications for the market, distributive justice, labor relations, the role of business in society, etc.
  • Call for Papers – Special Issue of Journal of Business Ethics – Due May 1, 2025
    • The submission deadline for the Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue on Polycrisis and Precarity: Understanding the Lived Experience of Workers is 1 May 2025. Please mark your calendars and see the full call for submissions here: https://link.springer.com/collections/hedibbgiab  Be sure to click on "show all". Feel free to contact Helet Botha with any inquiries: hbotha@umich.edu


  • Santiago Mejia, a member of the business ethics faculty at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, has been granted tenure.
  • The Society for Business Ethics and its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have awarded financial assistance grants to two members, Josephine Ganu and Kemi Ogunyemi. Read more about the recipients below.
Kemi Ogunyemi, Professor of Business Ethics, holds a degree in Law from the University of Ibadan, an LLM from the University of Strathclyde and MBA and PhD degrees from Pan-Atlantic University. She currently teaches business ethics, managerial anthropology, self-leadership and sustainability management at Lagos Business School. 

Her consulting and research interests include personal ethos, work–life ethic, social responsibility, sustainability, governance and anti-corruption effort. She has authored numerous publications and is the editor of the 3-volume resource for faculty in tertiary institutions – ‘Teaching Ethics Across the Management Curriculum’ as well as of ‘African Virtue Ethics Traditions for Business and Management’; ‘Humanistic Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism’; ‘Responsible Management in Africa’; ‘Responsible Management of Shifts in Work Modes’; ‘Products for Conscious Consumers: Developing, Marketing and Selling Ethical Products’ and ‘Management and Leadership for a Sustainable Africa’. She also wrote the book ‘Responsible Management: Understanding Human Nature, Ethics, and Sustainability’.
Josephine Ganu is an Associate Professor of Management and the Director of Research and Grants at the Adventist University of Africa, Kenya. 

She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research. Josephine teaches business ethics, strategy, organizational behavior, and other management courses at the School of Postgraduate Studies, and her passion includes opportunities to connect with other like-minded professors and researchers. She has authored multiple articles and her research interests include corporate social responsibility, research ethics, organizational behavior, followership, and workplace spirituality. 


Inaugural SBE Award for Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

An excellent academic environment must be diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The Society for Business Ethics seeks to recognize exceptional contributions to DEI in the business ethics community. Please use this short form to nominate someone who deserves this recognition. Anyone can receive the award, but only current and former members of SBE may submit nominations. The awardee will be recognized at the SBE Annual Conference in Chicago, August 8-11. Nominations are due July 1.


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