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CRR Conference 2009:

"Responsible Leadership"

7-9 September 2009
University of Vaasa

Organized and hosted by the University of Vaasa in association with Queen’s University Management School, University of Leeds and ERP Environment.

We are pleased to announce the 2009 CRR conference. The conference has evolved to reflect the current corporate environment and seeks research papers from a wide field of corporate responsibility. Research in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability today looks back on a tradition spanning several decades. Especially in recent years the interest in corporate responsibility and sustainability has accelerated at an unprecedented pace.

Yet actions often lag behind words. In serious situations, when responsible corporate leadership would be needed, there may not be anyone to take charge and turn the words of responsibility into action. This problem is evident in many environmental responsibility issues, such as climate change; economic responsibility issues, such as the bank crises; and socio-cultural responsibility issues, such as the rights of indigenous peoples.

We welcome research papers from all fields of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. We challenge all participants to consider how their findings can become examples of responsible leadership.

Topics include but are not limited to:

Responsible Leadership CR in developing countries
CR innovations Responsible accounting and reporting
CR & diversity Ethical and fair trade
CR in global economy Corporate governance
CR in supply chains SMEs & CR
Business ethics & NGOs CR standards & tools
Corporate sustainability management Corporate social and cultural responsibility
Sustainable entrepreneurship Ethical consumers

PhD Workshop

Keynote speeches will start the PhD Workshop on afternoon of 7 September. All PhD students will be provided with feedback from a panel of experienced PhD student supervisors in the field.

Best Paper Awards

The conference committee will review all papers presented and award two prizes for the CRRC best overall paper and the CRRC best PhD paper at the conference dinner on 8 September. Criteria for the selection process are contribution to the research field, quality of the research, innovativeness, and diversity of views.


Initial abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be emailed to by 15 March 2009. Files should be sent in MS Word or PDF format, and the file name should be first author’s surname. Please include names, affiliations and contact details of authors. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 April 2009.


The conference papers of a maximum of 6,000 words including references should be emailed to no later than 15 July 2009. Papers will not be accepted unless speaker(s) have registered for the conference.

Publication of Papers

Conference papers of authors who wish will be published in the University of Vaasa Publication Series. There is a simplified review process for this paper series. Authors of responsible leadership papers can submit their paper also for a special issue of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management journal with a double-blind review process.

Important Dates

Date Event
09 December 2008 Call for abstracts opens
15 March 2009 Deadline for abstracts
15 April 2009 Notification of accepted abstracts
15 April 2009 Conference registration opens
15 July 2009 Deadline for registration
15 July 2009 Deadline for full papers
7 September 2008 CRRC PhD Workshop
8-9 September 2008 Corporate Responsibility Research Conference

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