Call for Abstracts

19th Corporate Responsibility Research Conference
Theme: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Does it Make a Difference?

Hosted by Homerton College, University of Cambridge (UK),
in association with
KEDGE Business School (France),
the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (UK),
and ESCP Business School (France)
07–08 September 2023
(PhD workshop on afternoon of 06 September)
(Please click here for a PDF version of the Call for Abstracts)
*** Submission Deadline 15th May 2023 ***

The theme of the conference, “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Does it Make a Difference?” invites participants to explore the contributions that CSR makes to society. CSR has been adopted by most corporations to the point that it has become an institutional imperative for business firms. Accordingly, numerous academic researchers have shown that corporations use their CSR in order to improve their legitimacy and reputation and that CSR does, overall, contribute to the financial performance of corporations. However, from a society’s perspective, what is the end result of CSR? Does CSR help anybody? How much? Whom? These are all questions that have not been adequately addressed in the academic literature investigating CSR.

Therefore, in this conference, we call for papers that investigate the impact of CSR on society. Acknowledging a broad range of possible issues, we call for papers that may address, but are not limited to the following questions and topics: How can we rethink the impact of CSR from a societal perspective? How do corporations contribute to sustainability challenges? What impact does CSR has on the economic development of emerging and developing countries? How does CSR contribute to the climate change challenge that we are facing? Under what conditions is CSR just “talk”? How can corporations improve the societal impact that their CSR activities have? How can we better measure this impact?

This is a cross-disciplinary conference looking for both conceptual and empirical papers filling the research and knowledge gap in both theory and practice related to the impact of CSR on society. We are interested in contributions from different disciplines and fields of study. CRRC is the ideal place to test new ideas and to experiment with new formats. Therefore, we welcome suggestions for special workshop streams and innovative ideas. The tradition of CRRC is to focus on participants and the debate, as well as on social activity. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly yet succeeds in challenging the existing knowledge base and assumptions, and hence drives the debate around corporate responsibility forward.


We invite submissions addressing the following sub-themes and to the open call:
Sub-theme 1: Does it matter how CSR is communicated?
Chairs: Prof Laura Illia, University of Fribourg and Philemon Bantimaroudis, University of Cyprus
Sub-theme 2: International CSR
Chairs: Dr Naomi Gardberg, Baruch College – CUNY and Prof Lutz Preuss, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 3: Social sustainability and CSR - equity, diversity, connectivity and quality of life
Chairs: Dr Elizabeth Franklin-Johnson and Dr Hugh Lee, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 4: Corruption: causes, consequences and remedy
Chair: Dr Julien Hanoteau, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 5: Controlling Corruption through the use of digital technologies in the public sector
Chairs: Dr Adina Dudeau, University of Glasgow and Dr Aleksej Heinze, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 6: Circular Economy
Chair: Dr Andrea Thorpe, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 7: The gradual legalization of CSR and what does this mean?
Chair: Dr Orr Karassin, The Open University of Israel
Sub-theme 8: Management and the Anthropocene
Chairs: Dr Frederik Dahlmann, Warwick University and Dr Pasi Heikkurinen, University of Helsinki
Sub-theme 9: Consumer Behaviour on Sustainability Issues
Chair: Prof William Young, University of Leeds
Sub-theme 10: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainability
Chairs: Dr Anna Heikkinen and Prof Johanna Kujala, Tampere University
Sub-theme 11: Climate Change and CSR
Chairs: Dr Breeda Comyns, KEDGE Business School and Prof Frank Figge, ESCP Business School
Sub-theme 12: The Social Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility
Chairs: Prof Ralf Barkemeyer, KEDGE Business School and Prof Stelios Zyglidopoulos, Carleton University
Sub-theme 13: Business, Peace and ESG
Chairs: Dr Jason Miklian, University of Oslo and John Katsos, American University of Sharjah
Sub-themes 14-15: Open call for papers and sub-themes on Corporate Responsibility, CSR and Sustainability

Initial abstracts should be emailed to by 15th May 2023. Files should be sent in MS Word format, and the file name should be first author’s surname. Please include names, affiliations and contact details of all authors. Please use a maximum of 500 words, answering the following questions:

  • Research Question: What is the research question that the submission aims to answer?
  • Theoretical Framework: What are the main concepts, models or theories used in the paper? Include 3-4 central references.
  • Method: Which method is used for the research work?
  • Findings: What are the main outcomes and results of the paper?
  • Which sub-theme is your paper aimed at or is it for the open call?

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the scientific committee of the conference. Authors will be notified of acceptance by late May 2023.


The conference papers of a maximum of 6,000 words including references should be emailed to no later than 15th August 2023. Please note that papers will not be accepted or appear in the programme unless speaker(s) have registered in full for the conference.

Our popular pre-conference PhD Workshop will be held on the afternoon of 06 September. It will appeal to first-time attendees as well as those who have attended throughout their PhD career. This annual workshop provides a relaxed environment to allow lively exchange and discussion between PhD students as well as the opportunity to gain helpful advice and feedback from a panel of experienced PhD supervisors in the field. We have expanded the PhD workshop last year and we want to continue talking about postdoctoral opportunities and we will of course cover needs of PhD students throughout their studies.
The scientific committee of the conference 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. Criteria for the selection process are contribution to the research field, quality of the research, innovativeness, and diversity of views.


15 December 2022 Call for abstracts opens
15 MAY 2023 Deadline for abstract submissions
31 May 2023 Notification of accepted abstracts
Conference registration opens
15 July 2023 Deadline for early-bird registration
15 August 2023 Deadline for full papers
Deadline for regular registration
06 September 2023 Pre-Conference PhD Workshop
07/08 September 2023 Corporate Responsibility Research Conference
Registration Type
Registration Fee
All-inclusive package*,**
(Early-bird rate)***
£ 360
All-inclusive package*,**
(Regular rate)
£ 425
All-inclusive package*,**
(PhD rate)
£ 415
Non-inclusive package*
(Registration and dinners only)
£ 345

Additional nights accommodation*
(see below)

£ 80 per night


* Please note that there is an additional fee of around 10% charged by the registration platform, which is added to the above prices during the registration process.

** Please note that the all-inclusive packages include on-site accommodation for Thursday 07 September, breakfast for Friday 08 September as well as the BBQ on Wednesday 06 September and the conference gala dinner on Thursday 07 September. The PhD fee automatically includes accommodation & breakfast for the two nights of 06 and 07 September 2023. Additional nights can be added through the registration platform, depending on availability, at the price of GBP 80 per night (plus 10% fee).

*** Early-bird registration available for registration before 15 July 2023.


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We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge!