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Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO)

2015 Annual Meeting of the

International Association of Business and Society (IABS)

Conference Theme: Pura Vida: Realizing Eudemonia in Business and Society

Hilton Papagayo Resort, Guanacaste Costa Rica

March 12 – 15, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 6, 2014
Deadline Extended to:  October 13, 2014



Pura Vida has been a part of the Costa Rican vernacular for over 50 years.  Translated literally, it means “pure life”; however the phrase more accurately connotes “live the best life” or “living the best life” whatever the circumstances.  This sentiment reflects the true spirit of Aristotle’s definition of eudemonia, which encourages us to pursue happiness through the balanced execution of virtuous behavior.


The conference theme invites reflection on how our teaching, research and service activities facilitate the pursuit of eudemonia in business and society.  How does our work connect us to the environment, with each other and with ourselves?  Are we engaged in a balanced execution of virtuous behavior? How do our economic, political and social ideologies foster or inhibit virtue?    How do these same ideologies influence the questions we ask?  The manner we investigate these questions?  The conclusions we draw?  Do our paradigms serve to realize pura vida, or do they keep us from it? How do we help our students to pursue pura vida?  Do we model it for our students? How do our service activities or engagement in our communities inside and outside the university reflect pura vida or “living the best life”? To what extent does our research theorize and measure eudemonia by corporations and other organizations in relation to society?


Please join us in the beautiful Guancaste Region of Costa Rica, March 12 – 15, 2015.

For more information or questions please contact:

Conference Chair: Vanessa Hill

Operations Manager: Kim Rodela

The 2015 IABS Conference is
proudly sponsored by Deakin University
Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO)