Lisbon, Portugal

June 4-7, 2020


Proposals due: November 15, 2019

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"When the traveler sat in the sand and declared: ‘There’s nothing more to see’ he knew it wasn’t true... You have to go back to the footsteps already taken, to go over again or add fresh ones alongside them. You have to start the journey anew. Always. The traveler sets out once more." - Jose Saramago, Journey to Portugal

Set on the hills above the Tejo River, Lisbon saw the early explorers off on their journeys. Today, this beautiful city is witness to exploration of a different sort. Economically crippled by the financial crisis of 2008, the city responded, perhaps counterintuitively, by investing in its creative sector. Its renaissance is visible in the LX Factory, an abandoned fabric factory converted into a vibrant street market. It is there in the inspired architecture of Amanda Levete’s Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. It lives in the lively food scene and the burgeoning craft economy. The Lisbon experiment explores whether creativity, authenticity, and community can not only withstand but transcend the challenges and pressures of globalization and a changing world.

The conference theme for 2020 is EXPLORATION | KNOWN + UNKNOWN. Together, let’s accept Saramago’s invitation to start our collective journey, our exploration of business and society, anew. Where the old paths have grown tired or overfamiliar, let’s seek a new spirit of creativity and exploration. Can we imagine new ways to think about business and society? Can we find counterintuitive solutions to the wicked challenges which now beset us? Can we set out from Lisbon into new conceptual directions?

The best proposals will tread new ground, explore new frontiers, and add fresh footsteps alongside the long-established pathways of our field. They will find a welcome audience. But those that merely rehash old familiar ground may not find a place on the program. Proposals are invited for the following session types, listed in ascending order of preference:

• Papers: Topics related to business & society using a variety of research paradigms

• Discussions: Author(s) share an early stage idea not yet paper-ready

• Symposia: Can focus on a particular area of business and society research or on a specific teaching-related topic.

• Workshops: Working meetings that focus on a specific research or teaching challenge.

• Innovative sessions: Activities/experiential exercises that facilitate reflection on the conference theme.

Proposals for papers, symposia, workshops and innovative sessions should be 3-5 pages; discussion proposals may be no longer than one page. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, though reviews for symposia and workshop proposals, which necessarily include participants’ names, will not be blind.

The conference can’t happen without our amazing members and attendees. Please consider joining us, submitting proposals, and signing up to review even if you can’t attend. Rooms have been blocked at the Iberostar Selection Lisboa, where the meeting sessions will also be held. The conference hotel is located just a short walk from the Avenida Da Liberdade, Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods, the city’s bohemian and cultural heart, home to its rich nightlife, shopping and restaurants. The hotel is deeply committed to environmental sustainability in both its design and operations.

For any questions, please contact the conference chair, Michael Johnson-Cramer (Bentley University).