Who We Are + What We Do

IABS is a learned society devoted to research and teaching about the relationships between business, government and society.

Two important characteristics by which IABS seeks to distinguish itself from other professional organizations in the business & society field are its focus on developmental, not yet fully matured work and the facilitation of contacts between emerging scholars and established thought leaders in this field. Founded in 1990, today IABS has over 300 members worldwide from over one hundred universities in more than twenty countries as well as members from various corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

IABS’s Research Domain covers the various aspects of the interface between management and the social political dynamics of the surrounding society. It includes, among others, research on corporate social responsibility and performance, emerging social issues for business, business ethics, environmental affairs, and business and government relations.

IABS organizes Annual Conferences, which meet in countries around the globe. The conference is intended as an assessable forum, in which new ideas can be tested, which need not necessarily be crystallized as full papers. Instead submissions are done in the form of five-page abstracts laying out an original idea or project. Papers presented at the conference are selected through a blind review process, and may be worked up as 12-page summaries published in the Conference Proceedings.

IABS also sponsors Business & Society, the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted entirely to research, discussion, and analysis on the relationship between business and society.