Rethinking Responsibility: Agents and Structures

December 6, 2018 - December 7, 2018
Concordia, Montreal

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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Conference on “Rethinking Responsibility: Agents and Structures”, to be held on December 6-7, 2018 at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to submit your research papers to the conference on Rethinking Responsibility: Agents and Structures, which will take place on December 6 and 7 2018 at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. There is no registration fee for this conference.

The conference. This two-day international conference will bring together academics and professionals from a variety of disciplines to rethink responsibility in business. What does responsibility in business mean today? How can we re-think responsibility in business to better prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, such as widening inequalities, mass-migrations, the digital age, climate change, political extremism? This conference seeks to encourage and outline answers to these questions by promoting conversations about responsibility and irresponsibility in business that consider agents, structures in which agents are embedded, and the ways in which agents and structures are linked.

The research questions. We invite submissions for qualitative, quantitative and theoretical papers that address, but are not limited to, the following questions:
- What is responsibility in business and how has it evolved over time and across cultures? 

- How is responsibility in business related to concepts such as accountability, inequality, justice, fairness, etc.? 

- What are the key questions regarding responsibility in business today? How can researchers and educators approach these questions? 

- What are the roles of agents in (ir)responsible business? What agents are key for (ir)responsible business? What facilitates and constrains their roles?
- What are the role of structures in (ir)responsible business? What structures are important for (ir)responsible business? What are the implications of structures for agents?
- What are the ways in which agents and structures are linked? How has this link evolved over time?
- What have we learned from past research on responsibility in business? What are the gaps left by past research?
- What theories can we use to rethink responsibility in business (from economics, sociology, philosophy, political science, etc.)? 

Submission modalities. The deadline for paper submissions is August 15, 2018.
Please submit your full paper using two documents, one blind (without author names) and one full (including author names), via email to To simplify the logistics, the conference team will consider the submitting author to be the corresponding author.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed and acceptances will be sent out to each corresponding author by August 31, 2018. Detailed information regarding conference registration (which is free), transportation and accommodation will then be provided as well.
If your paper is accepted, the final draft of the full paper is due by October 31, 2018.

Conference details. The conference starts in the early afternoon of Thursday Dec 6 2018 at the John Molson School of Business with an opening session that presents the aims of the conference. Thereafter, the first conference workshop will welcome participants who have been accepted to present their work during 30-minute sessions that include a discussant. Each conference participant discusses a paper. At the end of the afternoon, all participants are invited to welcome drinks.
On Friday Dec 7 2018, the conference workshops will proceed throughout the day. All conference participants are invited to the conference luncheon. The conference concludes in the afternoon with a panel discussion that presents key lessons.

There is no registration fee for the conference.

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