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From CSR to Business in Society and Global Governance

From CSR to Business in Society and Global Governance - Research Workshop on Wednesday, 30 May 2007, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

30 May 2007 - 30 May 2007
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Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Location: Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Host and Organizer: Institute of Governance and Public Management at Warwick Business School in partnership with the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS)

Event Background: Part of the CSR Platform Project, which is led by EABIS with the financial support of the European Community under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union (FP6).

Programme Information and Registration Details: http://www.eabis.org/csrplatform/academicresearch/WP3Event30052007/

Relevant Audience: Academic faculty members from core business disciplines and Social Sciences & Humanities, plus stakeholders from business, government and civil society, with significant interest and relevant experience on CSR and Global Economic Governance.
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The Focus of the Day
Existing approaches to the role of firms within society and polity are insufficient to deal with the reality of the role of large corporations in national, let alone global, economies. This is equally true for ideas based on assumptions of perfect markets and those that envisage sovereign national governments regulating economies and delivering public services. Large Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) can be sources of governance as much as they are objects of it.

The key question that emerges is therefore what theories, knowledge and tools do we need in order to analyse more realistically, and propose policy for, the place of firms in global governance?

Academic research on the role of business in society requires an integrated approach given its complex and multi-faceted nature. CSR research is to be seen as a fundamental part of scholarly disciplines (including political science, economics, sociology, geography, etc). This workshop seeks to enhance these linkages on the theme of Global Governance and promote interdisciplinary reflection and engagement.

Discussion Questions
Gathering a selected group of academics and stakeholders from business, government and civil society with an acknowledged expertise, the workshop will allow in depth discussion on the following key questions:

* How can governments share their responsibility for public space?
* How can corporations accept democratic accountability - especially at global level where there is no demos?
* Is there a public sphere beyond the state, and if so who populates it? What is the equivalent to those questions at global level? How does government gain access to global public space?
* Are MNCs the only global citizens?

The workshop will have a limited number of participants to allow for effective dialogue and strong interaction between the participants. Priority for attendance will be given to those who have related work or ideas to contribute to the dialogue.
If your current work addresses the above issues and questions and believe you could enhance the content of the workshop, please pre-register by completing the Participation Request Form, available on the event website, as early as possible, but no later than Monday 16 April 2007.For all additional information please visit the event website : http://www.eabis.org/csrplatform/academicresearch/WP3Event30052007/

For further inquiries please contact:
Kam Johal, Warwick Business School
E-mail: kam.johal@wbs.ac.uk

About EABIS
Established in 2002 by leading companies and business schools in partnership with the EU Commission, EABIS is Europe’s leading reference point for corporate responsibility. The organisation aims to integrate corporate responsibility into the mainstream of business theory and practice in Europe. EABIS funds collaborative research, education and training projects and hosts numerous events and workshops across Europe to develop more and better knowledge and learning on corporate responsibility. It also leads the EU Commission funded ‘European Platform for Excellence on CSR’ (CSR Platform) project as the designated centre for excellence on CSR Research under the Sixth Framework Programme. With a European focus, but a global outlook, EABIS’ membership currently spans four continents and 19 countries and includes some of the world’s largest global corporations including Shell, Unilever, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft and Europe’s top business schools such as Ashridge, INSEAD, IMD and the London Business School. http://www.eabis.org.

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Business in Society and Global Governance