Alberta is the home of the Canadian oil sands, currently the largest source of oil to the US. It is also the province of Banff and Jasper, renowned wilderness areas in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Near to Banff is Calgary serving as the headquarters of the major Canadian oil companies including Imperial Oil, Petro Canada, Shell Canada, Husky Energy, Syncrude, EnCana, Suncor, Enbridge, as well as dozens of drilling, pipeline, oilfield services and oil sands development companies.
All these companies are facing enormous pressure to adapt to shifting social concerns about energy consumption and environmental responsibility. Calgary is also the headquarters of Bullfrog Power, a utility company offering consumers in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia the option of 100% renewable electricity, derived from wind or low impact hydro sources. The province of Alberta is struggling to hold onto their critical oil income in the face of possible U.S. sanctions against “dirty oil”.
The IABS theme of Business and the Sustainable Commons is designed to foster conversations and innovative thinking on ways that business and society can collaborate on resource conservation, job creation, health protection, and environmental sustainability, despite the temptation for individual industries, corporations, and citizens’ groups to appropriate the common resources for their own interests and gain. We are particularly eager to include papers, symposia, and workshops that consider the effects of business and governmental policy on natural resources and the long term survival of the commons.
IABS, a learned society devoted to research and teaching in the area of business, government, and society, is also a collegial community. Founded in 1989, it has more than 300 members worldwide. Its research domain covers the various aspects of the interface between business and the socio-political dynamics of its environment. Topics include stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility and performance, business ethics, environmental affairs, business and government relations, corporate governance, and cross-cultural issues. IABS also sponsors the highly ranked, widely indexed journal Business & Society, the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted entirely to research into and analysis of the relationships between business and society.
Call for Proposals
The IABS founders intended that the annual conference provide a forum for scholarly work in various stages of development.
Twenty-one years later, we continue to pursue that goal, inviting you to submit proposals in any of the following formats:
- Research Incubator Idea – noted scholars develop “appetizers” to push the boundaries of the field and encourage attendees to participate in creating new ideas and new knowledge
- Discussion Idea – a short, informal presentation of a research idea, intended to solicit constructive feedback
- Paper – a formal summary presentation of a completed (or largely completed) conceptual or empirical paper; time for audience feedback and questions will be provided during paper sessions
- Symposium – a set of presentations related to a well-defined theme
- Workshop Session – a working meeting to address a specific research or teaching challenge