International Conference on Sustainability and Business [SUSBUS 2018]

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International Conference on Sustainability and Business [SUSBUS 2018]

Organized by: Centre for Development and Environment Policy (CDEP)

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India on January 13-14, 2018

Key Note Address: Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate, Social entrepreneur, Founder-Grameen Bank, Economist, and Civil Society leader

Decades of reckless economic growth pursuits have left an indelible mark on our planet Earth. Not all outcomes of this economic growth paradigm have been positive. Negative impacts of our greed for profitable growth and increased materialistic lifestyle include environmental disasters, higher social and environmental activism, and increased pollution on the planet. However, with social and digital media, consumers and non-profit organizations have increasingly bringing accountability in the society due to which the firms had to alter and align their business processes and even mind-set aligned to these burning issues. From this churn was the concept of sustainability born and today it’s not just a fashionable jargon, but an integral component of corporate strategy and all business practices. But despite efforts made by firms to blend its business practices with sustainability, the society at large is concerned over the footprint it creates on the environment. At the very least, impactful and meaningful implementation of the sustainability depends to a large extent on the institutionalization of the right mind-set, attitudes as well as behaviours within the organizations, its employees, customers, shareholders, and all other stakeholders as well. Prof Muhammad Yunus for example, has successfully shown how corporates can contribute towards society in more meaningful ways such as by adopting social businesses within their firms. Since the domain of sustainability is still evolving , it is an opportune time for academics and practitioners to get together to share their ideas, projects, academic articles, as well as experiences, to learn from each other while generating food for thought for researchers to take the knowledge to the next level!

In this context of the debate on sustainability taking the ‘society vs. business’ perspective, the Centre for Development and Environment Policy (CDEP) at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India, aims to bring together these differing perspectives in academia as well as practice for discussion and debate in the first International Conference on Sustainability and Business on January 13-14, 2018.

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit their ideas, articles and abstracts pertaining to following suggested themes (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Inclusive and Equitable Economic Growth
  • Green Marketing and Responsible Consumerism
  • Solar and other sustainable Energies for future
  • Managing water crises in future
  • Sustainability Development Agenda 2030
  • Managing forest and other natural resources
  • Climate Change Management
  • Disaster and Crisis Management
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability]
  • Education on Sustainability, Climate Change, Society, and Inclusiveness
  • Sustainability and Smart Cities
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Global Reporting Initiatives and Corporate Sustainability
  • Human Values, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Governance Issues and Challenges
  • Role of Spirituality in Sustainability and Responsible Businesses
  • Managing Indigenous Cultures and Livelihood
  • Social Businesses, Sustainable Innovation and Ecopreneurship
  • Rio+20 and the Way Forward

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts(750-1000 words) by July 15, 2017
Acceptance/Rejection of Abstract by September 1, 2017
Conference Registration September 1-November 30, 2017
Last date of Final Paper Submission November 15, 2017
Last date of cancellation December 15, 2017

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be made ONLY as a word document, with numbered pages. The first page of the submission will be the Title Page, and should contain the Title, Authors’ details (Name, Affiliation(s), and contact details). Author’s name or identification information must NOT be part of the remaining document. The second page should contain the Title and keywords, followed by the content of the submission. All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12-point size, single-spacing, with 1 inch margin on all sides, and emailed to: susbus2018@iimcal.ac.in, with subject line for abstract: “Abstract for SUSBUS 2018:” < article title>; Subject line for full-papers: “Full-text for SUSBUS 2018:” < article title>.

All manuscripts will be subject to blind peer review. Reviewer’s comments will be shared with the authors. However, final decision of acceptance of the papers lies with the conference organizing committee.

Extended Abstract: The extended abstract submission be 750-1000 words in length (excluding references, tables, figures and appendices) The abstract should contain separate sections on introduction (including research question(s) and contribution of the study), propositions or hypothesis (if any), research methodology, results and discussion, implications, and references.

Full Papers: On acceptance of the extended abstract, authors must submit the final paper within the deadline. The papers should be 5000-6000 words in length (including references, tables, figures, and appendices) The submission should contain an abstract, keywords, and separate sections on Introduction (including research question), Literature Review, Propositions or Hypothesis (if any), Research Methodology, Analysis, Results, Implications, Conclusions (including contribution of the study), Limitations, Future research possibilities, and References. At least one co-author of the accepted paper must attend the SUSBUS 2018 conference, else the registration fees will not be refunded, and extended abstract would not be included in the proceedings.

Publication Opportunities & Best Paper Award: One Best Paper Award would be announced on the last day of the conference. All accepted and presented extended abstracts will also be published as Conference Proceedings. In addition, authors of select full conference papers would be invited to submit their full manuscripts for publication consideration in the following reputed international journals that would come out as conference special issue on Sustainability & Business:

Indian Business Research
Journal of Indian Business Research (Emerald)

Environment and Sustainable Development
International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development (Inderscience)

Registration

Faculty/ Paper Presenting Authors/Delegates INR 5,000 (Resident Indians)/ USD 200 (Foreign)
Students / PhD Candidates INR 3,000 (Resident Indians)/ USD 100 (Foreign)

*The Registration fee includes the Conference Kit, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner and Tea/Coffee during session breaks. Mode of Payment of Conference Registration Fees: To be announced soon!

In case of any clarifications, please write to: susbus2018@iimcal.ac.in with cc to ramendra@iimcal.ac.in

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CALCUTTA

iimc viewThe Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961 in collaboration with Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, The Ford Foundation and Indian industry. Over the years, IIMC has grown into a mature institution with global reputation, imparting high quality management education. It has been playing a pioneering role in professionalizing Indian management through its Post Graduate and Doctoral level programs, Executive Training Programs, Research and Consulting Activities. Today, the institute serves as an autonomous body, continually evolving to meet its goals in an ever-changing business environment.

iimc viewThe vision of the Institute is to emerge as an International Centre of Excellence in all facets of Management Education, rooted in Indian ethos and societal values. Over the past five decades, IIM Calcutta has blossomed into one of Asia's finest Business Schools. Its strong ties to the business community make it an effective mechanism for the promotion of professional management practices in Indian organizations. Today, IIM Calcutta attracts the best talent in India - a melting pot of academia, industry and research. The best and brightest young men and women pursue its academic programs. It’s the only triple accredited (AMA, AACSB, and EQUIS) IIM in India. IIMC located in Joka on 135 acre campus is about 35 kms from Kolkata airport and 25 kms from Howrah railway station. The campus also has gym, swimming pools, a post office, ATM facilities of both SBI (also SBI branch within campus) and ICICI banks, a café coffee day as well as Subway outlets and medical center with resident doctor.

The City of Kolkata

kolkata Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the eastern part of India on the east bank of the river Hooghly. The city has a population of about 15 million and it is the fourth largest city in India. Home to five Nobel laureates: Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen, Kolkata has been the intellectual and cultural nerve centre of the country, where many modern movements in art, cinema and theatre, science and industry began. India’s quest for freedom began in this city.

kolkata Kolkata’s recorded history goes back to 1690, when Job Charnock, an official of the British East India Company founded the city of “Calcutta”. Initially, the city was based more or less around the Fort William area and since then expanded phenomenally in all directions. Kolkata is a city of landmarks for tourists. The Howrah Bridge, a 2,150 feet long engineering marvel was constructed in 1942. Some of India’s beautiful heritage buildings and colonial architecture are to be seen in Calcutta. Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic (including Mughal) motifs. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collection of Indian natural history and Indian art. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, has a museum documenting the city's history. The National Library of India is India's leading public library. The Ochterloney Monument (nowadays known as the Shahid Minar) is also a prominent landmark.

The city is also renowned for its gastronomic delights. One can experience quintessential Bengali cuisines at the following restaurants, 13 Parbon, Oh! Calcutta, 6 Ballygunge Place, Kewpie’s, Aaheli-Peerless Inn. For multi-cuisine options, one could sample some of the treats at Mainland China, Marco Polo, Silver Oak, Peerless Inn, Peter Cat, Moulin Rouge, Eden Pavilion-ITC Sonar, Grain of Salt, La Terrasse at Oberoi Grand, Sourav’s- The Food Pavilion, The Waterside Café-Hyatt and Aqua at The Park. For shopping, New Market in the city’s business hub promises a unique experience, while others in the likes of Gariahat market and Air-conditioned market provide a peek into the traditional shopping districts of Kolkata. Several large supermarkets like South City Mall, Mani Square, City Centre I & II and Shoppers’ Stop provide excellent brand hunting opportunities.

The winter months of December and January are the best months to visit Kolkata. The weather is pleasurable with temperatures around 15-20 Degree C. Early mornings are slightly foggy and ideal for leisurely walks.