International Conference on Social Responsibility Education and Practices

Organization: Yasar University

Venue: International Conference on Social Responsibility Education and Practices

Location: Izmir, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Jul 03, 2014 End Date/Time: Jul 05, 2014
Registration Date: Jun 15, 2014
Early Registration Date: May 15, 2014
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2014
Paper Submission Date: Jul 03, 2014
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International Conference on Social Responsibility Education and Practices is a conference held for the facilitation of information exchange between education institutions and corporate world regarding the adoption and application of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It aims to bridge and bond the social responsibility education to its future application field which is the business environment.

The conference is an incremental step of Eramus Intensive Programme Project named SOCRES-EDU which was held in June 2012 again in Yaşar University. One of the solid outputs of this project has recently been published by Lexington Books: This conference is an effort to sustain the accumulated knowledge during the project duration and the edition of the book called “Contemporary Issues in Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Conference will host:

  • Keynote speakers from different universities
  • Executives from the business world to share best practices
  • Participants from non-governmental organizations
  • Academics researching in fields related with social responsibility
  • PhD students studying in related fields


  • All papers will be published in the conference proceeding under an ISBN number.
  • The papers will be selected on the basis of blind review process and published in a special issue of an International Peer-Reviewed Journal.

Please submit your abstracts to till the 31st March, 2014.

Important Dates

31 March 2014: Submission of extended abstract

15 April 2014: Notification of accepted abstracts

3-4-5 July 2014: Conference

15 July 2014: Submission of full-papers

30 August 2014: Notification of accepted papers

The conference will take place in Yaşar University – Izmir – TURKEY between 3-5 July 2014.

For further information, please visit


Yasar University, Selcuk Yasar Kampusu, Universite Caddesi, No:35-37 Agacli Yol, Bornova, PK. 35100 Izmir / Turkey


Yasar University
Yasar University, Selcuk Yasar Kampusu, Universite Caddesi, No:35-37 Agacli Yol, Bornova

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

 Michaela Haase

PD Dr. Michaela Haase studied economics, philosophy of science and political science at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has hold positions in and beyond academia such as the Freie Universität Berlin and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her areas of expertise include marketing theory, business ethics, institutional economics, and philosophy of science. Among her recent publications are “S-D Logic as an Example of Non-Cumulative Scientific Progress in the Marketing Discipline” (together with Michael Kleinaltenkamp, DBW 2013) and an entry on Ethics Education (together with Emmanuel Raufflet, Agata Rudnicka and Janusz Reichel) in the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer, 2013).


Øyvind Ihlen

Dr. Øyvind Ihlen is a Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. He has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, and written or edited eight books, including Public Relations and Social Theory: Key Figures and Concepts (2009) and the award winning Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (2011). His research focuses on strategic communication and journalism, using theories of rhetoric and sociology on issues such as the environment, immigration and corporate social responsibility.  


Samuel O. Idowu

Samuel O. Idowu is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at London Metropolitan University, UK and also a Professor of CSR at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China. He researches in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Governance Sustainability, Ethics and Accounting. He is a freeman of the City of London. He has led several edited books in CSR and is the Editor-in-Chief of two Springer’s reference books – the Encyclopaedia of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (forthcoming). He is a Series Editor for Springer’s books on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance. One of his edited books was ranked 18th in 2010 Top 40 Sustainability Books by, Cambridge University, Sustainability Leadership Programme. He is on the Editorial Boards of International Business Administration Journal and Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal.

Additional Information

Important Dates

31 March 2014: Submission of extended abstract

15 April 2014: Notification of accepted abstracts

3-4-5 July 2014: Conference

15 July 2014: Submission of full-papers

30 August 2014: Notification of accepted papers

Exhibits included

Call for Papers

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has captured a considerable attention of practitioners, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, educators, scholars, and so on. Based on the business case for CSR, most business organizations start to recognize that CSR can improve their financial (e.g. McGuire et al., 1988; Pava and Krausz, 1996; Stanwick and Stanwick, 1998) and non-financial performance such as its reputation, competitiveness, or sustainability (e.g. Burke and Logsdon, 1996; Johnson, 2003; Porter and Kramer, 2002; Snider et al., 2003). Moreover, the studies support that CSR can positively affect the major stakeholders such as current (e.g. Peterson, 2004; Rupp et al., 2006; Turker, 2009) or prospective employees (e.g. Albinger and Freeman, 2000; Backaus et al., 2002; Greening and Turban, 2000) and customers (e.g. Brown and Dacin, 1997; Creyer, 1997; Ellen et al., 2000; Murray and Vogel, 1997; Sen and Bhattacharya, 2001). Therefore, CSR has been widely recognized and practiced by the business community both in developed and developing countries during the last decades.

In addition to its increasing popularity among business organization, CSR has been promoted as a useful framework for business organizations by the international and intergovernmental organizations. In the renewed definition of European Commission (EC, 2011), it is suggested that enterprises should integrate their “social, environmental, ethical human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders” (EC, 2011:6). Similarly, United Nations’s (UN) Global Compact is also in line with this comprehensive responsibility approach of EC and covers the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption etc. (UN, 2013). Moreover, CSR has been supported by the non-governmental initiatives and organizations (e.g. WBCSD, 2013; CSR Europe, 2013). Therefore, for most of these organizations, CSR starts to provide a framework to integrate the main components of sustainable development at the enterprise level.

On the other hand, higher education institutions have also recognized their significant roles to shape the future generations and become the key providers of CSR skills to the interested parties (Matten and Moon, 2004). Therefore, in parallel to those movements, today many education institutions include course/s on social responsibility to their programs. For example, according to Christensen et al. (2007), the top 50 global MBA programs include at least one of the topics of ethics, CSR, and sustainability to their programs. Additionally, it has become as an extension of institutional reputation and many institutions are ranked based on their related courses and scientific researches on social and environmental issues (Aspen Institute, 2013).

Depending on this paradigm shift towards CSR and the increasing experience of all actors over the decades, now we significantly need to assess the level of progress and analyze whether or how CSR is educated and practiced to meet the challenges of economic, environmental, and social problems. For instance, on the education of CSR, despite the increasing attention of educators, there is a significant variability among universities (Huang and Wang, 2013; Matten and Moon, 2004; Moon and Orlitzky, 2011), even they are accredited by the same institution (Christensen et al. 2007; Wu et al. 2010). Therefore, “although many universities have embedded CSR subjects, the CSR content is by no means fully developed” (Setó-Pamies, Domingo-Vernis, and Rabassa-Figueras (2011), and there are some core teaching problems that are not discusses at all (Giacalone and Thompson, 2006). On the other hand, despite overall consensus on CSR as an important policy mechanism for enterprises, “it is still problematic how social responsibility conception can be embedded into the overall business strategy and how companies develop a viable CSR strategy. When they decide to engage in CSR, most companies do not know where they should start and what actually they should do.” (Turker, 2013). Therefore, in order to increase the effectiveness of this system that is operationalized around the concept of CSR and collectively generated by all these actors, it should be revisited from the new perspectives and approaches of these actors again.

This conference aims to bridge and bond these various actors in a collaborative platform to assess the CSR education and practices and share their experiences and perspectives. In doing so, the conference aims to identify the gaps and problems in the on-going system on CSR and focus on how CSR, sustainability, and ethics can be integrated into our core education and business system better to achieve the overarching principles of sustainable development.

The paper submissions are welcome from all disciplines on the education or practice of CSR and related theme on the following fields and topics:

  • Accounting and TBL Reporting
  • Communication and Media
  • Conception of / perception on / attitudes towards CSR
  • Corporate governance
  • Sector-specific issues on CSR
  • Environmental issues and management
  • Green Investors/Investment Decisions
  • Information Technology and Management
  • Production and Operations
  • Social entrepreneurship and new business models
  • Marketing/ International marketing
  • Supply Chains & Logistics

In addition to these above mentioned themes, two special sessions will be organized within the conference. One special session will be devoted to “Cross-cultural Comparison on Social Responsibility Education” to assess the differences/similarities on the methodology and application of Higher Education Institutions. The other special session, “Best Practices on Social Responsibility Projects”, will invite corporate practice into the research arena and practitioners from the field will share their experiences and applications on their specific social responsibility projects.

Note: Please submit your abstracts to srep[a] till the 31st March, 2014.


Publication Opportunity

All papers will be published in the conference proceeding under an ISBN number.

Selected papers will be subject to blind review process and published in a special issue of an International Peer-Reviewed Journal.


Abstract Submission

Please provide an structured abstract up to 800 words. The abstract should cover below listed sub-headings:

  • the purpose (mandatory),
  • originality/value (mandatory),
  • design/methodology/approach (mandatory),
  • findings (mandatory),
  • research limitations/implications (if applicable),
  • practical implications (if applicable),
  • social implications (if applicable) of study.

- British or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article.

- Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association (APA).

- Please indicate the name, affiliation, addresses, e-mail of each author next to the title of paper.

- The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

- Please provide 3 to 5 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order.

- Please use Times New Roman style with 12 font,in a justified format and with single spacing.