1st European People Governance Conference (EPGC 2009)

Venue: Brussels Infrabel

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Sep 17, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 18, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 31, 2009
Early Registration Date: Aug 31, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Aug 31, 2009
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The conference is set up as a business conference with an academic village.

Keynote addresses will be made by: Jan Muhlfeit (Microsoft), R. Edward Freeman (University of Virginia), Dirk Matten (York University), Jean-François Heris (Flat Glass Europe), Luc Lallemand (Infrabel), and Serge Hubert (Epegon Foundation).

People governance regards the implementation of actions and guidelines in order to integrate or take into account the human dimension in each phase of the decision making process in an organization. The issue of people governance in the corporate setting is a vast multi-faceted subject which underlines the importance of meeting company objectives, especially economic objectives, through a process carried by the men and women participating in a dynamics that is shared and sustainable, with rights and duties. In this perspective, men and women are no longer seen as "capital" or "resources", but as active and responsible members within a complex system whose purpose is primarily economic. Hence, the concept doesn’t refer to "human resources management", even though it is an aspect of the question. Rather it provides insights on how corporate governance can be enhanced through the influence of the innumerable components of human nature. Reinforcing economic and human prospects, strengthening social-professional cohesion, enabling the company to be more fully aware of the realities and interactions of its people and mechanisms all add up to better decision-making and better governance.

We wish to bring together people from both the corporate and the academic world in order to discuss the different dimensions of People Governance:
- governance practices
- strategic choices
- institutional relations
- managerial practices
- economical choices
- socio-cultural choices
- CSR practices
- technological choices
- organizational choices

For the 2009 edition a special focus will be placed on the question of how to integrate people governance in business education programmes and, hence, to enable the future generation of corporate and institutional leaders to deal with people governance issues in a decisive and adequate way.