Value 2012 - Value in Sustainable Business Practices (Value 2012)

Venue: Champagne Sports Resort

Location: Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Event Date/Time: May 27, 2012 End Date/Time: May 30, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 20, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Apr 30, 2012
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Building on the success of past conferences Value 2012 will be the forth biennial Value conference hosted by the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences, University of Johannesburg.
The understanding of the term ‘value’ varies from person to person and from discipline to discipline. For profit-oriented organisations the main focus might be on adding financial value to ensure organisational viability. Adding and recognising value may be useful for a growing business with innovative ideas on learning critical lessons for managing the 21st century marketplace. In an academic environment the term ‘value’ might have a completely revolutionary meaning. There is however still much to be learnt about what drives the concept of value in society today and how sustainable business practices could influence and enhance value.
Worldwide corporate governance reform requiring the adoption and disclosure of sustainable business reports; together with stakeholders becoming more educated and aware of how organisations generate profits and base investment decisions on more than just the financial bottom line, have led to the corporate environment placing a greater focus on sustainable business practices. These developments occur alongside the ongoing debate on the nature and extent of value in sustainable business practices.
Academics investigate the concepts of value and sustainability and industry leaders attempt to model new business strategies to capture the essence of value through sustainable business practices.
The Value 2012 conference is the perfect platform for researchers and academic minds in related financial disciplines, as well as business leaders, to present and debate issues in a way that would lead to a better understanding and hence, recognition of value through sustainable business practices, thereby contributing to a more sustainable corporate Africa.

Academics and practitioners are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference which provides an excellent opportunity for the presentation of high quality research that covers key topics relating to the central theme of Value in Sustainable Business Practices.

Specialists from accounting, finance, banking, taxation, economics, education and related fields will shed light on fundamental issues that shape and direct trends, views and innovations relating to value creation and the benefit and influence of sustainable business practices in their respective fields. An array of keynote speakers as well as a panel discussion will also provide in-depth, practical and up-to-date knowledge on issues and developments relating to the conference theme.

Conference Sub-Themes
The sub-themes are roughly separated according to the subjects presented within the Faculty.

Theme 1: Recent trends and developments regarding the value of sustainable business practices in Economics, Econometrics and Banking

Papers analysing the growth prospects despite constraints such as institutions, limitations, macroeconomic stability, trade openness, education, inequality, health issues, internal conflict and social fractionalisation within developing and emerging countries will be presented. The diverging growth rates between countries within this group and with developed countries can be examined. Any topic related to Economics or the banking sector, such as improving growth and stability in the economy through fiscal and monetary policy may be presented.

Theme 2: The Value of Sustainability in Accountancy, Taxation, Auditing and Corporate Governance

Papers exploring the rapid pace with which change is occurring in the fields of accounting, auditing and taxation will be presented, together with papers covering specific topics in which change has occurred over the past few years. The accountancy profession, corporate governance and IT control issues may also be explored, with specific emphasis on the issue of sustainability

Theme 3: Value added trends in Cost and Management Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning and Investment Management

Papers covering costing information, planning and decision-making, international finance, financial markets, financial institutions and services, corporate finance and governance, educational finance, retirement funds and planning, legislation, and life, disability or medical insurance can be submitted.

Theme 4: Sustainability in Education

Papers covering thought leadership, the relevance and value of sustainable education processes and educational processes can be submitted.

The four streams will run consecutively over the duration of the conference. Plenary sessions and panel discussions generally touch on the content of all four streams. Papers that do not fit exactly into any of the sub-themes, but which fit in with the main theme, are also welcome.


We invite academics, postgraduate students, researchers and business leaders to participate. Colleagues from the international community and African countries are particularly welcome and are encouraged to submit abstracts.
Proposals for papers in the form of an abstract must be submitted electronically, in standard MS Word format as an attachment, to the Conference coordinator, Prof Gideon Els at Please include “Value 2012” in the subject field of the email.
Deadline dates are as follows:
• Submission of abstracts 20 January 2012
• Notification of acceptance 20 February 2012
• Submission of full paper 30 April 2012
All abstract submissions will be subject to a peer-review process. Abstract submissions should consist of a maximum of 300 words including a minimum of 5 keywords, the author’s personal details and contact information, the relevant JEL code as well as the type of paper that is going to be submitted.
You may choose to submit one of the following papers:
• Peer reviewed paper
• Working paper
• Student paper
Participants have an opportunity to have their full conference paper also peer reviewed which will allow for fast-tracked publication in the Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences (JEF) In that case complete papers for peer review need to be submitted by Monday 30 April 2012 for distribution to external reviewers and feedback will be given by
Abstracts of all papers to be presented at the conference will be published in the Value 2012 Conference Proceedings booklet which is handed out to delegates. PLEASE NOTE: the full paper or presentation will be included on a flash drive to all delegates in a non editable format.

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Additional Information

Please visit the conference website: for the delegate package price and information on what this includes.