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*Call for Papers: Corporate responsibility:In the dilemma between trust and

*Seminar Organizers & Guest Editors:*
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed
Forces Hamburg (Germany)
Roland Menges, Technical University Clausthal (Germany)

*Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik (April 3-7, 2017) & Special Issue*

Trust is the currency that creates markets. This is knowledge of the
merchants at the latest since modern markets have emerged along the
medieval trade routes. Quality and reliability in the business are also
building blocks of trust and the assumption of responsibility for the
social and ecological consequences of entrepreneurial activity. Whether the
latter should be integrated into social and legal relations and norms in
the form of voluntary corporate responsibility, has been the subject of
economic discussion since the beginnings of the discipline and since the
separation of the spheres of economic and moral action in the Scottish
moral economy.

Over the past decades, both supra-national organizations such as the UN and
the EU have been focusing on soft law – from the global compact through the
AA1000 to the Green Paper of the EU Commission – as well as the national
states, to promote social and environmental responsibility for companies in
the age of globalization. These initiatives have led to lively activities
and debates both in the business world and in different scientific
disciplines. For companies, it has now become a “fashion” to campaign
social and ecological responsibility using the concept of “Corporate Social
Responsibility”. This commitment has meanwhile led to the fact that CSR
activities should partly contribute to value creation instead of aligning
them with corporate objectives and values. Such a development leads to the
loss of trust and the assumption of responsibility becomes a “fake”.

Against this backdrop, some of the social and economic observers remained
skeptical, advocating tougher legal norms or fiscal implications. Finally,
lawyers pointed out that (successful) standardizations often develop not
only from the "top", but also from the “bottom”, i.e. they emerge from the
action routines of the economic actors as emergent effects. However, not
only the recent scandals – from the ENRON case to the VW case – raise
questions about the effectiveness of co-operative self-commitment as well
as external control.

Moreover, corporate responsibility is related to the concept of consumer
responsibility. Whereas market-optimists believe that reliable changes in
consumption patterns rely on responsible individual action, more
market-skeptics warn of a counterproductive “privatization of

In this light, this year’s seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik will be on
theoretical and empirical contributions to the topic “Corporate
responsibility: In the dilemma between trust and fake?” from economic,
sociological, (economic) historical and legal perspectives. Possible topics

   - Economic and history of ideas cases and questions of corporate
   - The “pseudo” corporate responsibility
   - Organizational and sociological theories and findings on corporate
   - Theory and empiricism of the audit
   - Theoretical and empirical studies on consumer responsibility
   - Criminal law considerations for corporate actors
   - Institutional factors of corporate responsibility
   - The trust of social entrepreneurship

This is not an exhaustive list.

Potential contributors to the *seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik* are encouraged
to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages *before February 28th, 2017* electronically
via online submission system of Management Revue using ‘IUC Dubrovnik’ as
article section:

All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for
the *special
issue of Management Revue*. Full papers must be submitted by July 31st,
2017. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers
invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due October 31st, 2017. Please
submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using
‘SI Corporate Responsibility’ as article section.

*Hoping to hear from you!*
*Simon Fietze* <[log in to unmask]>
*Wenzel Matiaske* <[log in to unmask]>
*Roland Menges* <[log in to unmask]>

Med venlig hilsen/Kind regards
*Simon Fietze*
Adjunkt/Assistant Professor

T +45 6550 1748
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Syddansk Universitet/University of Southern Denmark
Institut for Entreprenørskab og Relationsledelse/Department of
Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management
Alsion 2, A2
6400 Sønderborg

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