CfP : Rethinking the form, governance & legal constitution of corporations theoretical issues & social stakes – EURAM 2017

SIG 01: Business for Society (B4S), SIG 02: Corporate Governance (CoGo) (co-sponsorship)
T 01_06 Rethinking the form, governance & legal constitution of corporations: theoretical issues & social stakes

In the field of management research, there is a growing awareness of both the need and the opportunities to rethink business corporations in line with social and sustainability issues:
– Management scholars increasingly question the capacity of business companies, within existing laws and governance standards, to take into account the interests of their stakeholders and to contribute to the general welfare.
– At the same time, entrepreneurs are more and more eager to develop new business practices and business forms that embrace a broader agenda: e.g. mission and purpose enhancement, social enterprise, hybrid organizations, impact investing, shareholder engagement. In a number of states, corporate law also introduces new corporate forms (such as Benefit Corporations).

These contemporary movements challenge the traditional business forms and call for a rethinking of corporate models. This track will encourage research work that examines our current theories of the corporation, extends our knowledge on alternative and emergent forms of business companies, and suggests new foundations for governance for the public interest. This implies also innovative theories of organizations and a new view from management on legal issues. The track will welcome management research that analyzes the legal foundations of the firm, their adequacy with contemporary issues, and their possible reforms.
The broader aim of this EURAM track is to build a platform of research to discuss the models of the corporation and to explore new alternatives for the future. It will welcome contributions from various lines of research:
– History of business forms, governance doctrines and institutional frameworks;
– Cases and empirical evidence on alternative forms of business organizations (social enterprise, hybrid organizations, cooperatives, mission-driven companies);
– The role and impact of corporate, social and financial law, as well as the need and conditions for reforms;
– Emerging forms of collaboration between public and private organizations and between public or private organizations and social enterprises;
– Alternatives models of the firm and its governance, going beyond the splitting between forprofit and non-for-profit organizations, or meeting democratic or sustainable imperatives.

This track will overall explore how management sciences can contribute to rethink the forms and purposes of future business organizations. It will also open new avenues for collaboration between law & management.

II- Important Deadlines
Conference: 21 – 24 June 2017
First announcement of Call for Papers: 26 September 2016
Deadline for paper submission: 10 January 2017 (2 pm Belgian time)
Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2017
Early birds registration deadline: 12 April 2017
Authors’ registration deadline: 26 April 2017
Doctoral Colloquium: 18-20 June 2017
Deadline for submissions to PhD Colloquium: 24 January 2017
Notification of acceptance 21 March 2017

III- Authors Guidelines
As an author, it is crucial to follow the guidelines and formatting instructions to prepare and submit your paper in order to have it published in proceedings.
RULE OF 3: Please note that you may be listed as an author or co-author on up to 3 submitted papers but that each author can present only one paper at the conference (if 3 papers accepted at least 3 authors must able to present in 3 parallel sessions and be registered in the conference)

Please read the instructions carefully prior to submitting:
1. Each paper can only be submitted to ONE track.
2. Submitted papers must NOT have been previously published and if under review, must NOT appear in print before EURAM 2016 Conference.
3. To facilitate the blind review process, remove ALL authors identifying information, including acknowledgements from the text, and document/file properties. (Any submissions with author information will be automatically DELETED; author information and acknowledgements have to be filled out on a SEPARATE document).
4. The entire paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document created in PDF format.
5. The maximum length of the paper is 40 pages (including ALL tables, appendices and references). The paper format should follow the European Management Review Style Guide.
6. Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, and 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around.
7. Number all of the pages of the paper.
8. No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, track and actual paper can occur AFTER the submission deadline.
9. Check that the PDF File of your paper prints correctly and ensure that the file is virus-free. Submissions will be done on-line on the EURAM 2016 website as of 1 December 2015
10. Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review.
11. In case of acceptance, the author or one of the co-authors should be available to present the paper at the conference.

For more information, we invite you to visit the conference website

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