Deadline March 31st, 2020

Critical And Alternative Governance

Governing sustainability in a digitalized world: False solutions for real issues?

The 7th Critical and Alternative Thinking in Governance Symposium tackles the subject of governing sustainability in a digitalized world. This symposium aims to establish foundations for building ‘local’ theories and renewed methodologies: in our call for papers we invite academics (and practitioners alike) to present:

  • cutting-edge research and thought leadership dealing with emerging issues in corporate governance for sustainability in this era of expansive digitalization
  • empirical and conceptual papers addressing a diverse range of topics that include, but are not limited to, the following debates:
    • Can we, as researchers, develop a common understanding of digitalization to guide research in corporate governance?
    • How does digitalization solve existing agency problems? What type of new agency and corporate governance problems may arise?
    • How could local governance practices for the ‘big south’ growing economies help broaden our perspectives and address new forms of (corporate) governance with regard to global sustainability?
    • How could local governance practices of the ‘big north’ developed economies help to address new forms of reflective and informed (corporate) governance with regard to global sustainability?
    • What happens to governance mechanisms when new factors of production, such as knowledge, intelligence, and digital technology, become central to overall social wellbeing?
    • What new shareholder arrangements are needed to help corporations address the climate change challenge?
    • Are concepts such as gender, ethnicity or identity still central to corporate governance? Are they part of the problem or part of the solution in the evolution of governance debates?
    • How can digitalization help and support new stakeholder engagement and voting?
    • What is the role of big data analytics in boardrooms dynamics
      How does digitalization affect the organization of firms especially of stockholder relationships?
    • What is the effective role of reporting guidelines and standards in preventing ‘bad’ governance of sustainability? What is the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this regard?
    • Can accounting frameworks, such as triple bottom line accounting, be considered effective approaches to impose parity of treatment between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability in organizations?

Important dates

  • Research symposium: 25-26-27 June 2020
  • Deadline for submission of CAAG 10-page proposals: 31 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 22 April 2020
  • Deadline for CAAG full text submission: 26 May 2020
  • Early bird/author registration: 24 May 2020

Scientific Committee

  • Xavier Castañer, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Thomas Clarke, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Coral Ingley, AUT University, Auckland
  • Morten Huse, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
  • Silke Machold, University of Wolverhampton Business School, UK
  • Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Sibel Yamak, University of Wolverhampton Business School, UK
  • Konan A. Seny Kan, Otago Business School, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Lotfi Karoui, École de Management Normandie, France
  • Kim Ceulemans, TBS Education, France
  • Sabri Boubaker, École de Management Normandie, France

Organizing committee

  • Wafa Khlif, Chair – TBS Barcelona, Spain (
  • Lotfi Karoui – École de Management Normandie, France (
  • Konan A. Seny Kan – Otago Business School, University of Otago, New Zealand (
  • Kim Ceulemans – TBS Education, France (
  • Sabri Boubaker – École de Management- Normandie, France (

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