Accounting, Control & Performance Management LAB presents

The political nature of corporations: back to the future

2018 edition: 02-03 July, Barcelona

In association with:

Special Issue “Govern complexity to challange neo-liberalism? New democracy, new corporations, new markets” European Management Journal


Best papers in a special issue

European Management Journal

2018 keynote speakers

Prof. Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Head of EROB, Elected President of AOM

Prof. Christos Pitelis, Professor of Strategy and Sustainable Competitiveness, Head of Brunel Business School


Scientific Committee

Thomas Clarke, Key University Research Centre for Corporate Governance, Sydney

Xavier Casteñer, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

Morten Huse, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Coral Ingley, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Lotfi Karoui, Ecole de Management-Normandie, France

Wafa Khlif, Toulouse Business School Barcelona, Spain

Silke Machold, University of Wolverhamptron Business School, UK

Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Konan A. Seny Kan, Toulouse Business School, France

Sibel Yamak, European Academy of Management, UK


Call for Papers

Corporate governance as a field cannot evolve without questioning the significance of governance. The use and misuse of words and concepts has led to dangerous shifts from the social purposes of corporations. Corporate governance debates have extended beyond corporations, but within the same paradigms and models as if all organisations, institutions, social and political entities are economic enterprises.

Nevertheless, corporate governance has become a vital issue in managing organisations of all types in an increasingly uncertain and complex global environment. Such complexity necessitates rethinking the nature of corporate objectives and concepts such as organisational purpose and, accordingly, organisational strategy, structure, mechanisms, and processes, within an emerging new transnational order.

Constructed through the analytical lens of Western interests, the well-beaten paths of mainstream corporate governance models, guidelines and reforms, without comprehensive, encompassing and innovative theories, have not engaged adequately with contemporary and evolutionary debates for equitable and sustainable new global development. Global economic and social turmoil undermine the old global system.

Many initial assumptions about the appeal of global development and governance have run aground on the shoals of countervailing realities. Understanding the hegemony of formal markets reveals the hidden domination of ‘new’ old elites who are deeply involved in driving the growth of all types of markets. Formal and informal markets are becoming intertwined in such a way that only focused analysis can shed light on what is truly contributing to societal well-being or standing in its way.

Many scholars focus on value creation in all types of markets but less is done for value distribution. For that aim, the concept of value itself has to be examined more critically to develop an alternative way of thinking about the marketable appeal of (corporate) governance best practices. Management literature has begun to question these issues and to call for a deeper understanding of the dynamics of political, social and corporate changes. Not only scholars in management, but also those in political science and law urge rethinking of governance definitions and frameworks for markets as a unique arbiter. Distinctive calls to rethink the purpose, form and value of organisations are converging upon the broad concept of ‘corporate’ governance to better grasp the changing interplay of governments, civil society actors and corporations. Accordingly, studies are needed that examine these dynamics from multiple perspectives, and critical thinking is required to build knowledge for generating new creative, alternative approaches to corporate governance.

This workshop aims to establish a foundation for building “local” theories and methodologies: in this call for papers we invite academics (but not exclusively) to present cutting edge research and thought leadership dealing with emerging directions for corporate governance. We seek empirical and conceptual papers which address a diverse set of issues that include but are not limited to the following debates:

1) What new institutional arrangements are needed to help define the new role of the business firm as a political actor in a globalizing society?

    • How could new collaborations between national states, corporations and NGOs promote policies and actions to meet the global/local challenge? 
    • Are transnational corporations, organisations or similar institutions, in their present form, able to redefine a new capitalism? 
    • How could local governance practices for the ‘big south’ growing economies help to enlarge the picture and address a new (corporate) governance?

2) How will the new collaborative ‘means of production’, such as social media, and ‘collective intelligence’ in a sharing economy, be governed and by whom?

    • What happens to governance mechanisms when the new factors of production, such as knowledge, intelligence, and digital, become central to overall ‘social well-being’?
    • How do boards and, more generally, governing bodies need to evolve in their roles and composition to meet the new concept of politics that calls for a collective regulation? What new forms of control might help corporations to navigate through complexity in a world where openness and sharing are becoming the ‘rules’ and how might these be facilitated?

3) Are corporations, in their present form, able to address the sustainability challenge? What new socio-political 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 to governance evolution?
      • Is it the role of corporations (and their governance) to be called upon to provide solutions to sustainability issues? What main features characterise the sustainability challenge?

Organizing Committee

Wafa Khlif , Toulouse Business School Barcelona, Spain

Coral Ingley , AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Lotfi Karoui , Ecole de Management-Normandie, France

Konan A. Seny Kan , Toulouse Business School, France


Important dates

Workshop (02-03 July 2018)

Deadline for submission of 4-page proposals > 08 April 2018

Notification of acceptance > 30 May 2018

Deadline for full text submission 01 June 2018

Early bird/author registration > 10 June 2018

Deadline for full text EMJ SI sumbission: 01 March 2018.

A special session would be entirely dedicated to the pre-selected papers for the special issue.


Workshop fees*

In Euros (VAT incl.)

      • Early Bird Fee (up to 10 June 2018): 250€
      • Regular Fee (From 11 June 2018): 300€
      • On-site Registration Fee: 350€
      • (Phd) Student reduction: 50%

* are included: documentation, coffee breaks, lunch, diner gala

Special for the 5th edition


      • 1 grant will be dedicated to the best paper
      • 1 grant will be dedicated to a scholar coming from emerging countries
      • 2 grants wil be dedicated to PhD students coming from emerging countries





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