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EURAM-2016 Conference & Keynote Roundtable: “Cooperating and Managing for Sustainable Development”



European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2016 conference with a theme of “Manageable Cooperation?”, will be held on 1, 2, 3 and 4 June in Paris, invites scholars and practitioners to debate about the new modes of production together with the new ways of value creation and distribution that are emerging and growing, as well as on how old systems are transformed with new demands for cooperation at the political and productive macro, meso and micro levels.

Plenary Session 2 – Keynote Roundtable

In the run up to Paris COP21 in December 2015, several voluntary new corporate initiatives were announced to address climate change. COP21 itself relies primarily on voluntary national targets with only normative pressures for compliance. This panel will focus on the adequacy of existing CSR-style voluntary governance mechanisms and ‘deliberative democratic’ processes to address climate change and sustainable development more broadly.  Cooperative governance mechanisms that engage multiple stakeholders are often set within profound asymmetric power relations and interests: Large businesses and Western industrialized countries tend to have greater influence, while the voices of labour, women, countries of the global South, and other interests represented by civil society organizations are often marginalized. Similarly, our approach to sustainable consumption currently appears to depend on business-led voluntary “sharing economy” platforms such as Uber and AirBnB.

In this regard, on 2 June, the conference will hold the 2nd plenary session about “Cooperating and Managing for Sustainable Development”, bringing three keynote speakers together:

  • David Levy (University of Massachusetts, US)
  • Steffen Böhm (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Dima Jamali (American University of Beirut, Lebanon/ University of Southampton, UK)

This panel will examine the challenges and possibilities of collaborative governance mechanisms to address the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development, and their relevance for different issues and national contexts.

Note: The plenary session will be held between 14:00- 15:30 in the Plenary Hall A7 (next to the CROUS Restaurant). Please use this link to see the full conference programme.