9th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference 2019

Since 2011, ABEN has hosted an annual conference to develop and extend the Australasian business ethics agenda.

Date: 8-10 December 2019
Time: 9:00 AM-05:00 PM
Venue: Storey Hall, RMIT City campus, 336–348 Swanston Street, Melbourne
More information: aben.org.au


The theme for this year’s conference is  Business Ethics: new challenges, better theories, practical solutions. Contemporary society and businesses require trust built on ethical foundations to ensure good governance, transparency and efficient cooperation. Continuing revelations of unethical behaviour in different sectors discovered by a number of Royal Commissions in Australia shed a light on old and new challenges for business ethics academia and practice.  Technological, geopolitical and social developments pose new issues for investigation.  These changes require the development, reassessment and reconceptualization of ethics theories for organisations that provide better understanding and practical solutions. What are the roles of individuals, organisations, government, civil society, academia and professionals in building trust, transparency and ethical conduct? How can business ethics enable us to solve business problems?

Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics

As in previous years, the Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics is being offered for a PhD student, early career researcher or other worthy recipient and comprises a bursary and the waiving of the ABEN conference registration fee. The Scholarship was founded in 2015 to encourage critical approaches to business ethics at the ABEN annual meeting. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please indicate this when registering for the ABEN conference; eligible participants should submit a full paper to  andrew.west@qut.edu.au  by 31 October 2019. A decision on the award will be made by independent judges in November. 

Jan Schapper was one of the founders of ABEN and worked at Monash’s Department of Management for 15 years before returning to La Trobe in 2010. Deeply immersed in feminist, Marxist and psychoanalytic scholarship, Jan’s research interests included higher education, critical approaches to business ethics and CSR, and workplace equality and diversity. She was especially keen that as a scholarly community we pay attention to questions of critical pedagogy, teaching and learning, and to ensuring that we provide supportive and friendly environments in which future scholars can develop their work. Jan died surrounded by her family and friends on September 24, 2014. Further information is available at  aben.org.au/jan-schapper-scholarships.


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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer