ISBEE 2020 UPDATE: RE-INVENTING GLOBALIZATION: Community, Virtues, and the Power of Purpose.

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ISBEE 2020 UPDATE: RE-INVENTING GLOBALIZATION: Community, Virtues, and the Power of Purpose.

Bilbao, Spain. – July 15-18, 2020

Scholars and practitioners from around the world are invited to submit paper abstracts and panel proposals to The World Congress language is English. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed for relevance and rigor.


  • November 30, 2019: Deadline for abstract submissions (500-1500 words)
  •  January 15, 2020: Confirmation of acceptance to present at the ISBEE World Congress
  • May 15, 2020: Full paper submission
  • July 15-18, 2020: Seventh ISBEE World Congress

The world is in a paradoxical state: cumulative global wealth is at an all-time high, unemployment in many advanced economies at an all-time low, and yet, dissatisfaction with the outcomes of global capitalism is growing, especially within younger generations. Moreover, trust in business leaders and elites in most large economies is at an all-time low, triggered by self-serving behavior of leaders and prominent business scandals, putting at risk the legitimacy of economic actors and their social license to operate. The reasons for distrust and dissatisfaction are manifold: growing inequality in income and access to resources and a widening gap between rich and poor; complacency of elites in politics and business and their inaction in addressing the grand challenges of our time: the ethical tragedy of global climate change and the quest for sustainable futures; poverty alleviation and the challenge of a more inclusive and less divisive world; access to meaningful work, and health and well-being at work, and the ability to lead an active life; and the global leadership crisis and the rise of extremism around the world. At the same we witness the rise of the purpose economy and global search for meaning; unprecedented opportunities (and challenges) through digital technologies and AI; and political activism of younger generations with the purpose of re-claiming their future. Against this background we cordially invite you to submit proposals for the 7 th ISBEE World Congress in Bilbao, Spain, to participate in the discourse on how we may re-invent globalization, the role of local communities, virtues and values, and the power of purpose.

Submissions are invited, but not limited, to the following themes:

  • The changing geopolitical landscape and its implications for globalization
  • How can globalization be “re-invented”?
  • Global justice/in-justice
  • Global business ethics
  • Cosmopolitanism and its relevance in the 21 st century
  • The global/local-tension of norms and values
  • The responsibilities of global corporations, including emerging country multi-nationals
  • Fairness in international trade and development
  • Human rights and human flourishing
  • Supply-chain integrity and modern slavery
  • History and philosophies of globalization and their relevance
  • The future of global civil society
  • The ethical tragedy of climate change and challenges of intergenerational justice
  • The role of SDG’s and their implementation
  • The role of business in global poverty alleviation
  • International development from a humanistic perspective
  • The role global values and virtues in creating better futures
  • Global health challenges, corporate responsibility, and healthy futures
  • Trust in business and global economic systems
  • Global governance and self-governance of global actors
  • The shifting dynamics of global power and their ethical implications
  • The role of local communities in creating a better world
  • The rise of the purpose economy and its implications for globalization
  • Global paradoxes and paradoxical management
  • New forms of organizing and their contribution to the creation of a better world
  • Are our ethical theories applicable to digital futures?
  • Global AI and ethics

The following details are valid for both abstracts and full papers:

  • Electronic submission only. The text of all abstracts/papers must be double spaced. Abstracts should be 500-1,500 words. Full papers should not exceed 6,000 words. Abstracts/papers must have all these elements in order: Title / Summary / Keyword list / Body / References / Endnotes (if any).
  • The accepted abstracts may be available on the Congress website, which can be accessed through
    ISBEE’s website,
  • A selection of best papers presented at the Congress may be published in ISBEE-branded publications and special issues.

Venue: Bizkaia Aretoa & CRAI, Avenida Abandoibarra 3/5. 48009 Bilbao. SPAIN
They are located right next to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
CRAI is the name of the library of the University of Deusto. Built in 2009 by renowned architect Rafael Moneo, the building of the Library at the Bilbao campus has spaces that meet the challenges of university renewal
BIZKAIA ARETOA, the Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country, is a landmark building, designed by the architect Álvaro Siza and opened in 2011. Its L-shaped form prioritises keeping to the scale of its surroundings