Dear ISBEE members, friends, and colleagues,

It has been three months since the 6th ISBEE World Congress took place in Shanghai. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Professor Xiaohe Lu and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and their fantastic team of helpers, and of course the sponsors, for hosting a very memorable and exciting conference. What a great location and what an exciting city!

The months after the conference mark the beginning of the preparations for the next one. And while 2020 seems like a long time away, we have all come to realize just how quickly it goes and so we ask for the seventh time for proposals to host the next “Olympics in Business Ethics”. Attached to this message you will find the guidelines for hosting the event. Please share with your colleagues and entice others to think about becoming the host for the 2020 ISBEE World Congress.

ISBEE is arguably the only truly global conference in the field, and has set the stage for projects, initiatives, academic partnerships and indeed friendships. ISBEE has always been at the forefront of developments and will continue to be as we dare and dream about the topic for 2020. We first met in Tokyo in 1996, then came Sao Paolo, Melbourne, Cape Town, Warsaw, and now Shanghai. Each ISBEE congress has the aspiration to meet in a place where such a congress may have a positive impact, whether it will be for developing the field in a particular region or for a location that we don’t find on regular conference circuits. At the same time ISBEE offers conference scholarships for attendees from less developed countries who have restricted or no access to funding. So, please think broadly and boldly about the location for 2020!

As I assume the ISBEE Presidency I also would like to thank Professor Joanne Ciulla for her vision, hard work, and dedication to steer the network towards China and the 2016 Shanghai “Olympics”! Since the Shanghai Congress Secretary Howard Harris and I have set up the new ISBEE secretariat here in Adelaide. Our first steps will include the update of the ISBEE website, the board elections and over the next few months the identification of our host for 2020.

In the meantime a friendly ‘Cheers’ from Adelaide,


Professor Thomas Maak, Dr. oec, Dr. habil
Head School of Management
Chair in Responsible Leadership
University of South Australia Business School
47-55 North Terrace | Adelaide SA 5000
P: +61 8 8302 0748  | M: (0)466 419670
PA: Danielle Richardson |+61 8 8302 0863


President ISBEE – The International Society for Business, Economics & Ethics
Review Editor – The Journal of Business Ethics