Call for Abstracts

14th Corporate Responsibility Research Conference
Theme: Rethinking Value Creation for Sustainability

Hosted by the Business 2 Nature (B2N) Research Group, Tampere University
in association with
the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (UK)
and KEDGE Business School (France)
12th–13th September 2019
(PhD workshop on afternoon of 11th September)
(Please click here for a PDF version of the Call for Abstracts)

The conference theme ‘Rethinking Value Creation for Sustainability’ invites us to challenge our understandings of value and value creation. The focus of the conference is on the ways business and other organisations provide solutions to the current sustainability challenges. In private and public organisations and other institutions, value is created in novel ways that may not yet be fully apprehended or conceptualised by research. Thus, the focus of the conference is on those activities and practices that precede the current theoretical conceptualisations of value creation for sustainability in and around organisations. We seek contributions that address the idea of rethinking value creation for sustainability from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Acknowledging a broad range of sustainability challenges, we call for papers that may address, but are not limited to the following questions and topics: How to rethink the purpose of the firm? How can organisations contribute to sustainability challenges? How can sustainability be incorporated in business models? How can value be created in stakeholder networks? How to overcome trade-offs between ecological, social and economic value? How can theoretical conceptualisations accelerate change for sustainability? What kind of methodologies are needed for examining value creation? How to overcome the challenges of crossdisciplinary research for sustainability? How can researchers interact with organisations to accelerate sustainable value creation?

This crossdisciplinary conference is looking for conceptual and empirical papers filling the research and knowledge gap in both theory and practice related to sustainable value creation. We are interested in contributions from the different disciplines and fields of study. CRRC is the ideal place to test new ideas and to experiment with new formats. Therefore, we welcome suggestions for special workshop streams and innovative ideas. The tradition of CRRC is to focus on participants and the debate, as well as on social activity. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly, yet succeeds in challenging the existing knowledge base and assumptions, and hence drives the debate around corporate responsibility forward.

We invite submissions addressing the following sub-themes and to the open call:
Sub-theme 1: Conceptualising sustainable value creation
Chair: Prof Johanna Kujala, Tampere University
Sub-theme 2: Organising for sustainability
Chair: Prof Kalle Pajunen, Tampere University
Sub-theme 3: Sustainable business models
Chair: Dr Malla Mattila and Dr Mika Yrjölä, Tampere University
Sub-theme 4: Value creation in circular economy networks
Chair: Prof Hanna Lehtimäki, University of Eastern Finland
Sub-theme 5: Crossdisciplinarity in sustainability research
Chair: Dr Ari Jokinen, Tampere University
Sub-theme 6: Business ethics and sustainability
Chairs: Dr Elina Riivari and Dr Marjo Siltaoja, University of Jyväskylä
Sub-theme 7: Change agency in sustainability transitions
Chair: Dr Satu Teerikangas, University of Turku and Dr Tiina Onkila, University of Jyväskylä
Sub-theme 8: Worklife sustainability
Chair: Prof Anna-Maija Lämsä, University of Jyväskylä, WeAll project
Sub-theme 9: Accounting for sustainability
Chair: Dr Hannele Mäkelä, Tampere University
Sub-theme 10: Stakeholders and the natural environment
Chair: Dr Anna Heikkinen, Dr Jere Nieminen, Dr Nina Nygren, Tampere University
Sub-theme 11: Sustainable consumption
Chair: Dr Elina Närvänen, Tampere University
Sub-theme 12: Social entrepreneurship, institutions and innovation
Chair: Dr Aurélie Toivonen, Tampere University
Sub-theme 13: International CSR
Chair: Dr Ralf Barkemeyer, KEDGE Business School
Sub-theme 14: Innovating for common goods and sustainability
Chair: Dr Francesca Ricciardi and Dr Simona Fiandriano, University of Torino
Sub-theme 15: Collaboration for social impact
Chair: Dr Fanny Salignac, KEDGE Business School
Sub-themes 16-20: Open call for papers and sub-themes on Corporate Responsibility, CSR and Sustainability

Initial abstracts should be submitted by through the form linked below by the deadline 3rd of May 2019. Files should be sent in MS Word format, and the file name should be first author’s surname. Please include names, affiliations and contact details of all authors. Please use a maximum of 500 words, answering the following questions:

  • Research Question: What is the research question that the submission aims to answer?
  • Theoretical Framework: What are the main concepts, models or theories used in the paper? Include 3-4 central references.
  • Method: Which method is used for the research work?
  • Findings: What are the main outcomes and results of the paper?
  • Which sub-theme is your paper aimed at or is it for the open call?

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the scientific committee of the conference. Authors will be notified of acceptance starting mid-May 2019.


The conference papers of a maximum of 6,000 words including references should be submitted through the online form no later than 31st July 2019. Please note that papers will not be accepted or appear in the programme unless speaker(s) have registered in full for the conference.

Please submit your full papers here:
Our popular pre-conference PhD Workshop will be held on the afternoon of the 11th of September. It will appeal to first-time attendees as well as those who have attended throughout their PhD career. This annual workshop provides a relaxed environment to allow lively exchange and discussion between PhD students as well as the opportunity to gain helpful advice and feedback from a panel of experienced PhD supervisors in the field. We have expanded the PhD workshop last year and we want to continue talking about postdoctoral opportunities and we will of course cover needs of PhD students throughout their studies.
The scientific committee of the conference will review all papers presented and award two prizes for the CRRC best overall paper and the CRRC best PhD paper at the conference dinner. Criteria for the selection process are contribution to the research field, quality of the research, innovativeness, and diversity of views.


25 February 2019 Call for abstracts opens
10 MAY 2019 Deadline for abstract submission
Starting mid-May 2019 Notification of accepted abstracts
Conference registration opens
31 July 2019 Deadline for full papers
31 August 2019 Deadline for registration
11 September 2019 Pre-Conference PhD Workshop
12/13 September 2019 Corporate Responsibility Research Conference
Full Fee PhD Students
350 € 290 €

Please note that the fee includes registration, lunches, conference dinner on Thursday September 12 and sauna evening on Friday September 13.


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We look forward to welcoming you to Tampere!