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Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference

Wednesday, November 14, 2012  
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Call for Abstracts:

Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference

Sponsors: Journal of Management Studies (JMS) and the Kauffman Foundation

Location: University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA


Professional Development Workshop: Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11, 2013

SEE Conference: Thursday-Friday, April 11-12, 2013

NREL Tour: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Building on a vibrant cohort of scholars in ethics, entrepreneurship, and sustainability around the world, the SEE Conference features the leading research on these important and rapidly changing areas of study.

Sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship (SEE) draw on knowledge from diverse backgrounds. These include but are not limited to studies on sustainability, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, firm-community ties, and environment impacts, to name a few. The fact that ethics and sustainability are intertwined with the concept of entrepreneurship is no longer new. Indeed, ethical choices are critical any business activity and a key to success of startups, small firms, medium enterprises, and large, multinational corporations. Some even suggest that the focus on sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship triangulates every economic opportunity and social value.

The goal of the conference is to lead the advancement and accumulation of knowledge about SEE-related topics. The SEE Conference is a platform for leading scholars to share research, theories, practice, and public policy about SEE-related topics.

In addition to competitive paper presentations, the 2013 SEE Conference will also feature:

A) Keynote speakers who are thought leaders including Jay Barney (Presidential Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Utah); Tom Lumpkin (The Chris J. Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship, the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University); and Bruce Hutton (Dean Emeritus and Director of Ethics Integration, University of Denver).

B) The Journal of Management Studies' (JMS) Young Scholar Development Workshop (April 10 to 11, 2013). Funding to partially defray travel and accommodation expenses to attendees is a result of gracious funding from the society for the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and JMS.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (2 single-spaced pages not exceeding 1,250 words) that address a broad array of subjects on the topics of sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship (SEE). Those selected by a double-blind review process will be asked to present at either paper or poster sessions during the 2013 conference April 11-12.

There is no registration fee; however, submitting an abstract signifies a commitment that at least one of the authors will participate in the conference. Submitting an abstract also represents a commitment that the featured ideas are original and come from unpublished working papers. Finally, the conference is limited to 120 attendees; about 24 manuscripts; and 12 posters.

Thanks to the Kauffman Foundation and other contributions, the SEE Conference will provide meals and beverages to all participants. The SEE Conference will also pay the hotel and/or travel costs for selected Ph.D. students and early-stage assistant professors. We will issue more detail on this on the SEE website. 


January 8, 2013: Abstract Submission Deadline (
February 18, 2013: Acceptance Notification
March 1, 2013: Program Published

April 11-12, 2013: Conference in Denver, CO

Authors can submit their abstracts here:


The following suggestions are provided in response to frequent questions on how to improve the chances that an abstract will be accepted.

The conference reviewers are members of the SEE's Advisory Board and a group of ad-hoc reviewers. Every abstract is evaluated by 2-4 reviewers. While each reviewer makes independent judgments, there are some common threads that distinguish accepted from rejected abstracts:

· Abstracts that open up new research frontiers or offer new insights or perspectives that enrich discussion and discourse.

· Abstracts that address unimpeachably important, timely, and relevant topics.

· Abstracts where SEE-related research has clear conceptual and/or practical implications.

· It is helpful to state the current stage of data collection and when you expect to complete the data collection and analysis.

· The reviewers consider the potential for completion of the work described in the abstract.

· Reviewers assume that authors of accepted abstracts entered with good faith and expect that the research will be competently completed before the conference.

· Do not include references, tables, and the like in the abstract. Also your name or contact information should NOT appear anywhere in the document.

Or contact:

Gideon Markman (

Paul Olk (

Tom Dean (

Roland Kidwell (

Sharon Clinebell (

Yolanda Sarason (

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