Federico II

5th Business Systems Laboratory
International Symposium

Cocreating Responsible Futures in the Digital Age:

Exploring new paths towards economic, social and environmental Sustainability

January 22-24, 2018
Università di Napoli "Federico II
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via Partenope, 36 - Napoli, Italy

TRACK TOPIC:

Responsibility of corporations

Organisational values, formal norms, and managerial competencies.

 Chairs

Mauro Sciarelli
Full Professor of Business Management,
University "Federico II" of Naples.
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Gerhard Fink
Emeritus Professor of International Business,
WU-Wien, Austria 
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TRACK TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Responsibility” is a pretty much opaque term referring to some obligation between agents, be it persons, corporations, social systems, or broadly defined entities such as “the nature”, “the environment”, “the sea”, “the air”, or “the aerospace”, etc. “Responsibility” also is a value-laden and perhaps also an affect-laden concept. For illustration of value foundations of obligations, we may pick some values : social order, family security, national security, self-discipline, protect environment, unity with nature, world of beauty, social justice, freedom. Thus, we may safely assume that a variety of perceived “responsibilities” may be in contrast, if not in conflict with each other.

For presentation in this track topic we invite contributions on single concepts of “a responsibility”, overview papers about “a range of related responsibilities”, and overview papers about “contrasting or conflicting responsibilities”. One also may think about “mutually supportive” responsibilities, where a balance between different obligations has to be found.  

Contributions on single narrow concepts of ‘a responsibility’, may deal with the emergence/foundation of a “responsibility” through framing of (urgent) issues, foundations and justifications by values and/or an emotional climate, its ideological strategic implementations, formal norms and managerial competencies to implement strategies ‘towards meeting the responsibility’.

Overview presentations on contrasting responsibilities may deal with the emergence of conflict over dominant values and their strategic and operative implementation, on counter narratives, alternate ideological foundations and implementation of strategic and operative change to foster “new responsibilities” and downgrade “old responsibilities”.

Contributions on related (jointly emerging) responsibilities may deal with the emergence of coalitions pursuing related dominant values and their strategic and operative implementation, on ‘factual’ narratives, ‘necessarily joining’ ideological foundations and implementation of strategic and operative action to reinforce ‘traditional, but almost neglected responsibilities’ or to foster “newly adapted or reviving responsibilities” and weaken “the current neglect of prevailing important responsibilities”.