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8th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference 2018

9  - 11 December 2018

Massey University, Auckland

Doctoral workshop: 9th December 2018


“Ethics and Sustainability in the Age of Disruption”


Submissions are now invited for the 8th Annual ABEN Conference on Business Ethics, to be hosted by Massey University at their Albany campus in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference will begin on the afternoon of 9 December 2018 with a Doctoral Workshop, followed by a Welcome Reception for all participants. Sessions for the delivery of papers at the 8th Annual ABEN Conference will be held on 10 and 11 December 2018.

The theme for this year's conference is Ethics and Sustainability in the Age of Disruption. A range of technological and organisational changes in recent years have significantly disrupted, and continue to disrupt, existing ways of doing business around the world. While it could be argued that not all new technologies and innovations are disruptive, they can be beneficial in the long term and require creativity, initiative and objectivity. We consider the implications that such disruption has on efforts to promote ethics and sustainability within the business sphere, as well as how the imperatives of ethics and sustainability can themselves disrupt existing business practices.  


We also welcome papers on broader topics, whether theoretical or empirical, including (but not limited to):


  • Maori and Indigenous ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and irresponsibility  
  • Artificial intelligence, disruptive technology and ethics
  • Managerial ethics  
  • Critical business ethics
  • Business ethics education
  • Ethics in human resource management
  • Ethics of care (vs. ethics of justice)
  • Leadership and ethics 


  • Marketing ethics  
  • Religiosity, spirituality, and ethnicity  
  • Accounting ethics
  • Business law and ethics
  • Ethics in finance
  • Complexity and complex adaptive systems
  • Managing wicked problems
  • Emergence vs. evolution
  • Knowledge-based organising


If you wish to make a submission for presentation at the ABEN Conference, please submit a 500-word abstract by 31 August 2018. Full papers may also be submitted, to be peer reviewed if required by your funding institution.

Papers and abstracts can be submitted by email to Associate Professor Gabriel Eweje at

 Early Bird Registration - on or before 12 November 2018

It is essential for all participants including delegates, speakers and guests to register online with payment of the applicable registration fee.

Registration Entitlements

  • Doctoral Workshop, Massey University, 9 December
  • Conference Dinner, 10 December
  • Welcome Reception, 9 December
  • ABEN Conference, Massey University, 10 & 11 December

  ABEN 2018 - Doctoral Workshop Invite.pdf (55 KB)

Registration Fees

  • Full Registration, before 12 November - NZ$390   
  • Full Registration, after 12 November – NZ$480
  • Student Registration, before 12 November - NZ$270
  • Student Registration, after 12 November – NZ$360


Key Dates

  • Call for Papers - Now Open
  • Registration - Now Open
  • Deadline for Submission of Papers - 31 August, 2018
  • Notification of Accepted Papers - 1 October, 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Closes - 12 November, 2018
  • Deadline for Presenters to Register - 12 November, 2018


Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics

As in previous years, the Jan Schapper Scholarship in Critical Business Ethics is being offered for a PhD student, early career researcher or other worthy recipient and comprises a bursary and the waiving of the ABEN conference registration fee. The Scholarship was founded in 2015 to encourage critical approaches to business ethics at the ABEN annual meeting. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please indicate this when registering for the ABEN conference; eligible participants will be invited to submit a full paper by 16 September 2018. A decision on the award will be made in early October. 


Jan Schapper was one of the founders of ABEN and worked at Monash’s Department of Management for 15 years before returning to La Trobe in 2010. Deeply immersed in feminist, Marxist and psychoanalytic scholarship, Jan’s research interests included higher education, critical approaches to business ethics and CSR, and workplace equality and diversity. She was especially keen that as a scholarly community we pay attention to questions of critical pedagogy, teaching and learning, and to ensuring that we provide supportive and friendly environments in which future scholars can develop their work. Jan died surrounded by her family and friends on September 24, 2014. Further information is available at



8th Annual ABEN Conference
Date        Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 December, 2018
Where     Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland
Time        9.00am- 5.00pm Monday / 8.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday

Travel Guide to Massey University Auckland.pdf (1,602 KB)

Doctoral Workshop
Date        Sunday 9 December 2018
Where     Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland
Time        1:00 – 4.30pm  

Welcome Reception  
Date        Sunday 9 December 2018
Where     Massey Business School, Flexi Space (MBS2.15)
Time        5.30pm

Conference Dinner
Date        Monday 10 December 2018
Where     Portofino Devonport, 26 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland 0624
Time        6:00pm (Transportation will be provided from the conference venue)

(NB: if you wish to bring guests to the dinner, please inform conference organiser Gabriel Eweje ( to organize)        

Contact Us

For all enquiries regarding registration or submission of papers, please contact Associate Professor Gabriel Eweje (

On behalf of the ABEN 2018 Conference Organising Committee:

  • Associate Professor Gabriel Eweje (Massey University)
  • Dr Andrew West (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Dr Heather Stewart (Griffith University)
  • Dr Julia Benkert (Swinburne University) 

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