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Call for Abstracts: Conference on “Transdisciplinary in Corporate Sustainability”


The Centre for Sustainability (CSM) will organize a track about “Transdisciplinary in Corporate Sustainability” during the Leuphana Sustainability Summit between 29th February and 2nd March 2012. Abstracts can be submitted until 7 November 2011 (Call for Abstracts).

A growing number of businesses is dealing with corporate sustainability issues. As corporate sustainability covers a wide range of complex topics such as emission reductions, biodiversity management, sustainability-oriented product and service innovation, sustainable supply chain management, or corporate influences on communities and regional development, its successful implementation depends on the contributions of experts from various disciplines in management, environmental science, psychology, sociology, economics, and related disciplines.

In fact, the complexity of many sustainability challenges requires problem-solving approaches that transcend not only boundaries between academic disciplines but also between academics and practitioners. This is what transdisciplinarity is about. Transdisciplinary approaches, however, are just being developed (see related concepts such as action research, engaged scholarship, participative inquiry, insider-outsider research, design thinking). Both managers and academics are only beginning to learn to organize joint transdisciplinarity processes of analysis and solution creation.

The deadline for abstract submission is 7 November 2011. Only abstracts submitted via the online submission systems will be considered. Please see the details at the conference website.

Submissions are also considered for the call for papers of the Special Issue in the Journal Business Strategy and the Environment titled “Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability”. For more information visit the CSM website.