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Responsible Business Research Seminar 2021

17 – 18 March 2021

About the conference

9th Annual Responsible Business Research Seminar

What does corporate responsibility mean in today’s society? How do responsible and ethical aspects appear in different business models and business environments? How can we conduct research about these aspects and develop them further?

The Responsible Business Research Seminar is organised in order to increase the visibility and to promote research on business responsibility, sustainability and ethics in Finland. In 2021, the seminar is organised the nineth time. Due to the COVID-19 situation, it will be held in an online format in Zoom. Links will be sent to all participants before the seminar. Languages of the seminar are Finnish and English.

The deadline for registration has been extended to March 15.


The keynote speakers 2021:

Wed 17.3.2021
Assoc. Prof. Arno Kourula:
The changing roles of business, government and civil society in sustainability

Arno Kourula is Associate Professor of strategy and Co‐Director of the sustainability initiative at the University of Amsterdam Business School, The Netherlands, and a Docent at Aalto University, Finland. His research emphasis is international corporate responsibility and sustainability through cross‐sector interactions. Arno has published several book chapters as well as articles in leading journals in management, business ethics, international business, political science, and environmental studies. He has received several awards for his research and teaching and serves as Co‐Editor for special issues at Journal of Business Ethics and Associate Editor at Business & Society.

Thu 18.3.2021
Panel discussion
Facing the biodiversity crisis: Scope and possibilities of business involvement?

Anne Quarshie is a Postdoctoral Researcher at LUT School of Business and Management. Her research interests include sustainable supply chain management, systemic change processes, and interorganizational interactions. She conducts research on these topics in the context of grand challenges, such as biodiversity loss, human rights violations, and humanitarian disasters. Her research has received several recognitions, including the IPSERA Best Doctoral Dissertation in Purchasing Award 2017. Prior to becoming a researcher, she worked for several years at Fairtrade Finland.

Hanna Lampinen is an Environmental Specialist at Finnish Mining Association. She works for example with biodiversity issues of mines. She has a background with mining industry for example from Agnico Eagle Kittilä mine.

Dr.Sc. (Admin) Nina V. Nygren is currently university lecturer in environmental policy. Her research interests include conservation policy, biodiversity offsetting, urban biodiversity and sustainability transformation

Sami El Geneidy is a doctoral researcher from the University of Jyväskylä School of Resource Wisdom and Jyväskylä School of Business and Economics. From 2020 onwards he has been leading the project Sustainability for JYU, which assessed the most important climate and biodiversity impacts of the University of Jyväskylä. In his PhD Sami is developing a framework for climate and biodiversity impact accounting and its integration to financial accounting in organizations. In addition, he is studying new approaches to impact offsetting. His other research interests include environmental management, environmental accounting and other sustainability and corporate responsibility topics.


The Research Seminar encourages the networking of researchers and aims at advancing responsible business to become an important research field in Finland. The Research Seminar offers an opportunity for researchers in the field to present their research projects and results as well as to share ideas and experiences of doing research.

We invite presentations from all fields of business responsibility, sustainability and ethics. Potential topics are listed below. Please find further information and submit your presentation in the Call for Papers tab.

Value creation
Sustainable business models
Ethical leadership and workplace wellbeing
Stakeholder interaction
Responsible business and corporate social responsibility
Social accounting and CSR reporting
Social entrepreneurship
Business-nature-society relations
Circular economy
Sustainability in business

Important dates:
22.2.2021 Deadline for abstracts (200 words) Submit here
5.3.2021 Notification of accepted abstracts, conference program published
15.3.2021 Deadline for registration Register here
17.–18.3.2021 Responsible Business Research Seminar

Please see the detailed program here. The list of presentations and abstracts are sent to participants before the seminar.

The seminar is free of charge and open for all.

Warm welcome!

RESPMAN Research Group

RESPMAN Research Group conducts research on the relationships between business, society and the nature from different perspectives, including responsible management, firm-stakeholder interaction, corporate responsibility and sustainable development. The group was established at 2006 and currently we operate at the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University. For more information, visit our website here.

Financial support of the Foundation for Economic Education is gratefully acknowledged!