Governance Workshop

Accounting, Control & Performance Management LAB

The 6th Critical & Alternative Approaches to Governance (CAAG) Workshop

Sustainability is a Governance issue

11-12 June 2019, Barcelona





Call for Papers

The resignation of the French minister of Environment can be considered a political epiphenomenon but it underlines the necessity of considering sustainability at a global governance level. This event might also point at the sustainability of corporate governance as intimately linked to global sustainability.

The increasingly uncertain and complex global environment highlights the urgency of a governance for sustainability. For this purpose, corporate governance debates have extended beyond corporations, but within the same traditional paradigms and models as if all organisations, institutions, social and political entities are economic enterprises. Such complexity necessitates rethinking the nature of corporate objectives and concepts such as organisational purpose and, accordingly, organisational strategy, structure, mechanisms, and processes, within an emerging new transnational order.

Governance and sustainability are fundamental to the continuing operation of any corporation. They moved from being fashionable concepts to being complex and intertwined. While it is relatively clear what is generally meant by corporate governance it is much less clear what is meant by sustainability. However, built through the analytical lens of Western interests, the well-beaten paths of mainstream corporate governance models, guidelines and reforms, without comprehensive, encompassing and innovative theories, have not engaged adequately with contemporary and evolutionary debates for equitable and sustainable new global development. Global economic and social turmoil undermines the old global system.

Many initial assumptions about the appeal of global development and governance have run aground on the shoals of countervailing realities. Understanding the hegemony of formal markets reveals the hidden domination of ‘new’ old elites who are deeply involved in driving the growth of all types of markets. Formal and informal markets are becoming intertwined in such a way that only focused analysis can shed light on what is truly contributing to societal well-being or standing in its way.

Many scholars focus on value creation in all types of markets but less is done for value distribution. For that aim, the concept of value itself has to be examined more critically to develop an alternative way of thinking about the marketable appeal of (corporate) governance best practices. Management literature has begun to question these issues and to call for a deeper understanding of the dynamics of political, social and corporate changes. Not only scholars in management, but also those in political science and law urge rethinking of governance definitions and frameworks for markets as a unique arbiter. Distinctive calls to rethink the purpose, form and value of organisations are converging upon the broad concept of ‘corporate’ governance to better grasp the changing interplay of governments, civil society actors and corporations. Accordingly, studies are needed that examine these dynamics from multiple perspectives, and critical thinking is required to build knowledge for generating new creative, alternative approaches to corporate governance.

This workshop aims to establish a foundation for building “local” theories and methodologies: in this call for papers, we invite academics (but not exclusively) to present cutting-edge research and thought leadership dealing with emerging directions for corporate governance sustaining sustainability. We seek empirical and conceptual papers which address a diverse set of issues that include but are not limited to the following debates:

  • How could new collaborations between national states, corporations and NGOs promote policies and actions to meet the global/local sustainability?
  • Are transnational corporations, organisations or similar institutions, in their present form, able to promote and implement sustainability?
  • How could local governance practices for the ‘big south’ growing economies help to enlarge the picture and address a new (corporate) governance with regard to global sustainability?
  • What happens to governance mechanisms when the new factors of production, such as knowledge, intelligence, and digital, become central to overall ‘social well-being’? 
  • What new socio-political arrangements are needed to help corporations address the climate change challenge?
  • Are concepts such as gender, ethnicity or identity still central to corporate governance? Are they part of the problem or part of the solution to governance evolution?
  • Is it the role of corporations (and their governance) to be called upon to provide solutions to sustainability issues? What main features characterise the sustainability challenge?
  • What is the effective role of all the reporting guides and directions in preventing bad “governance” of sustainability?
  • Is the triple bottom line theory gaining space and notoriety enough to impose parity of treatment to the economic, social, and environmental dimensions?


Keynote speakers

Prof. Alessandro Zattoni

LUISS Business School - School of Management

Former Editor-in-Chief of

Corporate Governance: An International Review


Full professor of Strategy and Dean of the Business and Management Department at LUISS University Rome. Previously he was Associate Dean for Executive Education and Life-Long Learning and Director of the XI and XII edition of EMBA at LUISS Business School. He has been visiting scholar at the Wharton School of Pennsylvania University, at the Queensland University of Technology, and at the WIAS (Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies) of Waseda University.

He published more than 100 articles and books on corporate governance. He received a Best Paper Award from Corporate Governance: An International Review, Economia & Management, and SDA Bocconi School of Management. 

Jo Iwasaki,

Former Head of Corporate Governance

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)


Jo is a qualified accountant (ICAEW, ACCA) and trained in taxation and audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers, London. Thereafter she worked as a subject matter expert at ICAEW on auditing & assurance, exploring its principles and wider application to related areas, such as internal control, sustainability, and narrative information. She further specialised in corporate governance and beyond, including leadership, risk, and corporate culture as Head of corporate governance both at ICAEW and at ACCA. 

She recently moved to Helsinki, Finland where she joined Helsinki Capital Partners, the only B-Corp in the country.  She manages relationships with the company’s key stakeholders, particularly institutional investors, as investor relations. She continues her thought leadership projects in governance, responsible investment and ESG, and collaborates with bodies such as International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Scientific Committee

Xavier Castañer, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

Thomas Clarke, Key University Research Centre for Corporate Governance, Sydney

Morten Huse, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Coral Ingley, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Lotfi Karoui, Ecole de Management-Normandie, France

Wafa Khlif, Toulouse Business School Barcelona, Spain

Silke Machold, University of Wolverhampton's Business School, UK

Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Konan A. Seny Kan, Otago Business School, New Zealand

Sibel Yamak, University of Wolverhampton's Business School, UK


Important dates

Workshop (11-12 June 2019)


Deadline for submission of 10-page proposals

31 March 2019

Notification of acceptance

22 April 2019

Deadline for full text CAAG submission

26 May 2019

Early bird / author registration

24 May 2019


Workshop fees*

In Euros (VAT incl.)

  • Early Bird Fee (up to 25 May 2019):  200€
  • Regular Fee (26 May on-forth):  310€
  • On-site Registration Fee: 350€
  • (PhD) Student reduction: 50%

  * are included: documentation, coffee breaks, lunch, dinner gala and social event. 






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Organizing Committee


Wafa Khlif, Toulouse Business School Barcelona, Spain


Lotfi Karoui, Ecole de Management-Normandie, France


Konan Anderson Seny Kan, Otago Business School, New Zealand


Coral Ingley, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand



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