Call for Papers: Business Ethics and National Patterns of Behavior: The Economics Profession in Russia

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Subject: Call for Papers: Business Ethics and National Patterns of Behavior: The Economics Profession in Russia
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019
From: Patricia Dowden <pedowden@gmail.com>

I’m attaching a call for papers for a conference to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May of 2019. We would be very grateful if you could publish this to your readers.

Best wishes,
Patricia E. Dowden | President and CEO
Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance | ethicsrussia.org
Contact dowden@ethicsrussia.org | 1-215-922-1373 (t) | +1-267-304-3313

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Business Ethics and National Patterns of Behavior: The Economics Profession in Russia
20-21 May 2019 Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Center for Advanced Studies of the St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance are organizing an international symposium on the “Economics Profession in Russia” as part of the VIII Conference on “Business Ethics and National Patterns of Behavior.” The conference will take place at UNECON in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Monday and Tuesday 20-21 May 2019. The organizers are accepting paper proposals until 13 February 2019.

The objective of this conference is to develop an understanding of the present condition and nature of what is called in Russia “the economic profession.” In keeping with the ongoing objective of this conference series, the conference will also consider ethical implications of changes within the profession and effects on the study and practice of business ethics.

Russia has undergone and continues to experience many changes in the last twenty-five years; those changes include changes in how the social sciences are studied. The changes to the study of economics is particularly affected by the motivation of some within Russia to adhere to academic norms and systems outside of Russia. This conference will bring together leading scholars in Russia to discuss these changes and to try to develop an understanding of the current state and future directions of the study of economics. In Russia, the study of economics includes application to business and business management. The conference therefore will include presentations on the ethical and social implications of changes in the way that these subjects are studied and understood. This conference is also an opportunity to discuss the extent to which the economics profession illustrates differences in thinking between Russia and the West, and exemplifies changes occurring in transition economies.

Potential topics include:

Russian Economics Profession

  • the boundaries that determine what belongs and what does not belong to the field of activity of the economist in Russia; the main professional subdivisions and professional roles; the emergence of these boundaries and divisions and their ecological niches
  • specific Russian methods of research and analytical work, and implementation of ideas
  • specific objects of research and analysis and what is the meaning of those concepts which, perhaps, have the same names, as in other countries
  • the mechanisms and procedures of professional reproduction and professional qualification
  • historical and institutional factors defining the specifics of the economics profession in Russia
  • patterns of participation of Russian economists in the foreign and international professional communities

Globalization of Knowledge Production

  • comparison of Russian economics practices to practices in other countries
  • differences between the Russian mode of thinking and modes of thoughts in other countries
  • the application of normative standards to the globalization of the study of social sciences such as economics and business ethics
  • tension between respect for national academic norms and customs and the universalization of knowledge

Business Ethics Under Conditions of Change

  • effects that changes in understandings of economics have on other social structures
  • operationalization of business ethics while understandings of economics and management undergo change
  • pressures or motivation to change the study of business ethics similar to the pressures or motivations to change the study of economics
  • the study of business ethics in emerging economies
  • effects of differences of thinking on understandings of business ethics

The organizers are soliciting abstracts from academics, policy makers and regulators, private sector representatives, as well as others who are engaged in activities related to the study or practice of business ethics. Abstracts should indicate which of the above-suggested topics they fall within, or if not within the above topics, how the proposed presentation relates to the overall theme of the conference. Unfortunately, there is no funding for participation in this conference.

The call for abstracts is open until 13 February 2019. Please submit an abstract and a short biographical statement of each of the authors to Patricia Dowden at pedowden@gmail.com. Any questions for further information can be addressed to the same.

Organizing Committee

Patricia Dowden, President, Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Viacheslav Shironin, Director, Center for Advanced Studies, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics

Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-Rector of International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics

Philip Nichols, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania

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