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Analyzing the Relationship Between Business & Society: IABS Conference 2016

June 16, 2016 | The Wheatley Institution

The International Association for Business and Society’s annual academic conference brings together 140 of the world’s top business scholars to discuss research, current social issues, and future projects. Bradley R. Agle, Fellow of the Wheatley Institution and the George W. Romney endowed professor at the Romney Institute of Public Management in the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management, is a conference chair. Agle explains, “This conference is the leading academic conference in the world for scholars of business and society. For three days many of the top scholars in the world, who focus on the intersection of society and business, will be discussing their most recent research.”

The IABS Conference of 2016 will be held in Park City, UT from June 16th-19th at Deer Valley Resort. Previous host locations have included Sydney, Australia, Costa Rica, and Amsterdam. The IABS topics of interest include business ethics, social innovation, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and business-government relations.

Several pre-conference activities for those arriving early include a writing camp, doctoral consortium, and a junior faculty consortium[1]. A variety of sessions will be conducted throughout the 4-day conference. Scholars will have the opportunity to attend teaching sessions, research discussions, panels, academic paper readings, innovative sessions, and even an outdoor panel focused on environmental sustainability. Agle explains that with 140 of the world’s experts gathered together, “traditionally new insights, new collaborations, and new pedagogical tools will emerge from the conference.” These sessions will fuel research and advancements for the entire following year. The day following the conference, tours of Park City, Utah’s National Parks, Olympic Park, and Temple Square will be offered to attendees.

Bill O’Rourke, Wheatley Fellow and member of the Board of the Alcoa Foundation Teaching Values at the Alcoa Executive Development Programs, is the conference keynote speaker. O’Rourke has 40 years of experience in the business industry with much of that time spent focused on ethical issues in business. His longtime friendship with Fellow Bradly R. Agle, regularly brings him to Brigham Young University to participate in guest lectures.

The Wheatley Institution, The Romney Institute of the Marriott School of Management, and Deakin University are among this year’s conference sponsors. The International Association for Business and Society emphasizes topics directly related to the Wheatley Institution’s initiative of business ethics and leadership. It is also traditional for conference chairs home institution’s to provide support for the planning and execution of the event. Participation in an academic conference of this nature allows the Wheatley Institution to spread awareness of its mission, initiatives, and the need for ethical business practices within society.


[1] Philosophy Documentation Center, (accessed June 8, 2016).

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