CRR Conference 2021


16th Corporate Responsibility Research Conference (CRRC)
Theme: Corporate Social Responsibility in Times of Global Crisis
Hosted by the Open University of Israel in association with Kedge Business School (France)
and the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (UK)
Main conference dates: 12-13 October 2021
PhD workshop: 11 October 2021
Submission deadline for abstracts: 2 July 2021
The theme of the conference, “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Times of Global Crisis” invites participants to explore CSR's contributions to society during the course of global crisis. CSR has been adopted by most corporations to the point that it has become an institutional imperative for business firms. Accordingly, numerous studies have shown that corporations use their CSR in order to improve their legitimacy and reputation and that CSR does, overall, contribute to their financial performance. Having established CSR's value for corporations, the CSR academic literature left open for debate the wider societal contribution of CSR. Therefore, the purpose of this call for papers is to bring forward questions that have not been adequately addressed in the academic literature investigating CSR, such as what is the  outcome of CSR? Does CSR contribute to stakeholders and society, especially in times of crisis? How much? To whom and when?
We call for papers that investigate the impact of CSR on society, with a particular focus on contributions to alleviating societal and environmental crisis. Acknowledging a broad range of possible issues, we invite papers that may address, but are not restricted to, the following questions and topics: How can we rethink the impact of CSR from a societal perspective? How do corporations contribute to sustainability challenges? Can we expect corporations to address social crisis or are corporations the source of social crisis? What impact does CSR have on economic development and recovery in emerging and developing countries? How does CSR contribute to efforts directed at alleviating the climate change crisis? How has CSR impacted the Covid-19 pandemic and what role have corporations played in addressing the societal challenges created and exasperated by Covid19? What role did corporations play in the 'race to the vaccine' and the consequential vaccine inequality between nations and within nations? How can corporations improve the societal impact of their CSR activities and what aspects of CSR should they address in times of crisis?
This is a cross-disciplinary conference looking for both conceptual and empirical papers filling the research and knowledge gap in both theory and practice related to the impact of CSR on society. We are interested in contributions from different disciplines and fields of study. CRRC is the ideal place to test new ideas and to experiment with new formats. Therefore, we welcome suggestions for full or partial panels and workshop streams. The tradition of CRRC is to focus on participants and the debate, as well as on social activity. Although, this year due to the ongoing crisis we will be holding the conference in an unconventional online format, we promise to include time for an informal get-together. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly yet succeeds in challenging the existing knowledge base and assumptions, and hence drives the debate around corporate responsibility forward.


Abstracts should be submitted via the online platform available at:  by 2 July 2021. Please include names, affiliations and contact details of all authors. Please use a maximum of 350 words, answering the following questions:
  • Research Question: What is the research question that the submission aims to answer?
  • Theoretical Framework: What are the main concepts, models or theories used in the paper? Include 3-4 central references.
  • Method: Which method is used for the research work?
  • Findings: What are the main outcomes and results of the paper?


Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the scientific committee of the conference. Authors will be notified of acceptance by late July 2021.



Sub-theme 1: Collaboration for Sustainability
Chair: Dr Fanny Salignac, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 2: International CSR
Chair: Prof Ralf Barkemeyer, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 3: Social Sustainability and CSR - Equity, Diversity, Connectivity and Quality of Life
Chairs: Dr Elizabeth Franklin-Johnson and Dr Hugh Lee, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 4: Corruption: Causes, Consequences and Remedy
Chair: Dr Julien Hanoteau, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 5: Climate Change and CSR
Chair: Dr Breeda Comyns, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 6: Circular Economy
Chairs: Prof Frank Figge, Prof Lutz Preuss, and Dr Andrea Thorpe, Kedge Business School
Sub-theme 7: The Gradual Legalization of CSR and what Does this Mean?
Chair: Dr Orr Karassin, The Open University of Israel
Sub-theme 8: Sufficiency in Production & Consumption
Chair: Dr Pasi Heikkurinen, University of Helsinki

Sub-theme 9: Consumer Behavior on Sustainability Issues
Chair: Prof William Young, University of Leeds

Sub-theme 10: Sustainable Business Models and Social Impact
Chair: Ms. Outi Vehka-aho, Tampere University

Sub-theme 11: Business, Peace and CSR
Chairs: Dr Bahar Ali Kazmi, Aston Business School

Sub-theme 12: The Private Sector and the Sustainable Development Goals
Chairs: Dr Bimal Arora, Aston Business School

Sub-theme 13: CSR and Social & Environmental Impacts
Chair: Dr Robert Kudłak, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan


After receiving notification of  abstract acceptance,  conference papers of a maximum of 6,000 words including references should be submitted online through our website at
Please note that papers will not be accepted or appear in the programme unless speaker(s) have registered in full for the conference.


Our popular pre-conference PhD Workshop will be held on the afternoon of the 11 Oct 2021. It will appeal to first-time attendees as well as those who have attended throughout their PhD career. This annual workshop provides a relaxed environment to allow lively exchange and discussion between PhD students as well as the opportunity to gain helpful advice and feedback from a panel of experienced PhD supervisors in the field and discuss postdoctoral opportunities. 



The conference's scientific committee will review all papers presented and will award two prizes for the CRRC best overall paper and the CRRC best PhD paper at the conference special event. Criteria for the selection process are contribution to the research field, quality of research, innovativeness, and diversity of views.



March 18th 2021 Call for abstracts opens
July 2th 2021 Call for abstracts closes
Late July 2021 Notifications sent to contributors
August 30th 2021 Deadline for conference registration
September 18th 2021 Deadline for full papers submission
October 11th 2021 ​PhD Workshop
October 12th – 13th 2021 Main Conference


This year, thanks to a generous grant from the Open University of Israel, the participation in the conference will be free of charge.
All presenters and other participant must register by the end of the registration date.

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Kedge Business School              University of Leeds