14-15 Mar 2019 Kassel (Germany)

Call for Papers

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Call for Papers


International Working Seminar at the University of Kassel, Germany

The International Center of Development and Decent Work (ICDD)

14 - 15 March 2019

There has been considerable interest in the concepts of responsibility and accountability, and their relationship with supply chains. Globalization and increased international business have created supply chains that are multifaceted and complex. Existing research shows that corporations often enjoy economic success at the expense of environmental and social costs that are not or insufficiently internalized and sometimes difficult to assess. Prevailing supply chain practices have aroused criticism. Many voices demand a system change in order to provide decent work and economic development along all steps of the supply chain and to fight resource depletion, biodiversity loss and climate change. In this context, companies are often compelled by stakeholders to demonstrate responsibility of their business conduct, and to give an account of their economic, environmental and social bottom line.

The working seminar addresses key areas of interest to academics and practitioners interested in supply chain management, accounting and accountability, corporate social responsibility, and development economics. We encourage submissions on the following indicative but not exhaustive list of topics:

-    New and emerging forms of accountability, traceability, and transparency
-    Accountability and transparency as contested and ambiguous concepts in supply chains
-    The relationship between accountability and responsibility
-    The possibilities and prospects of counter accounting
-    Accountability and transparency of short/regional and in multi-tier supply chains
-    Economic and social upgrading of production networks and supply chains
-    Potential of new technologies to enhance traceability and accountability
-    Responsibility in base-of-the-pyramid supply chains
-    Accounting for social inclusion in supply chains

As part of the working seminar, we intend to focus on particular industries sensitive to environmental and social issues, such as the agriculture and food sectors and the mining industry. Whilst papers on these sectors are particularly welcome, we also appreciate research on other relevant industries, at the local, national and/or international level. Papers can be of empirical, theoretical, and conceptual nature, and can include case studies and experimental studies. Modelling research designs based on empirical data are welcome as well.

Overall, the working seminar’s intention is to develop participants’ research through critical discussion and to provide a forum for open and lively debate of emerging ideas and developments in research and practice. It will feature paper sessions and roundtables organized around relevant research areas and a plenary discussion. The workshop is limited to 40 participants. Preference will be given to those who submit an abstract or a paper. Remaining places will be allocated to interested participants on a first come, first served basis.


Submission deadline has passed.

Registration deadline: March 13th, 2019


There are only a few places left for the International Working Seminar. The seminar is limited to 40 participants and remaining places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The fee for attendees who are not presenting a paper is 90 Euro. It includes lunch and refreshments during the event as well as the conference dinner on the evening of 14 March 2019. The pre-event get together is not included in the registration fee.

Venue and Accommodation

The workshop will take place at the University of Kassel: International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD). A list of hotels is provided on the event’s website and participants are requested to book directly with the hotel.

Team of Organizers

The “Responsibility and Accountability in Supply Chain” (RASC) Working Group of the University of Kassel consists of four members:

Prof. Stefan Gold 
Faculty of Economics and Management 

Prof. Christian Herzig
Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences 

Prof. Stefan Seuring
Faculty of Economics and Management

Prof. Christoph Scherrer
Faculty of Social Sciences     

The team of organizers include: Jessica Amprako, Regina Maria Bach, Ruby Davila, Renee Hines

Please direct any inquiries about the working seminar to Jessica Amprako: j.amprako@uni-kassel.de



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