November 17-22, 2011

The PhD Sustainability Academy is an annual event of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) hosted by The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario (Ivey).

This year's theme was Passion and Compassion for Sustainability, which explored: theorizing, researching and teaching sustainability with passion and compassion; new constructs and processes that can bring about positive change in business and society; new methods for studying sustainability in positively deviant organizations and/or under extreme adversity.


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Oana Branzei, Ivey faculty host and organizer.

Four prestigious guest faculty joined the event:

Melissa Cardon, Lubin School of Business, Pace University

Jane Dutton, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Michael Pratt, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Chris Steyaert, University of St. Gallen

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Two ARCS founders co-hosted the launch of the 2011 PhD Sustainability Academy on November 17, 2011: Tom Lyon, Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan and John Maxwell, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

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All submissions were evaluated through a double-blind review process. Applications included a separate cover-page with author details, a two-page abstract (up to 1000 words, single-space 12 point font Times New Roman) and a full manuscript submission (following the AMJ style guide for empirical studies and the AMR style guide for theoretical papers). Because participants are invited based on the relevance, timeliness and quality of the proposed research, the two-page abstract included sufficient details to help the selection committee compare submissions based on their potential contribution.

The Network for Business Sustainability sponsored a Best Paper Award and a $500 cash prize. The winner was Garima Sharma, Case Western Reserve University for her paper titled "More than business or business as usual: Exploring the paradox of hybrid practices", who praised the event as "useful and affirming".

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