1st Organisational Governance Conference

Corporate Governance Crises: Causes, Effects and Solutions.  

 15 & 16 September 2011  

** Draft Timetable **

Call for Papers

The ‘ENRON’ and the ‘SUBPRIME MORTGAGE’ crises have made indelible marks on corporations and how they are governed. Their effects on ‘received wisdom’ have also been very dramatic, exposing the laxities in our approaches to doing things despite the vast improvement in our collective knowledge and awareness of the very many issues that surround corporate governance. Although these crises are indicative of the urgent need for a change, however, the directions and nature of the change required remains an open guess at the moment. Consequently, there is obviously a wide gap in our collective knowledge on how best to deal with the contentious issues that may have precipitated these two infamous crises. Part of the fundamental problems is our apparent disagreements on the root causes of these crises. Whilst we agree on some of the causes, such as fraudulent financial reporting, greed and recklessness, and poor regulatory oversights, we nonetheless hold wide diverging views on other potential causes, such as the role of short termism vs. long termism, executive compensations, poor risk attitude, hedge funds and their regulations etc.   It is therefore not surprising that we are also still very unclear about the solutions to the corporate governance challenges confronting us. While some have suggested a globalised corporate governance code that harmonises the existing codes which countries can adopt as their national codes or even adapt to their specific needs, others have cautioned against what has been described as ‘ a one size  fits all’ approach. While calls have been made in some quarters for more stringent regulatory framework, others have strongly cautioned against regulations overload which may eventually stifle management and distract them from creating values in the organisation. 

It is against these controversial backgrounds that we provide an important opportunity for intellectual dialogue on the root causes of the crises, their effects, how to deal with fallout of the crises and how to prevent a repeat. We invite both academic and practitioner papers that address topics that fall within the theme of the conference. We welcome papers using various research methods and approaches. They could be qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. They could be survey-based, experimental, conceptual, or empirical studies. The most important consideration for acceptance at the conference is the quality of the research and the contributions it can potentially make to our collective understanding on the causes, effects and the solutions to the current corporate governance crises. The lists below are only indicative of possible topic areas that contributors may wish to consider while they develop their papers for the conference:

·         Theoretical perspectives on Corporate Governance

·         Corporate Governance and Firm Value during Crises

·         Regulatory Failures and Corporate Governance

·         Corporate Governance and Reporting Quality

·         Assessments of the Corporate Governance Mechanism

·         Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

·         Corporate Governance and Market Governance

·         Corporate Governance and Reputational Risk  Management

·         Corporate Governance and Reward Schemes

·         Corporate Governance and Firms Sustainability

·         Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

·         Corporate Governance and Stakeholders

Offers to run workshops, symposia, poster sessions, themed tracks or alternative events are especially welcome. Please contact Ismail Adelopo with suggestions.

Although preference will be given to full papers, abstracts of 200-500 words will also be considered. All papers and abstracts should be sent by 30th June 2011 by email to David Crowther. No more than 2 papers will be accepted from any author.

We will publish proceedings and full details concerning other publishing opportunities for the papers presented at the conference will be provided during the conference.

Venue of the Conference

The conference will be held in the Hugh Aston Building of De Montfort University. The conference fee will be announced later and will include meals and conference materials. There is plenty of good hotel accommodation nearby to suit all budgets and details will be given with registration details.  

Acommodation suggestions

Travelodge (Leicester Central, Vaughan Way) – approximately 10 minute walk to De Montfort University
Tel: +44 0871 984 6254
Fax: +44 116 251 0560

Holiday Inn (St Nicholas Circle, Leicester) – approximately 5-10 minute walk to De Montfort University
Tel: +44 0871 942 9048
Fax: +44 116 251 3169
Email: leicestercity.reservation @ihg.com

Holiday Inn Express (next to Leicester City Football Club) – about 10-15 minute walk to De Montfort University
Tel: +44 116 249 4590
Fax: +44 116 249 4591

Premier Inn (St Georges Way, Leicester) next to Leicester train station 

Keynote speakers

Registration is open

Scientific Committee

We look forward to welcoming you to Leicester in 2011 for what promises to be an exciting conference.

Dr Ismail Adelopo                       Professor David Crowther      

Conference Chair                        Head of Centre for Research into Organisational Governance

De Montfort University              De Montfort University                        

UK                                               UK