Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for conference papers: 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society (IABS)

2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society (IABS)

Conference Theme: Pura Vida: Realizing Eudemonia in Business and Society

Hilton Papagayo Resort, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
March 12 – 15, 2015

Call for proposals:


Conference Theme

Pura Vida has been a part of the Costa Rican vernacular for over 50 years. Translated literally, it means “pure life”; however the phrase more accurately connotes “live the best life” or “living the best life” whatever the circumstances. This sentiment reflects the true spirit of Aristotle’s definition of eudemonia, which encourages us to pursue happiness through the balanced execution of virtuous behavior.

Costa Rica: An Ideal Setting to explore Eudemonia
Costa Rica exemplifies conservation and economic growth in coexistence.
Capturing 99% of its electricity from clean sources, Costa Rica strives to be carbon neutral by 2021.
Public policies prioritize investment in renewable energy sources at times choosing to limit economic opportunities in fossil fuel extraction.
Costa Rica has a good reputation for its emphasis on democracy and respect for human rights.
Identified by Ethisphere as one of the top ten most ethical travel destinations in the world
Named by the New Economics Foundation as the “Happiest Country” out of 155 countries considered

IABS Conference 2015 invites submissions that consider:

  • How does our teaching, research and service activities facilitate the pursuit of eudemonia in business and society?
  • How does our work connect us to the environment, with each other and with ourselves? 
  • Are we engaged in a balanced execution of virtuous behavior?
  • How do our economic, political and social ideologies foster or inhibit virtue? 
  • How do these same ideologies influence the questions we ask? The manner we investigate these questions? The conclusions we draw? 
  • Do our paradigms serve to realize pura vida, or do they keep us from it?
  • How do we help our students to pursue pura vida? Do we model pura vida for our students?
  • How do our service activities or engagement in our communities inside and outside the university reflect pura vida or “living the best life”?
  • To what extent does our research theorize and measure eudemonia by corporations and other organizations in relation to society?