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JFBS 7th Annual Conference 2017 

"Sustainable Enterprise:
Revisiting an Enterprise Concept "

Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS)
Humboldt-University Berlin International CSR Conference (HU CSR)
Joint Conference

■Date: September 7th - 8th, 2017 
■Venue: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

■Theme: Sustainable Enterprise: Revisiting an Enterprise Concept
Recently business style is questioned how it can contribute to the sustainable development of local and global communities. A variety of initiatives have launched domestically and internationally to promote social or sustainable enterprises.

Many experts argue conscious enterprises which take stakeholders’ interests into account. For the last decade, new certification system or organization forms have been introduced. For example, B-corporation, in the USA, is a certification system for corporations which commit to benefits of not only shareholders but also customers, employees, suppliers, and the surrounding community. In the USA, new organization form “Benefit Corporation” has also been introduced in 30 states, and so was “gGmbH” in Germany. These movements have brought up fundamental questions for business style to create social impacts: What is the success for business?

We do not have such organization form in Japan. In terms of corporate sustainability, however, there are a number of companies in Japan surviving for several decades or longer with warm supports from local communities. It is important to study how these long-surviving companies accumulated wisdoms and established their sustainable competitive advantages.

Many of those companies, which have led and supported local economies, are family businesses. There are a lot of family businesses in Japan and the wisdoms for sustainable management thriving over generations are common among them. In the discussions on sustainable or good business, it is important to examine these long-surviving companies and family businesses in terms of sustainability or their relationship with stakeholders. It should be noted that big businesses have also engaged in extensive activities aiming for sustainable development through their business and brought some tangible results as well.

In the 7th Annual Conference of Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), we will review the traditional business values and discuss various challenges and themes concerning business and society in both theoretical and practical manners. Themes include:

     Sustainable Enterprise, New Corporate System・Business Model,
     Long-surviving Companies, Family Business, Corporate Identity
     (Corporate Mission), Governance Style, Social Business,
     Stakeholder Management, Creation of Shared Values    
General topics on business and society are also welcome!



For the detailed program, please see HERE.

Program Committee 

・Doi, Masaatsu (Professor, Hosei University, Japan)
・Eweje, Gabriel (Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand)
・Jastram, Sarah (Professor, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany)
・Moon, Jeremy (Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
・Ohmuro, Nobuyoshi (Professor, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan)
・Schmidpeter, René (Professor, Cologne Business School, Germany)
・Schwalbach, Joachim (Professor, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany)
・Tanimoto, Kanji (Professor, Waseda University, Japan)

Call for Paper (Research/Case Study) 

Please submit a A4 one page proposal for a single paper and add three keywords (either in English or Japanese) to


Deadline for Submission
Extended to→
May 31, 2017

June 19, 2017
・An A4-size sheet (approximately 800 words) proposal with the theme and 3 keywords
・Please send the proposal to
Result Notification
Extended to→
June 30, 2017

July 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Journal (IJCSR) will join the conference and will publish special issue as follows. Those who submit a successful proposal will be invited to submit a full paper after the conference to either:

1) The JFBS Annals by Chikura Publishing
 (Articles should be 8,000 words long).
  The deadline for a full paper submission is January 31, 2018.
  For more information, please visit here Notes for Contributors.
  Please send the paper to

2) A special issue of International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility(IJCSR) by Springer

Doctoral Workshop

■Date: September 6th, 2017 September 7th, 2017
■Venue: Waseda Campus, Waseda University
■Theme: Any themes related to Business and Society are welcome
■Technical Committee:

・Eweje, Gabriel (Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand)
・Jastram, Sarah (Professor, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany)
・Kokubu, Katsuhiko (Professor, Kobe University, Japan)
・Moon, Jeremy (Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
・Tanimoto, Kanji (Professor, Waseda University, Japan)
For details.


The "Early Bird" discounts applies in case both your application form and your payment of fee are completed by August 8, 2017 (Japan Time.)

We offer students (non-presenters) to attend the doctoral workshop as guests
(seats are limited.) For those who have registered for the conference and would like to attend the workshop, please register in advance at

JFBS Members/ Non-members
Participation Fee
(Early Bird)

Participation Fee
JFBS Member      9,000 yen      11,000 yen
JFBS Member (Student)      6,500 yen       8,000 yen
Non-Member      13,000 yen      15,000 yen
Non-Member (Student)      8,000 yen      10,000 yen
Reception on Sep. 7      3,000 yen       3,500 yen
Conference Presenter               9,000 yen (until July 24)
Doctoral Student Presenter               6,500 yen (until July 24)
【Please note】
* The registration for the conference will be completed after we confirm your payment of the participation fee with the registration form.
* For payment, please choose either a bank transfer or a credit card.
* Registered participants of the conference will receive a password to download presentation resumes on around September 1, 2017. (The User ID and password is to be valid for 2 months from September 1 to October 31, 2017.). JFBS will not provide proceedings in order to save papers.
* Free beverage, free snacks (lunch) on September 8, and farewell drinks are provided for the participants. We hope you will make good use of this opportunity to enrich your network.


Tokyo is a very large and attractive city and benefits from plentiful accommodation. See the following website for more information.
- Japan National Tourism Organization
- Japan Guide

●We uploaded photos (the external website, Google Photo.)
Doctoral Workshop
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