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When and Where
  • 6/19/2024 8:00 AM PDT
  • 6/21/2024 4:00 PM PDT
  • Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (Washington DC Campus)

Strategies For Sustainable Human Development

This conference is designed to explore the intersection of firm strategy, ESG, and human capital from both an academic as well as practice perspective. The timing of this conference marks the five-year anniversary of the Business Roundtable, an association of top CEOs, in Washington, D.C. that formed a commitment to track ESG efforts in business. As we reflect on this movement to redefine success from financial shareholder primacy to a broader stakeholder perspective, we consider the progress with this call to address ESG in concert with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

As firms work to address sustainability broadly, the human dimension proves to be fraught with challenges due to societal trends, political agendas, workforce challenges, labor constraints, and global operations. 

Firms must manage a myriad of internal and external stakeholders, including consumers, suppliers, and broader communities. The human capital of a firm – whether embedded in the firm itself or part of a larger, globally dispersed supply chain – provides a critical intersection with the social actions of the firm. Beyond their immediate competitive concerns, firms are increasingly taking public positions on social issues, engaging and collaborating with NGOs, and leveraging their resources for social or humanitarian causes. Hence the focus on this conference and the theme: “Strategies for Sustainable Human Development,” as we consider internal human capital, external stakeholders, and society at large. 

To advance this agenda, the conference will feature three tracks that focus, respectively, on Contributing to Societal Health and Community Well-being, Managing Firm Human Capital Sustainably, and Enabling Educational Institutions and Equitable Opportunity. These tracks reflect many of the critical issues and questions associated with strategies for human development and allow for the examination of specific topics that comprise the challenges of realizing a more sustainable future.

*Please note: this conference will be taking place in Washington D.C., at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's new campus at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Conference Program Chairs:

Jonathan Doh, Villanova University

DK Kryscynski, Rutgers University

Richard Smith, Johns Hopkins University

Heli Wang, Singapore Management University

Conference Registration:

Early-bird registration fees (through April 3):

Student Members: $550 USD

Regular & Emeritus Members: $650 USD

Non-Members: $750 USD

Registration fees (April 3 - June 3)

Student Members: $600 USD

Regular & Emeritus Members: $700 USD

Non-Members: $800 USD

Late registration fees (After June 3)

Student Members: $650 USD

Regular & Emeritus Members: $750 USD

Non-Members: $850 USD

Registration Policies:

Registration is required to attend any of the conference activities; name badges must be worn to gain access to conference space and activities. For conference registration purposes, students are individuals who are enrolled full-time, in-residence at the PhD granting institution. For non-SMS members to qualify for this type of registration, they must first become a member of the SMS. Fees shown for a particular time period are valid only for registrations during that period that have completed payment within 14 days of registering. Due to costs already incurred, no refunds will be made for cancellation of your registration. If you are registered and are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another individual. If the conference registration fee is greater (i.e. member fee to non-member fee, etc.), the person to whom the registration is being transferred must pay the difference. Due to our policy of no refunds for cancellations, we recommend that registrants purchase travel insurance. Many providers have options that cover event registration fees.