Inaugural Conference on Innovations to Tackle Global Sustainability Challenges


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Hosted by the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the George Washington University, Indiana University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, this virtual conference will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21.

Program Chair

Stephanie Wang, Indiana University


Robert Orttung, George Washington University

John McIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

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Thursday, May 20

Panel 1: Organizational Sustainability Initiatives – Multinationals vs. Entrepreneurs

This panel will discuss the scholarly findings on organizational sustainability initiatives by MNCs and by entrepreneurs, challenges of conducting scholarly research on organizational sustainability initiatives, and opportunities for international business scholars and entrepreneurship scholars to collaborate to study this topic.


Keynote 1: Building Inclusive Supply Chains – Implications for MNCs


Panel 2: Corporate Social and Environmental Innovation

This panel will focus on issues such as how disasters influence innovation, how can corporations, researchers, and communities collaborate to develop new technology to improve living conditions, and how can multinational companies develop new models in collaboration with communities to ensure sustainable business models that support local values.


Friday, May 21

Panel 3: Corporate Sustainable Development - Developed vs. Emerging Markets MNCs

This panel will address the theoretical implications for corporate sustainability development based on analyses of developed-market and emerging-market MNCs and will propose ideas for future research on this theme.


Keynote 2: Policy Implications for Corporate Social Sustainability Practices


Panel 4: What Do Practitioners Say?