2nd Annual Innovations to Tackle Global Sustainability Challenges Conference

September 14-16, 2023 | Bloomington, Indiana

The 2nd Annual “Innovations to Tackle Global Sustainability Challenges” Conference, will be hosted at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in collaboration with the Centers for International Business Education and Research at Indiana University, The George Washington University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.  

The purpose of this annual conference is to bring together active and leading scholars worldwide to share their research on important emerging concepts, themes and methodologies on the topic of global sustainability. We hope that, by forming this leading community of global sustainability researchers, the conference will strengthen international business scholarship in sustainability-related research areas; foster thought-provoking interdisciplinary discussions; engage dialogues between scholars and society including practitioners, and educators; and contribute frontier insights to addressing global sustainability challenges.   


Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Characteristics of innovations to tackle global sustainability challenges 
  • Measurements of global sustainability progress and performance 
  • Micro-foundations of corporate global sustainability strategy.
  • The role of digital technologies in global sustainability
  • The role of civil society organizations in global sustainability 
  • The relationship between transparency and global sustainability 
  • The relationship between corporate governance and global sustainability 
  • The relationship between (de)globalization and corporate sustainability strategy 
  • Diffusion of sustainability in global value chains  
  • Similarities and differences between social and environmental sustainability  
  • Cultural implications for global sustainability 
  • Policy implications for global sustainability 
  • Cross-country comparative studies in sustainability practices  
  • Cross-disciplinary research insights on global sustainability 
  • Theory and method challenges in conducting sustainability research  

In addition to prominent scholars of global sustainability research, the conference will invite business executives to share their experiences, insights, and challenges in tackling global sustainability challenges, via panels/keynotes. The conference will also offer a workshop on global sustainability pedagogy to meet the rapidly growing demand for higher education to incorporate relevant topics into university curriculum design.