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ASB 2022:
Making the Future

F.C. Manning School of Business
Acadia University

September 30 - October 2

 

At some point in the future, the COVID-19 pandemic we have all experienced over the last two years will likely be seen as an inflection point that changed how we saw and understood the world around us.  The circulation of the virus and its impact upon our social fabric and the economy have forced us to confront our beliefs and to challenge the very ideologies upon which they were founded.  Thoughts of our own while in quarantine with our family bubbles, or expressed collectively through virtual meetings and social media, give cause to ponder.  From capitalism to neoliberalism, globalization to nationalization, or the predominance of work in our lives and our work-life (im)balances – all these are now being called into question. 

COVID-19 has shown us that the global system of worldwide production, and supply chains that formed over the last half-century to support our modern societies, lack resiliency and are breaking down.  The movement of goods through the global economic arteries of plane, ship, train, and truck was slowed or stopped.  A lack of resiliency and sustainability of the materialist basis of global commerce and society have revealed the shortcomings and weaknesses of the economic engine upon which our lifestyles have been built.  Is now the time to disentangle overly long supply chains and rethink offshore production?  Is now the time to ensure we can ‘make’ to meet our needs?  Should we now renew ourselves by recentering thoughts and practices to the local?  Can new ways and forms of ‘making’ become the centerpiece of a renewed and sustainable economy?

Circumstances beg all of us to think about what to make of the future.  How will we build more durable and humane economies and societies, or how can we do the business of work differently?  What new structures will we create; what needs to be preserved or jettisoned?  In remaking the economy, can we move forward using wisdom rather than memes? Can we learn to value people over profitability?  Can we overcome division with discussion?  Can we challenge and overcome the inequities which predominate our social, political, and economic systems?  Can we think – and make – things otherwise?  After two years of repeated lockdowns and forced isolation, of virtual meetings and zoom fatigue, of cycling between feelings of hope and despair, the future begs us to consider what it is to be.  

We invite you to think about how we can make a post-pandemic future in terms of both big and small thoughts.  About how to do business otherwise.  About how to meet these and other challenges (e.g., climate change) and to make our future(s) different.

As in previous years, submissions for proceedings papers and presentations or developmental sessions are welcome in either our themed or our standing areas (tracks).

 

Submissions will be accepted by track chairs until: 22 August 2022

Please refer to the style guide at www.asbconference.ca for submission format. Submissions lacking proper formatting will be returned.