Social Justice in Organisations
3rd International Research Symposium | 1-2 November 2017
Australian Catholic University
Peter Cosgrove Centre, Tenison Woods House
8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney
Social justice (broadly defined) is an important issue impacting contemporary organisations in a variety of ways, including (un)ethical practices, (un)fairness, (mis)trust, and politics in the workplace. At the heart of this issue is the ways organisations and their members perceive, interact with, and treat each other, their stakeholders and the wider social community.
In recent times, ethical crises in business, exploitation of workers and corporate scandals have shaken assumptions of ‘business as usual’. Recurring examples of social injustice of and within organisations highlight the relevance and timeliness of this topic for scholars, practitioners, and society at large.
In this context, critical insights in the fields of Sustainable Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB) illuminate everyday organisational practices that challenge and undermine social justice. Indeed, tensions between the pursuit of social justice as a normative ideal and how organisations operate in practice suggest such contradictions may lie at the heart of organizational life. Yet approaches that facilitate and sustain social justice in organisations are infrequent and typically not impactful.
Research focused on this topic emphasises ethical, social and psychological perspectives on how everyday interactions at work may undermine, build, restore or sustain social justice. Such perspectives stimulate powerful arguments towards a paradigm shift in management thinking – emphasising the importance of sustainable practices, more attuned to organisations’ impact on people and society. Yet this approach clashes with the pursuit of short-term organizational gain, pitted against the well-being of employees, consumers and other stakeholders.
This International Research Symposium will bring together various theoretical perspectives, methods, and empirical contexts to explore issues of social justice in organisations. Hosted by the Centre for Sustainable HRM & Wellbeing at Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University, the event will provide a supportive and friendly setting to share ideas, discuss latest HRM and OB perspectives, and stimulate scholarly and practical inspiration.
We look forward to welcoming you in Sydney.
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