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MESD'15: MNEs, Sustainability and Climate Change



December 13-15, Lisbon, Portugal


The fourth MESD International Conference (MESD’15) will be jointly organized by the AUDAX - Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE-IUL which hosts the conference this year, the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.


Conference topic
To achieve the transformation towards a more sustainable world, the main political, economic and societal actors are looking for global solutions to face the global climate change which is perceived as the most important issue of our time. An ever increasing number of regions, sectors, ecosystems and social groups are confronted in the same time by the impacts of climate change on future societal transformation. Climate change is also severely affecting MNEs activities in a wide variety of sectors and countries. Their large activities can accelerate or slow the sustainable development process both locally and globally. Starting from this observation, MESD’15 will mainly focus on the ways MNEs can address climate change issues. Considering the magnitude of the global warming issues, MESD’15 expands its target to any enterprise concerned by climate change issues. A particular intention will be given to enterprises known as “Born Global” whose impact on sustainability issues is revolutionizing the traditional character of international business. The conference seeks to identify any new feature of MNEs that is compatible with sustainable development in general and with the climate change issues in particular.

MESD’15 encourages any type of multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary studies and practices linking disciplines, knowledge systems and stakeholders to support a more sustainable business. Also, solutions-oriented studies in agreement with the Future Earth 2025 Vision are very welcome. This can be done by exploring how enterprises can engage with the two major historic events that will take place in 2015: Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC which is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France and United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda to take place in September 2015, in New York. MESD’15 aims at providing an exchange forum for academics, consultants and business leaders with an interest in the advancement of innovation and sustainability in mature as well as emerging companies with an aspiration to play a significant role for a more sustainable world.

MESD’15 Tracks
The following tracks are only indicative of topics broadly fitting into the core of the conference. Other submissions fitting into the theme of the conference are most welcome.
Authors are invited to select one the following tracks:

  • Technology and sustainability
  • Born Globals
  • Resource allocation and efficiency
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Entry modes and country selection
  • Coordination and control (use of expatriates)
  • Open Innovation
  • Corporate venturing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Risk and return of corporate innovation

Who Should Participate?

This international conference will be of great interest to researchers, scientists, experts, consultants and other professionals working in the broad areas of any enterprise having a role to play for a more sustain business. We are looking forward to the participation of persons in a position to influence the strategic and future vision of their companies in the full range of sustainability issues. This conference also seeks to meet needs of governments and regulatory bodies, industry associations, the UN family of institutions and non-governmental organizations. We welcome paper proposals from research faculties, business decision makers and policy practitioners, as well as advanced graduate students.

What contributions?

Extended abstracts : An extended abstract is a scholarly presentation of summary work consisting of a short description. The extended abstracts should be no more than 350 words long (line space 1.5, Times New Roman, 12). It is intended to establish if research question(s) is pertinent to the MESD’15 conference. The extended abstract must include: title, authors (in a separate page), key question, main hypotheses, problem, state-of-the art, methods used (if applicable), main findings, and some core references. The manuscripts must include the names of all the authors, their affiliation and contact information, and should be presented in a separate sheet.

Full papers: The full papers should contain less than 5000 - 8000 words (line space 1.5, Times New Roman, 12), including images, tables, figures and appendixes.

Posters: uthors wishing to present a Poster should respect the following dimensions: 120cm x 85cm (approximately A0).

Case studies: This conference aims to link theory to practice, providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of business cases by some of the leading corporations. These case studies, integrated into a series of workshops, will be discussed by world experts who will help in defining the future agenda for these topics. They will be moderated by an expert in the area, also involving other institutional and European actors and international organizations. The submission of Case Studies in the areas of (i) idea generation, (ii) idea implementation and (iii) assessment and control, should have the following characteristics: a) Business Model, b) Vision and target, c) Competition, d) Business Strategies, e) Results and f) Future prospects. The Case Studies must be written in English, and should be no more than 20 pages long (line space 1,5, Times New Roman, 12). The document must include the name of all the authors, the institution represented and contact information.

Best Practices Papers: Best Practices may be defined as an efficient way, method or technique used to accomplish tasks and/or resolve problems, approved and recognized by organizations. The implementation of such practices comes from the need to overcome new problems or the necessity to improve the way organizations operate. The notion of « Best Practices » often implies a long and complex process beginning with the identification of the problem and resulting in its solution. Contributing to « Best Practices » infers providing a precise description of this process and accepting to exchange and share experiences with other organizations. This allows us to broaden the use of the proposed practices, which will eventually become approved and documented for accepted procedures and methods. In order to guarantee a high quality of « Best Practices » papers, it is important that their content be consistent. For this, we recommend that authors organize and structure their papers in the following manner:
The problem and its context (20%):Presentation of the organization and its internal and external environments; the problem, its origin, and its impact on the organization's activity; the primary reasons for investigating solutions.
The process used to solve the problem (40%):The intended goals of the project; the collection and processing of data, statistics, facts; the major steps of the process; the strategy and method employed; performance evaluation criteria.
Results and perspectives (40%):Fulfillment of economic, environmental, or societal goals; the key success factors; the obstacles and challenges encountered; conclusive information for the organization; perspectives for the future. 
To format their papers for submission, authors should use the same guidelines as described for research papers. To evaluate “Best Practices" papers, we will use the same review process and criteria as explained for scientific papers.


Important Dates

Extended abstracts’ Submissions start date

September 7, 2015

‘Early Bird’ Registration start date

October 16, 2015

‘Early Bird’ Registration deadline

September 30, 2015

Notification of acceptance

October 12, 2015

Regular registration start date

October 17, 2015

Submission deadline for final papers

November 29, 2015

Conference dates

December 13-15, 2015


For further information, please contact:

Ivo Pereira
ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute
Av. das Forças Armadas - 1649-926 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: + 351 217 903 000 - Ext. 712031 – 752016 | Fax: + 351 217 903 964

We look forward to have you on board