Corporations exist in society but they usually do not realize their responsibility to self, culture, societies and the world.  Corporations are conceptualized as legal persons with rights but unlike human beings they cannot be held culpable for their wrongs. The concept of person in many cultural, philosophical, religious and spiritual traditions of the world has not only a functional dimension of performance of role but has a transcendental dimension. But the tragedy of modern law and society is that while corporations are granted legal rights of persons the transcendental aspect of personhood is rarely explored. But the discourse of corporations are used by owners to appropriate wealth and resources creating havoc, inequality and suffering in ecological, social, cultural and spiritual environments.  With this foundational limitation, there has emerged a discourse of corporate social responsibility. In India there have been laws about corporate social responsibility where corporations above  a certain ceiling of profits are required to invest it in socially beneficial causes or donate it to actors and movements working on it.

In our conference, we would like to explore the vision and practice of corporate spiritual responsibility (including ecological, ethical and moral responsibility) which can help us transform existing conceptions and practices of corporations. It explores the frames and ways of responsibility which goes beyond existing polarities such as state and market, market and NGOs and lead to closer interactions among actors leading to transformation towards a holistic vision of development. It also explores how corporate spiritual responsibility can transform the existing discourse of corporate social responsibility. In our conference, we also explore cases of corporations and service delivery groups which follow a spiritual approach to self, society, market by pointing to the need for cultivating the dimension of love, care and responsibility—our potential real higher self—and not just be a slave of narrow self-interest.

Corporate spiritual responsibility strives to rethink corporations and individuals as part of an ecology of relationships inhabited by human, social, Nature and the Divine—all understood in a very broad sense and not in a narrow, dogmatic way. We also want to specifically focus on how corporations should address themselves to the spiritual challenges of their own employees, society and humanity. Many of the employees of corporations are going through pain, stress, burnout and lack and crisis of meaning. Existing counselling and therapy programs are inadequate to address these problems. Corporations must put their own houses in order by transforming them into ecologies of well-being and creativity and not just money-making machines. In essence they should contribute towards realization of the vision of integral and holistic development the human society.


  1. A New Vision of Human, Society and Corporations: Towards Integral & Holistic Development
  2. The Vision and Practice of Corporate Spiritual Responsibility
  3. New Vision for Infrastructure
  4. The Existing Discourse and Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. Case Studies of Effective Approaches to CSR
  6. Inter-linkages between Corporate Moral Responsibility, Corporate Ethical Responsibility, Corporate Ecological Responsibility and its Spiritual Dimension
  7. Corporate Spiritual Responsibility and Rethinking Self, Market, Corporation, State and Society
  8. Human Quality Development (HQD) and Human Development and the Corporations
  9. Rethinking Leadership in the context of CSSR: The Vision and Practice of ‘Atmic Viswa’ (Soul Planetary) Leadership
  10. Holistic Approach to Performance Evaluation: Towards Holistic Performance Scorecard
  11. Leadership, Accountability, Internal and External Control Systems
  12. Corporate Governance, Industrial Relations and Employee Consequences
  13. Transaction Costs, Assembly Lines, Race to Zero Price, Relocating Production Lines and Societal Implications
  14. Consumerism, Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Externalities and Customer Consequences
  15. Anti-Corporate Activism, Human Rights and Socio-Political Imbalances
  16. Firm Investment Decisions, Functional Area Implications, and Stakeholder Management
  17. Contemporary Debate on Theories of Corporation
  18. Aligning B-School Curriculum towards Corporate Spiritual Responsibility
  19. Corporate Social Dharma, Co-Responsibilities and Co-Relationships

This is not an exhaustive list, & papers are welcome in other related areas. Please indicate in your abstract to which theme you would like to contribute. The Conference committee withholds the final right to arrange the track allocation depending on the popularity of each theme.


Registration Early Bird
For Faculty Members
For Full time Doctoral Students / Research Scholars / Students
For Industry Delegates


Conference Paper

Conference Paper Submission & Review

    Contributions should be original research work not published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

    An abstract of around 200 words should be uploaded at the conference website. If you face any difficulty, contact us at ibaconf@ibaintl.org.

    The selected authors have to upload the full paper at the conference website.

Review and Acceptance

All contributions submitted for the conference are subject to double blind review. They will be reviewed for their originality, clarity and relevance to the theme. The authors also have to ensure it is their original work. Contributions will be tested for plagiarism.

Publication of papers

Selected papers that are presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the half-yearly journal 3-D- IBA Journal of Management and Leadership published by IBA. Accepted conference papers will be published as proceedings in a CD-ROM and will be provided to all registered participants.

Conference Awards

It is proposed to award a cash prize of ₹25,000 for Best Paper, ₹15,000 for Best Doctoral paper and ₹8000 for Best Student paper. The conference committee reserves the right not to award any prize.


The participants will have to make their own arrangements for their stay. Pick up and drop facility will be provided from select points in the city to the conference venue.

Submit Your Paper

Submission Guidelines

    The abstract should clearly indicate the contribution made by the paper to the existing body of knowledge.

    All manuscripts should be in English, typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 in double space, only on one side of the paper with a wide margin on both the sides. All tables must be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals with appropriate titles. Footnotes should be listed consecutively in the text with super script Arabic numerals. Bibliographic references should be on a separate sheet of paper.

    Only MSWord (.doc or .docx) and pdf formatted files can be uploaded.

    Fill all the details and indicate the category and the group for which the paper is being submitted. In case of any doubt regarding the group and subject area of the indicated paper, contact us at ibaconf@ibaintl.org.

    Manuscripts should not exceed 4000 words.

Conference Chair

Prof. Subhash Sharma

Director, Indus Business


Chief Patron

Shri. Manish Jain

Indus Business Academy,Bengaluru


Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Prashant Kulkarni

Asst. Professor, Indus Business Academy, Bengaluru


Conference Co-Chair

Prof. Ananta Giri

Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai


Indus Business Academy (IBA- formerly Indian Business Academy) has been ranked '12th' by Competition Success Review (CSR) - GHRDC All India Survey in 2010, rated 'A++' Category B-School by Business India All India Survey in 2010 and ranked '30th' by SiliconIndia in 2010, comprehensive salary and career growth survey of management graduates from TOP 200 B-Schools of India.

IBA’s founding mission was to bring excellence in Teaching, Training, Corporate Networking and in Placements. At IBA, students are groomed, not just as managers but as holistic individuals. It ensures emergence of positively charged individuals, ready to contribute to the growth of corporations and the welfare of the society.

‘IBA’ stands for three success mantras viz. Inspiration, Breakthrough and Achievement. At IBA, these three success mantras are represented by success formula viz. Success = Inspiration X Breakthrough X Achievement (S = I X B X A). Students of IBA imbibe these fundamental values and this has led to their success in various walks of life at the national and global levels. Learning at IBA is rooted in the 3 D model of Discussion, Dialogue and Discourse facilitating the development of Creative, Enlightened and Organic (CEO) leaders.

Today, IBA stands tall in the comity of B-Schools. Step-by-step, in a decade’s time, it has made significant contributions to the field of management and management education. The success of IBA is rooted in the nurturing …academic environment, use of latest technologies, creative curriculum design and excellent industry interface and placements.


The conference registration fees will include the conference kit, lunch, refreshments and dinner. Registration fees will be per participant and not per paper. If the co-authors want to participate, they have to register separately.

The conference participants will have to send the demand draft drawn in favor of ‘Arihant Education and Research Foundation’ payable at Bangalore along with the registration form. At least one author has to register for the conference to be eligible for the inclusion of the paper in the conference proceedings and programme.

The registration can also be done through online banking/net transfer. The details are as follows






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We will refund 50% of the registration fee if a written request for withdrawal is received early.If a participant wishes to present in absentia, he/she should indicate at time of submission. Any participant dropping out after this will not be issued certificates.