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Research seminars and events


Further information

UK and overseas speakers are invited to the School to share their experiences and findings with staff, doctoral students and the members of the public. Previous seminars can be found here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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If you are a member of staff and wish to organise an event or seminar please contact the Research Office.

Forthcoming events:


Misreporting by Financial Institutions in the Years Leading up to the Financial Crisis

An AFL division seminar. Refreshments will be served in 8 West foyer at 12.30pm. The seminar will take place at 1.00pm. One to one meetings with the seminar speaker can be arranged via the AFL research seminar coordination team: Dr Winifred Huang & Dr Pietro Perotti

Speaker: Prof Clive Lennox , USC Marshall School of Business

Location: 8 West 3.14

Time: 12.30pm

Contact: Research Office


CSR, legitimacy and non-financial disclosure

Restoring an eroded legitimacy: perceptions of stakeholders and hypocrisy in non-financial disclosure

Marco Bellucci, Diletta Acuti, Lorenzo Simoni, and Giacomo Manetti

An enduring wave of corporate scandals is threatening the legitimacy of corporations and other large organisations. This study contributes to the literature on hypocrisy in corporate social responsibility (CSR) by investigating how organisations adapt their non-financial disclosure after a scandal and examining the perceptions of stakeholders in terms of hypocrisy and legitimacy. Using a theoretical framework based on legitimacy theory and organisational hypocrisy, the research design includes i) a content analysis of nonfinancial disclosures by 11 organisations to investigate how they responded to major scandals in terms of CSR reporting, ii) a content analysis of independent counter accounts to detect the presence of views that contrast with the corporate disclosure and suggest hypocritical behaviors, and iii) a 2x2 between-subject experiment to examine how stakeholders perceive the actions of companies that aim to restore their eroded legitimacy through reporting. The present manuscript discusses a set of findings and practical implications: four patterns in the adaptation of reporting - genuine, alluding, evasive, indifferent - emerge from information collected on scandals and CSR actions; the type of scandal and cultural factors can influence the response to a scandal; counter accounts can be used to detect possible hypocritical behaviours; and companies that take responsibility and develop coherent CSR activities are perceived as less hypocritical and more legitimate.

Implicit versus explicit corporate social responsibility disclosure: a textual analysis

Charles Cho

This study draws on the implicit-explicit framework of Matten and Moon (2008) and investigates differences in both the language and the topics of voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) disclosure between firms located in liberal market economies (LMEs) and firms located in coordinated market economies (CMEs). According to the framework, LMEs are characterised by a gap on CSR issues and firms react to it through explicit disclosure. In CMEs, on the other hand, CSR issues are strongly institutionalised through policies and legislation and consequently firms more implicitly report on these issues. We use computer-based textual analysis to measure the explicitness of voluntary CSR disclosure. Concerning language, we argue that CSR disclosure by firms in LMEs is more readable and more positive in tone. With respect to topics, we expect CSR disclosure by firms in LMEs to be more explicit about education, philanthropy and parental leave policies. Our results are based on a sample of 973 reports over a period of eight years. We find evidence that voluntary CSR disclosure provided by firms in LMEs is more positive in tone and more explicit with regard to educational, philanthropic and parental issues compared to the disclosure provided by firms in CMEs. With respect to the readability of the disclosure, the findings are ambiguous and heavily dependent on the underlying measure of readability.

Speaker: Prof Charles Cho , York University, Canada & Dr Giacomo Manetti , Univeristy of Florence

Location: 8 West 4.23

Time: 12.00 - 13.30pm

Contact: Research Office


Which Australian industries produce most R&D external benefits?

Public support for industry, either financial or in-kind, is predicated on the existence of unpaid and unrequited benefits flowing from one organisation to another. It follows that public support should be most generous where the outflows of these benefits are greatest. R&D activity is considered one notable source of these external benefits. There is now as strong and consistent body of evidence across the world that shows that firms, which interact or locate near R&D-active firms, receive considerable benefits. However, there is no reason why the magnitude of these benefits should be the same from all industries. Despite the quantity of studies, there has been scant evidence to indicate which sectors and what type of R&D produce the most benefits. This talk takes a step towards addressing this omission with the ultimate goal being the design of more targeted industry policies.

Speaker: Prof Beth Webster , Swinburne University of Technology

Location: 8 West 4.23

Time: 12.00pm

Contact: Research Office


Will employees pay to work for a more socially responsible organisation?

Refreshments in 8 West foyer at 12.00. Seminar at 12.30.

It is well established that attracting, motivating and retaining talented employees promotes firm value. Less clear is whether corporate social responsibility can contribute to this outcome. Willingness to sacrifice pay for social responsibility is a strong test of this hypothesis and consistent with one explanation offered for value creation-that employees are willing to work for less pay for a more socially responsible organisation-as well as with employee beliefs about the importance of meaningful work. In two, carefully controlled experiments that present competing job offers-one conducted in an MBA classroom, the other in an online labour market-we find that participants will sacrifice wages to work for the organisation they view as more socially beneficial. This talk will argue that this "willingness to pay" for socially useful work represents a novel form of prosocial compensating wage differential and conclude that social responsibility can enhance the employee value proposition.

Speaker: Prof N. Craig Smith , INSEAD

Location: 8 West 3.13

Time: 12.00pm

Contact: Research Office


Debtholder monitoring incentives and bank earnings opacity

Refreshments in 5 West level 2 foyer at 1.15. Seminar at 1.45.

Speaker: Prof Enrico Onali , Nottingham University Business School

Location: 5 West 2.4

Time: 1.15pm

Contact: Research Office


From the First Industrial Revolution to the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Looking at the Future of Work

This half-day workshop (and seminar) will explore how employer-manager-employee relations and individuals at work have evolved and changed since the First Industrial Revolution up until the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The workshop will also see how this knowledge will help us anticipate what form of employer- manager-employee relations, and what forms of managers and employees, may develop in what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Programme Leaders: Dr Farooq Mughal, University of Bath & Professor Aykut Berber, Istanbul University School of Business

Location: 8 West 2.19

Time: 9.00 - 2.00pm

Contact: Yasin Rofcanin