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UniversitÓ degli studi di Bergamo
Department of Management, Economics
and Quantitative Methods

4th Bergamo-Wharton Joint Conference
Bergamo (Italy), 1st-2nd July, 2016
Doctoral and Young Researchers Workshop
Bergamo - via dei Caniana 2 - Room 15
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Workshop conveners

  • Gianfranco Rusconi, University of Bergamo
  • Silvana Signori, University of Bergamo
  • Alan Strudler, Wharton - University of Pennsylvania

Workshop format

Each participant is assigned a slot of about 30-45 minutes for presentation, feedback from discussants and open discussion.
In order to be able to fully contribute to the discussions and help their fellows' research, participants are encouraged to prepare by reading all essays and full papers prior to the workshop. Essays and papers will be distributed electronically before the Workshop.
PhD student's presentations will alternate with keynote speeches.

Keynote speakers

Heidi von Weltzien H°ivikHeidi von Weltzien H°ivik is professor emeritus of Business Ethics and Leadership at the Norwegian School of Management. She is a Fellow of the Harvard Executive Program of the Institute of Education Management, and a Fellow of the Harvard Program of International Negotiations. She has served as executive member of the Caux Round Table, of Transparency International Norway and of the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics (ISBEE). For eight years she was president of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) and was honored for her work with an honorary doctorate degree. Among her publications her book Moral Leadership in Action, Building and Sustaining Moral Competence in European Organizations (2002) stands out.
She still works as a consultant to business organizations and is a sought after speaker at international conferences.
R. Edward FreemanR. Edward Freeman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Duke University. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorates (DHC) in Economics from Comillas University in Madrid, The Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and an honorary doctorate in Management Science from Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. Throughout his career he has received a number of teaching awards from the Wharton School, The Carlson School, the Darden School, the University of Virginia, the State of Virginia and the Academy of Management. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the World Resources Institute and Aspen Institute, the Humboldt University Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Society for Business Ethics. Professor Freeman serves as co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Business Ethics.
Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts and the blues. He is a co-principal in Red Goat Records, LLC found at
Alan StrudlerAlan Strudler is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania and Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania. In decades past, he taught at California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. Strudler has written about the moral significance of numbers, the moral significance of causation, and the moral significance of business. Until recently, Strudler was Coordinator of his department's Ph.D. program in Ethics and Legal Studies and Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly. He quit these positions in order to pursue a project on business cunning, which explores the forms and limits of truthfulness in business transactions. While in Italy this summer, he plans to execute a funded research project on the concepts of authenticity and integrity in Italian wine production. He welcomes insights from anybody relevantly experienced with wine.
Valentina GentileValentina Gentile is Vice-Director of the CEGP (Center for Ethics and Global Politics) at LUISS University in Rome and a Lecturer in Political Philosophy and Corporate Social Responsibility at the same University. Her research focuses on normative political theory, liberal theory (especially the work of John Rawls), Business Ethics and, especially, intersections between justice as fairness and stakeholder theory. In 2016, she has been coordinator of the In.Te.S.A. project (Territorial Innovation for Company Development), a research and training program with the aim of integrating a multi-stakeholder approach into the various phases of the SMEs? training programmes. In.Te.S.A. project was funded within the framework of Fondimpresa program Region Lazio. Her recent publications include the edited book, Rawls and Religion (Columbia University Press, New York, 2015) and the article, Democratic justice: the priority of politics and the ideal of citizenship, in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2016.

Brief speeches

During the workshop brief speeches on specific topics will be made. Tentative themes are: Business ethics and legal studies, CSR in entrepreneurial firms and family business, CSR and strategies, CSR and corporate governance, CSR and sustainability, etc.


The official language of the conference will be English.

Detailed program and Speakers
2a- Heidi von Weltzien H°ivik
2b- R. Edward Freeman
Bhargava Vikram - Twitter Trials and Termination: The Problem of Immoral Conduct Outside of the Workplace
Burgia Iris - Corporate Water Disclosure: Its Role in the ?Governing? of Water
Cecchini Manara Virginia - Compliance with Socially Responsible Norms of Behavior: Reputation vs. Conformity
Celesti Chiara - Tax Avoidance and Corporate Social Responsibility ? Italy as a Case Study
Fia Magalý - The Theory of The Firm, New Insights from Sen?s Capabilities Approach
Hankins Jonathan - How Can You Have CSR Without R(R)I?
Lee Jooho - Contracts and Hierarchies: Reclaiming the Moral Significance of the Nexus-of-Contracts Firm
Litardi Irene - What Future for Urban Sustainability? Public Art as a Tool for Civic Engagement
Majumdar Arjya - The Social Responsibility of Corporations to Preserve Intergenerational Equity
Moggi Sara - The Dynamism of Stakeholder Salience. Evidence from Sustainability Reporting at Universities
Mulazzi Floriana - The Role of Business Vis Ó Vis the Implementation of the Agenda 2030
Recchi Simonetta - Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. The Role of Human Dignity as Value to Promote Active Ageing in the Enterprises
Scherrer Sylvie - Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Building on Inherent Strengths of Family Firms
Vittori Francesco - Lessons from the Assessment of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGSs)
Young Carson - Should You Be a Locavore?

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