Critical and Alternative Thinking in Governance (CATG) AGORA Workshop

20-21 June 2024 – Barcelona, Spain

With the collaboration of ISC Paris

Re-searching, Re-teaching, Re-practicing Governance: Toward a new paradigm for ‘Buen vivir’ and Sustainability


From the mid 1980s, academics, practitioners and policy makers have failed, collectively, to address the issues of the limits of resources and the boundaries of the planet, including climate change, world inequalities, and social tensions. While an enormous effort has been made to introduce more ethics, sustainable development, and sustainability in the social sciences, and more particularly in organization sciences/studies, we consider that much of this work, while certainly useful, is insufficient to bring about the paradigmatic bifurcation needed to nurture “good living”. The latter concept represents the translation of “sumak kawsay,” a social philosophy deeply ingrained in the cosmovision of the Quechua peoples of the Andes. Frequently denoted by its Spanish term “buen vivir,” it represents a multifaceted approach defined by an emphasis on community, ecological harmony, and cultural awareness, as articulated by Eduardo Gudynas. Gudynas contends that any departure from conventional development should offer avenues to transcend modern Western culture, and Buen Vivir presents that prospect.

We hold that much of our thinking is still trapped in the “iron cage” frameworks of mass consumption and individual material accumulation. An increasing number of philosophers and scientists have criticized this paradigm and offer various theoretical tools to move forward though a bifurcation that re-situates the economy as a means for ‘collective wealth’ and social progress, rather than as an end in itself. A new paradigm is proposed that places the planet, living beings and ecosystems, humans, and societies at the centre of decision-making priorities, both for business and policymaking.

Neither the ideas of degrowth and the de-globalisation movement, nor transhumanism and the colonisation of other planets can be relied upon to safeguard life on Earth.

This call aligns with existing, but marginalized, thinking based on or inspired by scholars and philosophers such as Eduardo Gudynas, Arne Naes, Bruno Latour, Boaventura de

Sousa Santos, Bernard Stigler, Felix Guattari, Caroline Merchant, Enriqué Dussel, and many other thinkers who have challenged our way of living and called for rising to the challenge of maintaining lives, ecosystems, and life on our planet.

Re-thinking, Re-learning, and Re-applying Governance for Planetary Well-being together.

We invite scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to join and submit their thinking on issues like:

  • Redefining the value concept in economics and management to better capture wellbeing
  • Preserving the oceans from human damage, through new models of governance and justice
  • Regenerating natural resources through transforming corporate and business strategies
  • National and organizational balance-sheet reporting on nature and the planet.
  • Eradicating poverty, inequities, and inequalities among and within nations through better articulation of local-national-global governance
  • Promoting healthcare and education facilities and programs through new financing and investment schemes

These are a few among many issues humanity is facing – the window for new thinking is open – and this workshop is an invitation to engage with challenging ideas, theories, and models.

Preliminary program

20 JUNE 202421 JUNE 2024
Paper session 2


Deconstructing ESG ratings: for a systemic approach to governance
Lara Martin, Environmental and Social Consultant, IFC – World Bank Group
—————————Regular Lunch

Opening roundtable:
DEEP RISING, by Jason Momoa
documentary based debate

Leila Chennoufi, Partner at Sustainability Frameworks, LLP

Paper session 1
Paper session 3

Closing Roundtable
Bifurcating in pedagogy design:
Collective thinking on a new Corporate governance syllabi
Gala Dinner

Scientific Committee

Xavier CastañerHEC Lausanne, Switzerland
Thomas ClarkeUniversity of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Coral IngleyAUT University, New Zealand
Morten HuseBI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Silke MacholdUniversity of Wolverhampton Business School, UK
Sabina NielsenCopenhagen Business School, Denmark
Sibel YamakUniversity of Wolverhampton Business School, UK
Anderson Seny KanGrenoble Ecole de Management, France

Important dates

  • Research symposium: 20-21 June 2024
  • Deadline for submission of CAAG 10-page proposals: 20th April 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 22 April 2024
  • Deadline for CAAG full-text submission: 26 May 2024
  • Early bird/author registration: 10 June 2024
  • Format: Hybrid

Symposium fees

IN SITUSymposium fees* in euros (VAT incl.
Early Bird Fee (up to 10 June 2024)€250
Regular Fee (11 June – 19 June 2024)€350
On-site Registration Fee€420
(PhD) Student reduction-50%

* Symposium fees include: documentation, coffee breaks, lunch, gala dinner.

DIGITALSymposium fees* in euros (VAT incl.
Early Bird Fee (up to 10 June 2024)€40
Regular Fee (11 June – 19 June 2024)€60
(PhD) Student reduction-50%

* Symposium fees include: documentation, Zoom access to the symposium.

Organizing Committee

Wafa Khlif, Chair

TBS Education – Barcelona, Spain

Lotfi Karoui

ISC Paris, France

Kim Ceulemans

TBS Education – Toulouse, France

Zoubaïda Skalli

HEC Montréal, Canada

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Submissions should be sent to:

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