International Association for Business and Society

The International Association for Business and Society (IABS) was founded during a 5:30 a.m. discussion in a Roy Rogers restaurant during the 1989 meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Washington, D.C. The founding members identified the need in their field for a “learning community” for scholars doing work on the relationship between business and its stakeholders. They also wanted to form a “new scholar network” for doctoral students and faculty new to the field of business and society (B&S). The formation of IABS was critical for the institutional development of the B&S field.

At the time, the main publication outlets for scholars of B&S were the AOM journals, which published little B&S research. Similarly, the Social Issues in Management (SIM) division of the AOM ...

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