OCTOBER 2018: Symposium on Philanthropy and Commerce (SPC)
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10/22/2018 to 10/23/2018
When: Monday, October 22, 2018

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Call for Papers

Symposium on Philanthropy and Commerce (SPC)

October 22-23, 2018       Renmin University of China        Beijing, China

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2018

In this October, three leading institutions in the nonprofit and philanthropy area of China---China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation (School of Public Administration, Renmin University of China), Dunhe Foundation (Zhejiang Province), and Narada Foundation are scheduled to jointly host a Symposium on Philanthropy and Commerce (SPC). 

SPC is a good opportunity for  scholars, opinion leaders, and practitioners to start a dialogue and deepen our understanding of the relationship between philanthropy and commerce. Since its reform and opening-up in 1978, China has witnessed an impressive development of its philanthropic sector, together with the maturation of its market economy. The incessant interactions between philanthropy and commerce, as well as the rapid growth of Internet and mobile technologies, have profoundly reshaped the foundations of China’s philanthropic and commercial development. It is true that collaborations and conflicts between philanthropy and commerce to date are omnipresent and have been increasingly deepened. What is the essence of philanthropy and commerce respectively? What is the relationship between them? What is the impact of the Internet boom on them?... Such questions have important implications for these two fields, especially philanthropy to which huge challenges and shocks are put forward. To summarize, the relationship between philanthropy and commerce has become “a real issue of our era”, and its significance and urgency continues to grow.

We cordially invite you to submit proposals that broadly fit the symposium theme, including papers with theoretical, empirical, and managerial contributions on the following topics:

  1. Essence and value of philanthropy
  2. Relationship  between philanthropy and commerce
  3. Influence of the Internet on philanthropy-commerce relations
  4. Commercialization and scaling-up of philanthropy
  5. Entrepreneurship and innovation in philanthropy
  6. Impact of corporate foundations on charity undertakings
  7. Types and operating systems of social enterprise
  8. Social impact investment
  9. Corporate social responsibility

The symposium will be held at Renmin University, Beijing China, on 22-23 October, 2018. Papers accepted by SPC will be considered for inclusion into our Best Paper Proceedings, based on the relevance of topics and quality of research. For those attendees whose papers are selected into the Best Paper Proceedings, the symposium organizer will cover expenses of local transportation and meals for the attendees from Beijing, and expenses of round-trip transportation, meals, and lodging for non-local attendees.


May 30, 2018              Submission Deadline for Proposals (approximately 1,000 words)

June 20, 2018              Notification of Symposium Academic Committee Decisions

September 12, 2018     Submission Deadline for Full Papers

Please submit your proposal (approximately 1,000 words) to cipsi@ruc.edu.cn. We would also highly appreciate it if you could forward this email to those you think may be interested.  If you have logistics questions related to the symposium, please contact Ms. Ai via email cipsi@ruc.edu.cn or by phone (86) 010-6242 3617. 

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