23 Oct 25 Oct
09:00 - 17:00

MORSE Conference

The 4th MORSE conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines around Europe working towards a responsible, resilient and sustainable future to discuss their research and its practical application and societal impact.

Registrations will open soon

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Responsible Business

Resilience to Climate Change

Climate Change has become unavoidable (IPCC, 2023). The question is not if, but how much climate change we must prepare for. This will impact our economy, society, and way of life in many ways. In this track we will focus on the financial sector and invite empirical and theoretical research papers and work in progress that investigate how physical climate risks may affect income flows and balance sheets and give guidance on how economic agents should prepare for these risks. Adaptation to climate change can take the form of “technological fixes” (e.g. higher dikes, flood protection, water storage etc. etc.) but may also involve changing regulation and reforming institutions to build a more resilient economic system. Examples of topics that would be relevant in this track include the risks that physical climate change poses for residential and commercial real estate and corporate fixed assets, indirect impacts on income, employment and production through disruptions in regional, national and global supply chains and the network effects of damages to energy or transport infrastructures.    

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Labor market resilience and sustainability - Good labor, migration and HR practices

The call for responsible companies is getting louder. Society is rightly demanding more responsible leadership. Managing the classic production factors has become increasingly complex due to new externalities such as climate change. However, many companies still tend to focus on short-term firm benefits of shareholders rather than on long-term sustainable value creation for diverse stakeholders. Corporate governance for sustainable and competitive companies has therefore become a strategic issue for the European Commission. This includes better risk management and the provision of reliable corporate information that facilitates decision-making and influences firm behaviour. This requires responsible accounting and governance, and ultimately responsible finance as a catalyst for responsible business.

We are just beginning to understand how these necessary transformations affect firm performance, organizational design, organizational culture, and corporate leadership and a range of questions remains for us to further explore. For instance, how can we train and prepare leaders and employees for situations and problems which by its very nature are ill-defined, dynamic, and complex or present wicked ethical dilemmas? Further questions are related to defining what are norms and values that constitute a responsible and ethical organization, and how these norms and values can be integrated in the culture, design, and structure of organisations. This track aims to facilitate discussion and stimulate contributions to this multidisciplinary and burgeoning field of research by addressing questions that hold relevance and are prevalent to a wide variety of organisations and practitioners.

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Expectations and Narratives in Macroeconomics

The aim of this track is to bring together empirical and theoretical evidence on the role of expectations and narratives for the macroeconomy. The role of expectations and how they are formed is central to the study of macroeconomics, from the rational expectations revolution (Begg, 1982), to expectations under learning (Evans & Honkapohja, 2001) and the many recent innovations surrounding heterogeneous and boundedly rational expectations. A growing literature also recognises the importance of narratives in economics, documenting how stories or concepts can spread between people and have substantial economic impacts (Shiller, 2017). Furthermore, methodological innovations in surveys and natural language processing have begun to allow narratives to be measured quantitatively (Flynn and Sastry, 2022; Andre et al 2023). By bringing together these two literatures, this track aims to further our understanding of how narratives evolve and how they influence economic agents’ expectations. This includes, but is not limited to, applications to narratives around resilience and the climate crisis. 

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Uncertainty in Empirical Macroeconomics and Firm Dynamics

This track aims to bring together empirical evidence on the sources and effects of uncertainty on firm dynamics and macroeconomic performance. Uncertainty has long been linked to lower investments and, thus, adverse micro and macroeconomic outcomes transmitted through various mechanisms such as real options, financial frictions and pessimistic expectations. Dixit (1994) showed how firms’ decisions upon inputs are determined by their uncertainty level about the future through the real options theory. Bloom et al. (2007) showed that with (partial) irreversibility, higher uncertainty reduces the responsiveness of investment to demand shocks. However, it is still unclear to what extent different types of uncertainty affect other aspects of firms' activities, such as (but not limited to) M&A, venture capital and product expansions and aggregate variables, such as overall productivity growth. The track seeks to explore this growing literature and deepen our understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts of uncertainty and their implications on firms’ dynamics and (micro and) macroeconomic outcomes.

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Supply chain resilience

Traditional international economics teaches us that the benefits of trade and specialization are significant and can be shared along the value chain, such that all benefit. This is true on average, but in an uncertain world, shocks will propagate along these value chains and typically end up hurting the weakest links in the chains the most. Covid-19 for example, hits the world’s poor hardest in terms of health effects and welfare. Maintaining healthy buffers and circuit breakers that are very valuable in times of crisis comes at costs and benefits parts of the chain that are not willing or able to pay for them in normal circumstances. The growing interconnectedness of economies in global value chains is a source of both resilience and vulnerability, in ways that beg further analysis.

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Social entrepreneurship and the economy of the Common Good

This track has its focus on the interaction of social (and sustainable) entrepreneurship, regional attractiveness and regional development. Beyond entrepreneurship, we are interested in efforts to create a more inclusive and sustainable local and regional economy, the successes and non-successes thereof and the ways in which problems of collective action are navigated by businesses, citizen organisations, local government with the help of intermediaries and European policies.

We welcome original research on social entrepreneurship, steward ownership, community (wealth) organisations, institutions for collective action, public-civic partnerships, transformative social innovation, regional sustainability transitions and institutional work for the economy of the common good. We also welcome research on different economies: a circular economy, purpose economy, the community economy, bioeconomy and an inclusive economy.

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Sustainable Employability

Sustainable Employability (SE) has become a crucial issue for individuals, organizations and economies in today's fast-changing and uncertain labour market. A combination of changes in production processes (automation, digitization, AI) and demographic changes (ageing, migration) play part in these developments. SE refers to the ability and willingness of individuals to maintain employment throughout their working lives, while remaining healthy, motivated, skilled and productive as well as policies and strategies on a meso and macro level supporting this. At the meso level organizations recognize the importance of SE as it can help improve and sustain productivity, reduce absenteeism, and retain valuable employees and their skills. From a broader societal perspective (macro level) SE is increasingly important in minimizing labour shortages and enabling individual labour market transitions needed to address global challenges. Energy transition and climate change to name but two. Main SE policies and strategies involve healthy ageing, lifelong development (e.g., reskilling, upskilling and informal learning), labour market mobility and work (re)design. Stimulating SE, however, comes with different challenges. 

In this track, we will explore these challenges and new perspectives on, and directions for, SE research and practice. We discuss how societies, organizations and individuals can get involved in it, focussing on equal opportunities and free travel in an inclusive EU labour market, offering good jobs and sustainable careers. We welcome contributions from disciplines including - but not limited to - labour and applied economics, HRM/HRD, occupational health and safety, work and organisational psychology, and organizational behaviour.

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Finance and Resilience

The financial sector plays a crucial role in building a resilient and sustainable economy. With the increasing awareness of the risks and opportunities of climate change, environmental degradation, and social inequality, there is a growing demand for responsible and sustainable finance. Financial institutions are facing new challenges, such as measuring and managing climate risks, promoting sustainable investments, and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. At the same time, the financial sector is also exposed to these risks and needs to ensure its own resilience in order to contribute to a resilient real economy. This track aims to explore the role of finance in building resilience and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for responsible and sustainable finance in the face of environmental, social, and economic pressures.

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Resilience, Responsible and Sustainable Initiatives Observatory

Novel data sources, methods (e.g. AI, ML), digital knowledge systems (infrastructures, tools) gain increasing attention in the domain of resilience, responsibility and sustainability research. Science of Science (SciSci), Science with and for Society (Swafs), inter/multi/transdisciplinary scientific collaborations, and Open Science become day by day more relevant to increasing the resilience of society’s responses to global and/or local challenges. Proliferation of emergent business models and economy concepts (e.g. circular economy, digital economy, social economy) as responses, mapping out agents and parametrizing the interactions among agents by agent-based modeling, networks, geographical information systems also help support creation of participatory policy scenarios and tools for policy experimentations and simulations towards the achievement of targeted outcomes (e.g. SDGs).

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Send us an email to submit your paper, click on the green button.
Please indicate which track you want to present the paper for  

Deadline is 30 June 2024

Submission OPEN - Deadline 15/06/2024
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Submission Guidelines

Full Research Papers
Full research papers should have completed analyses and discussion of results. Full papers should be similar to journal submissions.
All submissions must be in Adobe pdf. Files submitted in other formats will not be considered for review.
All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the document. A cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are included.

Review criteria for full research papers:

  • Topic is relevant to the selected track theme.
  • Objectives / research questions are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is written clearly.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology is appropriate (if relevant).
  • Analyses are appropriate (if relevant).
  • Paper makes a useful contribution.

Research-in-Progress Papers
Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is as yet incomplete, but promising. Research-in-progress papers must not exceed 5 pages.
All submissions must be Adobe pdf format. Files submitted in other formats will not be considered for review.
A cover page, abstract, keywords, and references should be included.

Review criteria for research-in-progress papers:

  • Topic is relevant to the selected track theme.
  • Objectives / research questions are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is written clearly.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology is appropriate (only if relevant).
  • Analyses are appropriate (only if relevant - research-in-progress papers may not yet have data to analyze).
  • Paper has the potential to make a contribution.
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