“Jesuit Business Schools Educating for Global Citizenship”


Key Question: How can Jesuit Business Schools better prepare our students to lead in the creation of a more sustainable, inclusive, just and reconciled world?

We live in a Global World. People, places and economies are more interrelated than ever. New technologies and other advances result in an increased production and a greater variety of services, but unfortunately, many times they result in harming the poor and increase global inequality. Moreover, our common home continues to suffer from our excessive consumption. Inequality, violence and natural disasters incite large numbers of people to leave their country and to join the ranks of refugees.

Furthermore, in his speech to Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Fr General, framed that “in this complex world, each one of us, our works and our institutions are becoming an ever-smaller part of the world… As the world globalizes and our individual possibilities grow, we become smaller in relative terms, we become more insignificant” (Sosa, 2019). In this context he stressed the importance of working within networks and collaboration as the way of proceeding of the Society of Jesus, encouraging us to “Work with others. Work together” (Sosa, 2019)

Global challenges impact all of us and, therefore, solutions to these challenges require ways of thinking and acting that transcend national borders. In this new global context, Jesuit business schools have the responsibility to contribute to the need of educating a different kind economic leader. Jesuits universities are called to form global citizens.

The academic forum for this international conference will be organized in cooperation with other institutions of the Kircher Network (The regional association of Jesuit Higher Education Institutions in Europe and the Near East) and with the guidance of the Higher Education for Social Transformation (HEST) clusters. The group has been inspired by the Universal Apostolic Preferences that seek to move us to walk more closely with others, especially young people and those who have been left on the margins of the society. This approach is also key in order to facilitate the CJBE regional European Group.


  1. Levering our global network: On the letter where Fr General announced the new UAP´s, Universal Apostolic Preferences, he also called us, our community and institutions to a conversion, reinforces our sense of shared mission. How are Jesuit Business Schools leveraging the Jesuit global network?
    1. Developing partnership among the Jesuit Network: Cases and proposals.
    2. Funding to support our mission. Public and privates: European Union, Fullbrigth, Santander…
    3. Global research collaboration in the attempt to find solutions of the global challenges that we face. How to influence organizations for Social Transformation.?
    4. The role of AACSB as a common language and standard to increase partnership. How to increase the number of Jesuit Schools that get the accreditation. Best practices 
  2. Preparing our students for the new work paradigm in a global world: As disruptive forces like Artificial Intelligence, outsourcing, automation and multinational/global companies continue to develop, how can we better prepare our students to lead in the creation of a more inclusive and just world?
    1. Jesuit Business School collaboration with local and global corporations, with the political and social forces.
    2. Providing a framework for reflection on the role each student plays in being part of the positive change.
  3. Business Curriculum and global economic and environmental justice: How can our business schools promote the use of more global dimensions in our curriculum? A curriculum that will prepare young people to take their place as citizens in a global society, animate students sense of belonging to a common home and awake their consciousness and responsibility to work towards ensuring more just local, regional and global economic structures. There is an IAJU working group constituted by Jesuit Business School Deans and the Secretary of Higher Education who are working to design and promote a “new paradigm in Jesuit Business Education”.
    1. UN Sustainable Development Goals and Laudato Si Encyclical.
    2. Catholic Social Teaching
    3. Use of the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm.
  4. Jesuit Universities and global citizenship education: What does Global Citizen mean for our Universities and Business Schools. Relationship between Laudato si’, Catholic Social Teaching and SDG´s in business education and how to involve them.


Call for proposals: We call for papers presenting empirical research results, case studies, business practices and pedagogical knowledge that relate to these general interests. The subthemes are:

  1. Leadership
    1. Leadership Education
    2. Organizational innovation and healthy work environments
    3. Workers labour rights
  2. Business and Engineering
    1. Big data.
    2. Artificial Intelligence.
    3. Digitalization and Automation.
  3. Ethics in Business
    1. Corporate Governance.
    2. Links with Corporate Social Responsability
    3. Ethics in finance
  4. Economics:
  5. Development and cooperation.
  6. Behavioural economics
  7. Circular Economy
  8. Human Resources
    1. Professional Development
    2. Organizational architecture
  9. Alternative Marketing
    1. Responsible consumption
    2. Fair trade
  10. International Relations and International Business
    1. Geopolitics and Multilateralism
    2. Global competitiveness 
    3. International entrepreneurship
  11. Sustainable Enterprise
    1. Firm innovation and change
    2. Sustainable management
    3. Sustainable tourism and regenerative business
  12. Financing a better world
    1. Measuring financial sustainability
    2. Financial Innovation for development
    3. Micro finance and social impact


General Submission Guidelines

Important Dates


Abstract submission deadline: April 17th, 2023 ** EXTENDED **

Abstract notification deadline: April 24th, 2023 ** EXTENDED **

Full paper deadline: May 25th, 2023 ** EXTENDED **

Full paper notification deadline: June 9th, 2023

Abstract Guidelines:

• Submissions should be in Spanish or English, single-spaced, 12-point font, Microsoft Word file format.

• Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.

• The abstract should discuss the importance of the topic, and explain the method, data, and data source used for the study when applicable. It is also helpful to state stages of the research and preliminary results.

• Do not include references or links in the abstract.

• Additional tables and figures may be submitted as a file attachment with the abstract submission.

• Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent out on a rolling basis. All full papers of accepted abstracts are eligible for presentation at the conference.


Full Paper Submission Guidelines:

• Submissions should be in Spanish or English, single-spaced, 12-point font, Microsoft Word file format.

• Full papers should not exceed 7000 words.

• A full paper must be submitted either at the time of the abstract submission or after the abstract is accepted by the conference but no later than May 15th, 2023 deadline.

• At least one author of the accepted paper must attend and present at the conference.

• We will use a double-blind review process. The author's name(s) and information should not appear anywhere in the abstract, full paper, and document properties.

• For submission guideline details: www.ignited.global 


*Please note that the conference will accept papers for presentation and the  edition of the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability (JMGS). JMGS has restrictions above and beyond those of the conference as outlined below 


JMGS Call for Papers:

Please review the guidelines listed here:

  • Authors should check the JMGS review sheet attached below to confirm that their submissions meet the requirements.
  • Authors must also fill out the "Submission of IAJBS conference paper to JMGS" form attached below

Submit your abstracts here.