Thematic Areas

The topics presented below are intended to guide job applicants. Any other topic not listed will be accepted if it refers to socio-environmental management in companies.

Agribusiness and Sustainability

In the last decades, the exponential demographic growth, the urbanization process in several countries and the increase in income provided the main bases for the heating of the demand for food. As a result of this process, agribusiness began to occupy a significantly larger area and account for an important portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of municipalities, regions, states and food-producing countries. On the other hand, the environmental impacts have intensified, whether by modifying the vegetation cover, the soil, the hydrological system, the physical-chemical environment (by pesticides), the modification of biodiversity, or even the inadequate disposal of effluents from the system. productive. Thus, the current situation requires the search for balance and the implementation of economically viable, socially fair and environmentally correct production systems. Understanding in depth all the interfaces of this complex world is fundamental for the advancement of science. Therefore, this new thematic area of ​​ENGEMA aims to provide an opportunity for academics, researchers and professionals to expose their research and cases, especially the relationships between competitiveness, development, management, bioeconomy and sustainability in agribusiness.

Leaders: Prof. doctor João Augusto Rossi Borges (UFGD) and Prof. doctor Tiago Zardin Patias (UFSM)

Spirituality in Organizations

This emerging theme is related to the search for connection with external aspects, expanding individual and collective consciousness to recognize the capacity for mutual influence between immanent and transcendent aspects, where we perceive ourselves as part of a whole greater than ourselves, acting in a different way. in order to positively impact the whole, also being impacted by it. In this way, spirituality and sustainability are directly related, because when we encourage studies and practices of spirituality in organizations, we generate potential for organizations to be more sustainable. Divisions of this theme are related to spiritual leadership, spirituality and regenerative economy, well-being and quality of life, sense of purpose and meaning at work, among others.

Leader: Prof. doctor Claudio Senna Venzke (UDESC)

Teaching Cases and Research Methods in Sustainability

The Teaching Case modality involves the narrative of an organizational problem-situation related to the theme of sustainability that comprises a dilemma to be analyzed in the context of undergraduate or graduate education. The case should illustrate a previously studied theory or introduce new knowledge. Through the analysis and decision-making process for the solution of an organizational problem, the case should generate opportunities for theoretical and practical learning. It may involve evaluating or revising policies, practices or proposals. The Research Methods modality refers to innovative, recent or non-traditional methodological approaches that enable advances in qualitative or quantitative research methodologies in sustainability studies. Papers should focus on the description of the methodology, on the research process or on the critical analysis of relevant methodological aspects, and not on the presentation of empirical results.

Leader: Prof. doctor Fernando Nascimento (FENASC)

Sustainable and Smart Cities

The theme of sustainable and smart cities invites the presentation of works that address studies on cities and their challenges for the promotion of sustainability and the search for smart solutions in this context. Work may include analysis of sectoral, regional and environmental public policies and their interfaces with the urban environment. Work is also expected to assess the agendas of the private sector and its connections with cities. From the perspective of urban resilience and smart cities, some themes stand out, such as: urban planning; revitalization of drainages; green and blue infrastructure; environmental services; brownfield revitalization; urban environmental studies; energy efficiency; urban mobility; sustainable construction; rational use of water; green areas and biodiversity; mitigation and adaptation to climate change; Waste Management; management of contaminated areas; Geographic Information Systems; big data and intelligent solutions; sustainable consumption, among others that have a clear association with cities.

Leaders: Prof. Dr Amarilis Gallardo (POLI-USP and UNINOVE) and Prof. Dr. Marcela Barbosa de Moraes (Unitau)

Sustainability Communication, Indicators and Measurement Models

The theme deals with theories, concepts and practices related to the processes of measuring, controlling and managing the performance of organizations, in an expanded view to that described by the theory of the firm. It covers topics such as: sustainability indicators; sustainability indices; theoretical approaches to firm sustainable performance; models for measuring sustainability and socio-environmental performance; sustainable balanced scorecard; Triple Bottom Line approach, indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among other topics. It also covers concepts and practices related to the processes of communication and reporting of the performance and sustainability practices of organizations, including sustainability reports and integrated reports.

Leader: Prof. Dr. Keysa Mascena (UNIFOR)

Education and Sustainability

The theme includes the most diverse approaches and concepts related to education related to sustainability. It covers themes that focus on sustainability, such as: educational methodologies; academic and corporate training practices; curriculum of administration courses; social learning for sustainability; organizational learning and sustainability; teacher and student training; multi, trans and interdisciplinary approaches; teaching-learning strategies; development and assessment of skills for sustainability; PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education).

Leaders: Prof. Dr Luis Felipe Nascimento (UFRGS) and Prof. Dr. Paola Schmitt (FEEVALE)

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Impact Business

The theme deals with theories, concepts and practices related to sustainable entrepreneurship and the creation of businesses with a social and environmental impact. It covers topics such as: development of new sustainable businesses; social entrepreneurship; social and environmental projects; B corporations (B-Corp); social impact businesses; environmental impact businesses; base of the pyramid (BOP); Civil Society Organizations focused on social and environmental aspects; funding sources for projects and startups based on ESG and social business principles; microcredit; institutional partnerships for business and socio-environmental projects; sustainable entrepreneurship and types of eco-businesses; mapping of eco-business opportunities; sustainable business models.

Leaders: Prof. doctor Marcos Cohen (IAG-PUC-RJ) and Prof. Dr. Luciana Aparecida Barbieri da Rosa (Federal Institute of Rondônia – IFRO)

Sustainability Strategy

The theme deals with theories, concepts and practices related to the processes of conception, implementation and evaluation of the strategy with a view to sustainability. It covers topics such as: sustainable strategies; sustainable strategic projects; impact of institutional and economic context on industrial systems; strategic crisis and risk management; sustainable value creation; functional strategies aimed at sustainability; sustainability management in the value chain; stakeholder theory; challenges for the transition to sustainability, multi-level approaches (individual, organizational and institutional) to sustainability; climate strategies, and strategies for implementing eco-industrial parks.

Leaders: Prof. Dr. Mônica Cavalcanti Sá de Abreu (UFC) and Prof. doctor Domenico Ceglia (UFCA)

Amazon Studies

The theme deals with theories, concepts and practices related to sustainability, innovation and development in the Amazon. It covers topics such as: social entrepreneurship, sustainable business management and planning, territorial management, governance, innovation, climate change, public policies and institutional actions, productive chains and sustainable technologies, all focused on the reality of the Amazon region.

Leader: Prof. Dr. Gleriani Ferreira (FIA)

Sustainable Finance

The theme deals with theories, concepts, practices and new approaches aimed at sustainability in the areas of finance, macro and micro economics and accounting. Examples of topics (non-exhaustive) in economics: theoretical studies of the expanded economy that work with the perspective of guaranteeing quality of life for future populations; internalization of externalities; carbon pricing; social and environmental policies; environmental aspects in the system of national accounts; environmental valuation and other economic instruments of environmental management; payment for environmental services; green fiscal policy. In finance and accounting: Equator Principles; impact investing; ESG analysis; economic-financial return on investments in sustainability; Social Responsible Investments; microfinance; banking inclusion; development of socio-environmental credit policies; environmental disclosure; environmental accounting; banking and capital market regulation and supervision for ESG aspects.

Leaders: Prof. doctor Sergio Murilo Petri (UFSC) and Prof. doctor Amir Hossein Rezaee (Institut Supérieur de Gestion, France)

Environmental management

The subject includes studies on elements that aim to mitigate environmental problems and seek the most efficient use of available resources, in addition to the assessment of impacts and externalities resulting from the production of goods or services, caused by the activities of organizations. It covers topics such as: environmental management systems; environmental management standards; industrial ecology; environmental audit; cleaner production; product life cycle; greenhouse gas projects; clean development mechanisms; renewable energy projects; management of environmental liabilities, among others.

Leader: Prof. doctor Alexandre de Oliveira and Aguiar

People Management and Sustainability

The theme deals with people management and sustainability and their theories, concepts and practices, discussing the effects of organizations’ actions on their employees. It covers topics such as: ethics in organizations; diversity in organizations; ethical aspects in people management; gender equality; skills management for sustainability; organizational culture and sustainability; general aspects of people management and their impacts on organizations.

Leader: Prof. Dr. Adriana Cristina Ferreira Caldana (FEA-RP-USP)

Governance and Sustainability in Organizations

The theme seeks to receive theoretical and empirical research that deals with how sustainability enters the governance agenda of organizations, which involves the term Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). It covers topics such as: role of governance agents (shareholders, institutional investors, board members and executives); governance structures (board of directors, board advisory committees and control bodies); decision making in the field of governance; adoption of governance principles and good practices; adherence of the main actors to the code of conduct; compliance and risks; remuneration systems; governance mechanisms; ownership structure, and governance models in organizations.

Leaders: Prof. doctor Thiago Beuron (UNIPAMPA), Prof. Dr. Luciana Londero Brandli (UPF) and Prof. doctor Walter Leal (HAW, Germany)

Innovation for Sustainability

The theme deals with theories, concepts and organizational practices related to the processes of conception and management of an innovation focused on sustainability. This vision can follow the traditional classification for innovations or assume new formats. Its focus is centered on changes that contribute to sustainable development, including institutional or social change, reducing socio-environmental impact, mitigating risks and creating ESG opportunities. It covers topics such as: pollution control (new, better and/or cheaper technologies); sustainable products or services; management models; more efficient processes; sustainable energy and transport technologies; eco-design; product life cycle assessment; social innovation; eco-innovation/green innovation; sustainable innovation; inclusive innovation, among others.

Leader: Prof. Dr. Claudia Kneiss (UNIFESP)

Marketing and Sustainability

The theme deals with concepts and practices related to marketing disciplines. It deals with topics such as: social marketing, societal marketing, macromarketing; critical marketing; sustainable consumption; household waste; ethics in marketing; conscious consumption; corporate social responsibility applied to marketing; marketing and stakeholders; certification of sustainable products.

Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jordana Marques Kneipp (UFSM), Prof. doctor Roberto Schoproni Bichueti (UFSM) and Prof. Dr. María Isabel Sánchez Hermández (University of Extremadura)

Sustainable Operations and Circular Economy

The theme includes studies related to sustainability in the management of linear process operations and circular models. In the quest to advance in the understanding of procedures, practices and tools, the theme seeks to help organizations to reduce their environmental impact while contributing to the insertion of other elements (eg social, economic and cultural) in their management process for the sustainability. The theme covers topics such as: sustainability in supply chain/value chain management; socio-environmental certifications, social dimension of sustainability in operations (eg slave labor, health and safety), supplier relationship management, governance and transparency mechanisms, clean technologies; product life cycle assessment; reverse logistics, business models for the circular economy (3Rs, 4Rs, 5Rs, 9Rs, 10Rs, ReSOLVE, product lifecycle extension, sharing platforms, product as a service, pay-per-use, resource recovery, provisioning circular, among others); product design, product modularization and cascading materials use; performance indicators; innovation and circular economy; productive chaining and circular economy; public policies for the circular economy and governance. In addition, the theme encourages understanding of how to adopt the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in operations. Leaders: Prof. doctor Minelle Eneas da Silva (Excelia Business School, France), Prof. Dr. Simone Sehnem (UNOESC/UNISUL) and Prof. doctor Gustavo Picanço Dias (UFPI)

Public Policies for Sustainability

The theme deals with environmental public policies at different levels of government (federal, state and municipal) and different agendas, with their implications for sustainability in multiple perspectives: environmental, social, cultural, political and economic. Aspects of environmental governance and the role of international organizations, national, state and local governments, civil society organizations and market actors in the provision of public policies and public goods related to sustainability. Agenda formation, design, implementation and evaluation of public policies in different dimensions of sustainability. Command and control mechanisms, self-regulation and socio-environmental compensation in different public policy agendas. Implications of public policies on environmental management in organizations, involving aspects and interfaces of rural and urban issues. Dilemmas and challenges in the governance of waste, water, urban mobility, biodiversity and pollution, among many other aspects posed to contemporary society by problematizing its rhetoric, discourses and practices related to sustainability.

Leaders: Prof. Dr. Sylmara Gonçalves Dias (EACH-USP), Prof. doctor Alexandre Igari (EACH-USP) and Prof. doctor Armindo Teodósio (PUC Minas), Dr. Thiago Araújo da Silva (PUC Minas) and Me. Alex José de Almeida (PUC Minas)

Corporate social responsibility

The theme deals with Corporate Social Responsibility and its theories, concepts and practices, discussing the effects of the actions of organizations on the various stakeholders with whom it relates. It covers topics such as: social responsibility, environmental responsibility; fair trade; diversity in organizations; inclusive economy; social marketing; international sustainability agreements and principles and their impacts on organizations.

Leaders: Prof. Dr. Lilian Caporlingua Giesta Cabral (Federal Rural University of the Semi-Arid), Prof. Dr. Natalia Aguilar Delgado (HEC Montréal) and Prof. doctor Luciano Barin Cruz (HEC Montreal)