8th Annual CSR Research Development Conference

UW Tacoma Library

8th Annual CSR Research Development Conference at UW Tacoma
July 2017 (dates tba)

Instead of attending a conference where you present your finished work, come to a conference designed to help you develop and refine a research project in process. Forget about looking polished and complete; instead bring your normal inquisitive, conversational, collaborative self. Engage in open dialogue with colleagues who want to contribute to your work and who seek your help doing the same with theirs.

Registration for the 2017 conference will open in early 2017

Here’s how the 2017 conference will work

Scholars interested in socially and environmentally responsible business each brought a project to discuss cooperatively. Participants can expect representation from a variety of disciplines with a wide range of topics and research methods. The value of coming together in a community is not technical: you will not necessarily be speaking with scholars who have studied the same topic or who have trained in the same discipline. Rather, the community will create an informal context to explore ideas, generate insights, and encourage each other to move forward with research. The conference will include individual thinking and writing time interspersed with small group discussions that challenge you to articulate your research question and to identify ways to develop answers. If we achieve our goal, you will leave the conference having advanced both your thinking and your writing.

You bring:

  • Research work-in-progress – any project from early stage development to almost-complete[1]. We recommend you focus on a single project for the duration of the conference.
  • A portable computing device loaded with data, articles, resources, and drafts for your project.
  • A desire to advance your work and participate in a scholarly community

[1] Cognition scholar Dennis Gioia recommends always working on the project that is closest to completion, but it’s your choice!

The conference will:

  • Provide space, Internet access and access to library resources
  • Deliver inspiration, collaboration and motivation to advance your work
  • Allow you to unapologetically focus on your own ideas while supporting others
  • Support individual and group work in a format that is welcoming to extraverts and introverts
  • Provide intellectual nourishment, social interaction, and healthy nutrition

Logistical details:

  • Limited to 25 participants
  • Co-author teams highly encouraged
  • No registration fee
  • Lunches and refreshments provided

2017 Conference Draft Agenda


Day 1

9-10 a.m.

Conference Check-in

Coffee & tea provided

10–11 a.m.

Opening & Research Snapshots

Each researcher will, using a maximum of 3 PPT slides, provide a 5-minute overview of their research and potential directions

11 a.m.–noon

Informal Conversations

We will use this time to connect with colleagues whose research we found of interest, and informally develop and find affinity groups

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Speaker

Boxed lunches and comments from a fellow scholar doing research in CSR

1:30–4:30 p.m.

Individual / Team research

Researchers will have access to University of Washington resources for pursuing research ideas

4:30–5 p.m.

Gather and Debrief

Researchers regroup to discuss progress

5 p.m.

Dinner on Your Own

Continue the conversations in small or large groups over dinner


Day 2

8–9 a.m. Light Breakfast and Conversation
9–9:30 a.m. Research Kick-Off
9:30 a.m.–noon Individual / Team research
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Speaker

Boxed lunches and comments from current CSR practitioners

1:30–4 p.m. Individual / Team research
4-5 p.m. Regroup, Progress Update, and Conference Closure


Attendance will be capped at 25 and is limited to academics actively working on research.

Registration will open in early 2017

Previous Conferences 

Electronic proceedings are available on the UW Tacoma Library's Digital Commons site.

Contact Information

Email clsr@uw.edu or call 253-692-4883 with questions.