New CSR-related journals

September 30, 2008

Two new journals which may be of interest…


International Journal of Sustainable Economy

International Journal of Sustainable Society


Call for papers: European Journal of International Management

September 29, 2008



European Journal of International Management


Special Issue on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy


Guest Editors: David Atkinson, Helsinki School of Economics, Mikkeli Campus, Finland, and Gabriele Suder, CERAM Business School Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France


The concept and practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the international level has evolved in a relatively short period of time, yet a wide array of actors and organizations have emerged that have, in turn, brought about many issues and strategies. Cumulatively, the contemporary milieu of CSR holds significant promises but also considerable challenges.

Corporate stakeholders – established and new – have attempted to restructure corporate decision making and force more socially responsible business organizations. Shareholders activists have made efforts to influence corporate strategies in different ways. Non-governmental organizations have entered the business arena with multiple strategies to influence corporate behavior. Consumers, who potentially hold powerful influence over corporate success, have played only occasional roles in CSR. The role of the state is seen as both facilitator and regulator with regard to international corporate behavior.

Many strategies and issues have been posed in the broad area of corporate social responsibility and have now reached a kind of plateau in development. Numerous international standard-setting strategies, for example, have been advanced yet concurrence among participants seems distant.  The nature and type of stakeholders important in decision-making is being challenged. While business has responded to many of the demands brought about by concerns over socially responsible business, the demand for more change is still sought and will likely not go away. Overall, the nature of business is being challenged, thus encouraging the development of new value-creation objectives for firms.

The aim of this special issue is to capture the current state of corporate social responsibility around the globe, applying unique perspectives and analyses. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are encouraged. Papers also should point to the future of corporate social responsibility with particular emphasis on how best to advance the arguments, methods, and effectiveness of CSR.  Advancement of CSR effectiveness also includes linkages to other fields of business management research.


Subject Coverage

Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of corporate social responsibility include:

·         The language and rhetoric of Corporate Social Responsibility

·         The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in CSR, with implications for effective stakeholder involvement

·         The role of consumers in CSR

·         Multinational corporations and the recognition of human rights

·         The role of CSR in the reduction of conflict and of overall uncertainty in the geopolitical business environment

·         Corporate-State interface in CSR, with emphasis on roles and implications of roles

·         Social responsibility as management and decision-making tools

·         Corporate codes of conduct – their usefulness and effectiveness

·         CSR as a marketing tool with implications for effectiveness

·         Setting international standards of corporate behavior – who sets them, how are they enforced?

·         Corporate accountability – voluntary compliance or legal enforcement?

·         Whither the role of SMEs in corporate social responsibility?

·         CSR and organizational change – organizational behavior, strategy and development

·         The strategy and policy implications of corporate philanthropy

·         Assessments of major regional and cultural entities in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, South America

·         Assessments of developed countries vis-à-vis developing countries regarding CSR

·         Maintaining effective CSR strategies in supply chain management

·         Integrating  sustainability (social, environmental, economic) with profit-making


Notes for Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.  A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page (


Important Dates

Draft submission deadline: November 1, 2008

Final paper submission deadline:  February 15, 2009

Publication release: February 2010


Editors and Notes

You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to:

David Atkinson

Helsinki School of Economics

Mikkeli Campus      

50100 Mikkeli          


Telephone: +358 15 2044 209





Gabriele Suder

Global Management Department

CERAM Business School Nice – Sophia Antipolis

Rue Dostoievski

06902 Sophia Antipolis


Telephone : +33 4 93 95 3270

Email :


With an email copy only to:

EJIM Editorial Team (Email: )


IEL Editorial Office (Email: )


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editors.

Call for papers: “Competitive Advantage & Sustainability”

September 26, 2008

Eleventh International Conference of the Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBED): “Strategies for Competitive Advantage & Sustainability: New Challenges of Globalization”


Bratislava, May 27-30, 2009.


Submission Deadlines:


Abstracts/proposals: October15, 2008

Review decision on abstracts: November 15, 2008

Final paper submission: February 13, 2009

Double Blind review & decision: March 15, 2009


This is an interdisciplinary business conference and as such abstracts/proposals are invited on a range of business topics. For more information on the conference, please visit:



Call for papers: “Shareholder Activism”

September 25, 2008

Call for papers in Corporate Governance: An International Review on ‘Shareholder Activism’ here:

Journal of Change Management special issue

September 25, 2008

Hurry, hurry to meet the deadline…  Journal of Change Management special issue – CSR in Developing Countries: A Change Management Perspective


Guest editors: Dima Jamali ( and Yusuf Sidani (


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has attracted increasing attention and a global resonance in the new economy. Although an exact definition of CSR remains elusive, the term is generally used to refer to a mode of business engagement and value creation, allowing to meet legal, ethical and public societal expectations (Luetkenhorst, 2004). In simple terms, CSR can be defined as the obligation of the firm to use its resources in ways to benefit society (Snider et al., 2003). While we have witnessed in recent years systematic attention to CSR and what it entails across the Western World (with the EU for example designating 2005 as the year of CSR in the European Union) efforts on the CSR front across the developing world can best be described as patchy (Jamali and Mirshak, 2007; Jamali et al., 2008), despite evidence of splintering initiatives in some countries (e.g. Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh).


This special issue call for papers in the Journal of Change Management is intended to tackle CSR in developing countries from a change management perspective. The question that we are looking to address is how to increase awareness of and business involvement in CSR in Arab or developing countries, taking into consideration relevant institutional actors and socio-political configurations. Indeed, a theme that is increasingly echoed in the literature on the subject is the need to embed CSR analysis in specific national contexts, with reference to specific national roots and historically grown institutional frameworks, and a wider range of clusters and actors (e.g. Roome, 2005; Matten and Moon, 2005; Campbell, 2007). We believe this kind of nuanced analysis can provide useful insights into the drivers and institutional challenges for CSR in developing countries, leading to the compilation of useful propositions to tackle from a change management perspective.


Therefore, we are inviting and seeking a range of academic contributions in this Special Issue Call for Papers addressing the following (although this list is by no means exhaustive):


1)      Awareness, motivation and manifestations of CSR in developing countries, and how to take nascent initiatives further from a change management perspective

2)      Institutional environments (including political, economic, education, culture and religion) and which institutional levers to pull in pursuit of change

3)      How are CSR debates framed by different institutional actors in society and how to change the tone of the CSR discourse in developing countries


Deadline: Expressions of interest in the form of abstract proposals of approximately 1000 words should be sent to Dr. Dima Jamali ( by 30 September 2008 (Please ensure that the submission conforms with the JCM authors’ guidelines).


Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula

September 25, 2008

“The Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is honored to announce the inauguration of the Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. The Page Prize will have two purposes: to encourage efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge and to demonstrate the Moore School’s commitment to promoting sustainability in business education. The school will house an associated national and international database on high-quality teaching/curricular materials related to environmental sustainability and organizations, providing business educators around the world with compelling materials and course and curricular designs promoting greater understanding of this critical issue.” More details from :

CSR in Pakistan

September 19, 2008

A new CSR Blog in Pakistan has just been launched: see