Call for papers: European Journal of International Management



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.


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