Call for Papers

December 20, 2010

The Sustainability Challenge: Organisational Change and Transformational Vision

The Ashridge International Research Conference will take place 10-12 June 2011 at Ashridge Business School in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (close to London).

The conference invites scholars, policymakers and executive leaders to share ideas and experiences from research around the theme of organisational change for sustainable development. As more and more organisations begin to engage with the sustainability agenda, what are we learning from their experiences about how organisational change for sustainability really happens?

As a multi-disciplinary conference, contributions are invited from scholars with a focus on organisational behaviour, strategy, education, international business and marketing, public affairs, economics, management and leadership.

Full academic papers, research in progress, policy contributions and proposals for panels are invited by 31 March 2011. The conference is linked to special issues of the Journal of Organisational Change Management and the Journal of Public Affairs.

To download the full call for papers, please go to

The conference will be chaired by Ashridge’s Carla Millar and Matthew Gitsham.

Conference fees:


Booked and paid by 22 December 2010 (includes 17.5% VAT tax only)

Standard: £582
PhD/Master student rate: £470

Booked and paid after 1 January 2011 but before 30 April 2011 (includes 20% VAT tax)

Standard: £594
PhD/Master student rate: £480

Standard: £660
PhD/Master student rate: £522

Matthew Gitsham
Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability

December 14, 2010

Interesting website enabling you to calculate the carbon footprint of a supply chain

Call for papers

December 14, 2010

Call for Papers

Workshop on The Determinants and Implications of Prosocial Behaviour
May 6-7, 2011 University of Southampton, UK

This workshop aims to bring together a small group of researchers interested in the
determinants and implications of prosocial behaviour. Both theoretical contributions as well as empirical papers using experimental or field data are welcome. The goal is to
disseminate recent findings and foster interaction among economists of diverse interests (theory and empirics). We also welcome submissions with an interdisciplinary approach that draw insights from related disciplines such as psychology and management.
Topics of interest include but are not restricted to research on:
– Microfoundations of prosocial preferences
– Contribution to public goods
– Collective action engagement
– Charitable giving and fundraising
– Volunteering
– Prosocial behaviour in the workplace
– Corporate social responsibility

We are delighted to have keynote speeches delivered by:
• Gary Charness (UCSB)
• Tore Ellingsen (Stockholm School of Economics)
• Imran Rasul (UCL)
The workshop is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the
Third Sector Research Centre. There will be no charge for participating and
accommodation will be provided. Some funds are also available to meet travel costs for presenters. Please indicate in your response whether you will require funding.

To apply, please send an email with your paper attached as a PDF file to:
Submission Deadline: February 15th 2011
Notification of Acceptance: March 1st 2011
The Organizers
Mirco Tonin (Economics Division, University of Southampton) and
Michael Vlassopoulos (Economics Division, University of Southampton)

IABS Conference

December 14, 2010

IABS – the International Association for Business & Society – is characterised by a lively scholarly conversation in a range of areas that are likely to be of interest to CSR scholars – stakeholder theory and management, business ethics, ecological, sustainable and environmental thinking, governance, business-government relations, corporate responsibility, corporate social performance, and comparative and international business ethics, among many others.

The 2011 conference will be held June 23-26, and be housed in many of the historical buildings of the City with a reception at the famous roman baths. This is the first time the conference has come to the UK in its history, and presents a real opportunity to showcase the great work business and society work being done in the UK and in Europe. One of the attractive aspects of IABS is the relatively simple submission requirement – we ask for 5 (or so) page abstracts for papers, discussion topics etc – and the opportunity to present and receive feedback on work that is at an earlier stage of development.

Further details of the conference can be found at, and whilst the proposal submission deadline has now past, those with a particular interest should contact Steve at the address below.

We hope to see as many of you as possible in Bath next year,

All the best,

Steve Brammer (Conference Chair)

Professor of Business & Society,

University of Bath, UK.

Call for Papers

December 14, 2010

Green IS/IT: Organizational Awareness, Readiness, and Competitiveness Minitrack – AMCIS – 2011

Affiliated with: The Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2011)
04 – 08 August 2011, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Recently, environmental issues have motivated both researchers and practitioners to identify solutions from Green IT and Green IS. Among practitioners, while Green IT has gained significant attention, Green IS has seen increasing importance. Even though Green IT covers both infrastructure and organizational aspects of environmental technology, Green IS incorporates a more general initiative by associating an integrated set of systems (including people, processes, software, and information technologies) to support individual, organizational, and societal goals. Surprisingly, while industries, corporations, and IS units have acknowledged the importance of environmental issues, the IS academy has provided limited contribution to burgeoning knowledge in Green IS. The critical role of both Greening IS and Greening IT and both Green IS and Green IT for goods and services manufacture is visible to consumers but is also embedded in the life cycles of materials, manufacturing systems, and public infrastructure. Information in general, and IS and IT systems in particular can play an important control role through support of environmental management systems, life cycle analysis, and design for the environment practices. Organizationally IS and IT managers and technologists’ awareness of greening organizations is one of the potential starting points that requires investigation. The latest step is not only awareness and readiness, but how can organizations leverage their IS capacities to effectively address these issues from reactive risk management or cost averse perspectives, and also a longer term competitive stance and relationship. Inevitably, this special topic issue of the Green IS/IT the decision to complete environmental action will be strategic with fundamental changes across the organization and IS can play a central role in this effort.

Information for contributors
The papers will be electronically peer reviewed.  Papers will then be selected for presentation and will be included in the conference proceedings. Papers should present original and unpublished research. The conference proceedings are planned to be published and distributed by For more detailed information, please take a look at the main conference website: AMCIS 2011:

Papers may be submitted electronically through:

After the workshop, a number of best papers will be invited for submission to a special issue in a leading peer reviewed academic journal.

Topics of interest include:
1. IS behavioral research for leadership and motivation for greening within organizations 2. How information systems can raise and contribute to awareness of organizational greening both internal and external to the organization.
3. The roles of various emergent information systems and technology including mobile systems, cloud computing, and remote sensing to aid in greening organizations.
4. Environmental management model (e.g. strategic model and its implementation) implementation and support through Green IS and Green IT.
5. Economy policy and incentives and standards, regulations, and legal issues.
6. The roles of Green IS and Green IT in environmental management systems, life cycle analysis, eco-design, green supply chain management, and other environmentally oriented business practices.
7. Environmental stakeholder involvement in IS and IT design and development.
8. IS roles in carbon trading systems (both internal and external).
9. Clean Technology and IS and IT relationships.
10. Scale development for empirical research in green IS and green IT 11. Globalization, -Information system, Information Technology, and the environment 12. Monitoring, visualization, and optimization 13. Green logistics and supply chain management 14. Innovation methods and sustainability 15. Green industrial eco-systems, Information System, and sustainability 16. Green awareness and communication for formulating organizational strategy

Important Dates
Dec 30, 2010 AIS Review System will begin accepting submissions for AMCIS 2011 Feb 17, 2010 Full Paper Submission deadline Mar 24, 2011 Authors notified of paper acceptance decision April 21, 2011 Camera-Ready Papers due

Minitrack Chairs Contact Information:

Joseph Sarkis
Professor of Management
Graduate School of Management
Clark University, USA

Chulmo Koo
Assistant Professor
College of Business
Chosun University, South Korea

Measuring CSR impact and performance

December 9, 2010

News of a project measuring CSR impact and performance…

Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR

In the EU, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been defined as the voluntary contribution of business to competitiveness, social cohesion, and environmental stewardship. Yet the actual value of CSR in tackling these challenges is still contested.

Research on CSR so far concentrated on assessing the benefits for and within companies. But what benefits and impacts does CSR actually bring beyond company borders to the economy and society at large? How can managers, policy makers and stakeholders better measure and evaluate its impacts? What does this mean for smart mixes of public policies and corporate strategy?

From March 2010 until March 2013, the IMPACT project – “Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR” – will break new ground in addressing these questions.

Consisting of a consortium of 16 European research institutions, combining independent sustainability research, business schools, Universities and CSR networks, the IMPACT project aims to:

  • Systematically measure the impact of CSR on social, economic and environmental goals of the European Union
  • Provide insights on corporate and institutional factors that drive the creation of CSR impact
  • Develop and test methods to assess CSR impact and provide recommendations on how to improve them

IMPACT is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement n° 244618. It is the European Commission’s largest ever research and knowledge development initiative on CSR.

Call for papers

December 6, 2010

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites submission of articles for a special issue on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) by June 1, 2011.  A more detailed version of this call for papers can be found at

Extended producer responsibility (EPR)

EPR, also sometimes called product take-back or product stewardship, emerged as a policy strategy in the early 1990s.  In EPR, a producer’s responsibility, physical and/or financial, for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle.  EPR shifts responsibility upstream to the producer and away from municipalities and is intended to provide incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the design of their products. EPR has been applied principally to packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end of life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and household hazardous wastes.

The Special Issue

Naoko Tojo, of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and Atalay Atasu, of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Reid Lifset of the Center for Industrial Ecology at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University will serve as co-editors of the special issue.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international peer-reviewed bimonthly, owned by Yale University, headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and published by Wiley-Blackwell.  Support for this special issue is provided by Nestle Waters North America.

The special issue is intended to be relevant to diverse audiences­academics, policymakers, business people and environmental advocates­and submissions should be written with that in mind.  Articles from technical specialists should make the implications of their research accessible to non-specialists.  Non-academic contributors should keep in mind that the Journal of Industrial Ecology is a scholarly publication and all submissions will be expected to follow the norms, tone and practices of academic publishing. Please contact the editor with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology is an emerging field that addresses ways in which human production and consumption can be made more sustainable through an emphasis on analyses of the flows and uses of materials and energy.  It encompasses concepts and tools such as loop-closing, life cycle assessment (LCA) and management, material flow analysis (MFA), design for environment and industrial symbiosis.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length including references. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while the review process is underway. Papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at <>, indicating that they are intended for the special issue on EPR. Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal’s home page < /jie> or from the editor.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a single blind process using at least two single reviewers.

Send inquiries to:
Reid Lifset
Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA /jie