Call for papers

January 31, 2012

British Academy of Management Conference

Cardiff University , Wales, UK

September  11th-13th 2012



Sustainable and Responsible Business Special Interest Group and Track
The last 10-15 years have seen a dramatic rise in interest in the social and environmental aspects of business activity. Initiatives by companies, governments and NGO’s have all been the focus of researchers studying a range of business activities. Recent scientific reports relating commercial activity to climate change and global warming have served to keep the topic high on the agenda of policy makers and industry leaders alike. Equally, global corporate activity is blamed for exploitation in the developing world. This provides a rich area of research for those of us keen to see social and environmental responsibility as a meaningful concept, rather than merely a public relations exercise. Moreover, in raising and debating these issues, it is also important to continually revisit and re-examine challenging questions regarding the fundamental and conceptual meanings and implications surrounding the very terms ‘sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ in relations to organizations and management.
This track seeks high quality papers covering the areas of social and environmental business and the relationship between business and society. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome, either in full or developmental form, and may cover, but are not restricted to, the following areas of interest:

*   The systemic impacts of business activities on ecosystems, economies and social structures

*   The role of notions of individual and collective choice, action and resistance in the face of

competing issues and priorities

*   Reconceptualisations and recontextualisations of sustainable and responsible organization and


*   Evolving sustainable and socially-orientated business models

*   Critique of businesses performance on social, economic, ethical

and environmental measures

*   Regulation, standardisation, and legislation for non-economic


*   Business & Society research – past, present, future

*   In which directions should practice go now?

*   Education in business and society
The Track welcomes presentations in a range of formats including workshops, advanced and development papers. Please note that papers should conform to the British Journal of Management format and the front page should clearly state the intended track, paper form and stage (full/dev/workshop etc), and the paper type (i.e. whether or not it is theoretical or empirical).


Deadline 17th February, 2012


If you wish to discuss any issues in relation to the Track or your submission please do not hesitate to contact:

SIG Chairperson: Dr Simon Brooks (

SIG Secretary and Treasurer: Dr Paul Caulfield (

Track Chair: Professor Peter Stokes (


Call for papers

December 8, 2011

The Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBED) and the Indian Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. is pleased to announce its Fourth Research Symposium,

Theme: ‘Doing Well by Doing Good: New Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Inclusive Capitalism

Dates: July 9-11, 2012; Location: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), India.

Submission dates:     Proposals: February 29, 2012
Final papers:April 30, 2012
Peer Review Decision: May 31, 2012

Selected papers/proposals will be submitted to a double blind review process and based on feedback, selected papers will be published in book of readings by Routledge publishing.

For more information on the research symposium, please click on the following link:

Call for papers

November 15, 2011

Dear Colleagues,


Please note that the deadline for our call for papers has been extended by one month!


Corporate Social Responsibility and Irresponsibility

Call for Papers for JBR Special Issue

Extended Deadline: February 15, 2012


Coca Cola has sold products in African markets for some time. Recently, the corporation began supporting local communities where conducting its business activities. Coca Cola now helps small retail entrepreneurs to build up their business and become partners with the company in order to create economic wealth in these poor countries. Critics contend that the major motive of Coke’s actions is to increase sales of an unneeded product. Which assessment of Coca Cola is more accurate?

Walmart currently is promoting its environmental and socially responsible activities. For example, the company has new trucking procedures in place and altered distribution centers to become more energy efficient and supports local communities by donating money for children’s summer camps and schools in regions where Walmart operates. The firm’s many detractors suggest that Walmart does not always act in a socially responsible manner. They point to the company’s history of squeezing suppliers, undercutting small local shops and paying sub-market wages to employees in the name of low prices. Has Walmart fundamentally changed is business model?

During the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP faced extreme criticism for its socially irresponsible behavior. This incident harmed many people from local community, far flung businesses on the Gulf, and the environment in terms of wildlife and native habitats. Not many years before the incident, BP was commended for being at the forefront of social responsibility and concern for future energy needs. What caused the apparent change in philosophy at the company?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a key part of the management agenda of many companies. Companies often go to great lengths to promote their good works.  As the examples above show, some firms behave irresponsibly while at the same time acting positively on some dimensions—corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) and responsibility can exist at the same time in the same firm. This paradox of acting both responsibly and irresponsibly reveals a kind of CSR-CSI ambidexterity and is a major phenomenon the call for papers is addressing.

Looking at the history of CSR, academic debate on what CSR is and how to define CSR is never ending. While Milton Friedman and Theodore Levitt (1958) promote the argument that companies are only responsible for maximizing profits and shareholder value, other CSR scholars suggest that companies have a broader range of obligations than financial ones (e.g., Carroll, 1974; Van Marrewijk, 2003). The debate continues on with many definitions of CSR and a host of related concepts. CSR is a cluster concept which overlaps business ethics, corporate philanthropy, corporate citizenship, sustainability and environmental responsibility. CSR is a dynamic and contestable concept that embeds in each social, political, economical and institutional context” (Crane et al., 2008). Consequently, a clear paradigm for CSR is still missing (McWilliams et al., 2006). Amstrong (1977) advocates focusing not on CSR but rather social irresponsibility because CSI is much easier to delineate what corporations and managers should not do. Armstrong defines corporate socially irresponsible behavior as “a decision to accept an alternative that is thought by the decision makers to be inferior to another alternative when the effects upon all parties are considered” (Armstrong, 1977, p. 185).

Some managers and corporations act irresponsibly as the recent examples of the world financial crisis, BP’s actions in the Gulf, the nuclear industry in Japan point in this direction. Managers sometimes behave irresponsibly when they consider only their selfish interests and aim mainly to maximize shareholder profits without considering other stakeholder interests.

Consequently, shareholder orientation encourages while stakeholder orientation reduces irresponsible behavior (Armstrong, 1977). Thus, stakeholder theory offers guidance to companies and managers’ for CSR by recognizing the need to take into account stakeholder groups. This theory is also very influential in clarifying for whom a corporation is responsible (Freeman, 1984). But stakeholder analysis fails to address a rather critical issue: for what a corporation is responsible. This question is important for management in making appropriate decisions relating to CSR, and marketers in developing suitable communication strategies about CSR. Clarifying the “for what” issue inevitably leads to an exploration of the limits of CSR and the occurrence of CSI.

The Editors of this JBR Special Issue welcome conceptual and empirical papers exploring these and related themes:

  • Are universal definitions of CSR and CSI desirable?
  • What are the boundaries of CSR and CSI?
  • For what reasons and in what contexts are companies responsible/irresponsible?
    • Can progress be made in developing a general theory of corporate social irresponsibility
  • What criteria should be used to contrast CSR with CSI?
  • Is CSR masking/hiding illegal and/or irresponsible behavior?
  • What are the arguments of the critics of CSR and CSI?
  • How does culture or national origin affect CSR and CSI policies?
  • How does CSR and CSI relate to “useful” breaking of the law?
    • How can damage of irresponsible behavior be prevented/reduced/controlled for?
    • How can corporations and government create effective programs to prevent corporate irresponsible behavior?
  • How can/should CSR and CSI be measured?
  • What competitive advantages (if any) are achievable by a coherent CSR or CSI strategies?
  • Does CSR and/or CSI force business to lead government?
  • What is CSR’s and CSI’s potential to reduce reputational risk?
  • Can CSR and CSI serve as an insurance against product harm crises?
  • What is the impact of CSR and CSI on stakeholders (e.g., stockholders, consumers or employees)?
  • How do CSR programs address sustainability concerns?
  • How do supply chain members participate in the CSR activities that involve major multinational firms?
  • What is the level of consumer understanding and skepticism towards CSR and CSI?
  • How do firms communicate CSR and CSI priorities to stakeholders?

Special Issue Editors: Patrick E. Murphy, Marketing, 394 Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556,, 574-631-9092; Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, International Marketing and Management, WU Vienna, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna,, +43 1 31336 5103.

Submissions: Papers should be sent in WORD format to one of the special issue editors by February 15, 2012.  The papers should comply with the Journal of Business Research guidelines.



Armstrong, S. J. (1977). Social Irresponsibility in Management. Journal of Business Research, 5, 185-213.

Carroll, A. B. (1974). Corporate Social Responsibility: Its Managerial Impact and Implications. Journal of Business Research, 2, 75-88.

Crane, A., Matten, D., & Spence, L. (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility – Readings and cases in a global context. (1st ed.). US and Canada: Routledge, (Chapter 1).

Freeman, R. E. (1984). Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach. (1st ed.). Boston, MA: Pitman.

Levitt, T. (1958). The Dangers of Social Responsibility. Harvard Business Review, 36, 41-50.

McWilliams, A., Siegel, D. S., & Wright, P. M. (2006). Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategic Implications. Journal of Management Studies, 43, 1-18.

Van Marrewijk, M. (2003). Concepts and Definitions of CSR and Corporate Sustainability: Between Agency and Communion. Journal of Business Ethics, 44, 95-105.




Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch,

Ph.D., D.Litt., Ph.D. (hon)



WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien, Austria


Tel: +43-1-31336-5099 (direct)

+43-1-31336-5103 (secretary)

Fax: +43-1-31336-793



Call for Papers

September 19, 2011

The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability is a peer- reviewed scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the publication of original research in the field of management and global sustainability.  Global sustainability is the broad set of interconnected issues that encompass, but are not limited to, achieving environmental preservation, social entrepreneurship, poverty eradication, social justice, desirable production and consumption patterns, species preservation, and spiritually rich lives at this time in our species’ history on this planet.  The journal publishes articles on how productive enterprises contribute to realizing and achieving global sustainability to create socially just and spiritually-whole ways for all species to thrive forever.


The journal welcomes submissions from all disciplines for manuscripts that contribute to our academic understanding of the role of management in achieving global sustainability. These articles shall be subject to a double-blind review process overseen by an international editorial board. Submissions of theoretical work, empirical studies, book reviews, pedagogical tools and practitioner manuscripts are all encouraged. The journal shall solicit articles in both Spanish and English—with a corresponding review process to be conducted in either language.   The word length for a typical manuscript is between 6,000 to 10,000 words.


Journal Co-Editors

James Stoner, Fordham University, New York, USA

David Mayorga, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru

Josep Maria, S.J., ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain


The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability is an official journal of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and is managed by the John Gokongwei School of Management of Ateneo de Manila University. For submission guidelines and other questions, please contact:


Convocatoria de artículos


The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability es un peer-reviewed journal en que participan pares académicos dedicados exclusivamente a la publicación de investigaciones originales en el campo de la gestión y la sostenibilidad global. Sostenibilidad global es la amplia gama de cuestiones interconectadas que abarcan, pero no están limitadas a, la búsqueda de la preservación del medio ambiente, el empresariado social, la erradicación de la pobreza, la justicia social, la producción deseable y los patrones de consumo, la conservación de las especies, y una vida espiritual enriquecedora en este momento de la historia de nuestra especie en el planeta. El journal publica artículos sobre cómo las empresas productivas contribuyen al logro de la sostenibilidad global para crear formas de  justicia social y espiritualidad para el conjunto de  las especies.


El journal recibe artículos de todas las disciplinas que contribuyan a la comprensión académica de la función de gestión en el logro de la sostenibilidad global. Estos artículos estarán sujetos a un proceso de revisión, peer-reviewed, supervisado por un comité editorial internacional. Las presentaciones de trabajos teóricos, estudios empíricos, reseñas de libros, herramientas pedagógicas y manuscritos son bienvenidos. El journal recibe artículos en español o inglés, los cuales entrarán a un proceso de revisión que se lleva a cabo en los dos idiomas.  La extensión promedio de un manuscrito es de entre 6000 y 10000 palabras.



James Stoner, Fordham University, Nueva York, EE.UU.

David Mayorga, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú

Josep María, SJ., ESADE Business School, Barcelona, ​​España


The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability es una publicación oficial de la Asociación Internacional de Escuelas de Negocios Jesuitas (IAJBS) y es administrado por la John Gokongwei School of Management of Ateneo de Manila University. Para recibir las  pautas de presentación y mayor información, se pueden en contacto con:

Call for abstracts

August 25, 2011

Call for abstracts: Leuphana Sustainability Summit 2012 (Track “Corporate


“Sustainability: Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach”

Leuphana University of Luenburg, Lueneburg, Germany

29 February – 2nd March, 2012


A growing number of businesses is dealing with corporate sustainability issues. As corporate sustainability covers a wide range of complex topics such as emission reductions, biodiversity management, sustainability-oriented product and service innovation, sustainable supply chain management, or corporate influences on communities and regional development, its successful implementation depends on the contributions of experts from various disciplines in management, environmental science, psychology, sociology, economics, and related disciplines. In fact, the complexity of many sustainability challenges requires problem-solving approaches that transcend not only boundaries between academic disciplines but also between academics and practitioners. This is what transdisciplinarity is about.


Situated at one of Europe’s most reputable sustainable universities, the conference will enable leading researchers and high-level decision-makers to meet in a transdisciplinary setting with a goal of creating new insights to help move sustainability forward. To accomplish this, 60% of the participants (researchers and decision-makers) will be invited, while 40% will be selected by a rigorous peer-review of an international board.


The track “Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability” is offered by the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and the The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS).


The deadline for abstract submission (500 words) is 31 October, 2011.


The full call is available at:


July 1, 2011

Special Issue Journal of Business Ethics

“Organizing Corporate Social Responsibility: Interactions
between Business and Society”

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2011.

Guest Editors:

Frank de Bakker (VU University Amsterdam), Jeremy Moon (Nottingham University
Business School), Andreas Rasche (Warwick Business School)

The global spread of CSR as a management concept and business practice has lead to a
growing interest in comparative international studies in CSR and a range of related concepts.
Thus, CSR has emerged as a new stream of research raising important issues, not only for our
understanding of CSR but also for broader debates in management studies, including issues
such as local adaptation of management ideas, institutional change, business and society
interactions as well as the nature of globalization.

Meanwhile, NGOs, activist groups and related societal organizations are increasingly studied
in their capacity as influencers of business organizations. Corporate social responsibility,
globalization or consumer affairs are just a few areas on which these organizations focus. The
interactions between business organizations and societal organizations, the networks these
organizations form or the mechanisms for governance that are applied require organizational
and institutional innovations, both at the end of business organizations and at the end of civil
society. The interaction processes between business and society are shifting and this will have
implications for both management practice and our understanding of organizations and are
likely to contribute to differences in local adaptation of concepts such as CSR.

This Special Issue aims at providing a forum for scholars to theorize and elaborate our
knowledge on the changing organizational dynamics of the interactions between business and
society in the context of the global spread and local adaptation of CSR. What drives these
processes and how are NGOs/activist groups involved therein? The Special Issue focuses
particularly on the following questions:

1. How can we understand the global spread and local adaptation of CSR?
The global spread of CSR raises the question why it has been ongoing at this particular point
in history, pointing to alternative ways of institutionalizing business responsibilities towards
society which are locally embedded and different from the North American context from


which CSR originates. Likewise, the growing body of research in comparative CSR clearly
points to the fact that -while the language of CSR (and related concepts) is rising nevertheless
a great diversity of practices in CSR persist, both in most industrialized
countries and in the so-called developing world. This Special Issue focuses on analyzing and
explaining those local adaptations of CSR, both empirically and theoretically:

Theoretical: how can we understand the global spread and local adaptation on a more
general level and what predictions do those theories offer? What drives and/or
impedes the global spread of CSR?

Empirical: what are specific forms of implementation, adaptation, translation or
transformation of CSR in a specific regional, national or historical context? What are
the roles of different actors (e.g. firms, NGOs, international organizations) when
looking at the global spread and local adaptation of CSR practices?

Interdisciplinary: to understand the complex processes of the global spread and local
implementation of CSR perspectives from multiple disciplines are useful. These
include management studies, economics, sociology, politics, law, history and
How can we understand the interaction of business and society on issues of CSR?
As the interaction of business and society has been studied from different angles (e.g.,
corporate governance, social movement studies, global governance studies, corporate
responsibility), it would be useful to take stock of different viewpoints and approaches,
fleshing out differences and commonalities. The addressed questions include, but are not
limited to:

Theoretical: What are the theoretical foundations for studying the interactions
between business and society? Which theoretical lens can explain which aspects of
the interaction process between business and actors from society? How do the
different theoretical lenses complement each other?

Methodological: What methods are used to research the interaction of business and
society? Which innovative methods have not been used so far? What units and levels
of analysis are particularly appropriate to stimulate research?

Research Foci: What research foci do scholars from different disciplines employ to
study the interactions between business and society? Which phenomena (e.g. activism,
public-private partnerships, social audits) are currently explored in different
What will be future trends in the interactions between business and society on CSR?
CSR, like few other contemporary management ideas, exposes the interplay between business
organizations, NGOs/activist groups and national states and has been fuelled by significant
institutional change throughout the globe. The rise of emerging economies, such as the BRIC
countries, as well as the recent crisis in the global financial markets however will have crucial
influence on how economies locally and globally govern the social impact and
responsibilities of business. The proposed Special Issue is dedicated to understanding future
trends and developments in the broader context of CSR.

Which problems can occur while organizing the interactions between business and
society? How can these problems be overcome? What, if anything, have we learned
from prior interactions between business and society actors?

What tactics do both business organizations and societal organizations deploy and
how do their counterparts respond to these tactics?

Which organizational structures are likely to absorb the multi-stakeholder nature of
interactions between business and societal actors?
We call for contributions that deal with the various aspects and dynamics of the interactions
occurring between business and society. We are interested in both conceptual and empirical
studies that draw on a variety of theoretical perspectives, such as, but not limited to,
institutional theory, micro-political approaches, social movements theory, theories of
governance and regulation, and in quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches.
Comparative studies are particularly encouraged.

Process for submitting papers

Papers submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently under
consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be approximately 8,000 words
in length. Manuscripts should be submitted via e-mail as a Word document (‘.doc’
attachment; one file including all figures and tables) to

Papers should employ standard English. To be eligible for review, manuscripts must follow
the journal’s guidelines and provide full contact information for the authors. For additional
guidelines, see the “Notes for Contributors” in Journal of Business Ethics or at the homepage
at Authors should
not identify themselves in the body of the paper. The paper’s front page should have the
authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information (e-mail addresses, telephone numbers,
and physical addresses).

For questions please contact the guest editors Frank G.A. de Bakker
Associate professor of Strategic Management
Department of Organisation Science, Faculty of Social Science
VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081
1081HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Professor Jeremy Moon FRSA
Director International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR)
Nottingham University Business School
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

Dr Andreas Rasche
Assistant Professor of Business in Society
Governance and Public Management Group (GPM)
Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom


Call for Chapters

June 29, 2011

Routledge International Business In Asia Series Series

Editor: Hafiz Mirza

Corporate Social Responsibility and Local Community in Asia-­Pacific

Editor: Kyoko Fukukawa

Call for Chapter Contributions

Submission Date: 1st October 2011

The Routledge International Business in Asia Series seeks contributions for a new edited book, as a sequel to Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia (2010). The underlying theme remains to offer alternative perspectives to the existing dominant discourse of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Having previously examined the goals of CSR and their perceived ‘import’ into Asia, the new volume, Corporate Social Responsibility and Local Community in Asia-­Pacific, looks further to ask: What is at the root of all discourses, disciplines and implementation of CSR across the Asia-­‐Pacific region. In the previous volume human connectivity was noted as a central concern. Turning now to look more directly at the notion of connectivity (and its discontents), the new volume is framed around the concept of local community, with particular emphasis upon the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’. A key tenet of the book is that in order to complete the ‘circuit’ of CSR, to gain a more complex and nuanced understanding of CSR, we need to bring into explicit focus consideration of the poorest social-­‐economic groups. The Bottom of the Pyramid has been identified as a site of opportunity for corporations to tap into new markets, with varying degrees of responsibility to local communities. There is an obvious tension between employees being part of the global supply chain and yet typically having no real choices and opportunities to prosper within a local economy. In terms of CSR, businesses operating at the base of the economic pyramid are all too frequently labelled as ‘laggards’. Yet, arguably, we are all lagging behind when someone, somewhere in the overall chain is lagging behind. CSR cannot be the preserve of the rich. In line with the previous volume, which sought to deconstruct dichotomies of ‘East’ and ‘West’ and ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers/suppliers’, this sequel volume aims to challenge the categories of ‘rich’ and ‘poor’. The book will consist of two parts: Part 1 is set to include contributions from Malcolm McIntosh (Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Australia) on CSR and Human Security; Chris McCann (Practitioner in Ethical Sourcing) on Supply Chain; and Ed Gray (Loyola Marymount University, USA) on Social Entrepreneurship, author of Values-­Centre Entrepreneurs and Their Companies (Routledge, 2010). Part 2 is open to contributions for area studies of Asia-­‐Pacific countries. The intention is to map issues of local communities onto those of CSR to illustrate what an integrated and relational view of ‘bottom-­‐up’ exercise would entail. The editor welcomes chapter contributions (3500-­‐5000 words) based on studies of Asia-­‐Pacific countries, to include, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea and Australia. Contributions can be descriptive, reflective and/or analytical accounts of the opportunities, obstacles and issues facing corporations when seeking to be socially responsible in local communities. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to: Ownership and control of lifeline businesses (e.g. Water, Energy and Food); collaboration and engagement of local communities; social entrepreneurship; conflicts of interests; cultural, social and/or religious or belief-­‐system perspectives. Ultimately, the book seeks to look ahead to understand what businesses can do to operate at all levels in the global trading ‘village’. The contributions taken together will enable we ask afresh what is meant by CSR across of all stratifications, whether of a country, region, community and/or organisation; and probe further into how corporations can properly locate responsibilities in global operations. Contributing to the Book: If you would like to contribute a chapter, please submit an extended abstract / proposal of the chapter (no more than 2 pages of A4) to Kyoko Fukukawa by e-­‐mail ( ) by 1st October 2011. Decisions on acceptance will be notified by 1st December 2011. NB. Contributors will be expected to deliver a full chapter by 1st April 2012.