ANNOUNCE CFP Business & Society Special Sustainability Issue

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ANNOUNCE CFP Business & Society Special Sustainability Issue

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Dear Colleagues:
Below please find a call for papers for a special issue of Business and
Society on ""Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental
Sustainability,"" which I am editing with Professors Marc Orlitzky (Penn
State) and Professor David Waldman (Arizona State).
Sincerely yours,
Don Siegel

Dr. Donald S. Siegel
Dean and Professor
School of Business
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 ... gel-CV.pdf

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of
Business & Society on
""Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability""

Marc Orlitzky, Penn State University
Donald Siegel, University at Albany, State University of New York
David Waldman, Arizona State University

Multinational firms are under pressure from multiple stakeholders to be
socially and environmentally responsible. According to the Stern report
issued by the U.K. government, The Economist, and the philosopher Joseph
DesJardins, ecological sustainability could become the central social
responsibility challenge for business. Thus, managers must be able to
determine how their organizations can become more ecologically sustainable,
socially responsible, and economically competitive.

This trend also raises profound research questions, crossing numerous fields
in business administration and several social science disciplines. From a
theoretical standpoint, it is interesting to note that researchers have
attempted to model the antecedents and consequences of ""responsible""
behavior at the individual, organizational, industry, national, and societal
levels. However, the theoretical literatures on this phenomenon are
parallel and independent, which hinders our ability to understand the
managerial and policy implications of corporate social responsibility and

Two key research questions are: (1) how can social and environmental
responsibility be implemented more effectively through integrated market and
non-market strategies? and (2) how can the various business sub-disciplines
(e.g., human resource management, management information systems,
organizational behavior, marketing, and accounting) contribute to our
understanding of the determinants of superior financial, social, and
environmental performance?

Our objective in this special issue is to synthesize these parallel
literatures and topical areas, in an effort to examine prudent, integrated
management of financial, social, and environmental pressures.
Unfortunately, key issues regarding frameworks, measurement, and empirical
methods of social responsibility and sustainability have not yet been
resolved because existing research has been too fragmented or focused at one
particular level of analysis. For example, much research has been pursued
at the firm level dealing with such issues as the relationship between
corporate social performance and firm financial performance. However, less
research has involved theories and variables at the individual level (e.g.,
factors pertaining to individual decision-makers), or how such variables
might relate to organizational-level phenomena (e.g., corporate social
performance or sustainability).

This special issue will promote the concept of theoretical
meta-triangulation, as expressed in previous articles on theory building in
the Academy of Management Review. Contributions from strategic management,
organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational theory,
economics, political science, sociology, moral philosophy, and other
disciplines are encouraged.

Some research questions that might be addressed in this special issue
include, but are not limited to, the following:
What does it mean for an organization to be socially responsible and
environmentally sustainable in the international arena? What is the social
responsibility of global business? How can large, multinational companies
become more sustainable? How do definitions of corporate responsibility and
sustainability differ across countries?
What adjustments in corporate structure, governance, reporting
relationships, or incentives might facilitate the integration of financial,
social, and environmental domains of business activities?
Why might socially and environmentally responsible companies perform
better or worse financially than organizations that show little concern for
their social and ecological environments? What are the moderating and
mediating factors that affect these relationships?
Can socially responsible organizations actually change societies?
might organizational commitments to ecological sustainability change
societies or individual attitudes?
How can theories of social identity, (ethical) decision making, and
pro-social/positive organizational behavior contribute to more comprehensive
causal models in this area?
How are corporate social responsibility and sustainability related
leadership qualities and other characteristics of top executives, or systems
pertaining to them (such as executive pay structures)?
What is the best way to measure and evaluate social and
What are the relationships between corporate social responsibility,
environmental sustainability, firm reputation, and organizational
How can theories of sustainability, corporate social responsibility,
integrative social contracts inform each other for mutual theoretical
benefit-in domestic and international arenas?
What are the human resource management implications of corporate
responsibility and environmental sustainability?
Is consumer demand for corporate social responsibility driven by the
factors as consumer demand for corporate environmental sustainability? What
does this demand imply for organizations' strategic positioning?

Submission Instructions

Submisssions to the Special Issue should be sent electronically to Professor
Marc Orlitzky at, Professor Donald Siegel at, and Professor David Waldman at
before June 1st, 2009. The format of the papers must follow Business and
Society guidelines.

We also propose to hold a Special Issue Workshop, where each paper that is
presented will be reviewed and discussed by one of the special issue
editors. While all submitted papers will go through the regular
double-blind journal review process, we believe that a face-to-face
encounter at such a workshop will result in better papers. Participation in
the workshop will not be a necessary condition for acceptance into the
Special Issue, but we will strongly encourage all potential authors to
attend the workshop. In this regard, we have secured funding for the
workshop, enough to cover housing and meals for invited authors (one per
paper). The final set of papers would then be selected from those
resubmitted after the workshop.

The tentative timetable for the special issue is:

June 1, 2009 Paper submitted electronically to co-editors
July 30th, 2009 Authors notified if their paper is chosen for
special issue workshop
Late September 2009 Special Issue Workshop (with assigned discussants) to be
held at
the University at Albany, SUNY
January 1, 2010 Revised papers due (incorporating discussant and
reviewer comments)
April 2010 Authors notified if paper selected for special
May 2010 Delivery of full set of papers and guest
editors' introductory paper

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