Friday, May 30, 2014

Call for papers. Special Issue: Sustainability, Institutions, and Internationalization in Emerging Markets: Role of Sustainable Innovation for Sustainable World Development

Sustainability, Institutions, and Internationalization in Emerging Markets:  Role of Sustainable Innovation for Sustainable World Development 

Special issue Call for Papers for the International Journal of Emerging Markets (IJoEM)

Firm innovation and internationalization in emerging markets are intertwined with sustainability and the need for sustainable world development. The economic dimension of sustainability focuses on increased ROI, revenue and market share increases, lower costs, reduced risk, etc. The environmental dimension encompasses activities to preserve, protect, conserve and restore ecosystems and natural resources (e.g., climate change policies, preservation of natural resources, and minimization and prevention of toxic wastes). The social dimension addresses conditions and actions that specifically affect humanity (e.g., poverty, unemployment, education, health, human rights, etc.). Sustainability is critical for the developing world to ensure long-term business success while significantly contributing towards sustainable world development through a healthy environment and a stable society. Institutions, both formal and informal, facilitate or hinder sustainable business practices. Hence the need to incorporate the institutional lens, consisting of regulatory, cognitive and normal dimensions, in exploring sustainable business practices in emerging markets (Scott, 1995)
In this special issue of the IJoEM, we intend to raise questions of sustainability, institutions and internationalization in emerging economies akin to those raised by Peng, Wang, and Jiang (2008): (1) What drives firm strategy in emerging markets? (2) What role do sustainable business practices and innovation play in firm success and failure? and 3) “How to play the game, when the rules of the game are changing and not completely known?” (Peng et al., 2008). 

Any contribution that furthers these topics, or related ones, in the context of MNCs in emerging markets is most welcome. In line with the above topic, we are editing a special issue of the IJoEM examining these issues. The special issue will feature the best papers from the Academy of International Business Southeast (AIB-SE) chapter meetings to be held in Miami, Florida in October 2014as well as submissions in response to the general call for papers.

Potential Topics of Interest (among others)

We welcome papers within the broadly defined subject theme area from all the major disciplines in business and management studies, including: strategy, international business, organizational behavior and cross-cultural management, marketing, operations and decision sciences, finance and accounting, international trade and business economics. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • • Sustainability as a driver for innovation, growth and internationalization in developed vs emerging markets 
  • • The role of institutions in promoting or constraining sustainable innovation in emerging markets 
  • • Factors impacting the geographic clustering of internationalization efforts in sustainability worldwide 
  • • The impact of distance on sustainable innovation and internationalization 
  • • The effect of internationalization on sustainable innovation within a company or geographic region 
  • • The role of institutions in promoting or constraining inward and outward internationalization 
  • • Managerial mindsets needed for sustainable innovation and internationalization in emerging markets 
  • • Cross-cultural collaboration in sustainable innovation efforts 
  • • The marketing of sustainable innovations in emerging markets vis-à-vis the developed world 
  • • Theoretical and Empirical contributions to the field of sustainability, institutions, and emerging markets

Deadlines, Submission Guidelines and Editors’ Information

Submissions for the special issue will be sourced from the best papers of the 2014 AIB-SE conference as well as responses to a general call. Based on editorial review, top rated papers will be invited to go through additional peer review to be considered for publication. Manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted through the IJoEM website:

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014.

For general submission guidelines, see:

For additional information on the 2014 AIB-SE Conference, see: 

Dr. Anshu Arora (Special Issue Editor)
Associate Professor - Marketing
Director of Global Logistics & International
Business Education and Research Center
Savannah State University, Georgia, USA
Phone: (912) 358-3387

Dr. Nicole Hartley (Special Issue Editor)
Lecturer - Marketing
University of Queensland Business School
University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Australia
Phone: +61 7 3346 8022

Dr. Rangamohan V Eunni (Consulting Editor)
Professor & Chair, Management Department
Director: Emerging Markets Initiative
Williamson College of Business Administration
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
Phone: (330) 941-7180

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Call for papers. Special issue: Strategic marketing in an international marketplace

Strategic marketing in an international marketplace

Special Issue Co-Editors:

  • John B. Ford, Old Dominion University, USA
  • Victoria L. Crittenden, Babson College, USA
Worldwide, businesses are faced with tremendous external factors that can dramatically affect efforts toward marketplace success. Whether it is natural disasters, political instability, or financial collapse, the fragility of the global economy has been evidenced extensively over the past few years. The borderless marketplace and the rapidity at which change can impact worldwide economies has made it an imperative that we better recognize and understand the phenomena that enable the forces of globalization to wield almost instantaneous transformation, as these forces of globalization have led to an aggressive competitive arena.

Every organization, regardless of geographic location, operates in this dynamic environment. Doing business in the constantly changing, borderless marketplace is an imperative in a marketplace in which world trade approached US$7 trillion by the beginning of the 21st century. This is not a situation to be feared, since change provides the opportunity for emergence of new market positions. Recently, however, changes are occurring more frequently and more rapidly with the potential for more severe impact. Due to growing real-time access to knowledge about customers, suppliers, and competitors, the international environment is increasingly characterized by instantaneity. As such, the past has lost much of its value as a predictor of the future, and current models of consumer and firm behavior may no longer harness the reality of the 21st century operating environment.
This special issue of the International Marketing Review is focused on any international marketing topic that is of relevance in today’s ever-changing marketplace. As such, we are interested in international strategic issues related to:
  • · Emerging markets
  • · Market entry decisions
  • · Culture/subculture/ethnicity
  • · Sustainability
  • · Corporate governance
  • · Buying behavior
  • · Standardization vs. localization
  • as well as tactical issues related to the traditional 4 Ps of marketing:
  • International product/service development
  • · International branding
  • · International advertising
  • · International channel management
  • · International pricing
  • · International supply chain

This international marketing research can engage in theory development or theory testing. The context of the research can be broad or narrow – we are not limiting to one particular domain or context. However, papers should have a clear international marketing focus on how the reality of the 21st century operating environment can be predicted and modeled to aid in our understanding and knowledge of consumer and firm behavior.

Submission details:

The deadline for submission is August 1, 2014. Authors should follow IMR’s submission guidelines and submit via ScholarOne: All submissions will be subject to the double-blind peer review process at the International Marketing Review.

Questions related to this special issue can be directed to either/both guest editors.

About the special issue editors:

John B. Ford is Professor of Marketing and International Business in the College of Business and Public Administration, Old Dominion University (USA). He is currently a regular Visiting Professor at the School of Marketing, Curtin University, Perth, Australia and IESEG, the Catholic University of Lille, France. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Henley Management College (UK), Cass Business School, City University of London (UK), Kent Business School, University of Kent (UK), University of Westminster (UK), Australian National University (Australia), Kitakyushu University (Japan), and Waikato University (New Zealand).
John is a Past President and a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), and he was awarded the Harold W. Berkman Service Award by the Academy of Marketing Science. John’s research focuses on international/cross-cultural advertising strategy, construct equivalence, and nonprofit competitiveness. He has published 75 academic articles in such journals as International Marketing Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Services Marketing, and Stanford Social Innovation Review to name a few. He currently serves on nine different editorial review boards.

Victoria Crittenden is Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing Division at Babson College (USA). Additionally, she serves (or has served) as Visiting Global Scholar in the D.B.A. program at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University (USA), Visiting Ph.D. Faculty at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden), Visiting Ph.D. Faculty at Luleå University (Sweden), a core faculty member at the WU Executive Academy (Austria) and as visiting faculty at the University of Ulster in Belfast (N. Ireland), The American College of Greece MBA Program in Athens (Greece), and University Robert Schuman, IECS in Strasbourg (France).
Vicky is President, and a Distinguished Fellow, of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS). She is the 2013 recipient of the Pearson Prentice Hall’s Solomon-Marshall-Stewart Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education awarded by the Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group in the American Marketing Association and the AMS Lamb, Hair, McDaniel Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award in 2005. Vicky’s research has been published extensively in journals such as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Letters, Sloan Management Review, Psychology & Marketing, Business Horizons, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Research, Business Strategy Review, Corporate Reputation Review, Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Information and Management, Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, and International Journal of Production Economics. She served as founding co-editor of the AMS Review and serves currently on numerous editorial review boards.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Call for special issue: From Emerging to Emerged: A Decade of Development of Dragon Multinationals

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Special Issue and Conference on

“From Emerging to Emerged: A Decade of Development of Dragon Multinationals”

  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • Conference Place and Date: December, 2015 (tentative dates)
  • Venue: Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Estimated Date of Publication: November 2016

Special Issue Guest Editors:

  • Jane Lu (University of Melbourne and National University of Singapore)
  • Xufei Ma (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Lucy Taksa (Macquarie University)
  • Yue Wang (Macquarie University)

Special Issue Consulting Editors:

  • Mike Peng (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Ravi Ramamurti (Northeastern University)

Conference Sponsor:

Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

In 2006, the Asia Pacific Journal of Management (APJM) published an influential article “Dragon multinationals: New players in 21st century globalization” (Mathews, 2006a, 23:5-27). In this conceptual article, John Mathews (Macquarie University, Australia) defines firms from the periphery—especially those from the Asia Pacific region—as ‘dragon multinationals’. The author develops a new model to illustrate the three pillars common in these firms’ pattern of accelerated internationalization and summarizes them into his linkage, leverage, and learning (LLL) model.

According to Mathews (2006a), for dragon multinationals, the best and the quickest way to capture global opportunities and to tap into global resources is first to link up with firms around the global, second to leverage such links to overcome resource barriers (including foreign direct investment (FDI) through acquisitions), and third to learn to build up their own capabilities in a cumulative fashion. These three pillars of linkage, leverage and learning are what make dragon multinationals’ international expansion distinctive from the internationalization pattern of Western incumbents.

To the extent that firms that lack initial resources may take advantage of the increasingly interconnected global economy in a pattern consistent with the LLL model, the LLL model may become one of the dominant paradigms in international business (IB) research in the 21st century, just like how the OLI model was viewed by the IB and management community in the 20th century. We do not know whether this significant paradigm development will happen, but the fact that John Mathews’ article won the second APJM Best Paper Award in 2009 and became the second most cited APJM paper ever (with over 600 Google Scholar citations) in just a few years after its appearance in 2006 is a strong signal that the IB and management community may just be ready to embrace such a paradigm development. However, whether such a paradigm development will materialize (Dunning, 2006; Narula, 2006) is at least dependent on two critical issues, which will be addressed in this Special Issue. First, do we have accumulated sufficient evidence to suggest that there is indeed a need for a new paradigm such as the LLL model to account for a very different internationalization process? Second, nearly ten years since Mathews (2006a), do we have sufficient knowledge about ways that those already emerged dragon multinationals (such as Acer, Li & Fung, and Lenovo that appeared in Mathews’ original article) manage their global operations?

To further enrich our understanding of the merits and limits of the LLL model, we also call for papers that provide new theoretical or empirical insights to help us better understand the internationalization patterns and strategies adopted by firms from the rapidly developing Asia Pacific region including those are still emerging and those already emerged in the global stage. To the extent that management problems remain the same over time while their solutions differ from part of the world to part of the world (Hostede, 2007), we also welcome manuscripts that look at the impact of the emerging or emerged dragon multinationals on the strategies and behaviours of Western MNEs in different parts of the world.

Overall, this Special Issue provides an opportunity to (1) reflect on John Mathews’ influential article on the then emerging dragon multinationals, and (2) bring together research on recent development of those dragon multinationals that are already emerged in the global market as well as research on the interactions between these (relatively) new players and incumbent western players in an increasingly interconnected global business environment. To serve these purposes, manuscripts are not restricted to, but could deal with the following topics:

  • Empirical studies to test the validity of the LLL model in a broader range of firms (including but not limited to emerging and emerged dragon multinationals). 
  • How the strategies, structures, and management practices (e.g. how to manage the challenge of diverse workforce) adopted by those emerged dragon multinationals differ from MNEs from the West and Japan.
  • How the LLL model and OLI model complement or substitute each other.
  • How the expansion of dragon multinationals to regions such as Africa and Australia affects the strategies of Western MNEs in these regions.
  • How the pattern of expansion of dragon multinationals is affected by varying institutional conditions in their home countries.
  • What the performance implications are as a result of the expansion of dragon multinationals.

Papers for the Special Issue should be submitted electronically to the APJM Online Submission System at, and identified as submissions to the “From emerging to emerged: a decade of development of dragon multinationals” Special Issue. The deadline for receipt of papers for this special issue is April 15, 2015. The format of submissions must comply with submission guidelines posted at the APJM website.

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. We will make initial editorial decisions by July 1, 2015. Authors invited to revise and resubmit their work will be invited to present the papers at a Special Issue development conference hosted by the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

The papers accepted and presented at the special issue conference will be considered for publication in the Special Issue of the APJM. Presentation at the conference does not necessarily guarantee publication in the special issue. The combination of a development conference and a Special Issue nevertheless follows a highly successful APJM initiative to bring out the full potential of authors and papers.

For questions about the special issue, please contact any of the Special Issue Editors:

  • Jane Lu, Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne; and National University of Singapore. Email:
  • Xufei Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Email:
  • Lucy Taksa, Professor, Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University. Email:
  • Yue Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University. Email:


  • Hofstede, G. (2007). Asian management in the 21st century. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 24: 411-420.
  • Dunning, J. H. (2006). Comment on Dragon multinationals: New players in 21st century globalization. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23: 139-141.
  • Narula, R. (2006). Globalization, new ecologies, new zoologies, and the purported death of the eclectic paradigm. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23: 143-151.
  • Mathews, J. A. (2006a). Dragon multinationals: New players in 21st century globalization. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23: 5-27.
  • Mathews, J. A. (2006b). Responses to Professors Dunning and Narula. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23: 153-155.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Call for papers. Special Issue: European Journal of International Management (EJIM)

European Journal of International Management (EJIM)


Guest Editors

  • Pervez N. Ghauri, King’s College, UK 
  • Byung Il Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea


As globalization intensifies and new middle classes emerge in most markets, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have significantly increased their international business efforts. The recorded figure for 2010 revealed a more than triple increase of the worldwide foreign direct investment (FDI) activities since the year 2000, amounting to US$20.4 trillion (UNCTAD 2011). The reason for the consistent expansion in MNEs foreign operations is closely associated with the increased realization that the presence of foreign firms is beneficial for both home and host countries. One view is that MNEs possessing sophisticated knowledge often function as a conduit for local firms to acquire foreign technology and know-how. In addition, MNEs also help in the creation of employment opportunities and an increase of exports strengthening the balance-of-payments position of the local economies (Park, 2011; Park and Ghauri, 2011). Likewise, home economies of MNEs achieve market expansion and learn about foreign markets.

However, some scholars (e.g., Chang, 2004; Ziegler, 2005) have shed light on the negative aspects of MNE operations, and even argue that MNEs are one of the primary obstacles inhibiting economic growth in developing countries. The explanations given by these scholars, proposing negative impacts are the following; often MNE activities are too vitalized and excessive, foreign firms attempt to dominate the market they enter and present a challenge to national sovereignty. Moreover, the aggravation of local competition against MNEs inevitably culls locally grown enterprises, which results in the deterioration of employment. In particular, MNEs re-invest only a fraction of their revenues in local economies and drain positive effects from both capital injections and the balance of payments. This leads to serious reductions in foreign exchange reserves, forces local governments to borrow more foreign debt and pushes the local economy into a vicious economic circle. These negative effects cause hardship for local governments and negatively influence their investments in infrastructure, education and technology development. In this vein, they suggest that MNE operations are not much different from the establishment of colonies.

A key problem is that it is perhaps hard to say that an unlimited open-door toward MNEs and limitless competition based on market principles is the only correct answer for economic growth. In other words, we cannot merely overlook the adverse aspects of MNEs, and need to practically assess the value of foreign investment. There is a general consensus that the fundamental goals and aims of MNEs are to pursue corporate profits and increase organizational competitiveness in overseas markets, and thus such gloomy opinions about MNEs are unavoidable to some extent. In this vein, it is time to think about the ways to lessen the skeptical attitudes of FDI by identifying the role of MNEs in local market developments. We also suggest that the negative impression of FDI might be significantly reduced if MNEs engage in actions that go beyond their direct economic and financial interests, involve themselves in activities that are not required by the law but further social good and use their internal resources in ways to benefit local markets through committed participation as members of society.

Taken together, the objective of this special issue is to bring both theoretical and empirical advancements examining the role of MNEs in developing local markets in various areas (e.g., economic, social, institutional and ethical developments).

Subject coverage

We seek both theoretical and empirical papers that may address, but are not limited to, the following list of potential research questions:

  • How does FDI function as a vehicle to enhance economic development in local markets? Does FDI from MNEs based in advanced economies trigger economic growth in developing countries in the long term? 
  • Who obtains more benefits from inward FDI between advanced and developing countries? Are there avenues for MNEs based in advanced economies to help developing countries to promote economic growth? 
  • Are there any different patterns of economic development through FDI between advanced and developing countries? What implications can be drawn from countries that have successfully leapfrogged into better economic status? 
  • What are the key factors promoting the positive spillover effects of FDI in developing economies? 
  • In the perspective of developing countries, what are the primary conditions that inhibit the negative economic outcomes from inward FDI? 
  • How does FDI contribute to social evolution, particularly in emerging and developing countries? 
  • What is the effect of profit remittance by MNEs in the local market economy? What encourages MNEs to re-invest profits in local markets? 
  • What motivates corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in foreign markets? Is there any particular relationship between the level of foreign CSR and economic development in emerging and developing countries? 
  • What facilitates knowledge transfer from advanced to developing economies through FDI? 
  • Is there a correlation between FDI types (e.g., ‘vertical versus horizontal’ or ‘export-driven versus market-seeking’) and economic contributions in emerging and developing countries? 


Chang, H-J. (2004), Globalization, economic development and the role of the State, London, NY: Zed Books.

Park, B. I. (2011), “Knowledge transfer of multinational enterprises and technology acquisition in international joint ventures”, International Business Review, Vol. 20, pp. 75-87.

Park, B. I. and Ghauri, P. N. (2011), “Key factors affecting acquisition of technological capabilities from foreign acquiring firms by small and medium sized local firms”, Journal of World Business, Vol. 46, pp. 116-125.

UNCTAD (2011). World investment report: Non-equity modes of international production and development. Geneva: United Nations.

Ziegler, J. (2005), L'empire de la honte, Paris: Fayard.

Notes for Prospective 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.

Deadlines for submission

  • Submission of Manuscripts: January 15, 2015
  • Notification to Authors: April 1, 2015
  • Final Versions Due: December 1, 2015
  • The issue is published: May 2016

Editors and Notes

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact, describing the exact problem you experience. (Please include in your email the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the names of the Guest Editors).

Guest Editor(s) contact details:

  • Dr. Pervez N. Ghauri
King’s College London, Department of Management, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH, UK
Tel: 00-44-(0)20-7848-4122, Email:
  • Dr. Byung Il Park
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, College of Business Administration, 270, Imun-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-791, South Korea
Tel: 00-82-(0)10-4157-3532, Email:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Call for papers: Annals in Social Responsibility

New Journal Call for Manuscript Proposals

Annals in Social Responsibility

Co-Editors: Timothy M Devinney (Leeds) & Marc Orlitzky (South Australia)

Annals in Social Responsibility is a new journal published once annually. We are currently seeking proposals for manuscripts to be included in the inaugural issue or to be published in subsequent editions.

Journal Description & What Do We Publish?

Annals in Social Responsibility (ASR) publishes articles covering the significant developments in the area of Social Responsibility. ASR is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes work arising from traditions in management, operations & supply chain management, marketing, economics, accounting & finance, sociology, psychology, political science, law, philosophy and other social and physical sciences that relate to the role that individuals, groups and institutions play in understanding of responsibilities and roles in society. Topics covered in the journal include major theoretical and methodological developments as well as current research in the aforementioned disciplines. Articles typically pertain to issues of corporate social responsibility, environmental and organizational sustainability, economic, corporate, social and political development, corporate, institutional and societal governance, property rights, social institutions and NGOs, and global issues of peace, conflict and human rights. Articles published appeal to a broad intellectual audience in their respective fields.

To be accepted for publication a paper must make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge about social responsibility through new theoretical insights, managerial application, methodology/data—or some combination thereof.

ASR has a particular interest in publishing the following types of manuscripts:

1. Comprehensive, state-of-the-art literature reviews that integrate diverse research streams and identify promising directions for future investigations

2. Analytical essays that offer new conceptual models or theoretical perspectives and use these frameworks as a foundation for developing research propositions

3. Empirical articles that report results from exploratory or hypothesis-testing studies based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies

4. Methodological papers that refine existing methodologies or develop new ones for investigating particular issues or topics central to the fields of inquiry listed above.

ASR Editorial Review Board

  • Herman Aguinis (Indiana, USA) – Human Resources, Modelling
  • Ruth Aguilera (Illinois, USA) – Governance, Intl Business
  • Pat Auger (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) – Marketing, Modelling
  • Pratima Bansal (Ivey-UWO, CANADA) – Management, Sustainability
  • Michael Barnett (Rutgers, USA) – Management, Sustainability
  • Russell Belk (York, CANADA) – Marketing, Consumer Behaviour
  • Gordon Clark (Oxford, UK) – Earth Sciences, Sustainability
  • Jonathan Doh (Villanova, USA) – Politics, NGOs, Intl Business
  • Giana Eckhardt (London, Royal Holloway, UK) – Marketing, Consumer Behaviour
  • Jeffrey Harrison (Richmond, USA) – Strategy, Law
  • Stuart Hart (Cornell, USA) – Management, Innovation
  • Michael Hiscox (Harvard, USA) – Politics, Intl Relations
  • Ans Kolk (Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS) – NGOs, Development, Intl Business
  • Ted London (Michigan, USA) – NGOs, Development, Intl Business
  • Jeffrey Malpas (Tasmania, AUSTRALIA) – Ethics, Philosophy
  • Anita McGahan (Toronto, CANADA) – Strategy, Management
  • Joachim Schwalbach (Humboldt U-Berlin, GERMANY)
  • Donald Siegel (SUNY Albany, USA) – Strategy, Management, Governance
  • N. Craig Smith (Insead, FRANCE) – Strategy, Marketing
  • Tom Sorrell (Warwick, UK) – Philosophy, Politics
  • David Vogel (Berkeley, USA) – Economics, Politics
  • Richard Wilk (Indiana, USA) – Culture, Anthropology
  • Cynthia Williams (York, CANADA) – Law, Governance
  • Maurizio Zollo (Bocconi, ITALY) – Strategy, Sustainability

Submission Process

ASR does not accept article submissions without the initial submission of a proposal. The objective of the proposal process is to be efficient in the processing of articles. We want to know "what" you are going to say, "to whom" you are going to say it, "why" what you are saying is important, and "how" you are going to convince your audience of the veracity of your argument. This allows the editorial team to provide author(s) with information that facilitates the review process, while allowing us to be proactive in working with authors.

Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages single-spaced with standard 1-inch margins and in a 12-point font. The proposal must include the following information with the following headings.

The idea: The specific important and innovative idea that is going to be the focus of the article. This should not be long-winded literal description but be a clear and concise statement of the big/new idea that is at the core of what you are doing.

To whom is the article speaking: While ASR is clearly speaking to other scholars interested in issues of social responsibility, it is important to frame your paper in a specific topical and disciplinary area in the first instance. Hence, you need to outline who might be the primary audience for your article. For instance, is it the legal community, anthropologists, or marketing scholars (i.e., to what extent is it disciplinary?)? Is it those interested in human rights, CSR performance, or social innovation (i.e., to what extent is it phenomenon or topic based?)?

The importance of the idea: Why is your paper important? This needs to be understood as you address how you are going to take your specific knowledge and frame it in a way that resonates with your audience. In other words, why is it important to your readership and not just to you?

How are you going to justify, defend and communicate your idea: What is the theoretical and/or empirical evidence the article will be presenting in order to convince your audience of the veracity and importance of your idea? If you have specific data sources, outline what these are. If you are building a theoretical argument, then outline how you are going to logically justify and defend that argument. If your paper is empirical, provide a brief overview of your methods (e.g., experimental design, econometric model, statistical testing, etc.).

Although ASR will ultimately be using the ScholarOne platform, we are asking potential authors to submit their proposals via a dedicated email address ( by 11:59 PM (GMT) on 1 September 2014.

Accepted proposals will need to have their manuscripts available for review within approximately one month of this deadline (October 2014) if they are to be considered for the inaugural issue (to be published in mid 2015). Hence, proposals submitted before the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, which will give authors more time to work on the manuscripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the editors at this email ( DO NOT simply reply to this email as it will not go to the journal.