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Call for Papers: Special Issue on „Multinationals, Sustainability and Social Change“

International Journal of Business Environment – Inderscience Publishers.  Special Issue on: „Multinationals, Sustainability and Social Change“

Recent years have seen growing recognition that multinational corporations (MNCs) are resourceful actors that can play a crucial role for sustainable development and social change (Salciuviene et al. 2009). However, while these roles are widely recognised, relevant theories and debates have often remained unconnected.

Submission Deadline: 01. September 2016

A key aim of this special issue is to explore the theoretical intersections around the complexities of MNCs, sustainability and social change. Diverse theoretical perspectives implicitly or explicitly ad-dress the role MNCs play in sustainable development and social change, such as (i) the growing liter-ature on sustainability transitions (e.g., Geels 2011; Loorbach & Wijsman 2013), (ii) network theories (Webb et al. 2010, Ritvala et al. 2014), (iii) institutional change and the role of MNCs in institutional voids (e.g., Mair and Martí 2009, Pinkse and Kolk 2010, Tracey and Phillips 2011), (iv) more tradition-al international business perspectives (e.g., Shane & Venkataraman 2000, Birkinshaw et al. 2005, Freeman et al. 2010, Khanna & Palepu 2010, Ellis 2011, Jones 2011), and (v) complexity theory (de Lange et al. 2015). However, these theoretical approaches are primarily discussed in separate streams of literature.

Guest Editors:

  • Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch, Alanus University &
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Blazejewski, Alanus University

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the “Multinationals and Entrepreneurship” subtheme of EGOS 2016, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

We invite contributions that empirically and/or theoretically address the theme of the special issue. Exemplary topics are displayed in the following non-conclusive list:

Subject Coverage

We invite contributions that empirically and/or theoretically address the theme of the special issue. Exemplary topics are displayed in the following non-conclusive list:

MNCs and sustainable development

  • When and how does multinationality enable (or prevent) the sustainable evolution of corporations, corporate sectors and national standards?

  • Interaction of MNCs with local and national proponents of social and sustainable development

  • Stakeholder theory perspectives on MNCs and sustainability

  • The role of MNCs in shaping discourses on sustainability issues

  • The role of MNCs in transferring and diffusing sustainability practices across countries (e.g.GRI)

  • MNCs as social and sustainable entrepreneurs

  • New actor constellations and interaction patterns between MNCs and other sustainable/social entre-/intrapreneurs

  • MNCs as drivers, facilitators or obstacles of sustainable and social entre-/intrapreneurship and of sustainable development.

MNCs and institutional/social entrepreneurship

  • When and how do MNCs act as institutional/social entrepreneurs?

  • The role of institutional embeddedness, diversity (e.g. kind of market economies) and contradiction for the ability and motivation of MNCs to transform or protect institutions

  • MNCs as drivers, facilitators or obstacles of institutional change, social transition and development in emerging markets

  • The role of MNCs in major institutional change projects such as TTIP

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely rewritten and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

  • Submissions deadline: 1 September, 2016
  • First-round revisions due: 1 January, 2017
  • Second-round revisions due: 1 May, 2017
  • Final decisions: 1 June, 2017
  • Final materials due from Authors: 1 July, 2017

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