Sections and Section Editors
Accounting and Business Ethics
Charles H. Cho
This section seeks submissions that address ethical issues as they relate to accounting. It has a broad focus in terms of methodology and subject matter. Authors are encouraged to submit theoretical and/or empirical work. Recent topics have included issues of auditor independence, financial reporting fraud, ethical management and adjustments, state of accounting ethics research, accountability in the public sector, morality and the accounting profession, behavioural choices, and studies of ethics, social and environmental accounting disclosures. Submissions are welcome in new and emerging areas of accounting ethics research that challenge familiar boundaries of knowledge.
Arts, Humanities, and Business Ethics
This section of the journal seeks contributions that utilize objects and methods from the arts and humanities to yield creative, insightful, and high-quality business ethics research. The arts and humanities include anthropology, architecture, arts, classics, design, drama, film, history, language, literature, and music, among other disciplines that explore human values and culture. Business ethics, too, can be studied as a humanity, when it investigates, for example, how our economic lives are shaped by underlying cultural values – and how those values are influenced by our market systems. Authors are invited to submit contributions to the study of business ethics, including but not limited to those that do the following: Study (a) work(s) of the arts and humanities with relevance to business ethics; interpret the works of an artist, author, composer, genre, etc., that put that oeuvre into correspondence with conventional scholarship; examine an art form to yield findings about the ethical values of business; apply arts and humanities theories to generate insights about business ethics; explore how ethical characterizations of business have evolved in the arts and humanities across time and place; and, synthesize other research involving business ethics and the arts and humanities.
Behavioral Business Ethics
Katherina G. Pattit
Rommel O. Salvador
This section of the journal focuses on research in the business ethics subfield—behavioral business ethics. Rooted in social scientific as well as natural science research, behavioral business ethics utilizes insights from behavioral psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and cognition to examine the antecedents of human behavior in ethical situations, and the forces that influence organizational stakeholders’ decisions. Of interest to this section is scholarly work that provides insights into what affects the last stage of the ethical decision-making model, behavior. Institutional and organizational pressures, individual cognitive biases and naturally formed tendencies all play a role in determining both commission and omission decisions in business. Conceptual and empirical studies (including laboratory studies) submitted to this section should contribute to the field’s understanding of human behavior associated with business ethics issues.
Book (and More) Reviews
Nicole Zwieg Daly
The Journal of Business Ethics publishes reviews of scholarly books as well as relevant nonfiction, fiction, documentaries, films, plays, television shows, art exhibits, and so on that advance dialogue between scholars and the public about business ethics and society. In addition to answering the question, “Is this book/film, etc. worth reading/viewing?”, these reviews should answer the question, “What ideas or questions will this book/film, etc. illuminate for anyone with an interest in business ethics?”
The target length of reviews is between 1,000 words (about the length of a newspaper opinion piece) and 6,000 words (about the length of a short paper) and depends on multiple factors. These factors include the complexity of the topic and main point(s) of the review; whether the review is of one work or a comparative analysis of multiple works; how engaging the style of writing is for a broad audience, including scholars and non-experts; and so on. Reviews will be Free to Access for a period of 8 weeks so they can be shared in their entirety with the general public and on social media, etc.
Reviews may be invited, proposed by an author/publisher, or proposed by an interested reviewer. Proposals should be sent directly to the Book (and More) Review section editors (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) and should indicate the title and author/creator of the work to be reviewed, a brief statement of why it matters to anyone with an interest in business ethics, and an estimate of and justification for the proposed length. An accepted proposal is not a guarantee that the final review will be published; however, if a proposal is accepted, the review author(s) will be invited to submit a manuscript in Editorial Manager, the journal’s editorial system.
Business Ethics Learning and Education
Recognising that education has the potential to influence ethical behaviour and contribute to ethical outcomes at all levels of business activity, this section welcomes papers that make valuable contributions to business ethics learning and education. Both conceptual and empirical (whether quantitative or qualitative) submissions are welcomed. Relevant topics include all contexts and approaches to business ethics learning and education (i.e. including, but not limited to business ethics pedagogy in tertiary institutions). Accordingly, papers may investigate formal, non-formal or informal business ethics learning and education within academic institutions, businesses, professions or other organizational settings. Papers that examine the ongoing development of business ethics learning and education (in academic or other settings) are also welcome.
Papers must be well grounded in the literature, make appropriate use of relevant theories, and be methodologically sound to ensure that our current knowledge of the field is expanded. Submissions are expected to go beyond descriptions of existing teaching practices or curricula.
This section seeks submissions that focus on the scope and ethical nature of consumption. Articles are welcomed which explore consumer ethics from conceptual, positivist, interpretivist and cross-disciplinary perspectives, which may include, but are not restricted, to the psychological, cultural and/or socio-economic factors pertinent to advancing our understanding of consumer ethics and ethical theory. Consumer ethics may include consideration of (non)purchase, use and disposal of goods and services by consumers, ethical, green, political, activist and anti consumer identities, the nature and role of influencers, barriers and enablers in (non)ethical decisions by consumers and unethical consumer practices. Conceptual papers may be grounded in any ethical theory, whereas empirical manuscripts from a broad range of quantitative or qualitative methodologies are welcomed.
Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
This section welcomes papers on corporate governance. Corporate governance encompasses the whole set of legal, cultural and institutional arrangements that determine what corporations can do, who controls them, how control is exercised, and how risks and returns are allocated. In this context, the finance model of the firm in which the central problem is seen as how to construct rules and incentives to align the behavior of managers with the interests of shareholders, needs to be supplemented with other models of corporate control including stewardship, stakeholder and political and cultural models. Central to this will be the analysis of business values and ethics exercised in the endeavour to create responsible business. Submissions of conceptual papers grounded in an established theory as well as empirical manuscripts dealing with quantitative or qualitative methodology are welcomed both from academics and practitioners.
Corporate Responsibility: Theoretical/Qualitative Issues
This section seeks submissions that explore issues concerned with business ethics and corporate responsibility through the use of theoretical or qualitative methodological approaches. Authors are encouraged to submit theoretically informed qualitative research that examines the antecedents, processes, and impacts of corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Examples of relevant research include qualitative studies of ethical decision making, corporate social performance, corporate reputation, and philanthropic and community involvement programs.
Corporate Responsibility: Quantitative Issues
Assaad El Akremi
This section seeks submissions that explore issues concerned with ethical and socially responsible corporate behaviors through the use of quantitative methodological approaches. Authors are encouraged to submit theoretically informed empirical research that examines the antecedents, processes, and impacts of corporate social responsibility and ethical decision making. Corporate social responsibility is defined broadly and includes philanthropy, cause-related marketing, community involvement, responsible business practices, responsible innovation, and so on. Examples of relevant research include, but are not limited to, stakeholder influence on and reactions to CSR, linkages between cultural, institutional, and organizational characteristics and CSR, CSR communication, socially responsible and green innovation, characteristics of effective CSR strategy/program. Submissions that examine the relationships between CSR and financial/accounting outcomes should be directed to other relevant sections.
Corporate Sustainability and Business Ethics
This section welcomes submissions that address the theoretical or applied aspects of corporate sustainability. Research on the challenges and opportunities of embedding a commitment to sustainability into corporate governance structures is particularly encouraged. Examples of relevant research include studies focused on sustainability reporting, sustainability performance, or supply chain management. Authors are encouraged to address the short- and long-term implications of corporate sustainability initiatives. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches are welcomed.
Critical Studies and Business Ethics
Sara Louise Muhr
A critical approach to ethics has the potential to re-orient the field from “business as usual” approaches. Critical approaches to organizational studies are ontologically reflexive, epistemologically dynamic and methodologically heterodox; to that end, critical researchers have advanced the idea that traditional research business ethics and corporate social responsibility can function to normalize questionable business practices, by bestowing upon them the imprimatur of reflective self-regulation. Such an approach deflects questions of organizational oversight by other institutional actors, and legitimizes existing business practices without adequate oversight.
A variety of broad research questions can be asked of business ethics from a critical perspective. For example, what are the historical conditions under which the existing regimes of business ethics and corporate social responsibility emerged? What purposes do such approaches serve, and what purposes do they subvert? What are the different ways in which they can be contested and transformed? What regions of the world lie within the shadows of current ethics literature? How can ethics research become more sensitive to the aspirations of marginalized organizational subjectivities? What are the philosophical concerns about ethics that have been under-represented in our discussion of business ethics? In this section, we invite papers that explore these (and related) issues empirically as well as conceptually.
Cross-cultural Management and Business Ethics
This section focuses on the ethical dimension of cross-cultural management, broadly understood as managing across differences based on the intersection of values, cultures, but also ethnicity or religion. It encourages theoretical and empirical research addressing how, but especially why, ethicality may differ across contexts. A variety of research questions can be asked touching on (but not limited to) issues such as management of multicultural teams, expatriation and mobile professionals, international clients, communication, decision making and leadership, when tensions arise between different norms, institutions and stakeholders. In addition to works addressing interpersonal interactions, this section also encourages analyses taking historical and geopolitical contexts into consideration of the power dimensions at play in ethicality. Studies of ethical issues in the discipline of cross-cultural management are also welcome. These works can focus on the ethical concerns that have been under-represented in our theorizing, teaching, and research methods.
Economics and Business Ethics
This section invites discussions of the relationship between economics and business ethics. Conventional economic theories about firms and the people involved in them encourage a very narrow focus on profit and monetary incentives. Yet the reality of business is far more complex, and the consequences of ethical or unethical economic behaviour are far-reaching. How can the discipline of economics—and the teaching of economics within business schools--more adequately address issues of business ethics? Are there concerns of economists, either conventional or critical, that business ethicists should take more seriously? Authors submitting to this section are welcome to explore these questions from philosophical or historical perspectives, offer conceptual insights, and/or use quantitative or qualitative methods of empirical analysis.
Environment and Business Ethics
All human activity on this planet is influenced by and dependent on the natural environment and sustainable, healthy and resilient ecosystems. Yet, the rise of capitalism and industrialised economies have led to profound and large-scale alterations to the earth system. Climate change, ocean acidification, deforestation, water pollution, species extinction, soil erosion and degradation are all examples of how the way businesses and economies are run negatively impacts Earth. This section welcomes papers that explore the complex and multiple relationships between nature and society, focusing particularly on the environmental ethics of business and economic activities.
We welcome ethical reflections from diverse geographical, historical and cultural sources, as well as marginalized voices and perspectives. Particular emphasis will be put on challenging anthropocentrism, as there is a pressing need to think about non-human ethics, for example, animal and plant ethics. This involves acknowledging different ontologies and cosmologies that approach nature-human interactions in a variety of different ways.
As humanity strives to find answers to the multiple environmental crises we face, nature-based solutions (including reforestation, carbon sequestration, rewilding, marine conservation, restoring wetlands, biofuel production) are implemented – often by businesses – at an ever-increasing scale. There is an urgent need to evaluate the ethical and governance implications of such approaches to increasing our ‘natural capital’. Are such solutions always just and inclusive? What tensions are there between people and their livelihoods and the need to conserve nature and re-grow the environment? Such questions call for renewed scholarly interest in the land, air, sea, and their inhabitants, evaluating the competing demands and interests articulated by business, state and civil society actors. This section provides space for critical, theoretically astute and empirically rigorous explorations of the emerging ethical and governance dynamics of these developments.
Feminisms and Business Ethics
This section welcomes submissions that address the complexities of the relationship between business ethics and feminisms. We are interested in receiving a wide range of research that examines feminist approaches to an ethical analysis of, or an ethical analysis of feminist approaches to, business and business-related phenomena. Gender remains a central organizing principle of societal structures; women are (and have historically been) disadvantaged by these structures. Feminisms are concerned with unpacking the embedded power relations and the ways in which they perpetuate ongoing inequalities and hierarchies faced by women and other marginalized groups in the context of business, management or organizing for daily life.
Papers that include women as a demographic category only (e.g., women on boards, women CEOs, etc.) without a clear feminist analysis are not appropriate for this new section. Instead, we encourage analyses of the forces and dynamics perpetuating material examples and symbolic accounts of gendered organization within the realm of business from anywhere in the world. This work might analyze, for example, the ways that different forms of business-related knowledge and practices work to privilege some groups over others. Alternatively, it may explore feminist mobilizing, infrapolitics and solidarity movements, or transform dominant business ethics conceptions and practices of knowledge attribution, acquisition, and justification to challenge traditional gender and other social hierarchies such as race and class. Topics may include exploration of hegemonic masculinities, patriarchal societal and organizational structures, materialities of local gendered contexts, sexism and misogyny, or invisible ramifications of normalized patterns of care-work and the ideologies of everyday life. Larger, nationalist or transnational politico-economic structures and dynamics of globalizing capitalism, entanglement of gendered social relations with technology, and the manifestations of gendered geographies of power are some other possible topics of inquiry.
This section also illuminates the potential of feminist foundations for business ethics, thereby facilitating both the building of feminist frameworks of business ethics and, as importantly, challenging the very assumptions upon which feminist business ethics are made possible. To this end, we encourage research drawing from different paradigms, such as those grounded in realist ontologies and empiricism or those in social constructionist ontology and postmodern epistemologies. We welcome consideration of a wide spectrum of feminisms including, but not limited to, liberal, psychoanalytic, radical, socialist, womanist, poststructuralist, postmodern, theology, spiritual, Islamic, transnational, postcolonial, techno/cyber, eco and other feminist approaches. We hope that submissions to the section will generate new questions, employ innovative methodologies, and articulate novel theoretical insights, thereby contributing to different research agendas and different kinds of knowledge about what is being done, for whom, and to what end in business ethics theory and practice.
Finance and Business Ethics
This section seeks submissions that address ethical issues as they relate to finance. It has a broad focus in terms of methodology and subject matter. Authors are encouraged to submit theoretical and/or empirical work. Recent topics have included issues of moral investment decisions, socially responsible investing, capital structure, and case studies of corporate failure and ethical decision making.
Global Issues and Business Ethics
Contemporary economic, social and political developments often have important global dimensions. This should come as no surprise since we inhabit the same planet and our lives across the globe are increasingly intertwined. Current issues suggest this trend, such as those related to the global financial crisis, inequality, global value chains, global movement of humans including refugees, war and violence, political extremism, natural resources and natural environment, and sustainability.
In this section, we welcome articles on ethical aspects of global issues, particularly as related to business, management or organizing. The issues listed above are simply illustrative examples and submissions are welcome on any issues whose global dimensions need attention.
As befits a global issues space, submissions may engage with global issues drawing on a wide variety of ethical theories and analyses from anywhere in the world. We specially encourage studies highlighting non-elite perspectives that often do not find equal opportunities to have a voice on global issues.
Human Resource Management and Development and Business Ethics
We encourage the submission of papers to this section that explore the ethics of managing and developing people within and across business entities, networks, and systems as they exist and function anywhere in the world. Although the papers we seek must clearly ground their work in an ethical analysis of business-related phenomena, these phenomena may be broad ranging. Relevant HR topics are likely to include an ethical analysis of three areas. The first relates to traditional HRM functions (e.g., performance appraisal, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, labor relations, health and safety) and HRD activities (e.g. learning and development, career development, talent management, coaching and mentoring, performance management systems, etc.). The second relates to within-organizational HRM/D issues (e.g., fairness and equity, motivation and empowerment, diversity and inclusion, compliance and risk management, retention and attrition, workplace flexibility, data security and data-driven HR practices, etc.). The third relates to national or supranational HRM/D concerns (e.g., socio-political unrest, limited statehood, economic and institutional uncertainties, complex business-society interactions, global climate change, growing North-South or developed-developing inequalities, national and regional human resource development strategies, gendered structures, demographic shifts and migration patterns, competition for talent, HRD standards and standardization, MNC dominance and its externalities, etc.). We invite manuscripts that bring strong empirical contributions, that extend theory, and/or that adopt a disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective. Especially desired are papers that critique and reimagine HRM/D to broaden our understanding of the ethical dynamics and to bring to light different insights upon which we can build new HR perspectives and narratives that make “the institution of business a greater servant of humanity” (Greenwood & Freeman, 2017: 1).
Labour Relations and Business Ethics
Globalization, intensive competition and technological advancement are redefining the world of work, raising new economic, social, legal and ethical considerations. In this context, papers in this section should focus issues on ethical aspects in labour relations and workers’ rights such as the consequences of outsourcing, flexibility, deregulation, migration, digitization and artificial intelligence for labour relations and workers’ rights. Of particular interest will be ethical issues that deal with workers in relation to precariousness, the gig economy, public and private regulation, workers’ sense of agency, surveillance, privacy, collective and individual resistance and alternative forms of organizing.
Law, Public Policy, and Business Ethics
The purpose of this section is to encourage scholarly research and analysis that charges full steam into the intersection of complex (often interdisciplinary) topics and issues involving civil, constitutional, or judicial law and/or matters of public policy, legislative action, public choice theory, or regulatory concern as they collide with and contribute to ethical issues facing businesses and industries around the world. Authors focusing on country-specific trends and developments are encouraged to extrapolate application and analysis of their examples and case studies as broadly as possible, so as to be helpful to as wide a spectrum of global readers as possible - keeping in mind the dramatic differences in legal, regulatory, and governing regimes around the world. Both theoretical and empirical work is encouraged and will be given full consideration, as well as business ethics-infused scholarship that might traditionally appear in the legal literature.
Leadership and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives and Qualitative Analysis
This section seeks submissions that explore the intersection of ethics with leadership, leading, and leaders, from any theoretical perspective, through any qualitative methodology. An eclectic understanding of philosophical perspective and qualitative analysis is taken, including for example both secular and sacred metaphysics and innovative research approaches such as visual or performative methodologies. Articles may relate to any aspect of ethics and leadership, including education, from individual, group, organizational, cultural, social or political perspectives. All theoretical perspectives are welcome. Finally, as in other sections of the journal, authors should seek clarity of writing to enable communication across the range of intellectual communities to which the journal speaks.
Leadership and Ethics: Quantitative Analysis
Suzanne van Gils
This section seeks manuscripts that explore issues concerned with leadership and ethics through the use of quantitative methodological approaches. Articles examining the impact of leadership on follower behaviour and attitudes, the role played by leaders in incorporating ethics into organizational culture, and the factors which drive leaders to adopt ethical values are especially welcome. Studies on leadership theories other than ethical leadership, such as servant leadership, authentic leadership and paternalistic leadership are encouraged, on the proviso they deal with ethical issues within the organization.
This section welcomes conceptual and empirical manuscripts on the ethics of marketing practitioners (e.g., salespeople, product managers) and non-consumer stakeholders’ marketing-related attitudes, actions, plans, decision models, and codes of conduct. Especially encouraged are descriptive and/or prescriptive manuscripts on ethics and profitability, marketing research, social marketing, political marketing, direct marketing, marketing segmentation, non-profit entities, and the endogenous and exogenous causes of problematic behavior. Scholarship may be grounded in any normative ethical theory (e.g., utilitarianism, justice, virtue), marketing theory (e.g., relationship marketing, social marketing), or economic theory (e.g., neo-classical, Keynesian). Empirical manuscripts in any quantitative or qualitative methodological tradition may summarize studies that are cross-sectional or longitudinal, single- or multi-cultural, single- or multi-industry, and societal- or industry/firm level.
Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics
Frank D. Belschak
The purpose of this section is to establish a forum for the discussion and analysis of complex managerial challenges and problems related to business ethics in both systematic and creative ways, applying various tools and techniques. Particularly important is that submitted manuscripts explore the connection between organizational behavior and ethics. Thus, scholarship is sought that engages holistic and inclusive thinking on such issues as cultural differences in the workplace and CSR, regional gender role challenges and decision-making, race relations in the workplace as related to ethics, population migration issues and their effects in the workplace, as well as addressing diversity and differences in expectations towards local and global organizations and their leaders. The section editor encourages articles that represent a wide-range of perspectives on behavior in organizations, especially stimulating critical reflection and questions relating to ethics, stakeholder decision-making and CSR.
Philosophy and Business Ethics
Alejo Jose G. Sison
Boudewijn de Bruin
This section is concerned with the ontological, epistemological and ethical foundations of business ethics (utilitarianism, deontology, social contract theory, virtue ethics, and so forth) and the methods that reflect on these foundations (hermeneutics, structuralism and phenomenology, among others). Papers may be concerned with the application of ethical theory and principles to the framing and analysis of problems arising in business practices and their possible solutions. Contributions may explore the concepts, structures, processes and routines through which business actors relate to each other, and the entrepreneurial or managerial ethos they constitute. Submissions may deal with these topics both historically and systematically, from the perspective of analytical and continental philosophies as well as other wisdom traditions. The emphasis of this section will be on conceptual papers and theoretical discussions rather than on empirical studies. Thus it hopes to contribute to the knowledge, development and renewal of the foundations of business ethics.
Practice in Business Ethics
This section seeks submissions that focus on ethics in practice and encourages academic authors to work with organisations and practitioners in the development and writing of articles. The section aims to advance the interaction of research and practice and in doing so improve ethics at work and working lives. While case based analyses are encouraged, articles may relate to any aspect of organisational ethics and adopt any suitable theoretical perspective and methodology, as long as a practical ethical issue is central to the theoretical development, empirical research, discussion or practical implications of the article. Importantly, articles are also expected to focus on the development of implications for policy and practice and their effective assessment and evaluation.
Psychology and Business Ethics
P. Matthijs Bal
This section highlights the relation of psychology to business in terms of individual, interpersonal and social psychological processes. Papers are encouraged from a wide array of conceptual paradigms and methodological positions, and are assessed by the extent to which they formulate novel psychological insights on ethical and moral processes related to business contexts. Papers may be conceptual or empirical; empirical papers may be qualitative or quantitative.
While some relation to other psychologically-oriented sections (for example, Organizational Behavior, Behavioral Ethics) exists, the Business Ethics and Psychology section encourages broad questions about how business operates as a factor within moral psychology and vice versa. Thus, the section is not limited to ethical processes of managing people within organizational contexts, but may include such topics as how business practices ethically shape and are shaped by personal and interpersonal dynamics, how notions of moral selfhood and ethical subjectivity emerge from and relate to business practice, and how business contexts form backgrounds for moral development and reflection at individual or interpersonal levels. Also encouraged are studies of the shifting roles, boundaries, and practices of business in their implications for the ethical lives of those in and around organizations.
Religion, Spirituality and Business Ethics
Harry Van Buren
K. Praveen Parboteeah
This section focuses on how religion and spirituality are and can be related with business practice and management. We encourage articles regarding how religion and theology focus on moral aspects of business, including specific issues and dilemmas, religion and spirituality as inspirational source for management, leadership and organizational life. Similarly, we welcome research related to the integration of religion and spirituality into management; religious virtues and spirituality in organizational life, the influence of religion and spirituality in managing people within organizations, the relationship between spiritual or religious growth and performance, convergence and divergence between different religions on business ethics, religious and spiritual motivations in organizations, evaluation of business practices from religious, theological or spiritual perspectives, workplace spirituality, spiritual and religious capital, the relationship between religious and spiritual bonds and social capital in the business context, and religious freedom in business.
Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Articles submitted to this section should focus on expanding our understanding of business ethics beyond the multinational enterprise to include micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises, family businesses and emerging business ventures. Research articles that focus on ethical aspects of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process are also invited as are articles addressing small businesses within supply chains. All submissions are expected to draw from and build on relevant literatures from across disciplinary divides, for example small business, entrepreneurship, business ethics and social responsibility literature. High quality empirical papers (both quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical pieces are all welcome.
Social Entrepreneurship and Ethics
This section seeks submissions that address ethical issues as they relate to social entrepreneurship. The domain of social entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary and draws upon perspectives and theories from business and management, geography, political science, psychology and sociology. Authors are encouraged to submit theoretical or empirical manuscripts that consider ethics in the context of the emergence, efficacy and diffusion of organizational forms that combine both social purpose and commercial goals to achieve social impact and innovation.
Mary F. Sully de Luque
It is a hallmark of the Journal of Business Ethics (JBE) to publish high-quality, thematically focused Special Issues. Special Issues are subject to the same criteria of scholarly excellence as regular issues. Proposals concerning any topic in the field of business ethics and/or corporate responsibility, broadly defined, will be welcome for consideration. In line with the Journal’s aim they may reflect a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives. Special Issues provide the platform for scholars to focus on novel and important areas of concern and unique and specific sub-themes to advance the discourse in the field. The core criteria for consideration are originality and relevance. Specifically, we seek proposals that may lead to a better understanding of current problems, new vistas on specific topics, and to agenda setting for emerging streams of research.
Instructions on how to submit a proposal can be found in the Special Issue Guidelines on the journal’s homepage.
Sociology and Business Ethics
This section encourages and provides space for boundary spanning, interdisciplinary work that transends the specialization and boundaries common to schools of management and departments of sociology in order to consider issues of common interest to the discipline of sociology and business ethics. Are there sociological concerns, of either a conventional or a more critical bent, which business ethicists should take more seriously? Can business ethics illuminate the interconnected worlds of consumption, production and reproduction where these meet in individual behaviors, group dynamics, organizational life and state practices? Do the sociological classics and subsequent social science writers of the 20th and 21st centuries illuminate ethical issues in ways which other disciplines do not? Theoretical and empirically driven pieces are of equal interest as are those drawing upon the widest variety of philosophical, meta-theoretical, methodological and political positions.
Strategy and Business Ethics
Jeffrey S. Harrison
All business strategies have ethical implications because they influence the well being of stakeholders and society. This section welcomes papers that explore these implications from the perspective of the firm, its purpose and strategy, or the perspective of the firm’s stakeholders. Of particular interest is research that explains how firm characteristics, processes, norms, values, history, or the institutions or industries to which a firm belongs, influence the manner in which strategies are formulated and implemented, and the ethical implications. In addition, this section invites research regarding the impact of particular strategies on a firm’s ethical reputation, on the way stakeholders respond to those strategies, or on the value that is created or destroyed for stakeholders as strategies are implemented. In this regard, research that measures stakeholder outcomes in non-financial terms is most welcome. Also of interest is research on the way corruption, greed, deceit, coercion, and the desire for power influence firm strategies, outcomes, and stakeholder responses. In addition, we encourage papers that look at how a sense of purpose, respect and responsibility also influences a firm's strategy. Theory papers are welcome, as are rigorous case studies, field studies, simulations, and empirical studies based on archival data or content analyses. Experiments are also welcome, but because of the topic area the use of test subjects with no business experience is probably not appropriate. All papers should be based on ethical analyses; however, any particular point of view in ethics may be invoked.
Technology and Business Ethics
This section seeks submissions that focus on the ethical dimensions of technology and the associated corporate responsibilities of firms as either producers and designers of technology for societal use or implementers of technology within the firm. Technology is defined broadly to include all material actors from more recent advances, such as machine learning and information and communications technology (ICT), as well as drones, phones, and bicycles. The ethical implications are broadly considered to include autonomy, privacy, responsibility, harms, fairness, targeting of vulnerable populations, surveillance, cyber security, etc. This section focuses on how firms should engage in the ethical choices in deploying technologies, should recognize, negotiate, and govern the values, biases, and power of technology, should be held responsible for developing and implementing technology. Theory papers are welcome as are rigorous case studies, simulations, and empirical studies. All papers must be grounded in ethical theory and make a contribution to business ethics.