Call for papers
We will be hosting the third iteration of the International Transparency Conference at HEC Paris 24-26 October 2013. Here is the link to the conference page: http://campus.hec.fr/
Call for Papers – Next international colloquium of the review Politiques et Management Public (PMP) – Oct 25 & 26, 2013 on ESCP Campus
The next international colloquium of the review Politiques et Management Public (PMP), “NUMBERS, POLITICS AND POLICIES” will take place on the Paris campus of ESCP Europe on October 25th and 26th, 2013.
Please click on the link below to download the Call for papers. We will warmly welcome your submissions, in French or in English, before May 20th, 2013.
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Managing for Political
Corporate Social Responsibility
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Management Studies
Andreas Rasche, Copenhagen Business School
Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne
Andreas Georg Scherer, University of Zurich
André Spicer, Cass Business School, City University, London
BACKGROUND TO SPECIAL ISSUE
The literature on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has taken a ‘political turn’ in recent years. This work has highlighted how firms are increasingly involved in the provision of public goods and shape global business regulation in various ways. The political understanding of CSR reaches beyond an instrumental view of corporate politics by highlighting how businesses not only influence politics via lobbying, but can become political actors themselves.
While the debate on these issues has proliferated in recent years, the various ways along which political CSR evolves have remained largely unexplored. In particular, there is a need to theorize the role of multinational corporations and how they manage political CSR on three interrelated levels.
· When looking at the macro-level, new organizational forms at the intersection of business, government, and civil society have emerged in recent years. For instance, a variety of so-called multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs), which aim at designing and enforcing rules for responsible corporate conduct, have been created. These new organizational forms are not yet sufficiently theorized.
· On the meso- or firm-level, there is surprisingly little analysis of how a political understanding of CSR can be reconciled with the prevailing business rational (‘creating economic value’)within corporations, how organizational responses, structures and identities are affected, and how the new understanding of the political role of business firms influences their interactions with other governance actors on the macro level.
· On the micro- or individual-level, there is a need to study individual behavior and its relationship with CSR across levels of analysis. Such studies will have to explore the role of leadership models such as transformational or responsible leadership in organizational and institutional change processes.
TYPES OF SUBMISSION SOLICITED
We invite conceptual and empirical submissions drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse methodologies. We expect papers to advance our theoretical understanding of the various forms of managing political CSR. While not representing an exhaustive list, the following topic areas highlight exemplary questions and research themes:
1. Macro-Level – Institutional Dynamics of Political CSR
· How do MSIs organize themselves across levels (global, national, regional, and local as well as industry), particularly when considering the existence of competing institutional logics or diverse interests among stakeholders?
· How do social movements or activists contribute to the (de-)legitimation of initiatives of political CSR such as MSIs or other inter-organizational initiatives? How do battles over credibility and legitimacy unfold between competing MSIs?
· How do firms’ political responsibilities emerge over time? Who influences the evolution of issues in different national and transnational contexts and what role do national business systems or national cultures play?
2. Meso-Level – The Intra-Organizational Dynamics of Political CSR
· How do political CSR initiatives emerge and evolve within corporations? What is the role of internal values, external pressure, competitive benchmarking and business-case rhetoric in early and later phases of such an engagement?
· In what ways do political responsibilities shape entrepreneurial or strategy making processes? How do they relate to organizational structures and procedures?
· In what ways do tensions between competing organizational discourses (e.g. on political responsibility and economic value creation) shape corporations’ political responsibilities?
3. Micro Level – The Individual in the Context of Political CSR
· How can individual engagement with political CSR be understood from various theoretical perspectives (e.g. sense-making, identity, network theories)?
· Under what conditions do managers or social entrepreneurs actively engage in political issues? How do corporate governance or incentive structures influence the way managers are engaged in political issues?
· What is the role of leadership when managing for political CSR? How do leaders rationalize their engagement towards their different audiences?
We encourage submissions that look at the various linkages between the three levels. We also encourage authors to develop a critical perspective on the research areas outlined above, especially since a comprehensive critique of political CSR has been missing from the literature.
SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
Papers will be reviewed following the JMS double-blind review process. Papers should be submitted by 31 August 2013 by e-mail to the Guest Editors (email@example.com). Papers should be prepared using the JMS Guidelines which can be read here. The editors welcome informal enquiries related to proposed topics.
Special Issue Workshop: To help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission, a Special Issue Workshop will be held from 23-24 May 2013 at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), supported by the Sustainability Platform at CBS. Authors are invited to present and discuss their papers during the workshop. Presentation at the workshop does not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in JMS. To be considered for the workshop, please send your working paper to Andreas Rasche (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Copenhagen Business School by 15th March 2013. Submission of a paper to the workshop is not a precondition for submission to the Special Issue.
Valuation Studies is a new open access journal connecting several vibrant research fields working on the study of valuation as a social practice. To engage scholars with various backgrounds and orientations in discussions about valuation, the journal welcomes papers in different forms, including papers that use or combine a variety of methods, from ethnographic accounts to quantitative appraisal to conceptual interpretation.
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The Call for Papers for the 3rd Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop, that will take place in London (at LSE and the French Institute), from 13th to 14th June 2013 has been announced.
The topic of this year will be “Time, History and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies” (see CFP attached).
Please direct all enquiries regarding to the workshop and the submission of your abstract to workshopOAP@gmail.com
In 2012 the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po Paris will jointly establish the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies, a German-French center in the social sciences. To launch this project and gain insight into the topic the center addresses, the two partners are organizing a conference in Paris on December 15– 16, 2011, entitled “Coping with Instability in Market Societies.” They invite researchers working on aspects of this phenomenon to submit proposals by June 15, 2011. The Conference Subject The last thirty years have seen profound shifts in the social organization of Western so- cieties. Today individuals are increasingly exposed to market forces in a growing num- ber of life spheres. Cultural shifts that accompanied this “marketization” have led to a more individualized culture and the destabilization of traditional social structures, for instance in the family. Creating a growing sense of uncertainty, these developments have led to pressures on individuals, organizations, and politics to cope with increasingly in- stable economic, social, and political environments. In the economy amplified instability can be observed for instance in labor markets, where unstable labor relations have increased, or in public services such as health care and edu- cation, which are increasingly organized as quasi-markets today. In society, detradition- alization is reflected in the family in rising divorce rates and a greater variety of family types, and in contemporary society at large in a growing ethnic and religious heterogeneity due to increased immigration. The political system of Western democracies has witnessed the erosion of stable party systems, the decline of formal participation, and the multiplication of governance structures and levels of authority. From the changes in the economy and social life, new political instabilities arise and lead to conflicts and protest. While these transformation processes are already well studied in the social sciences, the consequences of these multiple forms of instability have yet to be examined systematical- ly. What strategies do individuals, organizations, and the political system employ to cope with uncertainty and instability? How do the economy, social life, and politics adapt in response to the uncertainty actors and institutions are facing? The effects of these developments are clearly multifaceted. The literature argues, for instance, that although market forces may destroy traditional social structures (Polanyi), markets may also create new relations and social groups (Hirschman). On the societal level the detraditionalization of family relations and greater flexibility in life-course choices have opened tremendous opportunities for individuals; at the same time these developments have often caused insecurity and new needs to adapt rapidly to changing life situations. The coping strategies through which the individuals adjust to less stable life-worlds can themselves trigger new unforeseen risks and uncertainties in other socie- tal spheres. For example: (1) If increasing demands for flexibility on the labor market, the economic need for employment of both partners, and the attraction of women to the labor market lead to decreasing fertility rates in middle-class families, the state needs to react by introducing expensive policies to provide institutional support to middle-class families – with uncertain success. (2) In Great Britain and the United States reductions in welfare state provisions went along with an increase in the availability of consumer credit and the expansion of home mortgages, exposing not only individuals to the risks of not being able to pay back these loans but also contributing to the real estate bubble that triggered the financial crisis in 2007. Coping with instability does not necessarily have to be limited to the adaptation of indi- vidual decisions but can also be manifested in collective action, which is an attempt to reduce uncertainty for specific social groups and shift risks to others. Political conflicts about access for underprivileged social groups to (elite) institutions of higher education, migration policies, or estate taxation are political controversies about the distribution of uncertainty within society. For further details on the submission process, please read the call for papers.
A research colloquium will be organized in Montpellier and Paris with Elinor Olstrom, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics:
- Conferences: Montpellier (June 20) and Paris UNESCO (June 23)
- Workshop on “Collective Action” in Montpellier (June 21)
- Workshop on “Social and Solidarity Economy” in Paris (June 23)