Recent financial and economic instability in Europe and the United States has resulted in extreme market volatility as well as the possible generation of a global systemic crisis, exposing large organisations to highly competitive and complex environments. As a result, the business world needs to implement timely responses using management models that entail an appreciation of the business environment based on compliance with sustainable issues in order to minimise risks and impacts. However, sustainability interferes with power structures, apportioned evenly among governments, businesses and civil society organisations, and requires economic, environmental and social equilibrium.
Companies are currently analysing their business activities with responsibilities that go beyond the traditional perspective of profit maximisation. New factors are related to competitiveness, such as the promotion of image and reputation, increasing employee motivation and accountability with stakeholders. In this sense, various concepts and definitions of corporate sustainability have been proposed during the course of debates in academic and business circles in order to address a more humane, ethical and transparent way of doing business. Companies should transform their products and processes so that the performance of their results can be evaluated and measured in the short, medium and long term, according to the expectations of stakeholders.
The challenge now is to go beyond mere compliance with laws and build sustainable businesses. How should companies adopt sustainability practices in order to solve this problem, while at the same time considering the principles proposed by the main authorities addressing the issue?
The purpose of this special issue is to assemble a high-quality selection of contemporary research articles on management innovation and organisational development in the contemporary context, taking into consideration some of the specific conditions described above. We are particularly seeking to publish articles on empirical research with a clear theoretical contribution based on quantitative and/or qualitative data. The theoretical basis for submitted articles must be up-to-date and relevant in order to add value to the development stage of organisational management science.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Social responsibility and the enterprise
- Risk management and the environment
- Urbanism and sustainable construction
- Energy efficiency
- Waste management
- Environmental economics
- Environmental economics training
- Environmental education
- Environmental management
- Clean production
- Project management
- Strategic management of people
- Total quality management
- Information systems
- Marketing and products
- Strategy and competitiveness
- Corporate finance
- Process management
- Knowledge management
- Safety and occupational health management
- Quality of life at work
- Management of socially friendly projects
Submission of manuscripts: 5 September, 2014
Notification to authors: 7 October, 2014
Final versions due: 9 December, 2014
Papers submitted earlier than the submission date will be put through the review process on rolling basis and authors may expect feedback sooner.