21 December 2016

Call for papers: "Re-engineering for Sustainability and Climate Change"

For a special issue of the World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.

The purpose of this special issue is to progress this academic testimony on management and sustainable development to converge the dimensions of business process re-engineering, management, entrepreneurship, technology and climatic change that cynosure upon issues and perspectives of sustainability.

Recently, a strong negative correlation has matured between economic growth and sustainability. Sustainable development is a desideratum in the current scenario as it aims at balancing the resources for the current needs and the needs of the future generations. We aim to nurture the understanding of the abovementioned topics in the context of fostering sustainable development worldwide.

Business process reengineering brings about a profound restructuring of core business processes to modify and the sustainably to improve the productivity, flexibility, cost and quality of the business outcomes (Gunasekaran & Nath, 1997).

The changing environment across the globe has led to a rapid emergence of interest in improving the processes in an organisation for enhancement of business performance (Ranganathan & Dhaliwal, 2001). This concept is proving to become quintessential in order to develop sustainable business practices. In order to understand the role, issues and perspectives of business process reengineering in the context of sustainable development, the reconnaissance of the roles of these main elements is quintessential: entrepreneurship, information technology and management.

Entrepreneurial enterprises bring about a wave of indigenous development throughout nations (Peredo, Anderson, Galbraith, Benson, & Dana, 2004). The concept of social entrepreneurship has been capturing the limelight and aims at investing in the long-term benefit of the community along with maintaining organisational sustainability (Anderson, Dana, & Dana, 2006).

In a market system, the requirement of sustainable development is sustainable innovation and the achievement of social or environmental goals by entrepreneurs by providing products or services that prove to be successful in the main market stream (Schaltegger & Wagner, 2011).

In a country like India where entrepreneurship needs to be boosted, increasing the confidence of people for becoming entrepreneurs along with making them aware of the sustainability issues at the nascent stage will tremendously help in bringing about revolutionary changes (Dana, 2000).

The phenomenon of environmental entrepreneurship or ecopreneurship is also capturing more attention as it provides a direct foundation of the link between entrepreneurs, sustainability and environmental responsibility (Schaper, 2016).

Sustainability has become indispensable in the field of business research and IT practices as a result of rapid resource depletion, climatic changes and concerns over corporate social responsibility (Viet, Langella, & Carbo, 2011). Information system innovation and information technology practices play a critical role in transforming processes and practices in a business organisation in a sustainable manner (Melville, 2010). The management of the sustainability performance in an organisation requires a linkage between the structure comprising of all the elements of management and environmental and social management (Schaltegger & Wagner, 2006).

A deeper insight into all the aspects of management studies and social science may further dwell into a response to the most sensitive issue in the current scenario: how to harmonise sustainable growth and economic development?

We welcome qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed methodologies as long as they are backed by an extensive literature support.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at Business Process Re-engineering for Sustainability and Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • What is the role of business process reengineering in fostering sustainable development?
  • What kind of business models, strategies and innovations would aid in coping with the sustainability issues around the world?
  • What is the role of entrepreneurs in sustainable development?
  • What type of entrepreneurial activities would foster sustainable development?
  • How do IT innovations and processes help in dealing with climatic changes and sustainability issues cropping due to resource depletion?
  • What is the role of innovative management practices and strategies in resolving the sustainability issues? These may include perspectives of marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, operations and other subjects of management studies

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 March 2017
Notification to authors: 15 May, 2017
Final versions due: 15 July, 2017

Anderson, R. B., Dana, L. P., & Dana, T. E. (2006). Indigenous land rights, entrepreneurship, and economic development in Canada: ‘‘Opting-in’’ to the global economy. Journal of World Business ,45-55.
Dana, L. P. (2000). Creating Entrepreneurs in India. Journal of Small Business Management, 86-91.
Gunasekaran, A., & Nath, B. (1997). The role of Information Technology in Business Process Reengineering. International Journal of Production Economics, 50, 91-104.
Melville, N. P. (2010). Information systems innovation for environmental sustainability. Mis Quarterly, 1-21.
Peredo, A. M., Anderson, R. B., Galbraith, C. S., Benson, H., & Dana, L. P. (2004). Towards a theory of indigenous entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (1-2), 1-20.
Ranganathan, C., & Dhaliwal, J. S. (2001). A survey of business process reengineering practices in Singapore. Information and Management, 39 (2), 125-134.
Schaltegger, S., & Wagner, M. (2006). Integrative management of sustainability performance, measurement and reporting. International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, 1-19.
Schaltegger, S., & Wagner, M. (2011). Sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainability innovation: categories and interactions. Business Strategy and the Environment, 20 (4).
Schaper, M. (2016). Making Ecopreneurs: Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurship. CRC
Viet, D., Langella, I., & Carbo, J. (2011). From green to sustainability: Information Technology and an integrated sustainability framework. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 63-79.

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