The aim of this special issue is to examine emerging research on ethics and social responsibility. As there has been an increased emphasis globally on sustainability, the environment and social issues, it is becoming more important for organisations to embed ethics and social responsibility into their strategies. This has become more evident with governance mechanisms and regulations requiring the usage of an ethical and social responsibility stance within company structures (Dana, 2011). In addition, there has been more emphasis by consumers about ethics and social responsibility and this is shown in the increased buying power of organic and ethically certified products and services. There are numerous reasons for having an ethical perspective in an organisation that is linked to consumer buying power but also the increased recognition of the importance of being part of a global society (Dana, 1996).
Ethics is also evident in work/life policies within organisations that focus on how to integrate a fairer and transparent workplace. This is shown in more organisations having social inclusion policies and equal opportunity measures in order to facilitate greater diversity within their organisations. This ethical orientation is shown in the deeper understanding about how organisations, individuals and society can combine their initiatives to create shared value (Dana, 1991). More organisations are focusing on the concept of shared value as a way to highlight the interplay between ethics and social responsibility by showing that it is in everyone’s interest to do this. In the past the emphasis was one sided by now there is a growing recognition of the role everyone can play when they collaborate (Ferreira, Dana and Ratten, 2017).
We welcome qualitative as well as quantitative and mixed methodologies, as long as they are well grounded in the literature. Please refer to the following articles:
- Dana, L.P. & Dumez, H. (2015) Qualitative Research Revisited: Epistemology of a Comprehensive Approach, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 26 (2), October 2015, pp. 154-170.
- Dana, L.P. & Dana, T.E. (2005) Expanding the Scope of Methodologies Used in Entrepreneurship Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 2 (1), 2005, pp. 79-88.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Ethical issues faced by organisations operating in the global business environment
- Sustainable innovation
- Entrepreneurship and social responsibility
- The connection between ethics, social responsibility and performance
- Equal opportunities and social inclusion
- Creating shared value
- How to develop a sustainability awareness and transparency
- Positive and negative impacts of ethics and social responsibility
- Regional innovation economics and social inclusion
- Social entrepreneurial ecosystems
- Quality of life
- Work/life balance
Submission of manuscripts: 30 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due: 30 December, 2017
Dana, L. P. (1991) Bring In More Entrepreneurs, Policy Options 12(9), November, pp. 18-19.
Dana, L. P. (1996). Self-employment in the Canadian sub-Arctic: an exploratory study, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 13 (1), 65-77.
Dana, L. P. (2011). World Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.
Ferreira, J., Dana, L.P. and Ratten, V. (2017) Knowledge Spillover Based Strategic Entrepreneurship, Routledge, United Kingdom.