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*CFP Deadline Reminder*: Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue "Putting Partnerships in their Place"

  • 1.  *CFP Deadline Reminder*: Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue "Putting Partnerships in their Place"

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    Putting Partnerships in their Place: Moral and Material Processes of Place-based Respect, Repair, and Renewal

    Submission Deadline: 1stst November 2020

    Guest Editors

    Dr Annmarie Ryan, University of Limerick, Ireland ,
    Dr Oana Branzei Ivey Business School, Western University, London, Canada
    Professor Susi Geiger, University College Dublin, Ireland
    Dr Helen Haugh Judge School of Business, University of Cambridge, UK

    Places "move", "touch", or "shatter" us (Cresswell 2004, 2011, 2016, 2018). To more fully specify the functions of place in tackling societal grand challenges (
    Lawrence & Dover 2015; Onyas, McEachern & Ryan, 2018), we ask how the morality and materiality of the places organizations "(dis)respect" (de la Chaux, Haugh & Greenwood, 2018) and "(re)build" (McKeever, Jack & Anderson, 2015). Places, be they towns, cities or other conurbations, are important sites where the challenges of sustainability are realized, become manifest and make real impacts on people's everyday lives (Borch & Kornberger, 2015). Environmental, social or economic tensions often come to be experienced as of and in places (Callon, 2009; Slawinski, Winsor, Mazutis, Schouden, & Smith, 2019). This special issue invites a closer examination and explanation of the multiple roles place plays in how sustainable worlds are made (Rutland & Aylett, 2008), especially when different types of actors convene in, and interact with fragile ecosystems (De Bakker, et al 2013; Finch, Geiger and Reid, 2017).

    We ask how cross-sector partnerships emerge and evolve based on the moral and material concerns specific to lived-in places (Bitzer & Glasbergen, 2010; Offermans & Glasbergen, 2015; Finch, Geiger and Harkness, 2017; Onyas et al. 2018; Peredo, Haugh & McLean, 2018), ranging from coral reefs (Bloomfield & Schleifer, 2017) and forest certification (Burne et al., 2016; D'Antone & Spencer, 2014; Gupta et al., 2016) to unsafe drinking water (Andre, Cho & Laine, 2018) and social inequities (Powell, Hamann, Bitzer & Baker, 2018).

    The aim of this call is to bring to the fore the places in which cross-sector partnerships are formed; how they shape the dynamics of partnerships formed and explore how these partnerships come to shape the setting in which they developed. From this perspective partnerships can be viewed as issue networks (Ritvala & Salmi, 2011), hybrid forums (Callon, Lascoume & Barthes, 2009) or meta- organizations (Valente & Oliver, 2019). We call attention to how network of actors that attend to issues unfolding at and across multiple scales (Bansal, Kim & Wood, 2018; Bowen, Bansal & Slawinski, 2018), come to be construed as matters of concern (Callon & Rabeharisoa, 2008), and to borrow from Cochoy (2014) where cross-sector interactions, as mechanisms for managing concerns, may also act as sites for their creation (Cochoy, 2014; Finch, Geiger and Reid, 2017).

    Themes for submissions include:

    • How are multi-stakeholder driven policies practiced or performed in specific settings?

    • How do the specifics of a place affect the nature and role of partnerships in sustainable

      policy making and implementation?

    • How do eco-systems co-evolve by actively engaging the ethics of place and place-making?

    • How are places themselves shaped and performed in the design and practices of specific sustainability initiatives?

    • How does place pattern multi-actor partnerships? In partnering with businesses, how do NGOs engage the morality and materiality of place to frame or reframe the challenges or issue under consideration? In partnering with NGOSs, how do businesses reconstruct the meaning of the places they inhabit?

    • How are issues such as sustainability concretized in place and by emplaced identities and interactions?

    • What is the process of localization and translation of either policy or academic models in cross-sector partnering?

      We are particularly interested in "putting partnerships in their place" by more fully specifying how complex cross-sector alliances (SDG 17) engage morally and materially with places ranging from land to water to cities and transitional communities (SDGs 14, 6, 15, and 11). Greater sensitivity to how place constrains and enables organizing (Lawrence, 2017) and the multiple scales implied by wicked issues like climate change (Bowen, Bansal & Slawinski, 2018) can enrich theories of cross- sector partnerships in settings riddled with entrenched inequality (Powell, Hamann, Bitzer & Baker, 2018) and fragility (Welter, Xheneti & Smallbone, 2018).

      The morality and materiality inherent in places repeatedly reset the reference points for partners (André, Cho & Laine, 2018) by triggering epiphanies (Dentoni, Pascucci, Poldner & Gartner, 2018). Successful partnerships redefine the meaning of places (Howard-Grenville, Metzger & Meyer, 2013; Peredo, Haugh & McLean, 2018). Eco-systems co-evolve with the places they emerge in (Autio, Nambisan, Thomas & Wright, 2018), and place itself is often a critical resource in how eco-systems evolve (Thompson, Purdy & Ventresca, 2018).

      This special issue will encourage cross-pollination between the ethics of place (Smith, 2001) and place-making (Lindstedt, 2011), bringing concepts like place detachment and attachment (Kibler, Fink, Lang & Munoz, 2015; Li & Chan, 2018; Rouse, 2016; Stedman, 2002) to the forefront and deliberately "emplace" theories of cross-sector partnering. Submissions will recognize the intricacy and inherent plasticity of the places to rethink how organizations relate to place (Guthey et al. 2014; Hoelscher & Alderman, 2004), and theorize with data how places de- and re-stabilize communities (Steyaert & Katz, 2004). We will also invite place-sensitive forms of knowing (Offermans & Glasbergen, 2015), welcoming indigenous scholarship and methodologies that honor the voices of silent or displaced actors, such as species depending on natural ecosystems or the homeless or refugees transitioning in between places or living in temporary places. The special issue will contribute a set of place-sensitive theories of partnering that go beyond specifying the context in which partnerships take place (Bitzer & Glasbergen, 2010; Gaddefors & Anderson, 2019) to study places as performative (Gieryn, 2000). Our aim is to begin explaining how the morality and materiality of places fundamentally pattern which partnerships are (in) feasible and why they are (un) desirable (Callon, 2009; Cochoy, 2014; Korsgaard, Ferguson & Gaddefors, 2015; Finch, Geiger and Reid, 2017).

    Submission Instructions

    Submissions are welcomed from a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives, as long as they are closely in line with the topic of the Special Issue. Author guidelines are provided on the website of the Journal of Business Ethics. Please note that all manuscripts need to be submitted through the Editorial Manager ( by 1st November 2020, whilst indicating that it is a submission to this Special Issue. Please note that a paper submitted to this special issue cannot be resubmitted to a regular issue at the JBE.  Journal of Business Ethics

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    This special issue will encourage cross-pollination between the ethics of place (Smith, 2001) and place-making (Lindstedt, 2011), bringing concepts like place detachment and attachment (Kibler, Fink, Lang & Munoz, 2015; Li & Chan, 2018; Rouse, 2016; Stedman, 2002) to the forefront and deliberately "emplace" theories of cross-sector partnering.
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