Business and Society Review addresses a wide range of ethical issues concerning the relationships between business, society, and the public good. Its contents are of vital concern to business people, academics, and others involved in the contemporary debate about the proper role of business in society. The journal publishes papers from all those working in this important area, including researchers and business professionals, members of the legal profession, government administrators and many others.
Nancy B. Kurland, Franklin & Marshall College, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Baucus, Texas State University, email@example.com
Erica Steckler, University of Massachusetts Lowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2020
Anticipated publication: September 2021
As businesses respond to the shuttering of the global economy to fight the coronavirus, from the proverbial Main street to transnational companies, they are responding to the unprecedented economic conditions in multiple ways. Some industries are deemed essential and will thrive. Others are nonessential and result in the bolting of retail malls to scheduled abortions or the suspension of environmental rules. What role does corporate responsibility play in a shuttered economy?
According to a well-cited typology of crises (Gundel, 2005), COVID-19 can be classified as an intractable crisis, one that can be anticipated sufficiently but for which interference is almost impossible due the system attributes. What makes covid-19 so intractable? And what does and will the interface of business and society look like in the age of COVID-19?
In this special issue of Business and Society Review, we call for papers to examine the relationships among business, society, and the public good as a result of COVID-19.
Articles can examine individual moral responsibility (who do we save? The 28 year-old who has a life ahead of her or the 58-year-old who has professional experience and institutional knowledge?; should folks with second homes not visit rural vacation homes for fear of infecting more rural, and less medically equipped communities?), organizational responsibility amid the shifting of resources from Main Street to online, from restaurants to grocery stores and through food banks (and the implications this has for agricultural supply chains, including for farm workers who become infected or are not able to enter the country, and global supply chains in general, Dolsak & Prakash, 2020; Crane, 2020), societal responsibility [major media sources granting free access to coronavirus-related news; national security threats (as military members become ill); threats to democracy, threats of civil unrest (as gun sales explode)], and systemic responsibility (what does our response to COVID-19 imply for response to other existential crises, namely climate change, Hoffman & Jennings, 2020; )? Articles can examine primary impacts as well as ripple effects (e.g., the loss of wages in third-world countries as first-world countries close retailers; the impact of lost funds as remittances decline; the rise in global domestic abuse as people stay home). Articles can examine how business models change to incorporate a socially responsible response in a post-COVID-19 environment. Will organizations experience posttraumatic stress (Williams & Williams, 2020)? We strongly encourage insight from outside of the U.S.
Additional topics might include:
These questions are just examples. Authors should not feel constrained by them. We seek submissions across the business and society domain.
Your manuscript can be submitted online via https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/basr.
Prospective authors and potential reviewers are invited to email the guest editors with questions.
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