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  • Call for Submissions: ONE Teaching Highlights Newsletter

    Dear ONE Colleagues,

    A special issue of the ONE Newsletter will be distributed this early summer 2018. The newsletter will have a focus on teaching and will highlight some of our ONE members’ great teaching ideas, approaches, and accomplishments. We are looking for teaching resources on ONE topics broadly defined. This includes but is not limited to syllabi, teaching plans, cases, simulations, exercises, assignments, etc.

    Upload your content to share with the ONE community. To support this initiative, we are calling for ONE members to upload their teaching materials to the new ONE@Connect website. Once you finalize your teaching material and prepare it for sharing, simply follow these steps to upload your materials.

    1.      Click on the folder in which your material should go. A series of resource folders (e.g. cases, exercises, readings, syllabi, etc.) have been created at:  

    2.      Under Folder Contents, click New

    3.      Complete a title, provide a description, and under entry type select Standard File Upload. Click Next.

    4.      Click Choose and Upload to then select your file and finalize your submission.

    Note that file submissions are moderated; expect a short (<24 hour) delay in posting. We encourage ONE members to consider uploading teaching materials on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Consider submitting by May 1st, 2018 to help other ONErs in their teaching planning for the Fall.

    Call for Newsletter Teaching Material Contributions. If you would like some aspect of your teaching highlighted and discussed in the next newsletter, please submit your materials as follows:


    ·         A word document including contact information and a ~500 word description of the teaching activities you would like to share (Word format). This description should include brief biographical remarks about yourself, a description of your teaching activity, and the impact the activity has made or you hope to make, preferably in an ONE context.

    ·         Sample of your teaching materials related to your teaching activity that you want us to highlight, preferably openable in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or pdf. This includes but is not limited to syllabi, teaching plans, cases, simulations, exercises, assignments, etc.

    Optional (This depends on what you have discussed in the required description, above.):

    ·         A professional photo of yourself (optional)

    ·         Videos or photos that we can embed in a newsletter

    ·         Any teaching awards received over the last year (scanned copy)

    ·         Any teaching oriented publications (cases or journal articles)

    Please send one email addressed to both Claire Simmers with your required and optional materials attached no later than May 1st, 2018 midnight, EDT. Please understand that not all submissions will be included in the newsletter and we will contact only those whose submissions will be included. We may edit some of the material you submit for brevity and so that we can include it in the newsletter.

    Thank you in advance for your submissions. We look forward to seeing your interesting work!

    Yours sincerely,

    Claire Simmers
  • Call for Papers - Grand Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for Organizational Strat


    Impact Factor: 1.483
    Frequency: Quarterly

    Special Issue Editors: Martina K Linnenluecke 1 Layla Branicki2, Stephen Brammer3, Tom Smith4

    1Center for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Email:

    2Department of Marketing and Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Email:

    3Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Email:

    4Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Email:

    Grand Challenges are fundamental global challenges that require significant action through coordinated and collaborative efforts across societal stakeholders. The term “Grand Challenges” can be traced back to mathematician David Hilbert, who formulated a list of important unresolved problems in mathematics that sparked important streams of research and innovation in the field. Grand Challenges have also been identified in other fields. In 2003, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a “Grand Challenges in Global Health” program to tackle important advances in preventing and curing diseases in the developing world (Tindana et al., 2007). Other Grand Challenges have been outlined by the United Nations ( and have been summarised into Sustainable Development Goals, with core themes being the eradication of poverty and hunger, the achievement of equality, as well as the achievement of a sustainable future.

    The aim of the special issue is to investigate the implications of Grand Challenges for organizational strategy and management in the Asia-Pacific region. The special issue moves beyond a conceptualisation of Grand Challenges as discrete exogenous change or institutional change (see Ferraro et al., 2015) that can be studied through the lens of longitudinal or event study methodologies (Ball & Brown, 1968). Rather, the aim is to explore how organisations both impact and are impacted by large-scale social and environmental change (e.g., Linnenluecke et al., 2015; Whiteman et al., 2012), and how they can contribute to positive economic, societal and environmental outcomes. A focus of the special issue is to better understand the structures, mechanisms and processes behind large-scale change, innovation and transformation in the face of Grand Challenges, and to explore further the intersection of organisations, management, environment, markets, society and policy.

    The special issue ties in with broader efforts aimed at understanding how individuals, organizations, institutions and communities can contribute to addressing and perhaps even help solving Grand Challenges (see, for example, George et al., 2016; Wright and Nyberg, 2016). The special issue also connects to recent initiatives to fund research on grand challenges in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region, with announcements that eligible researchers will have access to $3.2 million of new funding opportunities.1

    In this special issue, we invite both theoretical and conceptual papers that discuss grand challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region as well as implications for organisational strategy and management in the Asia-Pacific context. In particular, the special issue invites papers that promote big and bold ideas, noting that “the fundamental principles underlying a grand challenge are the pursuit of bold ideas and the adoption of less conventional approaches to tackling large, unresolved problems” (Colquitt & George, 2011, p. 432).

    We are open to a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches as well as interdisciplinary work, but papers need to extend beyond narrow approaches and small-scale studies. For organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, grand challenges could include (but are not limited to) issues arising from:

    ·        Global environmental change, including climate change, and breaches of planetary boundaries (Steffen et al., 2015);

    ·        Natural resource use and depletion;

    ·        Sustainable development and transitions to clean energy;

    ·        Economic, social and environmental development, especially in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region;

    ·        Shifts in the geopolitical context, economic dominance, and political stability;

    ·        Biosecurity, food security, national security;

    ·        Migration, refugees and asylum seekers;

    ·        Regional resilience;

    ·        Societal health and well-being;

    ·        Advances in science and future technological breakthroughs (e.g., clean technology, robotics, biotechnology, data sciences).

    Contributions in this special issue will focus on addressing how organizational strategy, management and scholarship across disciplines can identify Grand Challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and design response options at multiple levels (e.g., organizational change, industry change, societal change). The aim is to move beyond disciplinary boundaries to understand how organizations and management intersect with global problems. Sample questions are: What are the implications of breaches of planetary boundaries for particular sectors or organizations, and how do they impact organizational assets or profits? How can such challenges be addressed (e.g., through specific investments or managerial actions?), and what are pressing research priorities going forward? What are the structures, mechanisms and processes behind resource use and depletion, and how can organizations contribute to more sustainable development? How can organizations engage with pressing issues such as political stability, food security, migration, refugees? How can organizations ensure to be at the forefront of technological breakthroughs that have positive social, economic and/or environmental outcomes?

    Submission Details
    We recognize that research on this topic is novel and that authors may not already be readily working on this topic. As such, the format of this special issue will include several steps to encourage researchers to develop novel ideas and thinking, rather than submit already existing documents.

    The first step involves the submission of a research proposal (deadline: February 15, 2018) of no more than 5 pages that outlines the proposed topic, methodology, framework and/or data collection (depending on whether the article is conceptual or empirical in nature), as well as further details regarding the anticipated research design, analysis and interpretation of the results. Submissions need to follow AJM formatting guidelines.

    Based on the submitted proposals, the Special Issue Editors will invite selected authors to proceed with a full submission. Completed submissions are due by November 15, 2018 and will undergo a formal review process

    Submission Instructions
    ·        Authors should submit the 5-page proposal using the AJM editorial system February 15, 2018.

    ·        If you do not yet have an account in the ScholarOne system, please use the following link: and click “Create Account New Users”.

    ·        Once registered, you should be able to login and enter the “author dashboard”. To submit a manuscript, click on the icon “click here to submit a new manuscript”.

    ·        All papers must be submitted via the ScholarOne online system. Please indicate in the appropriate drop-down menu that your paper is a candidate for the special issue and select as special issue: “Grand Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for Organizational Strategy and Management”.

    ·        Authors will receive a decision from the editorial team by March 2018 regarding the proposal acceptance and an invitation to develop the proposal further.

    ·        November 15, 2018: Final submission deadline for full papers.


    Ball, R, Brown, P (1968) An empirical evaluation of accounting income numbers. Journal of Accounting Research, 6, 159–178. Google Scholar, Crossref
    Colquitt, JA, George, G (2011) Publishing in AMJ—Part 1: Topic choice. Academy of Management Journal, 54, 432–435 Google Scholar, Crossref
    George, G, Howard-Grenville, J, Joshi, A, Tihanyi, L (2016) Understanding and tackling societal grand challenges through management research. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 1880–1895. Google Scholar, Crossref
    Linnenluecke, MK, Birt, J, Lyon, J, Sidhu, BK (2015) Planetary boundaries: implications for asset impairment. Accounting & Finance, 55(4), 911–929. Google Scholar, Crossref
    Tindana, PO, Singh, JA, Tracy, CS, Upshur, RE, Daar, AS, Singer, PA, Forhlich, J, Lavery, JV (2007) Grand challenges in global health: community engagement in research in developing countries. PLoS Med, 4(9), e273. Google Scholar, Crossref, Medline
    Wright, C, Nyberg, D (2016) An inconvenient truth: how organizations translate climate change into business as usual. Academy of Management Journal, In Press. Google Scholar
    Whiteman, G, Walker, B, Perego, P (2013) Planetary boundaries: Ecological foundations for corporate sustainability. Journal of Management Studies, 50(2), 307–336. Google Scholar, Crossref

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