Call for papers for: Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

Submission Portal Now Open

Author Submission Deadline: 31 August 2021

Overview

Blockchain allows the secure sharing of business processes (contracts, business records, business activities, or other records) between companies and partners (business peer network) in an encrypted manner. As information or records from a business or partner is created (call it an event, transaction, or element), those events are added to a growing chain of events that are all secure and encrypted. In other words, it is a global network consisting of blocks of data/ transactions and distributed globally to users. The data blocks can contain any kind of information/ data based on the application of the blockchain. This digital ledger is a peer-to-peer network that works on consensus algorithms (every transaction needs a majority of the users to verify every transaction) and removes the reliance on external or internal sources to validate the authenticity of the records/ data/ information. Thus, blockchain technology (BCT) helps in improving operational performance of firms. The blockchain decentralizes the database (data is not stored by a single user or at a single location), leaving no central/ focal points that can be hacked or breached into. This makes BCT highly secure and is therefore rated highest when it comes data transfers and security.

The finance industry and the finance function in organizations have leveraged the blockchain in the best way. Smart contracts, digital payments through cryptocurrency, higher levels of security and non-corruptibility and its record-keeping abilities make the blockchain technology useful for finance functions and the industry. Another industry that has started to harness the power of BCT is the supply chain management sector. Top multinational retail chain, Walmart, is leveraging the technology to infuse efficiency to its supply chain. Maersk, global logistics major, is leveraging this technology in its shipping solution that infuses transparency into the international trade-related activities including the safe transmission of supply chain documents. There is a need for transparency, accountability and real-time tracking to ensure that the processes are on-track and on-budget. Blockchain technology is helping supply chain management on these fronts.

With the voluminous data that gets stored in the blockchain, it is obvious that it is easier to analyze the data and unearth deeper insights and make smarter predictions. Thus, data driven BCT has helped firms to gain competitiveness in the market. However, very few research papers have discussed the applications of BCT in government organizations and in improving the operational efficiency of government bodies. It becomes also important to trace the past and present of BCT which will help us understand the applicability in other potential area of research and/or applicability.

The growth of blockchain in businesses and organizations have recently gained pace. The successful implementation and adoption of this technology has also inspired organizations to invest in it. However, unlike any technology, there are risks and rewards in the process of deciding to invest in BCT. A clear understanding of key elements and applications of BCT in organizations from the lens of empirical papers, review papers and practitioners driven case studies/modelling papers is important to explore the critical factors for success and failure. The Special Issue aims at publishing papers written on the topics listed as under using one or more of the mentioned methodologies.

Paper types

Empirical Papers - contribute towards theory development and theory extension in one or more applied fields . The authors are expected to propose new and improved theoretical models that have not been tested earlier in the context of government bodies for their internal and external processes.

Review Papers – Review papers tend to include both quantitative (i.e., meta-analytic, systematic reviews) and narrative or more qualitative components; together, they provide platforms for new conceptual frameworks, reveal inconsistencies in the extant body of research, synthesize diverse results, and generally give other scholars a “state-of-the-art” snapshot of a domain.

Case Study and Modelling Papers– This section invites authors to contribute to the body of knowledge of e-commerce and technology advancements from the viewpoint of government organizations. Submissions using approaches like case studies, mathematical modelling and simulations are welcome. The authors should not present hypothetical cases in the manuscript until they are validated by real time data.

Potential topics

•           Blockchain in Settlements/Payments

•           Blockchain in Smart Contracts

•           Blockchain for coordinating between inter and intra government organizations

•           Blockchain and Internet of Things

•           Data Analytics and Blockchain Technologies

•           Blockchain in Healthcare industry

•           Trust and Collaboration in Blockchain Technologies

•           Blockchain architecture and data security

•           Interoperability between blockchain solutions

•           Role of Information Quality in Blockchain technologies

•           Application of Blockchain in MSME sector

•           Global governance between countries using blockchain technology

We also invite business researchers from different domains and specializations to submit their study in any one area or an interdisciplinary area catering to the theme of the Special Issue.

Submission procedures

Submissions to the special issue should be sent electronically through the “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing”  ScholarOne System.  The manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors given in the website of the journal “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing”: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgoss

Authors need to clearly indicate in their submission information and letter that their manuscript is for the Special Issue on “Blockchain for Government Organizations: Past, Present, and Future” All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process followed by “Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing” Journal. All manuscripts must be original, unpublished works that are not concurrently under review for publication elsewhere. Questions about this special issue may be directed to the guest editors.

Interested authors are welcome to discuss their research ideas in the form of an extended abstract by contacting the guest editors. The abstract should be written keeping in mind the style of Emerald. The idea of proposing an abstract is share preliminary feedback to the interested authors.

Please view author guidelines here: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jgoss#author-guidelines

For any questions, interested authors can contact the corresponding guest editor:

Abhishek Behl; abhishekbehl27@gmail.com

Guest Editors

Abhishek Behl, O P Jindal Global University, India (abhishekbehl27@gmail.com)

Angappa Gunasekaran, California State University, USA (agunasekaran@csub.edu)

Rajesh Singh, Management Development Institute, India (rksdce@yahoo.com)

Sachin Kamble, EDHEC Business School, France (sachin.kamble@edhec.edu)


Call for papers for: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

Please note that this special issue will open for submissions on 1st November 2021

Guest Editors

Seraina C. Anagnostopoulou, University of Piraeus, Department of Banking and Financial Management, Greece, seraina@unipi.gr
Vassiliki Grougiou, University of Macedonia, Department of Business Administration, Greece, v.grougiou@uom.edu.gr
Joanne Tingey-Holyoak, University of South Australia, Australia, Joanne.Tingey@unisa.edu.au

Background and motivations

Following the growing involvement of business in sustainability and social welfare academic research in this area has expanded significantly over the last decade (Buyukozkan and Karabulut, 2018; Kudlak and Low, 2015). The need for special attention on sustainability research arises due to the challenges faced by scholarship, including lack of novelty, theoretical and methodological rigour, and significant contribution – especially the case when there is limited demonstration of appropriate contextual underpinnings (Justin and Criado, 2020; Mura et al., 2018). Furthermore, the multidimensional and multidisciplinary nature of sustainability research can create inherent challenges for measurement, assessment, communication and interpretation (Barnett et al., 2020; Cowan and Guzman, 2020; Crane and Glozer, 2016; Verk et al., 2021).

Following the SAMPJ tradition in critically evaluating and synthesising existing literature (e.g., Dienes et al., 2016; Silva and Schaltegger, 2019), this Special Issue call seeks review-based research on any sustainability research topic – domain, theory, method or context – that is important to practice, policy and research. We aim to deepen our understanding of sustainability by developing novel paradigms, uncovering patterns and discouraging recycled research.

We invite traditional qualitative and quantitative literature reviews (e.g., meta-studies). The authors should demonstrate a state-of-the-art understanding and critical discussion of theories, methodologies, data, findings, and failures. Discussion should link previously unconnected research streams and studies, disrupt/set boundaries, and signal areas of new research on sustainability.

We seek review articles that significantly advance existing knowledge on sustainability research over a diverse range of topics that refer, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • The role of formal and informal institutions in the sustainable development of corporations, regions and countries
  • The relationship between sustainability performance, disclosure and economic performance, including through ESG, CSR and integrated financial reporting (<IR>)
  • The relationships between human rights, inclusiveness and diversity on sustainability performance and sustainable development
  • Water, carbon and other natural resources trading, accounting and auditing and its relationship to sustainable development
  • The impact of crises (pandemic, economic) on sustainable development
  • The role of NGOs and other constituencies of civil society in sustainable development/strategy/social policy
  • Self-regulation, voluntary compliance, codes of conduct and best practice in sustainable development
  • The role of responsible leadership and corporate philanthropy in sustainable development
  • The value of co-creation on sustainable development
  • Social responsibility and sustainability in product/service development, cause-related marketing, reputation, and brand equity

Submission Deadline and Guidelines

Submitted papers will be assessed in line with SAMPJ’s objectives, originality, their amalgamation of related literature, methodology, and relevance to accounting and management practice and policy. Predominantly papers will be selected based on their contributions to advancing understanding of the sustainability research field. Potential contributors can contact the SAMPJ’s Special Issue Editors to discuss their ideas before submission to resolve any of their queries. Full papers will be subject to the SAMPJ standard double-blind review process.

The papers should not exceed 40 double space pages (10,000 words) (including references). All submissions should follow the SAMPJ author guidelines available here.

Kindly submit your papers to the SAMPJ ScholarOne submission portal here, in the Special Issue category: ‘Sustainability Research Review Papers’.

Submission deadline: 1 May 2022

References

Barnett, M.L., Henriques, I., & Husted, B.W. (2020), Beyond good intentions: Designing CSR initiatives for greater social impact, Journal of Management, 46(6), 937-964.
Buyukozka, G. & Karabulut, Y. (2018). Sustainability performance evaluation: Literature review and future directions, Journal of Environmental Management, 217, 253-267.
Cowan, K. & Guzman, F. (2020). How CSR reputation, sustainability signals, and country-of-origin sustainability reputation contribute to corporate brand performance: An exploratory study, Journal of Business Research, 117, 683-693.
Crane, A., & Glozer, H. (2016). Researching corporate social responsibility communication: Themes, opportunities and challenges, Journal of Management Studies, 53(7), 1223–1252.
De Villiers, C., Venter, E.R., & Hsiao, P.K. (2017). Integrated reporting: Background, measurement issues, approaches and an agenda for future research. Accounting and Finance, 57(4), 937-959.
Dienes, D, R., Sassen, R., & Fischer, J. (2016). What are the drivers of sustainability reporting? A systematic review, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 7(2), 154-189.
Justin, P., & Criado, A.R. (2020). The art of writing literature review: What do we know and what do we need to know?, International Business Review, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2020.101717.
Kudlak, R., & Low, K.Y.J. (2015), Special issues dedicated to CSR and corporate sustainability: A review and commentary, Long Range Planning, 48, 215-227.
Mura, M., Longo, M., Micheli, P., & Bolzani, D. (2018), The evolution of sustainability measurement research, International Journal of Management Reviews, 20(3), 661-695.
Patten, D.M., & Shin, H. (2019), Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal’s contributions to corporate social responsibility disclosure research - A review and assessment, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 10(1), 26-40.
Silva, S., & Schaltegger, S. (2019), Social assessment and management of conflict minerals: A systematic literature review, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 10(1), 157-182.
Velte, P., & Stawinoga, M. (2017). Integrated reporting: The current state of empirical research, limitations and future research implications. Journal of Management Control, 28(3), 275–320.
Verk, N., Golob, U., & Podnar, K. (2021). A dynamic review of the emergence of corporate social responsibility communication, Journal of Business Ethics, 168(3), 491-515.


Call for papers

Call for Applications

We are looking for successful, solution-oriented intercultural and interreligious dialogue projects!

The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) is a key project of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Launched in 2014, it aims at identifying and awarding innovative and best practice projects in the field of intercultural dialogue. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Intercultural Achievement Award.

Since 2007, the Task Force “Dialogue of Cultures” of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs serves as a contact point for and originator of various intercultural and interreligious dialogue activities. The Task Force aims to promote understanding through education and the exchange of information, the rapprochement between different cultures and religions, the strengthening of intercultural and interreligious competences and the inclusion of marginalised groups and religions – nationally as well as internationally. These efforts actively seek to promote peaceful coexistence worldwide.

We encourage you to look into the Best Practise Database, as information on the winning projects of the past years as well as other noteworthy projects in this space is available there.

Topics

Dialogue is a multifaceted concept. Thematic priorities according to the Austrian strategic focus facilitate compatibility of the submitted projects. Therefore, projects applying for the IAA, while promoting intercultural or interreligious dialogue in a broad sense, must also be active in at least one of the following areas:

  • Art/Culture
  • Youth
  • Human Rights
  • Global Citizenship Education
  • Integration
  • Gender Equality

Awards

The Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) is awarded in the following categories:

  • Category Sustainability:                                                                              EUR 10.000,-
    “Best ongoing intercultural and/or interreligious project focusing on the environment”
    The project offers solution approaches in the cross-sectional topic of environment/ecology and intercultural/interreligious challenges.
  • Category Recent Events:                                                                             EUR 6.000,-
    “Best intercultural and/or interreligious project related to a current event”
    The project must have reacted to one or more recent events or developments and have contributed to intercultural and/or interreligious understanding in this context.
  •  Category Technology:                                                                                 EUR 6.000,-
    “Best application of technology to support an intercultural and/or interreligious project”
    The project must use innovative technological solutions that promote intercultural and/or interreligious dialogue. This can represent the development of new technological solutions or the use of existing technology in creative or innovative ways (including, but not limited to IT).
  •  Category Innovation:                                                                                   EUR 6.000,-
    “Most innovative intercultural and/or interreligious project”
    The project must use an innovative methodological or creative approach within the scope of the dialogue of cultures and/or religions.
  •  Category Media:                                                                                           EUR 6.000,-
    “Best media contribution for intercultural and/or interreligious understanding”
    The project must have affected the public sphere in a positive way in respect to intercultural and/or interreligious dialogue through facilitation of classic media (i. e. print, TV, radio etc.) and/or social media.

The prize money is meant to promote the continuation of successful projects.

General eligibility criteria

  • Applications can only be made by non-governmental organisations (including associations, foundations, charitable educational institutions, religious organisations and commercial organisations) whose projects mainly focus on intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Government, science, research or international institutions are excluded from admission.
  • Projects that have already been submitted in the past but that have not won may be submitted again.
  • Projects may be submitted for up to two award categories as long as they meet the listed eligibility criteria.
  • Only fully or at least partially implemented projects that can already show verifiable impact and outcomes will be taken into consideration. Please refrain from sending concepts of projects that have not yet been implemented.

Selection and Award Presentation

Applications received by March 15, 2023 at the latest will be checked for completeness by the task force. An independent jury in Vienna consisting of experts in the field of intercultural dialogue will undertake the final selection of winners. There will be one winner per category.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 10th of October 2023. The awardees will be invited to attend the ceremony as well as networking events and visits in Vienna. The ceremony will be hybrid, allowing all participants to attend virtually.

Applications:

A detailed application form with guiding questions can be found online here. All questions must be answered in English in a clear and precise manner (clarity), be structured (detail and focus) and should convince the reader of the project purpose and objectives (persuasiveness). If possible, please fill out the word document digitally and refrain from sending us a scan of the printed out application form filled in by hand.

 

Send your application per e-mail to dialogue(at)bmeia.gv.at.

Deadline: 15 March 2023