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Call for papers - Special issue of Business & Society

Business, society and the environment in Africa

Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2013

Guest editors
Ans Kolk, University of Amsterdam Business School, The Netherlands
Miguel Rivera-Santos, EMLYON Business School, France / Babson College, US

This special issue of Business and Society aims to contribute to the development of theoretical and empirical insights on the role of business in African countries, in the context of the important environmental, social and governance challenges faced by the Continent. The need for knowledge to help further sustainable development, in an equitable and accountable way, makes a better understanding of business in Africa particularly urgent, especially considering the relative lack of research published on these themes in management and organization journals. To address the specific situation in African countries, existing theories and frameworks may need to be extended, adjusted or replaced by approaches that could have implications beyond the continent. Conversely, current paradigms may be directly applicable to the African context as such, but data limitations may require methodological adaptations.

With a goal of putting Africa on the scholarly map, this special issue therefore aims to publish papers on business, society and environment in the African context. We welcome innovative papers, both conceptual and empirical, both qualitative and quantitative, with a focus on or data from the African continent. The special issue is open to papers from different theoretical backgrounds and academic disciplines as long as it relates to the business and society domain in line with the overall focus of the journal.

Submission guidelines

All paper submissions should conform to Business & Society's standard guidelines for authors, details of which can be found at the B&S website: A full version of the call for papers can be found at:

Questions about the special issue can be directed at the guest editors via e-mail to the corresponding editor, Miguel Rivera-Santos ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>). Papers should submitted via e-mail to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Ans Kolk, University of Amsterdam

Miguel Rivera-Santos, EMLYON Business School and Babson College

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