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*Call for Papers: Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma between trust
and fake?*

*Guest Editors:*
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed
Forces Hamburg (Germany)
Roland Menges, Technical University Clausthal (Germany)

*Special Issue*
Trust is the currency that creates markets. This is knowledge of the
merchants at the latest since modern markets have emerged along the
medieval trade routes. Quality and reliability in the business are also
building blocks of trust and the assumption of responsibility for the
social and ecological consequences of entrepreneurial activity. Whether the
latter should be integrated into social and legal relations and norms in
the form of voluntary corporate responsibility, has been the subject of
economic discussion since the beginnings of the discipline and since the
separation of the spheres of economic and moral action in the Scottish
moral economy.

Over the past decades, both supra-national organisations such as the UN and
the EU have been focusing on soft law – from the global compact through the
AA1000 to the Green Paper of the EU Commission – as well as the national
states, to promote social and environmental responsibility for companies in
the age of globalisation. These initiatives have led to lively activities
and debates both in the business world and in different scientific
disciplines. For companies, it has now become a “fashion” to campaign
social and ecological responsibility using the concept of “Corporate Social
Responsibility”. This commitment has meanwhile led to the fact that CSR
activities should partly contribute to value creation instead of aligning
them with corporate objectives and values. Such a development leads to the
loss of trust and the assumption of responsibility becomes a “fake”.

Against this backdrop, some of the social and economic observers remained
sceptical, advocating tougher legal norms or fiscal implications. Finally,
lawyers pointed out that (successful) standardisations often develop not
only from the "top" but also from the “bottom”, i.e. they emerge from the
action routines of the economic actors as emergent effects. However, not
only the recent scandals – from the ENRON case to the VW case – raise
questions about the effectiveness of co-operative self-commitment as well
as external control.

Moreover, corporate responsibility is related to the concept of consumer
responsibility. Whereas market-optimists believe that reliable changes in
consumption patterns rely on responsible individual action, more
market-skeptics warn of a counterproductive “privatisation of

In this light, this special issue will be on theoretical and empirical
contributions to the topic “Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma
between trust and fake?” from economic, sociological, (economic) historical
and legal perspectives. Possible topics are:

   - Economic and history of ideas cases and questions of corporate
   - The “pseudo” corporate responsibility
   - Organisational and sociological theories and findings on corporate
   - Theory and empiricism of the audit
   - Theoretical and empirical studies on consumer responsibility
   - Criminal law considerations for corporate actors
   - Institutional factors of corporate responsibility
   - The trust of social entrepreneurship

This is not an exhaustive list.

Full paper for this special issue of Management Revue must be
submitted by *September
30th, 2017*. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review.
Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due *January 31st, 2018*.
Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system
using ‘SI Corporate Responsibility’ as article section.

*Hoping to hear from you!*
*Simon Fietze* <[log in to unmask]>
*Wenzel Matiaske* <[log in to unmask]>
*Roland Menges* <[log in to unmask]>
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Med venlig hilsen/Kind regards
*Simon Fietze*
Adjunkt/Assistant Professor

T +45 6550 1748
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Syddansk Universitet/University of Southern Denmark
Institut for Entreprenørskab og Relationsledelse/Department of
Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management
Alsion 2, A2
6400 Sønderborg

*Latest publications:*

   - Fietze, S., & Boyd, B. (2017). Entrepreneurial intention of Danish
   students: A correspondence analysis. *International Journal of
   Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research*, 23(4). DOI:
   10.1108/IJEBR-08-2016-0241 <>
   - Fietze, S., & Matiaske, W. (Eds.) (2016). *Dimensions and Perspectives
   on Financial Participation in Europe.* Baden-Baden: Nomos
   Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. DOI: 10.5771/9783845259413-1
   - Fietze, S., Matiaske, W., & Tobsch, V. (2016). Financial participation
   in Germany: Management's and works councils' view. In S. Fietze, & W.
   Matiaske (Eds.), *Dimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation
   in Europe* (pp. 145-176). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH &
   Co. KG. DOI: 10.5771/9783845259413-144
   - Ortlieb, R., Matiaske, W., & Fietze, S. (2016). Employee share
   ownership in Germany: A cluster analysis of firms' aims. *Management
   Revue*, 27(4), 285-303. DOI: 10.1688/mrev-2016-Ortlieb

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