Dear colleagues,

please find enclosed and below a new call for papers that might be of 
interest to you!

Best regards,

Thomas Steger


Journal of Business Ethics

Special Issue Call for Papers

*Business Ethics in the Post-Communist Societies of Central and Eastern 

Submission Deadline for Full Papers: Friday 1 November 2019

*/Guest Editors:/*
Anna Soulsby, Nottingham University Business School, U.K. (Email: 
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Anna Remišová, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. Email: 
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Thomas Steger, University of Regensburg, Germany. Email: 
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*/Introduction to the Special Issue Call for Papers/*
This call for papers, which follows on from the last special issue on 
post-communist societies (Brown, McCabe and Primeaux, 2003) will focus 
on the developments in ethical standards in the post-communist countries 
of Central and Eastern Europe as over thirty years has elapsed since the 
demise of the Soviet Bloc. Despite some common institutional features 
the societies of Central and Eastern Europe have had very different 
experiences (Hardy, 2014; Myant and Drahokoupil, 2010; 2011) with uneven 
developments across the region since the collapse of communism. In this 
special issue we invite papers that explore business ethics situated 
within the context of the challenges that face these still transforming 

The post-communist societies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have 
experienced radical changes since the collapse of communism. A 
particular issue for these societies has been the development of new 
political and economic institutions to meet the requirements of modern 
European market democracies. An important part of this process was the 
move to develop these societies to conform to the norms of the European 
Union leading to eventual accession (with exception of the former 
Eastern Germany) in the 2000s. Managers of organisations have had to 
respond to the fast changes in their markets, the privatisation of 
former state-owned enterprises (Filatotchev, Starkey and Wright, 1994; 
Gray, 1996), the rolling back of the state, the development competition 
with new companies (Smallbone and Welter, 2001), the impact of foreign 
direct investment and the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Managers 
have also had to respond to the challenge of the re-legitimisation of 
management as an activity in post-communist society where managers were 
viewed as part of the repressive state bureaucracy (Bohata, 1997).

We are interested in theoretical and empirical research on that 
investigates managerial and organisational responses to these 
challenges. Papers might consider, but are by no means limited to, the 
following topics:
- The influence of privatisation and post-privatisation strategies on 
management behaviour and ethics
- Leadership, misconduct and unethical behaviour by managers and owners 
of companies
- Corporate governance and transparency and corruption
- The development of local and national government institutions after 
the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and their influence on managers and 
- Spill-over effects and the influence of joint-ventures and 
multi-multinationals on the development of managerial practices and ethics
- The development of professional ethical standards in CEE and 
management education programmes
- The effects of the historical legacy of societal tolerance of 
corruption and unethical behaviour
- Comparative studies of managerial behaviour across the CEE region

*/Submission Process and Deadline/*
Authors should refer to the Journal of Business Ethics website for 
instructions on submitting a paper and for more information about the 
Submission of papers to the special issue is required through Editorial 
Manager at: Upon submission, 
please indicate that your submission is to this Special Issue. Any 
questions about potential topics and papers should be directed to the 
guest editors of the special issue. The deadline for submission of full 
papers is Friday 1 November 2019.

Bohata, M. (1997). Business Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe with 
Special Focus on the Czech Republic. Journal of Business Ethics 15: 
Brown, W. S; McCabe, D. and Primeaux, P. (2003). Business Ethics in 
Transitional Economies, Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics 47: 295-297
Filatotchev, I.; Starkey, K. and Wright, M. (1994). The Ethical 
Challenge of Management Buy-Outs as a Form of Privatisation in Central 
and Eastern Europe. Journal of Business Ethics. 13, 7: 523-534.
Gray, C. (1996). In Search of Owners: Privatization and Corporate 
Governance in Transition Economies. The World Bank Research Observer, 
11, 2: 179-97.
Hardy, J. (2014). Transformation and Crisis in Central and Eastern 
Europe: A Combined and Uneven Development Perspective. Capital & Class. 
38, 1:143–155.
Myant, M. and Drahokoupil, J. (2010). Transition Economies: Political 
Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Wiley.
Myant, M and Drahokoupil, J. (2012). International Integration, 
Varieties of Capitalism and Resilience to Crisis in Transition 
Economies. Europe-Asia Studies, 64, 1: 1-33.
Smallbone, D. and Welter, F. (2001). The Distinctiveness of 
Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies. Small Business Economics, 16: 

/*Paper Development Workshop*/
There will be a paper development workshop organised at the University 
of Regensburg, 11-12 July 2019. Please email 
[log in to unmask] with your paper by 27 May 2019. 
Please note that attendance at the workshop is not a requirement for 
submission to the special issue.

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