Special Issue "Feature Papers in Merits from Editorial Board Members"

A special issue of Merits (ISSN 2673-8104).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 1201

Special Issue Editor

1. Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
2. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Interests: transformational leadership; governance models; sustainability for a just transition; change management; change agency; empowerment; social networks; stakeholder engagement; radical collaboration; higher education
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Dear Colleagues,

A Merits Special Issue dedicated to featuring contributions from Editorial Board Members has been agreed. You are duly invited to prepare an article that reflects your research interests, and offers insights and provocations concerning people at work.

Merits focuses on people at work, aligned through purpose, vision and values. As agents of change, we want to explore leadership, management and governance models, processes and frameworks that supports a just transition. This will rely on academic and practice-based inquiry into transformational change, focusing on adaptive ways of working that align with the strategic agility needed to thrive over the long term. Exploring how we embrace the ‘new normal’, navigating the complex impacts of global megatrends and flourishing at work are essential themes of our journal.

Evidence-based research-led solutions to the issues and challenges facing people at work are needed, especially in the wake of the social and economic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As people move to adopt hybrid working practices, purpose and strategy signals are being lost as well as social relationships and connectedness. As such, new ways of creating community, use of technology and better ways to communicate an individual’s contribution to the collective are needed.

Given the diversity of our Editorial Board’s interests, this is an important opportunity to contribute your scholarship in support of advancing the impact of Merits.

The following is an indicative, albeit not exhaustive, list of possible topics and themes:

  • Leadership, governance and management—behaviors, practices, models and frameworks;
  • Critical evaluation of processes and practices related to people at work;
  • The role of technology;
  • Smart decision-making tools and developments;
  • Strategic clarity and agility;
  • Strategy formulation in conditions of uncertainty;
  • Promoting autonomy, relatedness and competence;
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion and belonging;
  • Community building and stakeholder engagement.

Prof. Dr. Wendy M. Purcell
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Merits is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • people at work
  • leadership and governance
  • equity and belonging
  • strategy
  • technology
  • frameworks and models

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Validating Sustainable Career Indicators: A Case Study in a European Energy Company
Merits 2023, 3(1), 230-247; https://doi.org/10.3390/merits3010014 - 20 Mar 2023
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The literature on careers is rapidly evolving, presenting relevant academic developments. Considering the volatility of the environment and the workforce and the search for sustainability, a new research avenue concerning sustainable careers is emerging. Sustainable careers are regarded as a complex mental schema [...] Read more.
The literature on careers is rapidly evolving, presenting relevant academic developments. Considering the volatility of the environment and the workforce and the search for sustainability, a new research avenue concerning sustainable careers is emerging. Sustainable careers are regarded as a complex mental schema represented by experiences and continuity patterns grounded on individual subjective evaluations, such as happiness, health and productivity. According to conceptual models, these are fundamental individual indicators that allow the attainment of a sustainable career. By following this theoretical proposal, the work tests the conceptual model using proxies for its indicators (job satisfaction, well-being and organizational citizenship behavior). We validate the use of these proxies by performing association, variance, and cluster analysis on data coming from a survey conducted on employees of a European energy company. The results corroborate our hypotheses and support the choice of the selected proxies as adequate operationalization of the indicators. This study contributes to theory and practice alike by validating measures to represent each indicator and their association with sustainable careers. The study contributes to the development of research on sustainable careers by providing a set of measures that can be used to profit from an existing theoretical model and operationalize it in future studies exploring its contribution to several other variables. There are managerial implications that arise from our results and may help human resources managers contribute to the sustainable careers of their employees. We acknowledge the study’s limitations at the end of the paper and offer future directions for research. Full article
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