Special Issue "Strategic Management for Sustainability: Imperatives and Paradoxes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: corporate social responsibility; sustainability strategy; sustainability and performance; sustainability mindsets; sustainability paradoxes
Interests: organizational/business transformation for a sustainable world; role of human values for sustainability
Despite the increasing attention sustainability issues have been receiving in all sectors, key indicators suggests an alarmingly insufficient lack of progress. A climate-change crisis is even nearer than we thought. A “sixth extinction” is underway, with a million species on the verge of being lost forever. Significant losses of arable land endanger humanity’s ability to feed a growing world population. Our oceans are deeply threatened. Inequality is growing. Violence and human migration abound. Furthermore, a large portion of the business community seems disinterested—only a small percent of businesses worldwide currently participate in the UN Global Compact or the Global Reporting Initiative.
Perhaps the scholarly community can best contribute to reversing these alarming trends, by inspiring deeper thinking about what strategically managing for sustainability means. Perhaps we can help to generate novel, more powerful, strategic management models, processes, and practices capable of resolving the many sustainability dilemmas that will continue to challenge policy makers and business leaders into the foreseeable future, and for which traditional strategic management approaches seem inadequate.
We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- The deeper meaning of responsible strategic management;
- Causes and potential resolution of sustainability paradoxes;
- Challenges and pathways to changing strategic management paradigms;
- Comparative analysis of regional perspectives on strategic sustainability management;
- Level of analysis issues in strategic sustainability management (e.g., firm, societal, and planetary);
- Inter-organizational partnerships and networks for strategic sustainability management;
- Leadership challenges for strategic sustainability management;
- New strategic management processes and tools for sustainability;
- Strategies for climate-crisis management;
- Giving voice to unseen and voiceless stakeholders.
Prof. Joel Harmon
Dr. Gerard Farias
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1800 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.
- sustainability strategy
- responsible strategic management
- strategy paradigm shifts
- sustainability leadership
- climate-crisis management
- silent stakeholders