Special Issue "Sustainability and Social Media"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: social and environmental accounting; stakeholder theory; corporate social responsibility; third sector; accounting history
Interests: social and environmental accounting; sustainability reporting; corporate social responsibility; stakeholder engagement; dialogic accounting; non-profit and third-sector organizations; social entrepreneurship
Given the evolving expectations of stakeholders, social and environmental sustainability is becoming a key strategy for firms and other private, public, and third-sector organizations. By empowering people with the belief that their opinion matters, social media and other online technologies have changed the way people communicate and behave online. This Special Issue aims to collect up-to-date, high-quality research articles covering a wide range of multidisciplinary aspects related to sustainability and social media. In particular, selected topics will include, but not be limited to: innovative ways organizations are using social media and online technologies to disclose their sustainability activities; features of online corporate social responsibility communication; the utilization of social media as platforms that foster greater stakeholder engagement; dialogic accounting, reporting, and communication; the openness of organizations towards new calls for democracy, transparency, and user-generated contents; the use of social media as a legitimization, greenwashing, or impression management device; potentials and challenges of social media in the context of responsible management; the opportunities for organizations to communicate or improve their sustainable business models in light of responsible consumer behaviors; contributions of social media to participation, deliberation, and critical engagement in business and society.
Papers selected for this Special Issue may also address future theoretical, methodological, and practical developments of the intertwinement between social media and sustainability, with particular reference to the most recent and innovative trends in social media and their transformation into communities where a dialogic, bidirectional, and sustainability-oriented interaction with stakeholders can occur.
Prof. Giacomo Manetti
Dr. Marco Bellucci
Manuscript Submission Information
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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. 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 1900 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.
- social and environmental sustainability
- social media communication and interaction
- stakeholder engagement and management
- corporate social responsibility
- dialogic accounting
- online technologies and computer-mediated communication
- user-generated contents about sustainability
- sustainable business models and green consumer behavior
- legitimacy, hypocrisy, rhetoric, skepticism, and credibility