CFP: Org. Studies special issue on Organizing Sustainably, due Nov. 30, 2020

We’re looking for your best sustainability research!

Organization Studies Special Issue Call for Papers: “Organizing Sustainably: Actors, Institutions and Practices”.
Deadline: November 30, 2020.
Editors: Rick Delbridge, Markus Helfen, Andi Pekarek, Elke Schuessler, Charlene Zietsma

The objective of this special issue is to go beyond established ways of thinking about sustainability and towards understanding how new forms of organizing – such as more participatory and distributed models (Ferraro, Etzion & Gehman, 2015) – can contribute to the sustainable usage of environmental, social, and economic resources in ways that avoid their degradation and exhaustion through models that will themselves be enduring. This includes addressing the questions of why unsustainable forms of organizations persist, how established organizations can be restructured sustainably, and what makes alternative forms of organization (un)sustainable.

We invite submissions related to a broad set of topics including (but not limited to): the practices and politics of the sustainable organization; alternative forms of organizing and societal grand challenges, work and employment in the sustainable organization; and conventions, ideas and logics surrounding the sustainable organization. We seek contributions from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Specifically, our intention is to bridge diverse but established areas for sustainability research such as corporate social responsibility, diversity management, employment relations, employee health and wellbeing, environmentalism and business ethics with wider organizational scholarship on social movements, non-governmental and third sector organizations, public policy and local community organizing and, more broadly, research on the post-corporate economic organization and economic and social transformation.

Please review the call for papers here for more details: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/OSS/SI_Organizing_Sustainably-1591703466717.pdf.


Dr. Charlene Zietsma
Associate Professor, Management and Organization
John and Becky Surma Dean’s Research Fellow
International Research Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Smeal College of Business, Penn State University
czietsma@psu.edu