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Outstanding Special Issue Awards 2010

Awards for Excellence

Outstanding Special Issue Award

We recognize the very distinct contribution made by special issues to our journals and the database by making an annual award to the Guest Editor(s) of the outstanding special issue of the year. It is a way of recognizing and rewarding the very real contribution made by the Guest Editors and of acknowledging the added value brought to the journals through their hard work and expertise. Most of these guest editors undertake the full role of the "Editor" for that particular issue and most do not receive any monetary reward.

• collaborate with the editor on the subject of the special issue using their own specialist subject knowledge and interest
• identify and define the subject scope of the special issue
• use their own networks to commission papers or arrange calls for papers to attract the authors to write for the issue
• manage the peer review process and reviewers and liaise with the authors for revisions if needed
• collate the issue for the Editor/Managing Editor
• write a guest editorial for the journal - these are often extensive essays which draw together the component papers and provide an overview of the topic

What makes an outstanding special issue?

The criteria, by which we select and chose our winning special issues, are varied but we believe sensible, fair, and demonstrable and can be applied in all subject fields and to all journals:

• internationality in content and/or authorship
• leading edge content and originality
• broad subject interest appeal
• a consistency in the papers either through a commonality of approach or theme or their comparative nature
• the authors of the papers are some of the active and respected figures in the field
• a well written guest editorial which exhibits real understanding of the value and import of the issue, and above all
• guest editor(s) who put a lot into the work involved in the commissioning and production of the special issue

The winners for 2010

Emerald is particularly pleased and proud to announce the Outstanding Special Issue Awards for 2010.


Reflections on a Global Financial Crisis
Guest Editors: Professor George Cairns, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Dr Joanne Roberts, Newcastle University Business School, UK
critical perspectives on international business

At the end of 2008, the world faced a situation considered by many as the first major crisis of the new century – global financial meltdown. The possible consequences of this crisis overshadowed more established concerns about climate change, AIDS and terrorism in the media (or, at least, the Anglo-American media). UK academic Stefano Harney even went on record blaming business academics for contributing to the origins of this crisis, by ignoring social and political questions in their teaching.

Since these are the very questions critical perspectives on international business seeks to address in its pages, a collection of critically reflective papers – editor reviewed, to ensure speed of publication – was commissioned. The double special issue that resulted engages both with theoretical issues and empirical examples.

The scene is set by positing ‘Why moral failures precede financial crises’. This leads into a series of theoretical discussions taking a range of perspectives: institutional theory, systems theory, and political and economic theory. Further analysis ponders the future role of the state in relation to financial frameworks and prepares the ground for a group of empirical studies that present critical analysis of a variety of financial institutions in the USA, the UK and Brazil. The special issue closes with a call for a return to the economics of Keynes and a short reflection on the implications of the financial crisis for the field of international business.

Highly commended:

Building High Quality Schools for Learners and Communities
Guest Editor: Cynthia Uline, Director, National Center for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse, San Diego Sate University, USA
Assistant Editor: Thomas D. Wolsey
Journal of Educational Administration Volume 47 Number 3, 2009

As educators, researchers, policy makers, and publics consider our schools' capacity to ensure accountability and excellence in curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all students, rarely do they emphasize the physical environment within which these activities take place. School buildings stand as a physical manifestation of the educational enterprise and, in some cases; they reflect persistent disparities in investment across locations and communities. Even as some challenge the relative effects of such investments on student achievement when compared with other factors, such as highly qualified teachers and effective educational leaders, common sense and mounting empirical evidence suggest that either/or decisions about where best to invest our resources may be shortsighted. Rather, as we attempt to identify the conditions that foster excellence, it behooves us to consider the human, social, technical, and physical dimensions of our schools' capacity.

Significantly, the role of facilities in education is under-examined by the profession as a whole. Further, the available research varies widely in quality and approach. This themed issue of The Journal of Educational Administration examines what we know about the relationship between educational facilities and students' and teachers' work and learning, as well as the role the public plays in shaping these learning places and joining the community of learners. Photographic evidence is presented in several of the articles.
The contributing authors to this special issue span the fields of education, architecture, urban planning, sociology, and public policy thus bringing new questions, methodologies, and conceptualizations to the endeavor. Findings from these eight studies underscore the complexities of these relationships between the physical environment of schools and the experiences of the occupants of the buildings. We are reminded that schools exist within larger social, political and fiscal circumstances, all of which influence decisions about how we will invest in the design, construction, and ongoing support and maintenance of our schools. These same dynamics also influence the ways we assess, or fail to assess, the outcomes of our decisions, both in terms of bricks and mortar and in terms of our larger educational intentions. Thus, students, teachers, parents and communities may either enjoy learning places that maximize the unity of form and purpose, or they may persevere within spaces that stand at odds with the goals of teaching, learning, and community health and wellbeing.

This field of study is just now coalescing. As professionals and researchers continue to discover each other across disciplines, they generate new understandings about the fit between how we learn and where we learn. School administrators hold a critical position within the public dynamic which directs the building of a school. These educational leaders will be challenged to negotiate the changes warranted by new ideas and understandings, ensuring reconciliation, continuity, and a smooth transition from past to present to future, a task made all the more difficult by current economic realities. To this end this special issue makes a most substantial and ground-breaking contribution.

Accounting and subalternity
Guest Editor: Cameron Graham, Schulich School of Business, York University, UK
Accounting, Auditing, Accountability Journal Volume 22 Number 3, 2009

This journal special issue is an attempt to expand research space by bringing together authors from different areas of accounting research, as well as a consolidation of vibrant existing streams of research. As a whole, the special issue suggests that accounting research is implicated in subalternity in complex ways, both through its construction of the subject of research and in its attempts to reproduce accounting researchers habituated to Western academic norms and practices.

The idea of a special issue in this area arose from a discussion, aptly, in New York in 2005 just prior to the economic crisis. While the subsequent financial crisis may have shifted the centre of gravity of global capital, there was no doubt New York then represented the core of something whose peripheral effects many accounting researchers seek to understand. This Accounting, Auditing, Accountability Journal special issue grew out of this discussion, and the articles share a central question: What happens when accounting engages the parts of our world that are not already fully integrated into the global economy?

The hope is that this issue, ``Accounting and subalternity'', will be received as a genuine attempt to help scholars stake out space in which their research can happen, and to give that space a name. Whether the name ``accounting and subalternity'' is helpful remains an empirical question. Rather arbitrarily, many important aspects of the study of accounting on the margins of Western society, including gender and race, have been excluded. However, we have struck some sort of a chord, at least to judge by the enthusiasm with which this topic was greeted by conference participants and the efforts that were put into the papers in this issue.

Electronic human resource management and the future of human resource management
Guest Editor: Hal G.Gueutal, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Journal of Managerial Psychology Volume 24 Number 6, 2009

This highly topical special issue considers the far-reaching and increasing impact of technology on HR practice. Technology such as social networking sites, blogs, wikis is having a profound impact on the modern workplace and this has been accelerated by the widespread adoption of Web 2.0 systems. As companies become increasingly global they have greater need for interactive information sharing and interoperability. And yet the scholarly HRM literature hasn't kept pace with the adoption of technology by HR professionals nor by employees across organizations. This collection of papers attempts to present an empirical foundation for eHRM practices. It publishes papers on the implementation of ERP systems, online appraisals and the role of social networking sites in the recruitment process. The issue also provides commentary on pertinent debates like personal privacy, the blurring of work-private life boundaries and the effectiveness of e-learning. The Guest Editor of this issue is Dr Hal G.Gueutal of the University of Albany, State University of New York. Dr’Gueutal's areas of expertise include attitude surveys, business plan development, selection, performance appraisal, human resource compliance, human resource information systems, and compensation and benefits.

Pacific Odyssey: views of accounting in the South Seas from the centre and from the periphery
Guest Editors: Dr Keith Dixon, University of Canterbury, Australia and Professor Michael Gaffikin, The University of Wollongong, New Zealand
Pacific Accounting Review Volume 21 Number 3, 2009

This Special Issue provided a much needed opportunity for scholars in the area to explore accounting issues in a much-neglected part of the world. It sought papers on the application of finance, accounting, auditing, tax and associated technologies in Pacific contexts, including in their construction of Pacific populations and economies. The Editors recognized from the beginning that that the populations and economies in question are as widely strewn as Alaska and Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guangdong and Guatemala, Indonesia and California, and Tasmania and Tierra del Fuego, not overlooking Nonouti.

The articles published focus on Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga and feature large organizations and small village entities, and while research is focused here the Editors provide a thoughtful Editorial on the scope of further research in this locus for the journal to publish.

The importance of the issue is the diversity it draws attention to of the different islands and nations and the different accounting methods they employ. The different perspectives of what constitutes valuable economic activities give rise to different accounts, which send different signals about policy responses; and that taking flawed perspectives leads to errors of policy and undesirable consequences.