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Call for papers - Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research

Volume II: Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business

Series Editors: Colette Henry and Susan Marlow
Volume Editors: Sarah Underwood, Richard Blundel, Fergus Lyon and Alan Murray

With current environmental, social and financial challenges facing society and the economy, there has been a rapid growth in interest in the role of social and sustainable enterprise. Accordingly, as government, industry and communities seek to find alternative ways to deliver product and services, this volume seeks to draw together contemporary entrepreneurial research which addresses current
social and environmental issues. It will be divided into three main

  1. Social and community enterprise and entrepreneurship
  2. Sustainable entrepreneurship and environmental impacts of enterprise
  3. Ethics, enterprise and social responsibility

Thus, topics of importance and interest to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and the wider population are explored in depth. The "social" sub-theme addresses contemporary issues in social and community enterprise, including the tension between maintaining core social aims and continuing to prosper in a highly competitive and turbulent marketplace. The "environmental" sub-theme is concerned with the pursuit of environmentally-responsible opportunities by mainstream enterprises, the creation of self-consciously "eco-preneurial" ventures, and more radical models that challenge prevailing assumptions about enterprise and growth. The ethics sub-theme tackles a range of topical issues, including the growth of ethical markets and the opportunities they create, such as providing services for disadvantaged groups or facilitating markets in fairly-traded goods and services.

This book will be published within the Emerald-ISBE series, which seeks to explore issues of contemporary interest and importance to the entrepreneurial community of practice. It will be edited by Dr Sarah Underwood, Dr Richard Blundel, Professor Fergus Lyon and Dr Alan Murray.

We hope to draw upon ISBE Conference papers to form the basis of many of the chapters within the text, so would ask track leaders and advisers to alert us at an early stage to any papers which may be of relevance to the theme of the book and have sufficient substance to constitute a chapter. As the focus is social and sustainable enterprise, the ``Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise'' track will perhaps offer most scope. However, papers from other ISBE tracks may also be considered if they address one of the main themes.

As well as drawing upon papers submitted to the Conference and the ISBE SSEN, other ISBE members who may be undertaking relevant work in this field should contact the Editors to discuss possible contributions. The aim of the book series is to engage more directly with all ISBE members by offering opportunities for publication and access to a high quality body of knowledge articulated within a dedicated set of texts.

Expressions of interest (abstract of no more than 400 words detailing objectives, approach, results and implications for policy/practice) in any of the key themes should be e-mailed to the relevant sub-section editor no later than 18 November 2011. Authors should not submit expressions of interest to more than one of the editorial team.

Contact details (Volume II Editors)

Lead Editor

Dr Sarah Underwood
Leeds Enterprise Centre, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
E-mail: [email protected]

Sustainable entrepreneurship and environmental impacts of enterprise

Dr Richard Blundel
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
E-mail: [email protected]

Social and community enterprise and entrepreneurship

Professor Fergus Lyon
Enterprise and Economic Development Research,
Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
E-mail: [email protected]

Ethics, enterprise and social responsibility

Dr Alan Murray
Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9ND, UK
E-mail: [email protected]