This page is older archived content from an older version of the Emerald Publishing website.

As such, it may not display exactly as originally intended.

Special Issue on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Sourcing

Special issue call for papers from Strategic Outsourcing

Call for papers deadline: 30 January 2010

Guest Editors: Dr Bill Hefley and Ron Babin

Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal aims to foster and lead the international debate on global sourcing and outsourcing. It provides a central, authoritative and independent forum for the critical evaluation and dissemination of research and development, applications, processes and current practices relating to the design, implementation and undertaking of strategic outsourcing. Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal places a strong emphasis on applied research with relevant implications for both knowledge and practice.

The impact of environmental policies, Green IT, and corporate social responsibility requirements on outsourcing and off-shoring decisions has been identified as both a growing trend and an emerging research priority. Increasing debates surrounding sourcing and its impacts, globalization, corporate social responsibility, climate change, unsustainable growth, corporate scandals, and the questioning of the morality of global capitalism -- all suggest that the complex relationship between business, the state and civil society is undergoing change. Emerging concerns over the ethical and social responsibilities of corporations have resulted in the scrutinizing of companies regarding their sourcing activities, their social and environmental impacts, and the emergence of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions by sourcing organizations -- both clients and service providers.

As CSR has evolved as a concept, so have the research and literature seeking to understand it. However, much of this CSR research has not focused on sourcing and its value networks.

Thus, our purpose in this issue is to identify how CSR is manifested in sourcing settings, which are the key CSR actions and approaches employed in global sourcing, and how are current theory and practice genuinely able to address the challenges that face sourcing professionals working in global environments? Are the strategies used by business a sound basis on which to set up socially responsible outsourcing, or do theoretical approaches and practices need to change? The objective of this special issue is to facilitate a critical discussion and analysis of the role of CSR in sourcing and value network management practices.

This special issue will encourage a broad approach to CSR in sourcing. We would encourage papers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds and perspectives and from a diverse range of theoretical traditions. The Industry Viewpoint section of Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal invites industrial practitioners from around the world to present their point of view on this very relevant subject area. We encourage authors to submit manuscripts that address developments in this important field, and potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Social impacts of sourcing
  • Conceptual models of CSR in sourcing
  • The political implications of CSR in sourcing contexts
  • The changing nature of discourse on socially responsible outsourcing
  • Alternative theoretical approaches to understanding CSR in sourcing
  • Quantitative and qualitative studies of CSR actions in sourcing
  • Performance measurement and its relationship to CSR in sourcing
  • Critical perspectives on CSR in sourcing
  • The role and impact of Green IT/IS in sourcing
  • Public perceptions of responsible business practices in sourcing
  • Prioritizing the ethical and moral perspectives of CSR in sourcing
  • Alternative strategies for responsible business practices in sourcing
  • The utilization of CSR in different cultural or sourcing contexts
  • CSR from the stakeholder perspective
  • CSR in sourcing in the public sector
  • Industry viewpoints on CSR in sourcing or socially-responsible sourcing
  • Ethics and corporate behaviour in sourcing
  • Human rights and corporate sourcing activity
  • Employment, human capital, and sourcing
  • Auditing CSR actions in value networks
  • Globalization, intercultural relationships and corporate social responsibility
  • Regulation of, or Governmental influences on, corporate CSR behaviours
  • Results of social responsibility programmes and case studies.

You are invited to submit articles to this special issue.

Author guidelines

All papers will be subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review. Papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length.
Please see SO:IJ author guidelines for further details at: guidelines.htm?id=so

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be made though ScholarOne Manuscripts, following the guidelines below.

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts
To submit your paper online you must create an author account:

  • Log on to
  • Click on the ``create account'' link at the top right of the screen.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding
  • Your username will be your e-mail address and you have to input a password of at least eight characters in length and containing two or more numbers
  • Click ``Finish'' and your account has been created.

Submitting an article on ScholarOne Manuscripts
Once registered, go to with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page.
(To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column on the login page).

  • Click on the Author Centre button.
  • Click on the "submit a new manuscript" link which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page.
  • Complete all fields and browse to upload your article to the "Corporate social responsibility in sourcing" special issue.
  • You must upload a minimum of two files -- your article file (with no author details) and a separate title page (with all author contact details).
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof.
  • Submit your manuscript.

Guidance can be found on the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre (

If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for, please e-mail: [email protected] for assistance.

When your paper is successfully submitted you will receive an e-mail indicating that your paper has been received together with its unique identity number. If you experience any problems please e-mail: [email protected] quoting the journal to which you are submitting and your article title.


Submission deadline: 30 January 2010
Author feedback returned: 30 April 2010
This special issue is provisionally scheduled for publication in SO:IJ, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2010.

Guest Editors

Dr Bill Hefley, Clinical Associate Professor,
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
E-mail: [email protected]

Ron Babin, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
E-mail: [email protected]