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Corporate Social Responsibility - South Asian Experiences

Special issue call for papers from South Asian Journal of Global Business Research

Guest Editors:
Tassilo Schuster, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Syed Bahar Ali Kazmi, Aston Business School, United Kingdom
Peter Lund-Thomsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Full papers due: December 31, 2014

In this special issue of the South Asian Journal of Global Business Research (SAJGBR) we aim at contributing to expanding our understanding of CSR in the South Asian context. We would like to add value to this theme by addressing questions such as:

a) Under which conditions do foreign multinational companies adapt their CSR practices when operating in South Asian countries?
b) What lessons can South Asia learn from CSR practices from other parts of the world including other emerging economies?
c) Which CSR practices have local companies and suppliers already implemented in their business activities?
d) How do South Asian companies adapt their CSR practices when operating in foreign countries?
e) Can Western companies learn from South Asia in terms of CSR policies and practices?
f) What impact, if any, do these CSR initiatives have on local enterprise profitability, workers’ conditions, and the environment in South Asia?

We invite high quality conceptual and empirical papers that draw on different theoretical streams, employ diverse research methodologies, and consider multiple levels of analysis. We also encourage the submission of papers that introduce alternative ways of seeing CSR and its practices in South Asia

Subject Coverage

  • Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):
  • CSR practices of local and foreign companies in South Asia with regard to
    - poverty alleviation
    - inadequate labor standards
    - human rights violations
    - caste-based discrimination
    - child labor
    - workplace safety
  • Inclusive business models and economic development in South Asia
  • Governmental policies and judicial activism aiming at influencing CSR activities in the South Asian context
  • Historical development of political systems and their impact on CSR practices
  • The role of non-state actors with regard to CSR practices
  • CSR practices along the value chain
  • CSR practices of industrial clusters and SMEs
  • Adoption of international management standards (ISO-certification)
  • Social business activities and renewable energy
  • CSR reporting
  • Social and environmental entrepreneurship

Submission Requirements

Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, include a structured abstract and follow the journal’s author guidelines. Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication in another journal. These papers will be double blind reviewed before being accepted for publication.

Submissions to South Asian Journal of Global Business Research are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available on

Authors considering submission are welcome to contact guest editors Tassilo Schuster ([email protected]) or Syed Bahar Ali Kazmi ([email protected]). The deadline for full paper submissions is December 31, 2014. 

Anticipated publication is 2016.

Click here to read background research on corporate social responsibility in South Asia.