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Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Hospitality and Tourism

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

Guest Editors
Babak Taheri, Heriot-Watt University: Edinburgh, UK
Dr. Roya Rahimi, University of Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton, UK

Fevzi Okumus, University of Central Florida, USA, [email protected]

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in hospitality and tourism is laden with contradictions.  From the simple “carbon offsetting” of budget flights to the warning from the Maldivian Government that their country will disappear due to rising water levels whilst also building, in one year, at least seven additional airports to service their resort islands. The academic literature does not always help; the continually inconclusive or contradictory findings of financial impact studies, often meaningless CSR reporting, and consumer cynicism over perceived “green-washing” activities (Farrington et al., 2017) further contribute to the lack of clarity in this area.

There is a need for a substantive move towards sustainable, ethical, responsible, environmentally or socially friendly strategies, but also towards concern for the well-being of future generations in the coming decades (Farrington et al., 2017; Jones et al., 2016; Wells et al., 2016a). Despite continued interest, this is a challenge for many countries, particularly with regards to meeting the ever-shifting opinions and customer expectations surrounding environmental issues pertaining to modern hospitality and tourism. Research must fundamentally debate the relevance and application of sustainability to the sector and its relationship with external stakeholders, and move away from narrow focuses. More specifically, ‘one size does not fit all’ with regards to sustainability and CSR, hence societies and organisations with different cultures and beliefs may be motivated to be involved in sustainability and CSR developments for different reasons, and may also face diverse barriers to implementation (Nyahunzvi, 2013; Wells et al., 2016b; Xu, 2014; Yadav et al., 2016).  Thus, the goal of this special issue is to encourage new theoretical and empirical development on sustainability and CSR studies in the hospitality and tourism field. We offer the following themes to indicate potential research opportunities and areas of interest for this special issue, but we also welcome high quality research papers focused on other aspects of sustainability and CSR.

Submissions related to the following topics are particularly welcome

•    Sustainability and CSR development in hospitality and tourism: the concept, antecedents, and consequences 
•    Rethinking of ethical dilemmas on allocating the benefits and costs within developing countries
•    Appropriateness of Western CSR and sustainably theoretical models in explaining non-Western behaviours
•    Developing or adapting sustainable-efficient big data storage and processing
•    Impact of religious, philosophical and cultural beliefs/norms on hospitality and tourism sustainability and environmental systems and strategies e.g., actionable agenda for sustainable growth
•    Issues around indigenous peoples and communities
•    Promoting awareness actions in small and medium-sized (SME) hospitality enterprises
•    Creating and transmitting interactions between hospitality businesses and their customers in order to co-create sustainable practices
•    Exploring sustainable and responsible practices within hospitality Business-to-Business context
•    The role of  Quality of Working Life (QWL) and well-being perceptions in relation to CSR

General Information for Prospective Authors

We welcome submissions that can represent different methods. These include but are not limited to new frameworks using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary explanations. We also are interested in research that is based on compelling case studies related to single or multiple destinations and organizations. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. For more details and manuscript guidelines, please visit the official website at:

Submission Procedure
Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the guest editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Abstracts (up to 750 words, following the IJCHM structured abstract) can be submitted directly to the guest editors via email ([email protected] and/or [email protected]) by 15 January 2018. Abstracts must be concise and to the point with appropriate references. The guest editors will provide feedback on each submitted abstract. Full papers must be submitted by 15 May 2018 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system at: Please select the correct issue to submit to: Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Author guidelines for IJCHM can be found at:

Review Process
Each paper submitted to this special issue is subject to the following review procedures:
1.    It will be reviewed by the guest editors for general suitability for this special issue.
2.    If found suitable, three reviewers will be selected for a double-blind peer review process.
3.    Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief will decide whether the particular submission should be accepted as it is, revised and re-submitted, or rejected.

Abstracts Submissions: 15 January 2018
Abstract Decisions: 15 February 2018
FULL Paper Submissions: 15 May 2018
Revisions and Decisions: 15 September 2018
Publication: Early 2019

Farrington, T., Curran, R., Gori, K., O’Gorman, K., & Queenan, C.J. (2017). Corporate social responsibility: reviewed, rated, revised, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Vol. 29, No. 1, pp.30-47.
Jones, P., Hillier, D., & Comfort, D. (2016). Sustainability in the hospitality industry, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp.36-67.
Nyahunzvi, D.K. (2013). CSR reporting among Zimbabwe’s hotel groups: a content analysis, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Vol. 25, No. 4, pp.595-613.
Wells, V.K., Gregory-Smith, D., Taheri, B., Manika, D., & McCowlen, C. (2016a).  An exploration of CSR development in heritage tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 58, pp.1-17.
Wells, V. K., Taheri, B., Gregory-Smith, D., & Manika, D. (2016b). The role of generativity and attitudes on employees home and workplace water and energy saving behaviours, Tourism Management. Vol.56, pp.63-74.
Xu, Y. (2014). Understanding CSR from the perspective of Chinses diners: the case of McDonald’s, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Vol. 26, No. 6, pp.1002-1020.
Yadav, R., Dokania, A.K., Pathak, G.S. (2016). The influence of green marketing functions in building corporate image, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Vol. 28, No. 10, pp.2178-2196.