Responsible Business and Strategy in Conversation - Can Management History Inform Corporate Responsibility?

Call for papers for: Journal of Management History

There is continued and increasing academic interest in responsible business - and how this has been informed by management history, and how it continues to interact and inform contemporary strategic management (eg, Porter and Kramer, 2011). Scholarship in management history has examined the origins of corporate responsibility (eg, Hoffman, 2007; Marens, 2008) and the related literature on social movements has encompassed cooperatives (eg, Wilson, Webster and Vorberg-Rugh, 2013), credit unions (Ward and McKillop, 2005), mutuality (Batiz-Lazo and Billings, 2012), social entrepreneurship (eg, Murphy, et al., 2018), and religiously-grounded movements such as the Quakers (Prior and Kirby, 2006, Robertson, Korczynski and Pickering, 2007). Though this wide range of work has often incorporated issues associated with ‘responsibility’, there remain gaps in our understanding of how many of these movements ‘lost’ their way as social, political and economic contexts changed and evolved, despite a strong sense of mission and social purpose. Thus, given the renewed interest in responsible business, the histories of these social movements should provide valuable lessons for contemporary strategizing managers

This special issue represents the beginning of a deeper conversation about the contours of the conversation between strategic management, responsible business and management history. Thus, we invite contributions from a broad range of management and organization disciplines on the following topics, but not limited to:

· What can be learned from the connection between governance, ethics and purpose?

· Is there a connection between movements of the past and contemporary ‘responsibility’ movements, such as UN Global Compact, B-corporations, etc?

· How has responsible strategic management changed over time? How are the practices or processes shaped by their particular social, historical or religious/spiritual contexts?

· What role, if any, does religion or spirituality play in the histories of movements of the past?

· What, if any, is the relationship between endogenous and exogenous factors in the change or decline of historical movements?

· How have historical movements influenced the evolution of particular industries?

· What, if any, is the possible relationship between corporate or legal form and responsible strategy-making?

· To what extent does Government policy, regulation and the law promote or inhibit contemporary managers from learning lessons from movements of the past?

· Is corporate or legal form associated with more or less responsible approaches to human resource management, supply chain management, marketing and distribution, production, decision-making or other strategic processes?

· What role, if any, do changes (strengthening/weakening) to corporate governance play in responsible strategy over time? What factors led to changes in corporate governance?

· What is the role of family and/or succession in preserving business ethics and purpose?

· What role, if any, does leadership play in the creation and/or decline of historical movements?

· What, if any, effect does significant organization change events have on its approach to responsible strategy (e.g., acquisition, mergers, divestment, changes in leadership, etc.)?

Guest Editors:

Kevin Tennent
University of York

Nicholas Burton
Northumbria University

Deadline for Submission:

31st March 2020

Submission Information:

Submissions to the special issue should be sent electronically through the "Journal of Management History" ScholarOne System. The manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines for authors given in the journal's page.