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A multi-level analysis of sustainable business practices in emerging countries

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Organizational Analysis

A multi-level analysis of sustainable business practices in emerging countries
Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Organizational Analysis

Guest Editors:

Vijay Pereira, Yama Temouri, Jeevan Jyoti, Hardeep Chahal
Deadline for submission:
31st March 2020
Publication date targeted:
August 2020

Submission guidelines:

All submissions to be made via the IJOA Scholar One manuscript submission system

the author guidelines can be found here

The topic of ‘sustainability’ has been receiving considerable attention at several levels, by academics researching and teaching it as well as by supranational institutions, regional authorities, country groupings, individual governments, industries and organisations. From a business and management perspective, best practices and recommendations on sustainability are prescribed at the global or supranational level and these are developed and evolve at national governmental levels. Several emerging economies and regions have been following developed countries in being proactive in terms of setting sustainability standards in various industries and in accordance to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. With the aim of transforming their countries into competitive, responsible and sustainable participants in the global economy, governments across many emerging countries are refocusing their efforts on economic development, particularly since the global financial crisis of 2008. These efforts come on the back of government policy initiatives which encompasses environmental, economic, cultural and social standards in order to foster sustainable business activities. Today, companies from emerging countries account for about one-third of the Fortune Global 500 list of the largest corporations (Global 500 website; Meyer and Peng, 2016; Pereira and Malik, 2017) and they significantly contribute to the evolving and complex global economy and competition landscape. However, there is limited knowledge of how the above prescriptions and recommendations at the above supranational, regional or national levels are followed at industry and organisational levels.

Moreover, while the existing management, strategy and organization strands of literature have focused predominantly on the BRICS countries, there are far fewer studies on many of the other important emerging countries (for example the emerging South American, African, Eastern European and other Asian countries) (Buckley et al, 2007; Luo & Tung, 2007; Gaur et al, 2018; Khanna & Palepu, 2004; Aulakh et al, 2016; Contractor et al, 2014; Ciftci, 2019). This is an important gap in the literature due to the heterogeneous nature of emerging countries and their companies’ involvement in sustainable business practices. There is certainly a difference across multiple levels. The literature shows at the macro-level (i.e. at supra-national, regional and country level) that one can identify differences of the national sustainability agenda and to what extent this is linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (George et al, 2016). At the meso-level (i.e. at industry level), there are several key industries that would generate most of the emerging countries GDP (McKinsey Global Institute, 2018). In this sense, it is important to highlight the industry differences when it comes to sustainability practices. At the micro-level (i.e. organisational, team or group and individual level) there is evidence of firm-specific activities that leads to differences in sustainable practices, which in turn is able to sets some firm apart from its competitors (Duarte, 2017; El Haddad, Karkoulian & Nehme, 2018).
However, apart from the lack of evidence from many wider emerging countries, there is a recent emphasis on micro-foundational analysis in various contexts, such as the general strategy literature and increasingly the global strategy literature (Contractor, Foss, Kundu and Lahiri, 2018). This type of analysis allows the researcher to delve into decision-making processes at the individual level. It is envisaged that there would be several positive advantages for different levels of stakeholders by identifying the root nature, motivation and thought processes of the management in deriving at certain sustainability practices. This highlights the urgent need for research that investigates the many unique and complex micro-foundational characteristics that impact on a firm’s sustainability decisions.
Therefore, the focus of this special issue is to offer new insights into the unique aspects of sustainability activities from a micro-foundational perspective which can then be linked to firm-, industry-, country-, supranational-levels. More specifically, we aim to show how local, as well as foreign firms, align their sustainability activities to the national and supranational agenda. We welcome conceptual and empirical papers using quantitative, qualitative, and or mixed-methods approaches that address one of the indicative (but not exclusive or intended to be comprehensive) following themes:

•    What are the unique sustainability practices of local and foreign firms in emerging countries?
•    How do local and foreign firms align their sustainability practices with the national and supranational agenda’s?
•    How do local and foreign firms formulate optimal sustainability practices?
•    How do domestic and foreign multinational firms cope with the challenges when entering and operating in other emerging countries, in terms of other unique political, religious, cultural and commercial environments?
•    How do firms compare in their sustainability practices across emerging countries?
•    To what extent do firms in emerging markets follow the same path of global best practices elsewhere?


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Guest Editors bios:

Dr Vijay Pereira, (PhD), is Associate Professor at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He was formerly the Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor of Strategic and International HRM at the Australian University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE. He is the Associate Editor (Strategic Management and Organization Behaviour), Journal of Business Research. Dr Pereira is a visiting scholar at Manchester and Portsmouth Universities, UK. He has experience and expertise in consulting, industry and academia, globally. Dr Pereira has a track record of attracting funding and has published widely, in over 100 outlets, including in leading international journals such as the HRM US, Journal of World Business, International Journal of HRM, Journal of Business Research, HRM Review, Journal of International Management, and International Journal of Production Research, among others. He is currently on the editorial and advisory board for the journals Production and Operations Management (Listed in Financial Times), International Journal of HRM, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Business & Management Journal and South Asian History and Culture.

Dr Yama Temouri is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to joining UOWD in 2016, Dr Temouri was an Associate Professor at Aston Business School in the United Kingdom, where he was the Program Director for the MSc International Business program. He is currently the external examiner for the MSc International Management program at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Dr Temouri has published in top tier journals such as Journal of World Business, Journal of International Management; Journal of Business Research and Corporate Governance: An International Review. He is also an Associate Editor for the Business Research Quarterly (Elsevier Publishers). Dr Temouri teaches International Business courses at postgraduate level and International Trade Theory and Policy at undergraduate level. He has extensive consultancy experience, including projects for the OECD, European Commission and for several UK Government Departments, including the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) Department; the Department for Business, Innovation and Services (BIS) and the Innovation foundation NESTA. His research interests are mainly in the economics of multinational enterprises and their impact on host and home economies. He is currently working on the link between institutional quality, foreign direct investment and firm performance as well as analysing the locational choices of foreign direct investment in tax havens.

Dr Jeevan Jyoti, (PhD), is Assistant Professor, University of Jammu, India. She has publications (45) in reputed national and international refereed journals (20 publications in Scopus listed journals, 12 publications in ABDC listed journals, 9 publications in Thomson Reuter listed Journals)  like, Personnel Review (A ranked), Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, International Journal of Educational Management, IIMB Management Review, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Metamorphosis: A Journal of Management Research, Vision- Journal of Business perspective, Annals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Services Research, Global Business Review, Sage Open etc. She has to her credit two edited books and nineteen chapters in edited books. Five of her scholars have been awarded Ph. D. degree (three are registered at present) and fifteen scholars have been awarded M. Phil. Degree.

Dr Hardeep Chahal, (PhD), is a Professor in the Department of Commerce, University of Jammu, India. Her research interests focus on services marketing with emphasis on consumer satisfaction and loyalty, service quality, brand equity and market orientation. Her research work has been acknowledged in refereed International journals like Managing Service Quality, International Journal of Healthcare Quality and Assurance, International Journal of Bank Marketing, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Journal of Health Management, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Management Research Review, Total Quality Management and Excellence, Corporate Governance, Global Business Review, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, International Journal of Indian Culture, Business and Management, and national journals of International repute like Vikalpa (IIMA), Metamorphosis (IIML), Decisions(IIMC), Journal of Social Work(TISS), Vision, Journal of Services Research and Journal of Rural Development. She has also co-edited six books including Research Methodology in Commerce and Management and Strategic Service Marketing. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Health Quality and Assurance (Emerald) and Journal of Services Research (IIMT, India). Overall, she has published more than 100 research papers in journals and books including papers listed in Scopus and ABDC ranked journals.