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Call for Papers on Organizations, Cosmopolitanism, and Sustainable Cities

October 28, 2014

sustainable-buildings-1156226-mOrganization and Environment is currently accepting papers for a special issue on Organizations, Cosmopolitanism, and Sustainable Cities. This issue will be dedicated to exploring the organizational drivers of sustainable (and smart) cities in emerging cosmopolitan contexts. The issue will be guested edited by Boyd Cohen of Universidad del Desarrollo, Jose M. Alcaraz-Barriga of Murdoch University, Pablo Muñoz of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, and Katerina Nicolopoulou of University of Strathclyde.

The journal welcomes a wide range of articles dealing with the role of new and established businesses in shaping the smart and sustainable agenda in cities around the globe. Research building or testing theory is welcome. Empirical research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods is particularly encouraged. Submitting authors are advised to review relevant articles published in Organization and Environment and build on those works, as appropriate.

Some potential topics of interest include:

• How are organizations, cities and entrepreneurs fostering collaboration in order to provide innovative sustainability solutions to major environmental and/or socio-economic challenges?

• How are companies scaling solutions from one city to the next and are they utilizing sustainable city networks, such as ICLEI, C40 and Covenant of Mayors as a vehicle?oae cover

• How can theories on cosmopolitanism and civic mindsets stimulate insights regarding organizations and environment at a (g)local level?

• What is the role or contribution of rural areas in fostering sustainable development in cities? How can sustainable regions be fostered?

• What is driving corporate interest in sustainable cities?

• How are agency conflicts minimized between the private sector and local governments

• What factors drive place-based civic entrepreneurs to act (g)locally towards sustainability? To what extent can civic and sustainable entrepreneurship drive the development of smart cities?

• What are the new innovation models and potential relationships between sharing economy business models and environmental impact on an urban scale?

• What role do citizens (including those beyond Western-based urban cultures) play in enabling cosmopolitanism and city-based solutions around sustainability?

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015. First review decision is expected by February 1, 2016. More information on this call can be found by clicking here. Submissions should follow the formal submission guidelines of the Organization and Environment, which can be viewed by clicking here. The contributors should electronically submit the paper by clicking here.

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Book Review: Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

October 24, 2014

41n7oTo2jrL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Hard to believe it, but the American office we go to Monday through Friday actually has quite a history. Deborah C. Andrews of the University of Delaware recently reviewed “Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace” by Nikil Saval in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Nikil Saval: Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. New York, NY: Doubleday, 2014. 352 pp. $26.95, hardback.

From the review:

The communication required to get things done in offices, studios, and laboratories shapes and reflects the design of the spaces BPCQ.inddthemselves. Nikil Saval’s Cubed provides an evocative historical perspective on the physical and social dimensions of the U.S. workplace over the past 200 years. Hardly a “secret” history, it is a history that makes explicit changes in a space—the office—that has been more sat in than examined. Saval, an editor at n + 1, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics, does not focus directly on the impact of office design on communication. But teachers of professional writing can make good use of his book to inform their research and guide students to an awareness of how the arrangement of physical spaces affects workplace communication.

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Want to Be a Reviewer for Business and Society?

October 22, 2014

BAS_v50_72ppiRGB_powerpointBusiness and Society is extends an invitation to review for the journal.

Business and Society, peer-reviewed and published bimonthly, is the official journal of the International Association for Business and Society, the only independent professional association dedicated to business and society teaching and research. This journal focuses on original research relating to business ethics, business-government relations, corporate governance, corporate social performance, and environmental-management issues. Business and Society publishes rigorously reviewed original research and occasional invited works by top scholars. Over the course of a year, over 100 experts and scholars are engaged by the journal to review every piece submitted for consideration. Each issue is comprised of traditional, easy-to-read, referenced formats including articles, book reviews, and dissertation abstracts.

Reviewers will evaluate articles in the peer-review process and provide reports to the editorial office.

For more information on becoming a reviewers for Business and Society, click here. To sign up right now, click here to go to directly to the manuscript submission site.

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Designing a Course to Teach Social Media Communication

October 21, 2014

businessman-in-the-office-1-1287061-mMcKinsey Global Institute analyzed 4,200 companies in 2012 and found that by adopting social technologies internally, communication and collaboration could be improved thus increasing the productivity of interaction workers by 20 to 25 percent. As a result, business schools are beginning to offer courses on the use of social media outside of marketing. But how can the use of social media for internal communication in an organization be effectively taught to business students? Amy Young and Mary D. Hinesly discuss in their article “Social Media Use to Enhance Internal Communication: Course Design for Business Students” from Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Organizations are increasingly using social media to improve their internal communication. When BPCQ.inddsuccessfully implemented, such initiatives can have a dramatic impact on internal efficiency, team collaboration, innovation, organizational alignment, and cultural transformation. This article describes a course offered by the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, on the use of social media for internal business communication that can be modified for Bachelor of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration students. The authors describe the pedagogy behind the course design, provide a course description, and discuss social media/communication consulting projects conducted in the class.

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Congratulations to Seigyoung Auh of Journal of Service Research!

October 20, 2014

_KKL9867We are delighted to congratulate Seigyoung Auh, winner of Journal of Service Research‘s Best Reviewer Award! Dr. Auh, kindly provided us with some information on his work:

Seigyoung’s research interests are in the areas of knowledge sharing/transfer in sales teams, frontline service employee extra role behavior, salesperson customer orientation diversity, sales team learning and conflict, service climate, service innovation, and service leadership.

His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Sloan02JSR13_Covers.indd Management Review, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Marketing Letters, Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Business Research, among others. Seigyoung has worked as a marketing scientist before entering academia where he has taught in Australia, Canada, and Korea, before joining Thunderbird.

He is currently the Associate Editor at Journal of International Marketing and European Journal of Marketing. He is also on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal of Service Research, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Research, among others.

More information on this award can be found by clicking here.

In honor of this award, you can read the latest issue of Journal of Service Research free for the next 30 days! Click here to access the Table of Contents. Want to know about all the latest news and research from Journal of Service Research? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

Video: Sarah Miller McCune and Daniel Kahneman Discuss Social and Behavioral Sciences

October 16, 2014

Are social and behavioral sciences receiving the respect they deserve in the US today? SAGE Founder and executive chairman Sara Miller McCune and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman sat down to discuss this as well as the importance of interdisciplinary work in the sciences, how social science can enrich the development of public and social policy in the economic and political turmoil in world today, and the possibility of behavioral sciences in the White House. The pair also discussed Kahneman’s acceptance of the inaugural SAGE-CASBS Award. You can view their conversation below:

The second SAGE-CASBS Award will be presented at the 2014 Behavioral & Social Science Summit, run by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University on November 8, 2014. For more information on the summit, click here.

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A version of this post originally appeared on the SAGE Connection blog.

Journal of Service Research Invites Research on Health Service

October 15, 2014

medical-doctor-1314903-m Journal of Service Research is now accepting research for the upcoming special section entitled “Health Service Research: A Multidisciplinary Perspective,” which will publish in November of 2016! Editor Mary Jo Bitner will be joined by guest co-editors Tracey S. Danaher of Monash University, Australia and Andrew S. Gallan of DePaul University, USA for this section.

Scholars from both within and outside of business disciplines including marketing, management, information technology, economics, anthropology, design, education policy, health and public administration, psychology, public policy, social work, sociology and other related disciplines are invited to submit papers that examine the relationship between service and health care. All approaches (empirical, analytical, or conceptual) that create or extend theory in health service are welcome.

  • Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Service Innovation, Design, and Quality in Health Care Delivery
  • The Impact of Servicescapes in Health Services02JSR13_Covers.indd
  • New Service Models of Delivering Health Care
  • Front Line Employees and Service Provision in Health Care
  • A Network View of Health Care Services
  • Innovative Measurement and Metrics in Health Care Services
  • The Role of New Technologies in Providing Health Care Services (Electronic Medical Records, Health Information Technology, etc.)
  • Understanding the Patient Experience
  • Consumer Behavior in Health Services
  • Value Cocreation, Participation, and Engagement in Health Care Services
  • Methodological Breakthroughs in Health Service Research

Manuscripts are due May 15, 2015. For more information on this call, including how to submit, click here. Want news and notices like this from Journal of Service Research? Click here to sign up for e-alerts!

William J. Baumol on Social Responsibility

October 13, 2014

BAS_v50_72ppiRGB_powerpointRecently named by Thomson Reuters as one of the scholars predicted to be 2014 Nobel Laureate, William J. Baumol has led an active career as an American economic scholar. Dr. Baumol, now in his early nineties, is Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at New York University, as well as Senior Economist and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of over 45 books. He recently wrote an article which appeared in Business and Society entitled “On the Appropriate Social Responsibilities of Successful Entrepreneurs.”

The abstract:

This article offers proposed guidelines intended to protect the public interest in relationship to the advocated social responsibilities of successful entrepreneurs. The author argues that the most effective approach, then, is not preaching about obligations but, rather, establishing financial incentives for doing well by doing good. One example is the U.S. patent system. Another is a redesigned tax system that uses imposts to make socially damaging activities expensive, while reducing the financial burden on virtuous behavior.

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Book Review: Will China Democratize?

October 10, 2014

bookChina_0In the shadow of the 25 year anniversary of the Tiananmen square crackdown, the recent Hong Kong protests have generated interest in how China will respond. Could China ever adopt a democratic government?

Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner. Will China Democratize? Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 311pp. $29.96.

You can read the recent review by Peter F. Eder of the World Future Society in the March 2014 edition of World Future Review:

Juntao Wang, describing what he calls a “gray transformation,” agrees with several other optimistic authors, including Harry Harding and Cheng Li, that democracy will [most likely?] evolve non-violently. Competition among divergent social interests and political factions will produce incremental progress toward strengthening civil society, place checks and balances among governmental agencies, and expand accountability as the standard of legitimacy. These authors all believe that changes that have already taken place are moving China toward a significant transition away from being a totalitarian state.

WFR_72ppiRGB_powerpointOther essayists are less optimistic. Andrew Nathan calls China’s system “resilient authoritarianism.” This view emphasizes the ruling party’s ability to carry out an orderly leadership succession, the increasingly meritocratic nature of political advancement within the CCP, and the creation of institutional safety valves for venting social discontent. A network of bureaucrats and entrepreneurs creates a bulkhead that contains changes unfavorable to the party.

Contributors such as Arthur Waldron, Gongxin Xiao, Bruce Gilley, and Minxin Pei offer complimentary views. Collectively they argue that, over time, internal power struggles, corruption, and burdensome authoritarianism will lead to inevitable but not predictable events and that a crisis will open the way to democracy.

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Stewart Clegg on Relationships in Organizations

October 8, 2014

valentines-day-theme-1-1413274-mStewart Clegg, widely acknowledged as one of the most significant contemporary theorists of power relations, recently collaborated with Miguel Pina e Cunha, Arménio Rego, and Joana Story on their article “Powers of Romance: The Liminal Challenges of Managing Organizational Intimacy” from Journal of Management Inquiry.

The abstract:

Problematic organizational relationships have recently been at the core of highly visible media coverage. Most analyses of sexual relations in organizations have been, however, JMI_72ppiRGB_powerpointsimplistic and unidimensional, and have placed insufficient systematic emphasis on the role of governmentality in the social construction of organizational romance. In this article, we proceed in two theoretical steps. First, we elaborate a typology of organizational romance that covers different manifestations of this nuanced process. We think of these as organizational strategies of governmentality. Second, we elaborate and identify liminal cases that fall into the interstices of the four predominant ways of managing sexual relationships in organizations. We think of these as vases of liquid love and life that evade the border controls of regulation by governmentality. Finally, we relate these issues to debates about the nature of the civilizational process and suggest hypotheses for future research.

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