Special Issue Call for Papers

Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Labor Market: the actual problems of theory and practice

The investigation of labor market and employment problems has a protracted history and still remains to be the problem under study. Such a stable attention toward the labor market and employment sphere problems can be explained by numerous of factors, some of which have a long-living history and some of which come on or show themselves or become a subject of re-examination and new commitment along the society development process. So, each stage of economic and social development and each stage of scientific progress calls to some kind of a particular approaches toward the labor market issues.

The Special Issue “Labor Market: the actual problems of theory and practice” aims to define what problems face labor market today and find the ways for their overcoming; to determine the new approaches for Labor Market investigation and allow for discussion on current issues of Labor Market theory and practice.

The objectives of Special Issue are Labor Market actors – employers, employees, unemployed workers, government, firms, – and results (past, current and prospective) of their behavior, interrelationships and interactions.

The Special Issue constitutes a platform for exchange of views of the scientific community regarding Labor Market current problems and ways of their overcoming, to reflect the present status of Labor Market and trends of its development and scientific investigation by world scientific community, Labor Market problem estimation by practitioners.

The Special Issue includes theoretical and empirical investigations and practical experiences as well.

The Special Issue is addressed to international scientific and educational community, practitioners.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • 1. Labor Market Theory
  • 2. Labor Market Institutions
  • 3. Labor Market Governance
  • 4. Labor Migration
  • 5. Employment and Unemployment
  • 6. Labor Market Gender Issues
  • 7. Labor Motivation and Labor Promotion
  • 8. Labor Productivity and Efficacy
  • 9. Labor Market Discrimination
  • 10. Labor Market and equality problem
  • 11. Job Security
  • 12. Job flexibility and satisfaction
  • 13. Education and wage
  • 14. Etc.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: December 25, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: February 25, 2015
Final Version Due: April 15, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: May, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Tamila Arnania-Kepuladze
Akaki Tsereteli State University
Email: tarnania@yahoo.com

Guest Editor

Prof. Sara Falcão Casaca
School of Economics and Business Studies, University of Lisbon
Email: sarafc@iseg.ulisboa.pt

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Tamila Arnania-Kepuladze at the address: <tarnania@yahoo.com>

Special Issue on Communicating and reporting corporate social responsibility using digital tools

In globalization era, the competition has become fierce, and companies are forced to seek solutions to enter the market with quality products and services at attractive prices. This leads to permanent decrease of innovation cycles, permanent changes at the market level, increasing specialization in individual market segments, increasing cooperation between companies. Above all, companies need to be deeply involved in identifying and reducing environmental and social impact, in a manner consistent with the overall strategy and in response to the concerns of all stakeholders. These commitments must be related to products and services and require the mobilization of all employees.

Accordingly, the topics for discussion of the CSR are particularly complex: multiple environmental and social effects, and often overlapping, scientific methods and clear assessment tools, the plethora of labels and standards, etc.

Sustainability generates many questions and raises many challenges for any company. To be successful and create value, internal and external stakeholders must be involved primarily in order to better understand their own perceptions and expectations. Today, it can be seen that the orientation towards sustainability is often limited within the Department of Sustainable Development, instead of being spread throughout the company, while sustainable development is seen as a constraint rather than as a source of innovation and wealth.

These are the circumstances where digital tools allow the transformation of information into new economic and social values, creating huge opportunities for companies and for customers. The Internet has changed the way we people do business, transformed society, providing companies with technical infrastructure that enables an online presence across the globe. Consumers seeking information about products and services, change freely their own opinions and experiences and sometimes they can even put pressure on companies. New forms of consumption are increasing. In this sense, digital tools are an important mean to create a link between influence factors and consumers, used for listening and responding to their questions in real time.

On the way to a global information society, a modern company, along with information continuous digitization and concomitant with the development of new communication techniques, turns into a web company. Nevertheless, the reputational risks are increasing, but also opportunities and companies can provide the means to reduce risks and to take advantage of opportunities.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • 1. Corporate social responsibility
  • 2. Sustainable company and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 3. Corporate marketing in the globalization era
  • 4. The Internet influence on consumers behavior and perception
  • 5. Communication and responsible involvement in current companies
  • 6. Communication sustainability
  • 7. Corporatist communication strategies
  • 8. Modern instruments for Social Responsibility reporting

Important dates

Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: March 01, 2015
Final Version Due: April 01, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: July, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Soava Georgeta
University of Craiova, Romania
Email: gsoava2003@yahoo.com

Guest Editor

Sitnikov Catalina Soriana
University of Craiova, Romania
Email: inasitnikov@yahoo.com

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Soava Georgeta at the address: <gsoava2003@yahoo.com>

Special Issue on Innovation in Family Businesses

The context in which companies develop innovation policies is not only wide but also differently construable (Damanpour, 1991; Wolfe, 1994). Moreover, it is influenced by several factors which in turn influence companies’ propensity to innovate, such as the organizational structure of the companies, their size, the impact of their sectors and strategic approach to changes in the context.
Literature has also widely focused on the tendency to innovate in family businesses. The prevailing approach maintains that family businesses are less attracted by innovation, i.e. tend to be less creative, or more conservative, when developing products and processes (Donckels & Frohlich, 1991; Morck & Yeung, 2003). When adhering to tradition, family companies are less risk-adverse and tend to be less inclined to build external relationships that might foster innovation (Dunn, 1996). It follows that they tend to invest in political rent-seeking behavior rather than in innovation (Bresciani, Thrassou & Vrontis, 2013). According to a different approach, for well-established family businesses innovation policies are extremely important, which is also due to the fact that such firms are more flexible (Craig & Moores, 2006). In the light of the innovation strength of a family business, innovation represents not only the means of strategic change: innovation is the strategic change itself (Bresciani, Thrassou and Vrontis, 2013).
The purpose of this special issue is to focus on family firms innovation strategy, observing if innovation may be considered as a means to reach and to maintain a competitive advantage in the long run.
Papers based on different theoretical perspectives and using different research methods (empirical, conceptual, and literature review papers) are strongly encouraged in reference to this special issue.

About the issue

Contributions may address, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Innovation in family firms as compared to non family firms
  • Strategy and innovation in family firms
  • Critical success factors for innovation in family firms
  • Internationalization and innovation in family firms
  • Inter-organizational innovation in family firms
  • Succession and innovation in family firms
  • Operative mechanisms to manage innovation in family firms
  • How to finance innovation in family firms and the dividends policy
  • Professionalization and innovation in family firms

Important dates

Submission Deadline: November 2014
Notification of Acceptance: February 2015
Final Version Due: April 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: June 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Francesca Culasso
Department of Management, University of Turin, Italy
Email: francesca.culasso@unito.it

Guest Editor

Elisa Giacosa
Department of Management, University of Turin, Italy
Email: elisa.giacosa@unito.it

Alberto Mazzoleni
Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia, Italy
Email: albmazz@eco.unibs.it

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Francesca Culasso at the address: <francesca.culasso@unito.it>

Special Issue on Human Capital and its Influence on Organisational Performance

This special issue will provide a systematic overview and state-of-the-art research in the field of Human Capital, and will outline new developments in fundamental, approaches, and methodologies of research in field or in this area. Human Capital is an Intellectual Capital Component together with Social Capital and Customer Capital, just to mention the least. The Resources-Based-View of the firm places critical attention to Human Capital as leverage for Organisational Performance. It takes Human Capital to configure other organisational resources such as finances, and material resources. In other words a firm can possess and have these resources in their abundance; as long as they are not deployed strategically for organisational performance achievement they become useless. It takes Human capital to move these resources and configure them in such a manner that optimal benefits are derived for shareholder value. Most of literature in Strategic management tends to relegate firms resources including Human capital to the peripherals of management practices. Human resources for example has long been considered and viewed as any other organisation costs that could be avoided if possible. However Human Capital based view suggests that organisations actually hire and remunerate the intellectual capital of labour, rather than physical beings. It is on this score that this proposal for a special issue in Human Capital and its influence on Organisational performance is being made.

About the issue

This special issue is dedicated to a set of best papers in the field of Human Capital. Full papers will be subject to a strict review procedure for final selection to this special issue based on the following criteria:

1. Quality and originality in theory and methodology in research on Human Capital and its influence on Organisational performance;

2. Relevance to Human Capital research area, such as
   a. Knowledge Management;
   b. Intellectual Capital models and methods in Human Capital development;
   c. Innovation;
   d. Organisational Performance.

3. Application orientated research which exhibits originality in Human Capital theory, such as
   a. The role and the importance of the Human Capital for the Organisation’s performance particularly in business, education, health, safety, engineering, and finance.

4. Extended papers must contain at least 40% new material (qualitative) relative to the conference paper.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2014
Final Version Due: February 15, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: March 15, 2015

Guest Editor

Bongani Ngwenya
Dean, Faculty of Business at Solusi University
Email: ngwenyab@solusi.ac.zw / nbongani@gmail.com

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Guest Editor, Bongani Ngwenya at the address: <nbongani@gmail.com> / <ngwenyab@solusi.ac.zw>

Special Issue on Business Education – Pedagogical practices

In an article written by Jon Meacham to Time magazine in October, 2013, 36% of college students in a 2011 study did not show any significant cognitive gains over four years and ? proportion of employers surveyed said they had trouble finding qualified college graduates to hire.
If we are serious about preparing the undergrad students of Business to succeed in the job market, we should not require that they memorize facts and repeat them on demand. We should rather provide them with opportunities to interact with content, think critically about it and use it to create new information. Are the universities being able to develop the competences and equip the students with skills sets throughout the undergrad course that help them succeeding outside of school?
To solve this issue it is important to discuss the contemporary practices and methodologies applied in the Business education of improving the quality of higher education. In a Special Issue of this Journal, we plan to deal with both theoretical studies and empirical works or experiments applied in the classrooms.

About the issue

The topics of this special issue include the following practices and methodologies but are not limited to:

  • Design thinking,
  • Conceptual maps,
  • Project based learning,
  • Innovation,
  • Project management,
  • Competency-based education.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: November 30, 2014
Final Version Due: December 31, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: January 31, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Hong Yuh Ching
Centro Universitário da FEI, SBC, Brazil
Email: hongching@fei.edu.br

Co- Editor

Dan Danuletiu
"1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania
Email: dan.danuletiu@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Guillermo Asper
Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Email: Guillermo.Asper@gmail.com

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Hong Yuh Ching at the address: <hongching@fei.edu.br>

Special Issue on American Journal on Behavioral Sciences and Management

The main aphorism of this Journal would be to provide a platform for pioneers from diverse field of management education and industry professionals from different backgrounds to induce interactions, speed knowledge by sharing their ideas about the impact of human behavior in today's modern era and how their roles are making huge difference in the globalization of the Management field. The Journal would focus on individual, group and organisational behaviour of employees and how it should be encouraged for further development.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Comprehensive Coverage of HRM
  • Anecdotes in Management, Leadership, Organization Development
  • Life Management
  • Change Management
  • Counseling at Workplace
  • Critical Thinking skills
  • Effectiveness Management, Enterprise Resource Planning

Important dates

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2014
Final Version Due: October 30, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: November 01, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. K. Vasanthi Kumari
SRM University
Email: microsaranraj@gmail.com

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. K. Vasanthi Kumari at the address: <rashmivasanth@yahoo.com>

Special Issue on Emerging Trends in Production Research: Concepts and Cases

The aim of this special issue is to put forth the state-of-the art research outcomes in the area of Production Research for the analysis, design, co-ordination, control of manufacturing and service system operations. Modern production firms witness tremendous pressures while striving to become more innovative in their usage of leading-edge cost reduction paradigms such as cost-driven pricing which is difficult to achieve in the volatile competitive market. The theme of this issue is relatively broader and pervasive in the sense that it includes the analysis of cutting edge and future proof production technology at all levels of production planning and control. The fundamental approach would be seeking for the emerging trends in production research in terms of supply chain dynamics, cost optimization with resource and cost constraints, gaining competitive advantage through operational efficiency, integrated productivity, quality models and their trend analysis, recent developments in production research with the application of quantitative techniques, optimization techniques (through advanced software applications) for managerial decision-making process. Manuscripts that focus on the functional and operational aspects of production research are invited. Studies that investigate emerging practices, concepts and cases related to in-bound production system as well as out-bound production system are also invited. This study will be an extensive framework for integrating multiple disciplines such as Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Inventory Management, Total Quality Management, Resource Management, Cost Management and Business Trend analysis. Manuscripts that focus on the operations of other non-manufacturing related service systems will also be considered as long as they demonstrate that these operations are strongly related to manufacturing systems operations in terms of their characteristics and the methodologies used to analyze them.

About the issue

This special volume of the JBMS on the theme “Emerging Trends in Production Research: Concepts and Cases” aims to present the recent advances in emerging trends in production research with analytical concepts and applications to solve the real life problems to the broader operations management and production research community.

Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • • Production Planning, Management and Control.
  • • Design and Optimization of Manufacturing and Service Systems.
  • • Analytical Approaches to Maximize Returns on Investment.
  • • Planning for Bridging the Widening gap between Demand and Supply.
  • • Integrated Productivity and Quality Models and their Analysis.
  • • Pricing Mechanisms, Cost Analysis and Performance Measurement for Supply Chain Management.
  • • Integrated Logistics and Transportation Models.
  • • Designing Inventory Models.
  • • Suppliers Selection Strategies.
  • • Designing Cost cum Time Effective Distribution Channels.
  • • Product Dynamics and Demand Forecasting.
  • • Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Important dates

Submission Deadline: August 20, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: August 25, 2014
Final Version Due: August 30, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: September 01, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Monalisha Pattnaik
Department of Business Administration, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: monalisha_1977@yahoo.com, monalisha1977@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Er. Gopal Prasad Roy
Support Services and Dam Safety, Govt. of Odisha, Department of Water Resources, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: gopal_760@rediffmail.com

Dr. Purmina Nayak
Department of Higher Education, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: purnimadas1990@gmail.com

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Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. Monalisha Pattnaik at the address: <monalisha_1977@yahoo.com, monalisha1977@gmail.com>