Business & Society aims to be the leading, peer-reviewed outlet for scholarly work dealing specifically with the intersection of business and society. We publish research that develops, tests and refines theory, and which enhances our understanding of important societal issues and their relation to business.
The journal is built on the following aspirations:
Openness to diversity. We publish conceptual, empirical and normative research, based on a variety of disciplinary lenses and methodological approaches.
A review process that ensures scholarly excellence not simply conformity to the status quo. We aim to publish innovative work, which at times may deviate from the mainstream of management research by challenging assumptions and/or providing thought-provoking perspectives. However, it will always meet high standards of quality.
Timely decision making on submissions. Authors will be provided with decisions on the publishability of their manuscripts at the earliest possible occasion. Our goal is for the majority of published papers to have received a decision on publishability after the first revision has been evaluated.
Founded in 1960, Business & Society was the first journal exclusively dedicated to publishing research in the field of business and society. It is the official journal of the International Association of Business and Society.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Business & Society publishes new scholarship based on original research. The journal will consider a wide range of theoretical, empirical (quantitative and qualitative), normative, and methodological submissions. The journal publishes both full-length articles and shorter-length research notes. Commentary pieces and rejoinders are considered on an individual basis.
The scope of business and society scholarship is quite broad, but all papers should in a substantial way address the societal role, impacts and intersections of and with business. Relevant subjects include: business and global governance, business and public policy, business ethics, business-government relations, corporate governance, corporate political activity, corporate social performance, corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, environmental management, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, stakeholder management.
|Punit Arora||City University of New York, USA|
|Nelarine Cornelius||Queen Mary University of London, UK|
|Céline Louche||Audencia Business School, France|
|Rajat Panwar||Oregon State University, USA|
|Bobby Banerjee||University of London, UK|
|Maoliang Bu||Nanjing University, China|
|Itziar Castello||University of Surrey, UK|
|Charles Cho||York University, Canada|
|Michael Cummings||University of Arkansas, USA|
|Frederik Dahlmann||University of Warwick, UK|
|Gopal Das||Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India|
|Laura Marie Edinger-Schons||University of Mannheim, Germany|
|Michael Etter||Kings College, UK|
|Naomi Gardberg||Baruch College, USA|
|Johanne Grosvold||University of Bath, UK|
|Tobias Hahn||ESADE, Spain|
|Laura Illia||University of Fribourg, Switzerland|
|Arun Kumar||Kings College London, UK|
|Jegoo Lee||University of Rhode Island, USA|
|Danae Manika||Brunel University, UK|
|Alfred Marcus||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Emilio Marti||Erasmus University, Netherlands|
|Sébastien Mena||Hertie School, Germany|
|Barry M. Mitnick||University of Pittsburgh, USA|
|Alan Muller||University of Groningen, Netherlands|
|Collins Ntim||Southampton Business School, UK|
|K Praveen Parboteeah||University of Wisconsin Whitewater, USA|
|Israr Qureshi||Australian National University, Australia|
|Hussain Rammal||University of Adelaide, Australia|
|Thomas Roulet||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Sukhbir Sandhu||University of South Australia, Australia|
|Dennis Schoeneborn||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Judith Schrempf-Stirling||University of Geneva, Switzerland|
|Elke Schüßler||Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz, Austria|
|Lea Stadtler||Grenoble Ecole de Management, France|
|Christian Voegtlin||Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland|
|Joao Albino-Pimentel||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Paolo ANTONETTI||NEOMA Business School, France|
|Joshua Ault||Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA|
|Shawn Berman||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Frances Bowen||Queen Mary University of London, UK|
|Steven Brammer||University of Bath, UK|
|Jonathan Bundy||Arizona State University, USA|
|Cynthia E. Clark||Bentley University, USA|
|Philip L. Cochran||Indiana University, USA|
|Nicolas Dahan||California State University, Monterey Bay, USA|
|Peter Darke||York University, Canada|
|Gaston de la Reyes||George Washington School of Business, USA|
|Krzystof Dembek||Swinburne University of Technology, Australia|
|Nikolay A. Dentchev||HUBrussel and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium|
|Robbin Derry||University of Lethbridge, Canada|
|Silvia Dorado-Banaloche||University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Paul Dunn||Brock University, Canada|
|Heather Elms||American University, USA|
|Fabrizio Ferraro||University of Navarra, Spain|
|Adam Fremeth||Western University, Canada|
|Jeffrey Frooman||University of New Brunswick, Canada|
|Markus Giesler||York University, Canada|
|Verena Girshik||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Sarah Glozer||University of Bath, UK|
|Jean-Pascal Gond||Bayes Business School, UK|
|Jennifer Griffin||Loyola University, USA|
|Wencke Gwozdz||University of Giessen, Germany|
|Michael Hadani||St. Mary’s College of California, USA|
|Rüdiger Hahn||Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf, Germany|
|Olga Hawn||University of North Carolina, USA|
|Irene Henriques||Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada|
|Vanessa Hill||University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA|
|Bryan Husted||EGADE, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico|
|Ming Jia||Northwestern Polytechnical University, China|
|Michael Johnson-Cramer||Ithaca College, USA|
|Aloysius Newenham- Kahindi||University of Victoria|
|Ans Kolk||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Daniel Korschun||Drexel University, USA|
|Arno Kourula||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Lucas Amaral Lauriano||IESEG France|
|David Levy||University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Haiying Lin||Northern Illinois University, USA|
|Martina Linnenluecke||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Jeanne M. Logsdon||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Karen Maas||Open University, Netherlands|
|Michael Maloni||Kennesaw State University, USA|
|François Maon||IÉSEG School of Management, France|
|Valentina Marano||Northeastern University, USA|
|Jose Carlos Marques||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Daniel Matisoff||Georgia Tech University, USA|
|Dirk Matten||York University, Canada|
|James Mattingly||University of Northern Iowa, USA|
|Daina Mazutis||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Lauren McCarthy||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|Raza Mir||William Paterson University, USA|
|Ronald Mitchell||Texas Tech University, USA|
|Dirk Moosmayer||Nottingham University, UK|
|Mette Morsing||Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden|
|Ben Neville||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Ernesto Noronha||Indian Institute of Management, India|
|Amy O'Connor||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA|
|Tricia Olsen||University of Denver, USA|
|Guido Palazzo||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Karen Paul||Florida International University, USA|
|John Peloza||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Jonatan Pinske||University of Manchester, UK|
|Lutz Preuss||KEDGE Business School, France|
|Patricia Gabaldon Quinones||IE Business School, Spain|
|Andreas Rasche||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Jorge Rivera||The George Washington University, USA|
|Lori Ryan||San Diego State University, USA|
|Sybille Sachs||University of Applied Sciences in Business and Administration, Zurich, Switzerland|
|Andreas Scherer||University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|Doug Schuler||Rice University, USA|
|Ali Shahzad||James Madison University, USA|
|Mark Sharfman||University of Oklahoma, USA|
|Christine Shropshire||Arizona State University|
|Michelle Shumate||Northwestern University, USA|
|Mika Skippari||University of Tampere, Finland|
|Vivek Soundararajan||University of Bath, UK|
|Robert Sroufe||Duquesne University, USA|
|Valerie Swaen||Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium|
|Peter Tashman||University of Massachusetts –Lowell, USA|
|Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich||University of Luneburg, Germany|
|Pushpika Vaishwanathan||University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
|Michael Valente||York University, Canada|
|Harry van Burren||University of St. Thomas, USA|
|Devi Vijay||Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India|
|Daniel Wager||Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Canada|
|James Weber||Duquesne University, USA|
|Timothy Werner||University of Texas-Austin, USA|
|Glen Whelan||ESG UQAM, Canada|
|Christopher Wickert||Vrije Universiteit|
|Alberto Willi||IAE Business School, Argentina|
|Donna Wood||University of Northern Iowa|
|Donna J. Wood||University of Northern Iowa, USA|
|Juelin Yin||Sun Yat-sen University, China|
|Sarah Stephen||University of St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|Virginia Gerde||School of Business and Accounting, Furman University, USA|
|José-Carlos García-Rosell||University of Lapland, Finland|
|Jill Brown||Bentley University, USA|
|Andrew Crane||School of Management, University of Bath, UK|
|Frank de Bakker||IÉSEG School of Management, France|
|Gilbert R. Ghez||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Irene Henriques||Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada|
|Bryan Husted||EGADE, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico|
|Thomas M. Jones||University of Washington, USA|
|Douglas F. Lamont||DePaul University, USA|
|Jeanne M. Logsdon||University of New Mexico, USA|
|John F. Mahon||University of Maine, Orono, USA|
|Ann B. Matasar||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Dirk Matten||York University, Canada|
|Kathleen Rehbein||Marquette University, USA|
|Brian Reynolds||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Andrew Spicer||University of South Carolina, USA|
|Richard Thain||University of Plymouth, UK|
|Jennifer L. Wagner||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Steven L. Wartick||University of Northern Iowa, USA|
|James B. Webber||Independent Management Consultant, New Hampshire|
|Paul Wellen||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Bismarck S. Williams||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Duane Windsor||Rice University, USA|
|Donna J. Wood||University of Pittsburgh, USA|
|Brandel L. Works||Roosevelt University, USA|
|Russell E. Yerkes||Roosevelt University, USA|
1. Original research
Business & Society only publishes original research. A manuscript submitted to Business & Society should not have been published, in full or in part, in another journal, nor may manuscripts be submitted to another journal during the review process without notifying the editors of intent to withdraw. Duplicate submission is grounds for immediate rejection and if necessary additional sanctions. Prior publication in conference proceedings, however, is acceptable. Where your data has been utilised in other published studies, please include details in your covering letter. This sample letter sets out the information required.
This journal does not accept preprint submissions.
2. Preparation of manuscripts
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines to authors. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Full length manuscripts should be between 7000-12,000 words in length at initial submission, including tables, figures and references. Research notes should be no more than 5000 words. Manuscripts outside of these guidelines will be returned to the authors.
Commentaries should be under 1,500 words. The editorial process for commentaries is different from that is followed for research manuscripts. Please see specific guidelines here. Commentaries not following this procedure will be returned to the authors.
b. Title, Keywords and Abstracts
The title, keywords (3-5) and abstract (ca. 150 words) are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting Sage's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Manuscripts should be double spaced, with 1-inch margins, in 12-point Times New Roman. New paragraphs should be indented, except those immediately following first or second level headings.
Main or First Level headings should be used to designate the major sections of the article. Initial headings, such as ‘Introduction’ are unnecessary. and be formatted as follows:
First Level Headings
First level headings should be typed in bold font with left margin. Major words should be capitalized
Second Level Headings
Second level headings should be typed in italic font with left margin. Major words should be capitalized
Third level headings. Third level headings should be typed in bold, italic font, end with a full stop, and be part of a standard indented paragraph. All text should be in lower case.
e. Referencing and Style
Submissions should be 7th edition American Psychological Association (APA) compliant.
(i) In-text citations take the form (Windsor & Windsor, 1999, pp. 31-32).
(ii) Specific standards are used for the reference list (which should be in alphabetical order at the end before any tables, charts, and figures). Examples are provided below for precise guidance (punctuation and italics matter):
Orlitzky, M., & Benjamin, J. D. (2001). Corporate social performance and firm risk: A meta-analytic review. Business & Society, 40(4), 369-387.
Preston, L. E., & Windsor, D. (1997). The rules of the game in the global economy: Policy regimes for international business (2nd ed.). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. [So typically country or U.S. state, except New York.]
Books (Edited volumes)
Sukin, S., & DiMaggio, P. (Eds.). (1990). Structures of capital. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Mintz, B., & Schwartz, M. (1990). Capital flows and the process of financial hegemony. In S. Zukin & P. DiMaggio (Eds.), Structures of capital (pp. 203-226). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Scheessele, R. (2002). Black and White disparities in subprime mortgage refinance lending (Working Paper No. HF-014). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Rubin, R. E., & Rubinger, M. (2004, December 4). Don’t let banks turn their backs on the poor [Op-ed]. New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2007, from http//... [with exact url address for the item].
f. Tables and Figures
Tables and figures should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript, and a note should be placed in the text to indicate their approximate position, e.g. Table X about here. All tables and figures should be numbered separately: Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. and Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Figures should be suitable for direct reproduction in black and white. Please keep tints to a minimum.
Any self-citations that may compromise the anonymize review process must be avoided. In such cases, please either replace with (Author, Year) or avoid entirely for subsequent insertion.
4. English language
Manuscripts with deficits in the use of the English language will be returned to authors. Non-native speakers should make use of a native speaker as a copy editor. Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit http://www.prof-editing.com for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.
Acknowledgements should not appear anywhere in the manuscript, but can be included in the letter to the editor. Upon acceptance, all acknowledgements should be included in the final version of the manuscript and should appear first at the end of the article prior to any notes and references.
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Business & Society additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the Sage Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
a. Online submission
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bas where authors will be required to set up an online account in the system powered by ScholarOne
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Documents to be submitted
The submission should consist of two separate Microsoft Word documents:
(i) a manuscript without title page and without author identification information of any kind, and containing an abstract and keywords;
(ii) a title page with full author contact information. These documents are converted by the online submission system to PDF format (with line numbering). PDF conversion typically eliminates WORD properties with author identification information, but submitters should use security (tools-options) and properties (file) devices to eliminate identification information even in advance of submission. A cover letter is not necessary, but can be submitted as a third document
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
9. Sage Choice
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
FOR JOURNALS USING RECOMMENDED REVIEWERS
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of [X] peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
If you or your funder wishes your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.