Corporate Social Responsibility in Ibero-America

CALL FOR CHAPTERS – Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance in Ibero-America: Concepts, perspectives, and future trendsChapter proposals due: November 15, 2015
Full chapters due: May 31, 2016

Edited by:
Lina M. Gómez, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico
Lucely Vargas-Preciado, Johannes Kepler Universitat, Austria
David Crowther, De Montfort University, UK

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Group
Book series in Developments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility

The practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been growing in attention, importance, significance, and acceptance in the last decades, not only in the corporate world but academia as well.  CSR has been included in multiple debates, comments, theories, studies and research around the world. In spite of this CSR awareness among different sectors, still there is not a shared definition of what CSR should be and include (Ihlen et al., 2011; Crowther & Aras, 2008; Dahlsrud, 2008; Garriga & Melé, 2004). In fact, CSR could mean different things to different people in different scenarios, eras, and regions (Pedersen, 2006). However, CSR is strongly view as a responsible management of economic, social, and environmental resources, that could affect (positively and negatively) the quality of life of different groups of stakeholders, and could also increase or decrease the creation of value for shareholders.  Moreover, thanks to social media and new communication technologies, society, consumers, employees, ONGs, and higher educational institutions are claiming more transparency and responsibility towards corporations.  Today there is more awareness regarding the importance of CSR practices that can benefit society and environment (Du et al., 2010; Schneider, Stieglitz & Lattemann, 2007).

In the last decade, Ibero-America (including Brazil, Portugal, and Spain), has growth in economic terms, and corporate responsible practices have play a key role. A CSR approach in community-based experience has emerged in the last years in this region. This is due to the support of multilateral agencies (Gutiérrez & Jones, 2004) that have served as a link between government, private sector and society (Calderón, 2011).  However, there are still many inequalities in this region. Therefore, this edited book will focus on how CSR and Corporate Governance in Ibero-America have been employed, analyzed, and examined in different sectors and scenarios (companies, NGOs, higher educational institutions, government) from theoretical (theory development), conceptual, methodological, and empirical approaches. Submissions that are from an empirical approach must be cross-country studies or studies that analyze multiple projects from different sectors within a country. This is because most research in CSR in Latin America has been focused on studying specific initiatives or experiences in a particular country.

Some questions that can guide contributions and could serve as reflection for contributors on possible topics could include:
-How CSR in Ibero-America can be moved forward?
-What present and future trends in CSR and Corporate Governance are presented in Ibero-America?
-How the complex relationship between business and society in Ibero-America can help to advance the practice of CSR?
-How CSR in Ibero-America can be structured to promote compliance and therefore CSR efforts could be translate in actual results?
-Which are the views and input of different groups of stakeholders regarding CSR efforts in Ibero-America?
-What and how CSR is communicated in Ibero-America?
-What are the practical challenges of CSR practices and efforts in Ibero-America? How these can serve as opportunities for promoting creative and engaging responsible practices?

We accept contributions from academics, researchers, and practitioners from a variety of academic disciplines, such as (but not limited to): business management, finance, communication, economics, political science, psychology, cultural studies, health, law, and sociology.

The editors welcome chapters from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical approaches. Empirical studies should be based on quantitative and/or qualitative methods, including case of studies and best practices, particularly of cross-country studies.  Literature review papers are also welcome. Contributions must be in English.  We seek papers that address different aspects of CSR, Sustainability, Governance and Performance, among others; which could cover the following topics focused on Ibero-America (but not limited to):
1.      Corporate Social Responsibility (internal and external practices)
2.      Corporate Governance, policy private, and public sector
3.      Environmental issues
4.      Societal issues
5.      Corporate reporting
6.      Corporate  engagement and education
7.      Corporate  Social Responsibility and Governance:  Non-Financial and Financial Performance
8.      Sustainability
9.      Employee development and labor practices
10.      CSR strategy,  society, customers and suppliers
11.      Business ethics, social accounting  and governance
12.     CSR-Sustainability management
13.     CSR communication

Submission process
Authors are invited to submit, on or before November 15, 2015, a proposal (an abstract of 300-600 words) that clearly explains the purpose of the work proposed, methodology, expected results, and implications.  Proposals should be submitted via e-mail in a PDF attachment to Prof. Lina M. Gómez. The first page of the proposal should include the title of the proposed chapter, authors’ names, affiliation, and full contact details.

By December 15, 2015, potential authors will be notified about the status of their proposed chapter and receive further information regarding the submission process, including the formatting guidelines. Full chapters must be submitted via e-mail in an attached Word file to Prof. Lina M. Gómez  on or before May 31, 2016. Final submissions should be approximately 6,000–8,000 words in length, excluding references, figures, tables, and appendices. Chapters submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or under consideration for publication anywhere else.

Please address questions to Prof. Lina M. Gómez or Prof. Lucely Vargas-Preciado.

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