Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Tapestry of Discourses in Biodiversity: An Asian Perspective

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Guest Editors
Cecilia Fe L Sta Maria-Abalos, University of the Philippines Baguio, Philippines
Alexander G. Flor, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines

“Can the world be redefined and reconstructed from the perspective of multiple cultural and ecological practices that continue to exist among many communities?”

This is the question raised by Arturo Escobar in 1998 in his paper titled “Whose Knowledge Whose Nature? Biodiversity, Conservation and the Political Ecology of Social Movements.” His question is seated from the examined researches on biodiversity, mostly from South America, which he notes, contains a growing “distance between dominant discourses of biodiversity conservation and the political ecology of social movements” (Escobar 1998, 76). Because most researches on biodiversity take on the purview that there is an imminent "threat on biodiversity" and that humanity has overused and misused these natural resources, consequential then is the imbalance among living things. Within the clauses of research on biodiversity, much attention has been drawn towards preservation and conservation of environmental spaces leading towards re-utilization of natural resources and/or exploring new ways to account for these resources. Escobar (1998) then challenged researchers if it is “possible to examine ‘biodiversity’ not as a true object that science progressively uncovers, but as historically produced discourse.” Taking off from the challenge posted by Escobar in 1998, it is imperative then that biodiversity, as an emerging field of study, should take the nature-culture continuum and begin raising discourses in the constructs of biodiversity as knowledge, method and practice.

We have heard from scholars and activists from the West, South America and other continents, but we have yet to hear from Asia. As the largest continent in the world with its evolving mode of production and numerous biodiversity sites, Asia has been implementing conservation and preservation practices but has inadvertently left pertinent inquiries on culture, identity and politics. Centering on interdisciplinary studies on biodiversity, this special issue wishes to collate discursive articles on biodiversity that examines inquiries on power, culture and identity.

Cited Reference
Escobar, A. (1998). Whose Knowledge, Whose Nature? Biodversity, Conservation, and the Political Ecology of Social Movements. Journal of Political Ecology. vol. 5 (1998). pp. 53.81.

This special issue aims to become a collection of discursive articles on biodiversity, bringing together emerging inquiries on biodiversity in Asia.

Recommended Topics
Taking Asia as the scope and site of biodiversity discourse, themes to be discussed and included (but not limited to) are the following:

  • Issues on policy
  • Social movements and mobilization
  • Economy and Mode/s of Production
  • Socio-cultural transformation
  • Gender and ecology
  • Relationship between and among social group/community and natural spaces
  • Space and spatiality
  • Indigenous knowledge and practice
  • Nature-culture co-evolution
  • Issues on forestation and deforestation
  • Issues on bodies of water
  • Communication, information cycles and deep ecology
  • Knowledge constructs on biodiversity

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Tapestry of Discourses in Biodiversity: An Asian Perspective on or before December 31, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Cecilia Fe L Sta Maria-Abalos
Alexander G. Flor
Guest Editors
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Rise of the Business Ecosystems:Business Models, Structures, Processes, and People

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Guest Editors
Kayvan Miri Lavassani, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University, School of Business (AACSB), USA
Vinod Kumar, Ph.D., Carleton University, Sprott School of Business (AACSB), Canada

Business ecosystem as an open system can be analyzed and studied at the individual, organizational, industry and economy levels. The fast pace of change in local and global business environments has brought important changes to the contemporary management practices and business models. Several scholars and practitioners have echoed the importance and relevance of business ecosystem view in the 21st century business environment (c.f. Selander et al. 2013; Karhu et al. 2014; Kelly, 2015; Gomes et al., 2016; Gieseke, 2017). Organizational boundaries have evolved beyond their traditional specific and general environments, and towards complex business ecosystems. In the past few decades, we observed the transition in competition from those which were based on “companies competing with each other” to those based on “supply chains competing”. We are now observing a new dimension of competition where “business ecosystems” are competing and interacting with each other. Successful companies are either creating their own business ecosystems or joining/functioning within rich business ecosystems.

This special issue aims to promote and disseminate research on and understanding of business ecosystems at different levels of analysis, namely: business models, organizational structures, business processes and people.

In the era of business ecosystems, the business models (value creation and profit formula) are further evolving. Organizational structures are affected by and influence the business ecosystem. The management of inter- as well as intra-organizational business processes as it is related to the changing business ecosystems, are fruitful areas of study. Furthermore, the management of people along with their interactions with processes, technology, structure and new business models are challenges facing organizations as well as employees at the age of business ecosystems.

While this special issue encourages submission of theoretical/conceptual and qualitative studies, special consideration will be made to attract empirical and quantitative studies using the innovative statistical technique to measure and analyze complex systems. We aspire to encourage more studies in this area and pave the way toward creating new platforms for research on business ecosystems, through this special issue.

Recommended Topics
This special issue seeks to attract and disseminate multidisciplinary as well as cross-disciplinary research; including research related to:

  • Automated manufacturing ecosystem
  • B2B business models, marketing, and strategy
  • Big data and analytics across business ecosystems
  • Blockchains and business ecosystems
  • Boundaries of business ecosystems
  • Business ecosystems as platforms for the Gig economy
  • Business ecosystems as platforms for the Shared economy
  • Business ecosystem orientation
  • Business and information system platforms
  • Competition in business ecosystem environment
  • Creating an entrepreneurial business ecosystem environment
  • Digital ecosystem
  • Financial Technology (FinTech) ecosystem
  • Green operation and business ecosystems
  • Governing traditional/digital business ecosystems
  • Industry Ecosystem
  • Innovation& Entrepreneurship
  • Internet of the Things (IoT) and digital ecosystems
  • Internet of Things
  • Marketing in the era of digital ecosystems
  • Strategic business model and business ecosystems
  • Technology and innovation management across the ecosystem
  • Urban business ecosystem
  • Value creation and commercialization within the ecosystem

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their original empirical research articles 3,000–5,000 words in length. Interested authors must consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis by no fewer than 3 members of the journal’s Editorial Review Board and 1 Associate Editor. The final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers and at the sole discretion of the special issue guest editor.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Kayvan Miri Lavassani
Guest Editor
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Gomes L.A.V., Facin A.L.F., Salerno M.S. and Ikenami R.K. (2016). Unpacking the innovation ecosystem construct: Evolution, gaps and trends, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, In press,
Karhu K., Tang T. and Hämäläinen M. (2014). Analyzing competitive and collaborative differences among mobile ecosystems using abstracted strategy networks, Telematics and Informatics, 31(2), 319-333.
Kelly E. (2015). Introduction: Business ecosystems come of age, Deloitte Business Trends Collections,
Selander, L., Henfridsson, O. and Svahn F. (2013). Capability search and redeem across digital ecosystems, Journal of Information Technology, 28(3), 183-197.

Special Issue On: Bridging Sustainable Procurement and Organization Theories

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Guest Editors
Surajit Bag, Department of Supply Chain, Tega Industries South Africa Pty Ltd, South Africa
VG Venkatesh, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Sunil Luthra, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, India
Krishan Kumar Pandey, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
Neeraj Anand, Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India

“We are living as if we have an extra planet at our disposal. We are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can sustainably produce and unless we change course, the number will grow fast by 2030. Even two planets will not be enough”. The statement was given by Dr. Morne Du Plessis, CEO of World Wildlife Fund South Africa.

South Africa has an ecological footprint of 2.59 per hectare. Ecological footprint refers to a measure of how much biologically productive land, water and individual population or activity requires producing all the resources it consumes, and to absorb the waste generates using prevailing technology and resource management practices (WWF 2012).

Supply chain practitioners in manufacturing sector confront with various social and environmental issues which do not directly impact daily operation but ultimately has a profound impact on organization performance. These issues are threat to the organizational sustainability and must be understood and managed in a proactive manner.

In recent years sustainable procurement has been adopted by manufacturing companies globally to save natural resources and reduce carbon footprint.

Sustainable procurement is the set of procurement policies held, actions taken and relationships formed in response to concerns linked with the natural environment. Sustainable procurement is gaining popularity due to its positive association with the triple bottom line (Bag, 2016).

Ecological modernization theory (EMT) can be used as a theoretical lens to study green procurement practices in the manufacturing sector. EMT has its root in the sociological theory which was previously developed and applied in the field of management science. The key objective is to achieve industrial development and protecting environment through innovation and technological development (Murphy & Gouldson, 2000). This theory was earlier used to explain environmental planning by Government departments (Murphy, 2000). The first dimension which influences sustainable procurement is linked to evolution of regulations and policies that impact environmental innovation. The second dimension focuses on technological up gradation and innovation (Murphy & Gouldson, 2000). Therefore, from the EMT perspective, sustainable procurement is supported by the concept of environmental innovation. Companies generally adopt sustainable procurement by considering the hard technological innovation and soft technological innovation dimensions. The hard technological innovation includes innovative technologies and environment friendly equipments for cleaner production. The soft technological innovations include collaboration with key suppliers for green design and buyer-supplier relationship for increased innovativeness and cost savings. Sustainable procurement research based on EMT clearly demonstrates that companies can gain from social, economic and environmental perspective which is then aligned with the triple bottom line for sustainable development.

This special issue aims to bring together articles from across the spectrum of sustainable procurement research, collating the latest research and thinking in the field.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sustainable procurement emerging issues
  • Sustainable procurement best practices
  • Sustainable procurement policy
  • Sustainable procurement strategy
  • Sustainable procurement challenges
  • Sustainable procurement tools—life cycle analysis, total cost of ownership, social and environmental audits, green supplier assessments
  • Ethical procurement practices, codes of conduct, fair trade, corruption in procurement, ethical buyer behaviour
  • Sustainable procurement and higher education
  • Sustainable development
  • Innovation in green supplier networks
  • E-procurement management
  • Sustainable procurement from an international perspective; how different countries and sectors approach sustainability

Articles are welcome which adopt any methodology, which make a novel theoretical contribution, and are both scholarly and relevant.

However, we shall encourage interested authors to modify and or extend existing theories such as Ecological Modernization theory, RBV theory, Social network theory and others for developing the manuscript for this SI. Authors may further use case study or some exploratory study to statistically validate the developed model. The authors must aim to bridge gaps between theory and practice.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Bridging Sustainable Procurement and Organization Theories on or before January 11th, 2018. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Surajit Bag, VG Venkatesh, Sunil Luthra, Krishan Kumar Pandey, & Neeraj Anand
Guest Editors
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)