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ABIS GlobalNewsCall for Papers: Corporate Governance Special Issue

Call for Papers: Corporate Governance Special Issue


The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets were launched by the United Nations in 2015 as a global 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which is intended to bring prosperity to the world while protecting the planet. The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set an ambitious plan of action for the next 15 years, which ultimately requires commitment from all stakeholders in all countries across the world. Private businesses are also expected to play an active role in this process by using: “(…) their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges” (UN, 2015).

Implementing the SDGs is not an easy endeavour. For instance, different countries, sectors, and organisations have various resources and interests, which all affect their work with the SDGs. Moreover, the broad formulation of SDGs can give rise to a variety of interpretations and behaviours, which are likely to affect the impacts (social, environmental, and economic). Therefore, especially in first years, we are likely to witness an element of heterogeneity in the implementation of the SDGs across the globe.

The objective of this Special Issue is to explore the various manifestations and usages of SDGs across organisations, sectors, and national borders. SDGs can be addressed from a number of different perspectives, ranging from the negotiations leading up to the formulation of the global themes to the individual sensemaking and sensegiving processes at the local level. In particular, we welcome contributions cutting across levels (micro, meso, macro) and/or perspectives (governance making, taking and breaking), as academic research is often biased towards one - level/one - perspective analyses of organization al phenomena.   

Types of Submission

We welcome high-quality submissions which advance our knowledge on relevant topics related to SDGs. The special issue does not favour any special theoretical perspectives or methodological approaches and is open to conceptual as well as empirical contributions.

Submission process

The special issue is coordinated with the ABIS Annual Colloquium, which took place in Brussels on November 15 - 16th 2017. A collection of papers will be published in a special issue of Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society. The selection process will consider both the academic quality of the paper as well as the proximity to the general theme of the Colloquium.   

However, your research does not have to be presented at the ABIS Colloquium to be eligible for consideration for the special issue.

Final paper submissions should be made via Corporate Governance ScholarOne submission and peer - review platform, making sure to choose the correct Special Issue when submitting:



January 14, 2018: Deadline for submission of full papers to this special issue.

Directions and further information

Please send your proposals to:

We suggest using the Harvard style guidelines of the for paper style and references.   


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