Business & Society

Business & Society

Founded at Roosevelt University

2014 Impact Factor: 1.468
2014 Ranking: 56/115 in Business
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Andrew Crane Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Irene Henriques Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Bryan Husted EGADE, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Dirk Matten Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Consulting Editor
Duane Windsor, Ph.D. Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, USA
Production Editor
Virginia Gerde School of Business and Accounting, Furman University, USA
Social Media Editor
Michelle Kweder Simmons School of Management, Simmons College, USA

eISSN: 15524205| ISSN: 00076503|Current volume: 54|Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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

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.

Associate Editors
Rosa Chun University College Dublin
Nicole Darnall Arizona State University
Frank de Bakker Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Magali Delmas University of California, Los Angeles
Robbin Derry University of Lethbridge
Maria Goranova University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Michelle Greenwood Monash University
Colin Higgins Deakin University
David Levy University of Massachusetts
Barry M. Mitnick University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Oetzel American University
Stephen Pavelin University of Bath
John Peloza University of Kentucky
Robert Phillips University of Richmond
Aseem Prakash University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Kathleen Rehbein Marquette University
Mark Sharfman University of Oklahoma
Andrew Spicer University of South Carolina, USA
Harry Van Buren University of New Mexico
David Wasieleski Duquesne University
Ben Wempe Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Editorial Board
Hari Bapuji University of Manitoba, Canada
Michael L. Barnett Rutgers University
Shawn Berman University of New Mexico
Allen Blackman Resources for the Future
Jean J. Boddewyn Professor Emeritus, CUNY Baruch College
Frances Bowen Queen Mary University of London
Steven J. Brammer University of Birmingham
Jill Brown Bentley University, USA
Jonathan Bundy Penn State University, USA
Itziar Castelló Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Cynthia E. Clark Bentley University
Philip L. Cochran Indiana University
Nicolas Dahan Temple University
Nikolay A. Dentchev HUBrussel and Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Jonathan P. Doh Villanova University
Thomas Donaldson The University of Pennsylvania
Paul Dunn Brock University
Heather Elms American University
Edwin M. Epstein University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus
Jeffrey Frooman University of New Brunswick
Markus Giesler York University, Canada
Jean-Pascal Gond City University of London
Jennifer J. Griffin The George Washington University
Patrick Haack University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Michael Hadani St. Mary’s College of California
Tobias Hahn KEDGE Business School
Jamie R. Hendry Bucknell University
Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Laura Illia IE University, Spain
Michael Johnson-Cramer Bucknell University
Kate Kearins Auckland University of Technology
Ans Kolk University of Amsterdam
Arno Kourula University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Adam Lindgreen University of Cardiff
Jeanne M. Logsdon University of New Mexico
Céline Louche Audencia School of Management, France
John F. Mahon University of Maine, Orono
Ian H. Maitland University of Minnesota
Alfred A. Marcus University of Minnesota
Joshua Margolis Harvard Business School
James Mattingly University of Northern Iowa
Daina Mazutis University of Ottawa, Canada
Andrew Millington University of Bath
Jeremy Moon Copenhagen Business School
Mette Morsing Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Alan Muller University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Ben Neville University of Melbourne
Amy O'Connor North Dakota State University
Guido Palazzo University of Lausanne
Gordon L. Patzer Roosevelt University
Karen Paul Florida International University
Lutz Preuss University of East Anglia, UK
Andreas Rasche Copenhagen Business School
Jorge Rivera The George Washington University
Sybille Sachs University of Applied Sciences in Business and Administration, Zurich
Andreas Scherer University of Zurich
Judith Schrempf-Stirling University of Richmond, USA
Douglas A. Schuler Rice University
Sanjay Sharma University of Vermont
Mika Skippari University of Jyvaskyla
Diane L. Swanson Kansas State University
Caterina Tantalo San Francisco State University
Michael Valente York University
Frans A. J. van den Bosch Erasmus University, Rotterdam
James Weber Duquesne University, USA
Chrisopher Wickert Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arnold Wilts Utrecht University
Monika Winn University of Victoria
Donna J. Wood University of Northern Iowa
Stelios Zyglidopoulos University of Cambridge
Former Editors
Gilbert R. Ghez Roosevelt University
Thomas M. Jones University of Washington
Douglas F. Lamont DePaul University
Jeanne M. Logsdon University of New Mexico
John F. Mahon University of Maine, Orono
Ann B. Matasar Roosevelt University
Brian Reynolds Roosevelt University
Richard Thain University of Plymouth
Jennifer L. Wagner Roosevelt University
Steven L. Wartick University of Northern Iowa
James B. Webber Independent Management Consultant, New Hampshire
Paul Wellen Roosevelt University
Bismarck S. Williams Roosevelt University
Donna J. Wood University of Pittsburgh
Brandel L. Works Roosevelt University
Russell E. Yerkes Roosevelt University
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  • 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.

    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.

    a. Length

    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.

    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.

    c. Formatting

    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.

    d. 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 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):

    Journal articles

    Orlitzky, M., & Benjamin, J. D. (2001). Corporate social performance and firm risk: A meta-analytic review. Business & Society, 40(4), 369-387.

    Books (Monographs)

    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.

    Book chapters

    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.

    Working papers

    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.

    Online sources

    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.

    3. Anonymisation

    Any self-citations that may compromise the blind 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 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.

    5. Acknowledgments

    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.

    6. Permissions

    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

    7. Submission

    a. Online submission

    Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at 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

    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 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.

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