Special Issues

ISIRC 2021 participants may consider submitting their papers to one of the Special Issues below.

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of Management Studies is a globally respected, multidisciplinary journal with a long established history of excellence in management research. JMS publishes innovative empirical and conceptual articles which advance knowledge of management and organisation broadly defined, in such fields as organization theory, organizational behaviour, human resource management, strategy, international business, entrepreneurship, innovation and critical management studies.

The Special Issue, entitled Beyond Hybridity: Addressing Complex Social and Environmental Problems Through Multi-Level Processes, seeks to expand our understanding of the multi-level conceptualizations, creativity and contexts that define the processes involved in addressing complex social and environmental problems including, but not limited to, COVID-19, food insecurity, poverty, gender inequality, climate change, biodiversity loss, sustainable energy production, and waste management.

The guest editors are (in alphabetical order): Sophie Bacq (Indiana University), Giacomo Ciambotti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Bob Doherty (University of York), Silvia Dorado (University of Massachusetts Boston), Helen Haugh (Cambridge Judge Business School), Matteo Pedrini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Jeffrey York (University of Colorado Boulder). The Journal’s Editor is Gideon Markman.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.




Sustainability - Special IssueSustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. It provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published semimonthly online by MDPI. 

The journal’s Special Issue welcomes original high-quality papers that offer quantitative and qualitative empirical papers as well as theoretical and conceptual work that will discuss relevant aspects of Social Entrepreneurship and sustainable business. The Guest Editors are Dr. Tjiptono Fandy (School of Marketing and International Business, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Prof. Dr. Chandra Yanto (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), who is a member of ISIRC’s Scientific Committee.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.


Piccola Impresa / Small Business

Piccola Impresa / Small Business is an academic journal with an international vocation, dedicated specifically to the investigation of and theoretical reflection on the administration and management of small businesses, their role in the economy, as well as the policies and regulations they face. It aims to contribute to the study of and the spread of information on small-sized entrepreneurial firms, by offering an approachable space where those who do research in this field can freely share the results of their empirical studies and compare their theoretical reasoning and procedures.

The purpose of this special issue is to encourage research on sustainable innovation in small businesses, as well as to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas across research streams and communities traditionally focused on different institutional contexts. They are interested in deepening and extending theoretical and practical knowledge on the drivers, processes, models, enablers, and outcomes of sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation in small businesses. Against the backdrop of sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation, new theory building, and testing seems increasingly necessary to understand their implications for small businesses. To address the theoretical, managerial, and policy challenges that ensure sustainable development, they invite researchers to reflect, theorize, and apply rigorous and novel methodological approaches. In sum, they invite contributions to this special issue on the following non-exhaustive topics:
– Antecedents and challenges of sustainable innovation in small businesses
– Managing for sustainable innovation in small businesses
– Contextualizing sustainable innovation in small businesses
– Innovating for sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation in small businesses

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.


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