Guest Editors:Matthias Wenzel, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, GermanyHannah Trittin-Ulbrich, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, GermanyLaura Marie Edinger-Schons, University of Mannheim, GermanyItziar Castelló, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UKFrank de Bakker, IÉSEG School of Management, France
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022. Read the full Call for Papers here: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/BAS/CfP_Stakeholder_Engagement-1611936667513.pdf
Stakeholder engagement remains an underrepresented and underdeveloped field in business and society research in particular, and management research more generally. Early in the 21st century, at a time when the corporate social responsibility agenda is being pressured by a devastating pandemic, increasing inequalities, and fake-news discourses, stakeholders such as employees, consumers, business partners, activists, and citizens are increasingly engaged in organizational activities such as strategy-making, product development, work coordination, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. In addition, as prior work has shown, stakeholder engagement offers to produce desired outcomes such as creativity and innovation, efficiency and efficacy, value creation, and a social license to operate. Yet, mainstream management research continues to reproduce a managerialist bias by implicitly foregrounding organizational elites as decision-makers who act in the best interest of all stakeholders, without challenging the limits of this taken-for-granted assumption. In the face of an ever-increasing plethora of tools for engaging stakeholders in organizational processes and the need for engaging especially the powerless voices in business and society, we need a better understanding of how stakeholder engagement is performed and with what consequences.
This Business & Society special issue seeks to shed light on how actors in and around organizations perform stakeholder participation, inclusion, and democracy, and with what consequences. It, thus, welcomes submissions that unpack the enablers, dynamics, and outcomes of stakeholder engagement in its manifold manifestations and dimensions on any or even across multiple levels of analysis. Given the rather limited attempts to integrate stakeholder participation, inclusion, and democracy, we particularly encourage submissions that examine these concepts in concert. This fascinating area of research invites not only conceptual, but also empirical work in all of its facets, including qualitative, quantitative, configurational, and experimental research designs, among others.