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International Journal of Society Systems Science
International Journal of Society Systems Science


Special Issue on: "Business Ethics in the Social Sciences"

Guest Editors:
Dara G. Schniederjans, Texas Tech University, USA
Marc J. Schniederjans, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Business ethics is often referred to as an oxymoron. Yet ethics and performance in organizations are often combined. The study of ethics began thousands of years ago, and has more recently been applied to organizations and business practices. Ethical theories and methodologies are used to understand how businesses operate in a socially responsible manner. Legal practices are also used in context to represent an organization/country’s ideologies on what is right from wrong, yet most are based on ethical theories either through religion or philosophy.

Societies face problems requiring decisions to be made based on a country’s ethical values. A major portion of society’s problems originate in business practices exercised throughout the world. Despite the complexity found in modern business practices that add to the detriment of problem solving, the conceptualization, development, implementation and application of ethical practices and methodologies can often lead to successful outcomes for the businesses and society in general.

Business ethics’ weakness as a field seems to be a lack of a common ground for scholars. Understanding the theoretical domains of ethics and applying it to business can positively impact the field by giving it a theoretical basis to build on. In summary, the idea of this special issue is to understand ethical theory and how it applies in a business context.

In this special issue, we welcome theoretical, empirical papers, and case studies that are within the scope of this issue. The issue will contain invited papers and papers submitted directly as per instructions below.

Subject Coverage
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Ethics practices in business (all functional areas, AC, EC, FN, MK, MA)
  • Ethics methodologies
  • Ethics valuation
  • Cultural ethics
  • Leadership and integrity
  • Trust in organizations
  • Moral decision making
  • Interface of business ethics and government
  • Interface of business ethics and healthcare
  • Effective development of corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate social responsibility and performance
  • Effects of globalization on country values

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission due date of full paper: 1 May, 2011

Feedback from referees: 2 July, 2011

Submission due date of revised paper: 6 August, 2011

Notification of acceptance: 27 August, 2011

Submission of final revised paper: 28 September, 2011