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International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets
International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets


Special Issue on: "Emerging Markets and Sustainability"

Guest Editor: Rahul Singh, Birla Institute of Management Technology, India

Geo-political contexts and business opportunities are shaping EU, BRICS, IBSA, ASEAN and other economic groups in the global market. As a result, consumption-based markets are dominating the business rules, and sizable resourceful markets are potentially going to be the next locations of business capitals and business centres. In this context, global organisations are forced to shift their operations to low-cost production locations and high-density emerging markets.

However, the era of manpower optimisation of the past has shifted in the 21 st century to an era of natural resource optimisation. Therefore, sustainability – external and internal – is a concern for many organisations and communities, and thus is worthy of investigation, particularly in the contexts of conscious profit in the capitalist approach and economic justice in the socialist approach. The triple bottom line (3BL) is an approach that takes a holistic view of sustainability and measures it using economic (profit), social (people) and environmental (planet) indicators.

The aim of this special issue is to discover approaches and practices relating to sustainability that can lead to theory generation, empirical examination, and implications for managers. It therefore focuses on cross- and inter-disciplinary research on sustainability issues in emerging markets using theoretical frameworks and empirical analyses.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Emerging market studies
  • Economic and market integration
  • New sustainable models of organisations
  • Innovations and scalability in price sensitive emerging markets
  • Strategic behaviour of firms in markets
  • Sustainability-based practices and models
  • Integration of markets with sustainable practices
  • New directions in innovation, entrepreneurship in markets
  • Social business as risk diversifier of main profit business
  • Responsible business in emerging economies
  • Business collaborations in emerging markets
  • Economic entity, conscious capitalism and business socialism
  • Triple Bottom Line (3BL)

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 peer 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 of abstracts: 1 February, 2012

Manuscripts due by: 1 September, 2012

Notification of authors: 1 January, 2012

Submission of final versions: 15 March, 2013

Papers-in-progress or papers submitted earlier than the submission date will be put through the review process on rolling basis, and authors can thus expect communications from us sooner.