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International Journal of Business Performance Management
International Journal of Business Performance Management


BAM-2023: Special Issue on: "Theoretical and Practical Developments in Sustainability-Related Performance in Operations and Supply Chains"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Luisa Huatuco, University of York, United Kingdom
Dr. Vinh Sum Chau, University of Kent, United Kingdom

The aim of this special issue is to present the most recent theoretical, practical and policy developments in sustainability-related performance in operations and supply chains. This can be achieved via the following objectives:

  • To provide the state-of-the-art on where we are now, what is missing and what next. This can be done via different types of literature reviews from traditional to systematic to meta-analysis
  • To explore current debates and challenges in a holistic way. This would be to complement and build upon recent advances in sustainability-related performance in the theoretical and practical domains
  • To critically evaluate practices on how organisations are implementing them in their supply chains. This can be done via case studies, workshops, action research and other hands-on interactions with industry, policy makers and stakeholders
  • To draw upon innovative methodologies in both research and practice. This is reflected in the current endeavours of academics and practitioners to tackle this multi-dimensional challenge
  • To promote interdisciplinarity and novel ways of enquiry. This can be done by engaging in inter-disciplinary research and agenda that provide novel perspectives onto the challenge
  • To provide an agenda for future research. This is to inspire future generations of researchers as well as to provide some guidance on the gaps to be filled in the literature and the practical benefits that are expected to derive from this

The Guest Editors will be inviting substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the the British Academy of Management conference 2023, Performance Management Track (BAM-2023), for review and potential publication, but are also inviting other experts to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Circular economy and its different implications of reduce, reuse, recycle for product/service design and use in their operations and wider supply chain
  • Net Zero pathways to facilitate the transition towards low carbon supply chains which look to substantially reduce the CO2 emissions at all stages of the supply chains
  • Triple bottom line and beyond, to look at the different sustainability performance dimensions and the progress made by organisations in improving their operations and supply chains
  • Design and redesign and regeneration with the view of creating sustainable products and services as well as looking at the processes that are involved
  • Performance management systems that include sustainability in their composition and application. In particular, theoretical and practical challenges in addressing the what and how sustainability-related performance ought to be measured
  • Business models for sustainability which bring the systemic view on how the overall value generated by organisations can be balanced for the planet and people in addition to profit
  • Global food security challenge. This is an interdisciplinary topic which provides a good opportunity to advance theory and practice in the field
  • Corporate social responsibility. Extensions of the current knowledge base of CSR in the topic
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whilst the proposed topic touches upon all 17 SDGs, it is envisaged that submissions most likely address those on: Climate action (SDG 13), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9) more closely
  • The role of Industry 4.0 information technologies, such as: blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, business data analytics in enabling or hindering sustainability-related performance

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 October, 2024