Calls for papers


International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking
International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking


Special Issue on: "Sustainable Business Development in India"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Rameshwar Dubey, Dr. Vandana Sonwaney and Dr. Padmanabha Aital, Symbiosis International University, India

The sustainable business development (SBD) is often defined as managing triple bottom line (TBL), a process by which a firm manages its financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities. According to World Council for Economic Development (WCED), sustainable development is development that “meets the need of present without compromising with the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

So that business development to be sustainable, it must address the core issues at the macro level, such as economic efficiency (profit, market share, innovation, and productivity), social equity (poverty, community, health and wellness, human rights) and environmental accountability (climate change, land use, bio-diversity). In recent years, there is burgeoning interest among academicians and practitioners towards sustainable practices which include sustainable procurement, sustainable manufacturing, sustainable transportation and sustainable distribution.

However, even though literature focuses on sustainability, the social dimensions are either missing or deeper insights are missing. There is dearth of literature which focuses on all three dimensions of sustainability.

All papers submitted to this special issue should address the sustainability issues of Indian business, which includes the manufacturing sector, the logistics and transportation sector, the healthcare sector and the banking and financial sector. They must demonstrate rigor in terms of research objectives, review of literature and methodology. Their findings must reflect unique contributions which practitioners may be able to implement.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the SIOM Doctoral Colloquium, but we also strongly encourage researches unable to participate in the colloquium to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include the following:

  • Sustainable manufacturing practices
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Humanitarian logistics and supply chains
  • Green auditing
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Green consumerism
  • Green marketing
  • Sustainable quality practices
  • Sustainable impacts of fuel
  • Vested interest theory
  • Green procurement
  • Business ethics
  • Ecological footprints
  • Sustainable building design
  • Sustainable township
  • Green tourism
The above list is not exclusive; other contributions on relevant topics will also be considered. This project aims at developing a comprehensive understanding of the topic through case studies on good or bad practices.

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: 16 October, 2014

Reviewer reports: 16 February, 2015

Revised paper submission: 16 April, 2015

Final versions due by: 23 April, 2015