Decision Sciences Institute


Decision Sciences Journal Call for Papers

Focused Issue on "Responsible Purchasing and Supply Practices"

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012

Focused Issue Co-Senior Editors:

Christopher Seow (Royal Docks Business School, University of East London and Cass Business School, City University, UK); Joseph Sarkis (Clark University, USA); and Martin Lockström (China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China).


There is a growing consensus that organisations should not only be managed efficiently, but also behave responsibly. The adoption of the general notion of corporate social and environmental responsibility has become well established within the global business community over the past decade. Environmental responsibility can be defined as actions that seek to limit, ameliorate, or prevent damage to the existing natural environment caused from a company's activities. It may also include efforts to improve the quality or quantity of environmental resources. The wider issue of corporate social responsibility includes a diverse range of areas, including compliance, governance, and impacts on developing markets.

A fundamental, yet less explored aspect of responsibility is responsible purchasing and supply. This deals broadly with business-supplier relationships and is integral to innovation and success—be it through market efficiencies, responses to change or innovation, or the introduction of technological, social and institutional processes, including new business models.

While the rhetoric around responsible purchasing and supply for sustainable development may be well developed, research into this aspect is, at best, at an exploratory stage. Investigation into this area requires new knowledge—and possibly departures from existing assumptions—and its integration into established business models, processes and routines. At the extreme, it may involve the reconfiguration of established business thinking and development of new business models that redraw businesses' traditional supplier and sourcing relationships.

In line with the policy of DSJ, we welcome submissions which analyze the problem of interest using any appropriate methodological research tool(s). In addition, papers that focus on developed or emergent economies and new or established industries are also of interest. Suggested themes for contributed papers are:

  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Supply-Chain Related Agency Problems
  • Stakeholder Roles and Relationships in Responsible Sourcing
  • Social Considerations in Ethical Business
  • Roles of Ethics in Developing Customer/Stakeholder Loyalty
  • Responsible Purchasing and Supply for Increased Competitiveness
  • Monitoring and Safeguarding Compliance
  • Issues of Governance in Sustainable Procurement
  • Impact of Developing and Emerging Markets on Sustainability
  • Buyer-Supplier Relationships
  • Behavioral and Corporate Citizenship

This list is obviously non-exhaustive and hence, we also welcome other research related to the theme of the focused issue.

Review Process and Deadlines

Manuscripts for the focused issue should be submitted by carefully reviewing the guidelines available at All authors submitting a manuscript (all submissions must be through should indicate that it is for a focused issue on "Responsible Purchasing and Supply Practices."

The anticipated deadlines for this focused issue are:

  • August 31, 2012
    Submission deadline for initial submissions

  • December 15, 2012
    First-round decisions on all submitted manuscripts

  • March 1, 2013
    Submission deadline for invited revisions

  • June 30, 2013
    Final decisions










Decision Line,
January, 2012

Vol 43, Issue 1


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Tribute to Sang M. Lee by Maling Ebrahimpour.

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POM Issues. "A Critical Assessment of the Business Academics' Environment," by Danny Samson, University of Melbourne, Australia, and John Wacker.

Dean's Perspective. "Assessment Is Hell—or Not!" by David G. Martin, St. John Fisher College.

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