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Guest Editor:     Professor Richard J Varey, The Waikato Management School, and Founding Member of the Editorial Board, Social Business

Social Business is a new journal launched in 2011 that seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience, insights and ideas about the theory and practice of social business.

While the notion of 'social business' is central to all the world's great philosophies, its application and implementation has been overshadowed since the Industrial Revolution of the mid-Eighteenth century by theories of competition and what has come to be known as 'Anglo-Saxon' capitalism. It has become clear that, while this approach has brought many benefits to affluent western style economies, it is unsuited to two thirds of the world's population who survive at the bottom, or Tier 4, of the world economic pyramid. The need for an alternative business model became increasingly apparent during the second half of the 20th century and was widely aired in leading business publications such as the Harvard Business Review and Business Week as well as a number of books such as Sen's Development as Freedom and de Soto's The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else.

The revival of interest in social business has been led by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus who, in his book, Building Social Business, calls for a new dimension for capitalism as an approach for “harnessing the energy of profit-making to the objective of fulfilling human needs” and creating “self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth even as they produce goods and services that make the world a better place”.

Although Prof Yunus has a preferred model of social business as a ‘non-loss non-dividend company’, in his writing he recognises that there are many approaches towards addressing the same problem - the elimination of poverty and enhancement of human welfare. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience between academics and practitioners working towards this goal.

While the basic objective of social business is easily stated, its achievement calls for a radical re-appraisal of our ideas for the conduct of profitable business from top down to bottom up. And, in doing so, it brings into sharp relief many of the issues that confront global society in the twenty first century.

This special issue provides an opportunity to take stock of the work being done by colleagues in Australia and New Zealand. Scholars are invited to submit papers that summarise the key findings of their research, review current issues, highlight key learning from cases, or propose a future research agenda. It is anticipated that emerging scholars may publish their doctoral and early research work in this collection.

Several books have catalogued developments by telling the stories of effective initiatives and projects, including Steffen’s World Changing, Senge et al’s The Necessary Revolution, and Hawken’s Blessed Unrest. Authors contributing to this special issue will highlight developments and prospects as experienced and understood in the Australasian region. The collection will give further voice to research programmes and centres and individual researchers active in this important field.

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Submission of papers deadline: 1 December 2014


Submitted papers should make clear their relevance to the call, their academic and practical significance. The authors are encouraged to keep the length of the paper within 6,000-10,000 words limit. The presentation and referencing should follow the editorial guidelines. These can be obtained from the ‘Guidelines for Authors’ website

Manuscripts should be submitted online using the Social Business ScholarOne Manuscripts site ( ) New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from the files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as “Complete paper with author details”, and the anonymous version as “Main document minus author information”.

To submit your manuscript to the Special Issue choose the type of submission (e.g. original paper, commentary, case study etc.) from the Manuscript Type list when you come to submit your paper. Then, when you come to the ‘Details and Comments’ page, answer ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?’ and insert the title ‘Social Business from the Australasian Perspective’ in the text field provided.