Submit a paper to a special issue for the journal ‘Sustainability’ published by MDPI Switzerland.

Dear ANZAM Colleagues,

We would like to especially invite you and co-author(s) to submit a paper to a special issue for the journal ‘Sustainability’ published by MDPI Switzerland. Special guest editors are Professor Peter A. Murray (University of Southern Queensland) and Dr Ananda Wickramasinghe (University of Wollongong). The journal currently has an impact factor of 3.251 and a CiteScore of 3.9, is an open access journal, and a Q1 in Geography, Planning, and Development. Please review the journals homepage as well for other relevant information including publishing charges for authors or institutions, and manuscript details.  The due date for paper is Friday 25 February, 2022. All papers are double blind reviewed. Please see the call for papers immediately below. As time is of the essence, could you please let us know if you would like to submit a paper for the SI by next Wednesday 25 August. This will enable the guest editors to compile a final list of authors for the journal.  For enquiries:

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your response.

Kind regards

Prof Peter A. Murray and Dr Ananda Wickramasinghe

Full call for papers:

The purpose of this special issue is to define and explain how sustainability leadership theories translate into sustainable practices within small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Research in sustainability places a strong theoretical lens on the resource-based view, institutional and organizational perspectives and psychological theories when seeking to expand and understand sustainable issues. However, much less emphasis surprisingly is focused on leadership per se, including leadership in systems and ecological theories, leadership diversity including the effects of sustainable practices on environmental and social outcomes. Moreover, practitioners are often left to ponder how such theoretical ideas advance the practice of sustainable strategies. Scholars such as Haney, Pope & Arden (2020); Osagie et al. (2016), and Ploum et al 2017) note that sustainable, environmental, and sustainability leadership is often used interchangeably yet it is not entirely clear what each of these terms mean from a practical perspective. While many core competencies are required to address sustainability challenges such as anticipatory skills required to collectively analyze, evaluate, and craft pictures related to future sustainability issues (Haney et al. 2020: 158), it is less certain how such competencies are realized in practice. Some interesting questions related to theory and practice can be posed. For instance, how can future scholarly work translate theory into practical advice for leaders and managers of SMEs with respect to sustainable practices? How does a natural resource-based view extend the RBV and how does natural resource dependence theory build on resource dependence theory? How do leadership theories inform practice and how do theories approaching a systems and ecological perspective influence the practice of SMEs?

While many different theoretical approaches provide a useful lens that bridges the divide between sustainability leadership and practice, the special issue welcomes review papers, empirical papers or case studies, on one or more of the areas of focus. The special issue editors encourage submissions that seek to redefine or extend what sustainability leadership means within a specific context. Papers that attempt to explore how different theoretical approaches can be implemented within typical SME practice are particularly encouraged. The special issue editors are cognizant however of many different sustainable approaches including but not limited to micro business practices, leadership transitions, diversity and entrepreneurship, sustainable leadership in bottom of pyramid settings, in disadvantaged communities, social entrepreneurial leadership including the effects of sustainability on social practices.

Keywords: Sustainability leadership, diversity and social inclusion, sustainable practices, ecological theory, sustainable entrepreneurship

Due Date: Friday 25 February 2022