Special Issue of Business & Society

Special Issue of Business & Society:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Contributions to Management Scholarship and Practice

Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2007

This Special Issue of Business & Society invites scholars to examine the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the field of business-and-society and management. Dr. King is regarded by many as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. He challenged the status quo of racial discrimination by using America’s historic ideals of freedom and opportunity in brilliant works, such as his “I Have A Dream” speech in August 1963 and his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” published in 1963. His work cut across racial, institutional, and cultural lines by developing cooperative and non-violent strategies to bring attention to the struggle for civil rights, social justice, and economic well-being. Well-known events in which he played a pivotal role include the Birmingham bus boycott (1955), the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma (1965), and the historic “March on Washington” (1963). Dr. King as a social activist, leader, and scholar focused our collective attention on issues of social justice not only locally, but also globally. He wrote that “among the moral imperatives of our time, we are challenged to work all over the world with unshakable determination to wipe out the last vestiges of racism. It is no mere American phenomenon. Its vicious grasp knows no national boundaries.”
While Dr. King was assassinated in March 1968 at the age of 39, his legacy is extraordinary. Less than a year after the historic March on Washington, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, and also prohibited employment discrimination. The following year, the Voting Rights Act was enacted to be followed by the Fair Housing Act to remove discrimination in buying and renting of housing. These pieces of landmark legislation were accompanied by a host of other social and organizational changes, including affirmative action, designed to counter the legacy of discrimination and to promote social justice.
In respectful memory of the 40th anniversary of his death, Business & Society will publish an issue on Dr King’s contributions that relate specifically to the business-and-society field and to management scholarship. Both macro and micro topics of scholarly importance are appropriate for the Special Issue. We encourage authors to rely heavily on the writings, speeches, and demonstrated impact of Dr. King’s work and to provide thought-provoking manuscripts that link his legacy to current scholarship most relevant to readers of Business & Society.
Topics that fit the special issue theme include, but are not limited to the following:

  • progressive social values that Dr. King championed
  • models of leadership (e.g., transformational, charismatic, servant) as exemplified by King
  • organizational, social, and governmental strategies for ending discrimination
  • the interface between social justice, social responsibility, and business ethics
  • the role of corporate governance and accountability for social justice (or injustice)
  • measuring the impact of social justice actions on corporate social performance
  • strategies for incorporating lessons from Dr. King into the teaching of business-and-society and business ethics courses
  • international dimensions of social justice within business-and-society relationships
  • Authors are requested to submit papers electronically to both special issue editors. Manuscripts should conform to submission guidelines for Business & Society. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2007.

    Dr. Jeanne M. Logsdon
    Anderson Schools of Management
    MSC05 3090
    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA

    Tel: 505-277-8352
    Fax: 505-277-7108


    Dr. Audrey J. Murrell
    Katz School of Business
    312 Mervis Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

    Tel: 412-648-1651
    Fax: 412-648-1693

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