CFP Corporate Responses to Racial Unrest A special issue of the journal Enterprise & Society

2 02 2021
Deutsch: Südostecke des Dresdner Lipsiusbaus mit Protestbanner „Black Lives Matter“
English: southeastern corner of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts building with protest banner “Black Lives Matter”
Photo taken 27 June 2020 by Lucas Werkmeister

Corporate Responses to Racial Unrest
A special issue of the journal Enterprise & Society (an ABS3 journal in the UK business school ranking system)
Guest editors: Dr. Tyesha Maddox and Dr. Michael J. Thate

The aim of this special issue is to convene an international team of scholars, ranging from
diverse disciplinary perspectives and broad historical periods, on the question of historical
corporate responses to racial unrest. Organized by an historian of the African Diaspora and a
philosopher of religion and ethicist, this special issue places our current moment of corporate
responses to racial unrest within a broad comparative perspective.

Historically, corporations􀂲and the pressure placed on them by fears of the loss of reputation and
public good will􀂲have propelled many social justice movements. Some, however, have worked
openly as well as through clandestine backchannels to suppress such movements. In this special
issue, we interrogate the ways in which corporations have responded to social pressure and civic pressure
from Apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, to corporate responses to the civil rights movement of
the 1960s, to contemporary companies posting statements in support of Black Lives Matter on
social media accounts following the police killing of George Floyd, such responses have ranged
from the purely representational to the more substantive variety of systemic change.

The editors are thus inviting original essays that analyze from an historical perspective corporate
responses to social unrest that consider (or relate to) the following questions:
􀁸 What are, if any, the ethical responsibilities of corporations in moments of social unrest?
􀁸 How might stakeholder theory be relevant within discussions of civil society and racial
􀁸 How can corporations functioning and co-implicated within a capitalist system effect
􀁸 How and in what ways have the pressures to respond to social justice movements
changed over time?
􀁸 What has been the fiscal impact of corporate responses to racial unrest over the long
􀁸 What have been the incentives for companies to respond? And how have these incentives
changed over time?
􀁸 What special cases are worth pointing out across a global perspective as models to imitate
and/or excoriate?

The editors welcome other topics, too, that might relate to the theme of the special issue.
Essays should be around 7,500 to 10,000 words􀂲with a hard limit of 12,000 words􀂲and
formatted according to the style of Enterprise & Society. (Please refer to their Instructions for
Authors page for specific guidance.) The deadline for submission is 1 February 2022.
If you are interested in submitting an essay for review, please submit your essay through
Enterprise & Society􀂶s Manuscript Central by the due date of 1 February 2022. Upon
submission, you will be given an option to indicate that you are submitting to a special issue. If
you have questions about the special issue or expressions of interest, please contact either Dr.
Thate ( or Dr. Maddox (



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