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I. Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (TNCR CfPs-TECH.pdf)
II. FOCAC and Industrialization in Africa in the New Era (TNCR CfPs-FOCAC.pdf)
III. Global Code of Conduct for Raising Social Responsibilities of TNCs (TNCR CfPs-Mia.pdf)


Call For Papers (I) 

Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development
A special issue of the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR)

Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) is an academic journal dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed, high-quality research on issues related to transnational corporations. Faced with the global challenges of climate change, energy efficiency and sustainability, transnational corporations must introduce real measures to make themselves and their product range less environmentally damaging, and more conducive to a sustainable world. Strong environmental and short-term economic pressures have led to a shift towards more eco-friendly products, less emissions and resource consumption. Corporations can also find new sources of income by increasing sustainability, cutting costs and maximizing resource efficiency. Thus, the technological and management innovation presents an excellent business opportunity.

In order to establish a discourse on technology, innovation and sustainable development that will engage corporation managers, academic and research institutions and people concerned about the structural and institutional changes needed to make the transition to sustainable development in both emerging and developed countries, we call for papers for a special issue focused on technology, innovation and sustainable development. Topics of interest in this special issue include but are not limited to:

(1) Sustainability and Management Innovation

  • Sustainability and Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable Design and Business Strategy
  • Sustainability and Accounting, Finance
  • Sustainability and Marketing
  • Sustainability and Transnational Corporations
  • Sustainability and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Sustainability and Ethics
  • Sustainability and Business Strategy
  • Sustainability and Social, Law
  • Sustainability and Corporation Culture
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Sustainability and Developed Countries
  • Sustainability and Developing Countries
  • Green Procurement
  • Green Supply Chain and Logistics

(2) Sustainability and Technology

  • Technology Development and Innovation
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Design
  • Innovation of Green Technologies
  • Green IT and Energy
  • Sustainability and Green IT Infrastructure
  • Cloud computing and virtualization

Author Benefits

We are pleased to announce the following benefits to the authors:

  • Fast-track review, the guaranteed response time is two months
  • Easy & rapid publication process
  • Fair, rigorous peer review process

Inclusion in many Abstracts/Indexes/Membership: ALJC, AMICUS, ASSIA, Cabell's, CrossRef, EBSCO, EconLit, IBSS, IBZ, PAIS, ProQuest, RePEc, SPD, SSRN, and Ulrichs

Paper submission: The manuscripts should be submitted by email to us at tncr.special@gmail.com and/or Vinod.Kumar@carleton.ca

The special issue editors welcome original papers, review papers, technical reports and case studies. Abstract/Proposals will be expected by March 31, 2016. The deadline for manuscripts is on October 31, 2016. All submissions will need to conform to the usual requirements of TNCR and will be peer reviewed as normal. We plan for the special issue to be finalized by early 2017.

Special Issue Editors: Professors Vinod Kumar and Uma Kumar, Carleton University, Canada. The editorial members include Professors Yanwen Dong (Fukushima University), Ajax Persaud (University of Ottawa), and Vedmani Sharan (Carleton University)


Call for Papers (II)
FOCAC and Industrialization in Africa in the New Era

Given China’s position as Africa’s largest trading partner, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has arguably become the continent’s most important diplomatic and economic gathering. The crowning moment of the latest FOCAC meeting, held in South Africa in December 2015, was the pledge by the Government of China to grant African countries 60 billion US dollars in ‘development’ assistance over the next three years. Indeed, at the 6th FOCAC summit meeting, the pledge announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping represents a tripling of the financial commitment China made to Africa at the previous FOCAC meeting in 2012.

In September 2016, the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) will publish a special issue entirely devoted to the notably greater and sharper focus put on industrialization by China and African nations. Based in Ottawa, Canada, and published by the Taylor & Francis Group, United Kingdom, TNCR publishes peer-reviewed, high-quality research on questions related to transnational corporations, foreign direct investment, institutional innovation and international development. Working with the experts and authors from all over the world, TNCR has an emphasis on China with other BRICS countries and emerging markets, such as African economies.

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts

We invite abstracts that speak to the central topic of the special issue on industrialization in the era of major scientific breakthroughs and the challenges of a new mode of industrialization in the era of the solar revolution and biologics. In collaboration with the high level agencies and experts in the field, this special issue seeks to bring new dimensions of the relations between China and the peoples of Africa by papers on the FOCAC pledges and the planning of the states in areas of education, gender, culture, mining and the environment in the transformation of Africa.

The following sub-themes will form the core of this special issue:

  • FOCAC today and implications of ‘strategic complementarity’
  •  “Industrial capacity cooperation” and the meaning for Africa in the changed world
  • Lessons to be learned from the Chinese experience with heavy industries and various forms of industrialization
  • The prospects of a transformational state in African development theory and practice
  • The future of Sino-African relations in the context of  South-South cooperation
  • Sino-African cooperation and agricultural transformation
  • Infrastructure development in Africa and the integration of African societies
  • The facilitation of Chinese trade and investments in Africa
  • Economic diversification of resource-blessed Africa
  • Institutional innovation, reform and development from China’s experience
  • The role of small and medium enterprises in Africa’s transformation
  • The contribution of Chinese large state-owned corporations to Africa’s development, especially in the construction and financial sectors

To submit an abstract, please send it as an attachment (Microsoft Word) via email to both Prof. Horace G. Campbell (hgcampbe@syr.edu) and Dr. Dunia P. Zongwe (dzongwe@unam.na), indicating briefly the selected sub-theme (from the list above) in the subject line of your email. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Also include the  information with a brief statement (not more than 100 words) regarding your full names, affiliation(s), present status/position, telephone number, email address as well as your research interests. Please do not include any personal information in the attached abstract as it will go through a blind peer review process.

For all queries concerning the submissions, please contact Dr. Dunia P. Zongwe (dzongwe@unam.na) and copy your email to the Assistant Editor Jennifer Ma (info@tnc-online.org and/or tncr.special@gmail.com).

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21 March 2016
  • Notification of accepted abstracts: 4 April 2016
  • Submission of full papers: 4 July 2016


Call for Papers (III)

Challenges and Opportunities of a Global Code of Conduct for Raising Social Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations 

Guest Editor:

Dr. Mia M. Rahim, the University of South Australia 

About the Topic

Since the World War II there has been a great interest in a universal code of conduct for transnational corporations (TNCs). This is particular from the developing countries which seek equilibrium between the promise and realities of foreign investment, on the one hand, and a just and non-exploitive economic order on the other hand. The United Nations (UN) initiated a process for such a code in the late 1970’s and this process was able to propose a draft Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations (the Code). However, controversy over the form and provisions of the Code inhibited the consensus over it, despite over two decades of time and energy expended by the Working Group and other bodies within the UN system. The prolonged process of formulation of the Code testified that the interests of the groups of states parties are not only divergent, but also often opposing, and there is a ‘protection versus interest’ chase between the developed and developing states parties when the aim of an international instrument is to raise social responsibility performance and accountability of TNCs.

The recent resolution of the UN for such an instrument therefore is noteworthy. Following this resolution, the UN framework is going to prepare an agenda for a fruitful discussion on the issues around the conflicting interests amongst the countries and TNCs. This will eventually flesh-out the doom days of the Code. Also this will generate debates amongst the stakeholders on the rules that should govern the behaviour of TNCs and their social responsibilities in developing countries. Hence, the editor of this special issue believe that research on the topics mentioned below has the potential to make an important contribution to the literature both in appraising the current state of research on an international instrument for raising social responsibility performance of TNCs and in providing a platform for the future development of the field.

Paper Submission

Topics of interest in this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Frameworks/instruments for regulating social responsibilities of TNCs
  • Doom days of the UN with the proposed Code of Conduct on TNCs
  • International civil society groups’ movements for a code on TNCs’ social responsibility and accountability
  • Theoretical issues in regulating transnational actors
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an alternative to an international instrument for raising social responsibility performance of TNCs
  • TNCs’ role in developing ‘private regulations’ and standardization of CSR principles
  • Sovereign power to regulate TNCs social responsibility in the era of ‘globalization’
  • Transnational ‘soft-regulations’ to ensure TNCs accountability in social issues
  • Feasibility and normative efficacy of an international code of conduct for TNCs
  • Concepts of enforcing international principles related to TNCs

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Abstract/proposal (not more than one A4 page) by May 15, 2016
  • Decision on the abstract/proposal by May 28, 2016
  • Complete paper by December 10, 2016

All submissions will need to conform to the usual requirements of Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) and will be peer reviewed as normal. For details of manuscript preparation, please consult the ‘instruction for authors’ section of the TNCR website at www.tnc-online.net/page/guidelines/index.php. Abstract/proposal and the paper should be submitted by email to Dr. Mia M. Rahim at mia.rahim@unisa.edu.au and tncr.special@gmail.com  

About TNCR

The Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) is an academic journal dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed, high-quality research on issues related to transnational corporations. Established in 2009, TNCR’s target audience is academics, policymakers and industry practitioners who want to keep abreast of the latest in-depth knowledge on globalization, internationalization of firms, transnational corporations’ management, foreign direct investments, institutional innovations, policies and governance, and international trade and development. The journal puts particular emphases on emerging countries and their growing presence in the global economy and, interactions between emerging and developed country firms. For more information, please visit www.tandfonline.com/toc/rncr20/current and/or www.tnc-online.net.


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