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June 2021, News

June 2021 – News from BEQ

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New Managing Editor

Libby Scott

This spring in the northern hemisphere brought transition in the crucial role of managing editor of BEQ, a position that Elizabeth Scott – Libby to all who know her – has held with distinction since 2007. Libby’s run as managing editor has spanned the tenures of three editors in chief (Gary Weaver, Denis Arnold, and me), and it included our transition to a new publisher (Cambridge) and a new online submission processing system in 2015. Libby has been an efficient and highly effective steward of the journal’s administrative processes, and she is also a valued colleague within the Society for Business Ethics community whose work with editors, authors, and reviewers always blends professionalism and compassion. Her departure from BEQ’s leadership team comes in advance of her professional retirement later this year from her long-time position on the faculty of Eastern Connecticut State University. Hail and farewell Libby, and enormous thanks.

In pondering the transition to a new managing editor, the SBE board agreed to expand the scope of the role, which allowed us to aim our search at publishing professionals (not that Libby isn’t a consummate pro, but it has until now been essentially a volunteer role and she does have a mildly consuming day job as a professor and interim dean). 

Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti

I am delighted to introduce to the SBE community the journal’s new managing editor, Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti. Joanna, who lives and works (on a mountain!) In Łukowica, Poland, has more than 15 years of experience in publishing, many in managing editor roles. Her work has included just about every phase: commissioning, editing, copyediting, fact checking, proofreading, typesetting, rights acquisition, event organizing, and more, on projects spanning research, non-fiction, art, and literature. She has several years experience working remotely, coordinating across platforms and time zones. The journal is fortunate to have Joanna’s talent and experience, and we welcome her into the fold of the SBE community. 


Looking Past the Pandemic

Disrupting pretty much everything on the planet one way or another, the pandemic has over the last 15 months led to some modest delays in systems of review and production, but all aspects of the journal’s editorial function were fully engaged and operational all the way through. I would like express my thanks to submitting authors for their patience when they encountered slowdowns in our editorial process. I am also grateful to our referees for continuing throughout to write and submit high quality reviews amidst everything else going on.

The second half of 2021 brings not just a gradual return to normalcy (granted, at different paces in different places), it also brings change to the top of the BEQ masthead. As announced here in the last newsletter, incoming editors-in-chief Mollie Painter (Nottingham Business School in the UK) and Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki) will take the reins of the journal in August. With the team of Mollie, Frank, and Joanna BEQ is well situated for continued success.  


Bruce Barry
Editor in Chief


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