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JUNE 2020


What a few months it has been since the last SBE Newsletter! No adjective seems to do them justice. To all who are reading this message who have experienced personal or professional hardship since January, I send my warmest regards. To all who are reading this message, I thank you for your continuing involvement in the life of the Society for Business Ethics.

I am grateful for the work of the Society to “keep people talking about business ethics,” which is perhaps even more urgent in times of simultaneous global crises. And I am especially grateful for the resilience of our many members, volunteers, and service providers in preparing our conference program in the midst of the disruptions of March, April, and May, and in adapting to the shift to a virtual conference this August.



The Executive Board of the Society for Business Ethics invites nominations and expressions of interest to become the next Editor in Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, to serve a five-year term beginning in August of 2021.

The Editor in Chief has general and active management responsibility for the business of the journal; is responsible for all editorial and production matters involved in the publication of the journal; may assign responsibility for specific editorial and production matters to other persons or agencies; and can execute contracts that pertain solely to the journal. The Editor in Chief performs other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the SBE Board of Directors. The Editor in Chief also serves ex officio as a voting member of the Board of Directors. 



To date we have filmed over 25 academics pioneers and 15 corporate ethics officers, and transcription efforts are underway at the University of Illinois. Tax deductible contributions to this project, including in-kind contributions, are gratefully accepted.



Editorial Team Changes
This summer brings some changes to the journal’s masthead, with three members of our editorial team conclude their tenures as associate editor.

Jerry Goodstein joined our editorial board in 2007 and became an associate editor in 2008—a dozen years of terrific service as AE handling mostly macro-level submissions in management and the social sciences. We wish him all the best as he transitions from his faculty appointment at Washington State University into university retirement—but fortunately for us he’ll remain on the BEQ editorial board.

Kelly Martin joined the editorial board in 2011 and became an associate editor in 2016, handling papers on marketing ethics and others at the intersection of psychology and ethics. She leaves our team as she assumes the role of coeditor in chief of the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.  She, too, returns to the editorial board.

Tom Donaldson has been on the journal’s masthead as a member of the BEQ editorial board since the journal’s very first issue in 1991, and he has been an associate editor since 2015. It has been a pleasure to have Tom on the journal’s editorial team these last several years, and of course he returns to the editorial board because the front pages of the journal simply won’t do without his name being there.

On behalf of the journal and the society I extend thanks to Jerry, Kelly, and Tom for their terrific service to BEQ. I intend to announce new members of the editorial leadership team in the near future.

We have welcomed a few additions to the editorial board this year. These include Michael Barnett (a scholar in management and global business at Rutgers University), Kirsten Martin (an expert in privacy, technology, and corporate responsibility who is moving from George Washington University to Notre Dame this summer), and Joshua Preiss (a social and political philosopher at Minnesota State University).

New Special Issue
The journal recently launched a new call-for-submissions to an upcoming special issue of BEQ. The call invites papers on the topic Socio-Technological Conditions of Organized Immaturity in the Twenty-First Century. Quoting from the call, the guest editors “seek conceptual, normative, or empirical studies that identify, analyze, and critique current technical and social sources of organized immaturity and develop solutions for resisting new forms of surveillance and control.” They encourage prospective authors to “consider the role of (business) organizations and organizing in both control and emancipation of the individual in business and society, and to analyze possible ethical implications.”

More on this call appears elsewhere in this newsletter, and the full text of the call will appear in the July issue of the journal. That full call is already published online; you can also get to it from BEQ’s website, Manuscripts in response to this call can be submitted during the window opening March 31, 2021, and closing May 31, 2021. The guest editor team will be convening a manuscript development virtual workshop related to the special issue in November 2020.  Consult the call for details.

Pandemically Speaking
Like everything else on the planet, it is the case that the processes and rhythms of the journal’s  operations have been influenced by the coronavirus pandemic in recent months. There have been modest delays in systems of review and production, but all aspects of the journal’s editorial function have been and will continue to be fully engaged and operational. It did not and does not affect BEQ’s ability to review submissions and publish articles online.

As a result of the pandemic our publisher, Cambridge University Press, temporarily suspended journal printing for a time, but fortunately for us this suspension commenced after our April 2020 issue had been printed and mailed, and it is expected to be lifted by early July. The July issue will be published online in full and on time; arrival of the issue by mail may be slightly delayed by backlogs when printing resumes.

I wish to express my appreciation for the patience of submitting authors who have encountered delays during this challenging time, and I also want to thank referees whose lives (like everyone’s) were upended yet who are finding the time and bandwidth to write and submit reviews. And most important, we send everyone with a stake in the journal—readers, authors, reviewers, editors, publishing staff, and SBE members everywhere—our hope that you will stay safe and sane (and of course ethical). 

Bruce Barry
Editor in Chief

BEQ, published by Cambridge University Press, is the official journal of the Society for Business Ethics.



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