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Call for Submissions - Virtual Paper Development Workshop for BEQ Special Issue on Organized Immaturity (11-12 Nov., 2020)

  • 1.  Call for Submissions - Virtual Paper Development Workshop for BEQ Special Issue on Organized Immaturity (11-12 Nov., 2020)

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    Business Ethics Quarterly Special Issue:

    Socio-Technological Conditions of Organized Immaturity in the 21st Century


    Virtual Paper Development Workshop – Call for Submissions


    Workshop submission deadline: September 15, 2020

    Virtual Paper Development Workshop: November 11-12, 2020

    BEQ Special Issue Submission Deadline:  May 31, 2021


    Special Issue Guest Editors / Virtual Workshop Convenors 

    Andreas Georg Scherer, University of Zurich

    Cristina Neesham, Newcastle University

    Dennis Schoeneborn, Copenhagen Business School / Leuphana University of Lüneburg

    Markus Scholz, University of Applied Science for Management & Communication Vienna



    The purpose of this special issue is to collect and promote research that examines forms of organized immaturity in contemporary society. The phenomenon of organized immaturity is a manifestation of a human condition that results from the erosion of the autonomy of the individual and is advanced by socio-technological systems and their surveillance and control mechanisms. We 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. In line with the disciplinary and thematic scope of BEQ, we invite 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.


    For further details and information please see the long version of the Call for Papers attached (or at or contact the guest editors:


    BEQ Special Issue Virtual Paper Development Workshop on November 11-12, 2020

    The Guest Editors will host a Virtual Paper Development Workshop (to be held via Zoom) that is designed to provide developmental guidance for potential submissions to the Special Issue. Participation in this workshop is optional and is not a pre-condition for submission to, nor does it guarantee acceptance in, the Special Issue. The workshop will be held in virtual form in order to promote sustainability and equality of opportunity to participate. The workshop will consist of two parts: (1) We host a one-hour virtual plenary session with an introduction to the thematic focus and idea of the special issue as well as a Q&A regarding the submission and review process. (2) The workshop includes small roundtable sessions that will bring together paper authors with the guest editors and/or other expert scholars for in-depth feedback and advice. The virtual workshop is scheduled for 11-12 November, 2020. The time corridors for the virtual workshop are on 11 November, from 2pm to 6pm, and on 12 November, from 8am to 12pm (Central European Time). We aim to accommodate scholars from different time zones, and will allocate the timeslots accordingly.

    For participation in the virtual workshop please send your proposal or extended abstract by 15 September 2020 to The word limit for manuscript proposals is 3,000 words (incl. references). The guest co-editors will decide on the inclusion of the proposals in the workshop (based on fit with the Special Issue topic, potential, and originality of the contribution) and will inform the authors by mid-October 2020.





    Prof. Dr. Dennis Schoeneborn


    Copenhagen Business School

    Dept. of Management, Society & Communication (MSC)

    Dalgas Have 15 

    2000 Frederiksberg


    Phone: +45-3815-4225

    Mobile: +45-5039-6953



    Leuphana University Lüneburg

    Institute of Management & Organization (IMO)

    Universitätsallee 1

    21335 Lüneburg


    Phone: +49-4131-677-1987

    Mobile: +49-163-6335572



    Visit our "Organization as Communication" (OaC) blog:


    Visit our "Business of Society" (BOS) blog:


    Latest publications:


    • Haack, P., Martignoni, D., & Schoeneborn, D. (in press). A bait-and-switch model of corporate social responsibility. Academy of Management Review. (see here)
    • Schoeneborn, D., Morsing, M., & Crane, A. (2020). Formative perspectives on the relation between CSR communication and CSR practices: Pathways for walking, talking, and t(w)alking. Business & Society, 59(1), 5-33. (see here)
    • Schoeneborn, D., Kuhn, T. R., & Kärreman, D. (2019). The communicative constitution of organization, organizing, and organizationality. Organization Studies, 40(4), 475-496. (see here)