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Call for papers on the topic of "Creating Global Citizens and Responsible Leadership" to be published in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship in conjunction with 2012 PRME Regional Meeting Australia/New Zealand

That we are in the midst of a major transition in the history of humanity there is no doubt, but you can choose your transition point. For some it is the cataclysmic effect of climate change; for others it's the depletion of natural resources; or the collapse of the international banking and finance system; or population and demographics; or the growing instability caused by nuclear weapons acquisition. For others liberation and positive change is to be found in the growth of social media and the porosity of nation-state boundaries which have helped foment discussion in China, helped organise the Arab Spring, and given the Occupy movement life and made it global. So this transition point is also a moment to take stock of humanity's success and to celebrate our diversity, creativity, homogeneity, problem-solving and enterprising nature.

As we approach the Rio+20 we must remember that in 1972, forty years ago, the Club of Rome report on The Limits to Growth said that the world had three alternatives to the current model of social and economic development: "Unrestricted growth, self-imposed limitations to growth, or a nature imposed limitation to growth - only the last two are actually possible ... Because of the delays in the system, if the global society waits until the constraints are unmistakably apparent; it will have waited too long." Most serious commentators say that we have waited long enough, if not too long, and that the mission now is to adapt to the changing world, and, whilst doing so mitigate our impact on planet Earth. We are the victims of our own success, and we need to apply the whole genius of what it means to be human to building a resilient, hazard-adaptive, socially just global community and local communities that are founded on the same principles.

This call for papers asks the question: How do we generate global citizens and responsible leaders who are uncommon and creative in their use of power in order that we create future generators of sustainable value? Is Sara Parkin's Positive Deviant a good model: "a person who does the right thing for sustainability, despite being surrounded by the wrong institutional structures and stubbornly uncooperative people"? In order for leaders, and us all, to be positive deviants they, and we, need to hold two principles: "I am because we are", and, "all life is precious". These values reflect conviviality and humility in the face of the universe, for, as film-maker Terrence Malick confronts us in The Tree of Life, nature is indifferent to humanity. How do we create global citizens and responsible leaders for whom these principles are embedded in their being?



We are interested in contributions from the widest possible range of people who may have an interest in the following issues:

  • The application, implementation and delivery of the principles for management responsibility (PRME)
  • Responsible leadership, uncommon leadership, creative leadership
  • The creative use of power
  • Global citizenship - and business and management
  • Global leadership and local identity
  • Global citizenship and the nation-state
  • Positive deviants
  • Are global citizenship and responsible leadership governance issues?
  • Examples and case studies of global citizenship and/or responsible leadership
  • Teaching global citizenship and responsible leadership
  • Are global citizens products of the classroom or society
  • The gender dimensions of global citizenship and responsible leadership

This call for papers is linked to three days of events from 26-28 September 2012 under the title of "The Necessary Transition" which is being held at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and which includes the PRME regional meeting on 27 September. If you are interested in presenting your submission at a Research Workshop Day on 26 September please let us know along with your abstract (see below). For more information and to register please go to 

We are looking for contributions of 4,000-6,000 words in length.

Guidance on contributions can be found on the Greenleaf Publishing website.



Authors are invited to submit an abstract (300-400 words) for their proposed article by 30 June 2012 with the submission of full papers by 31 October 2012. If you are interested in presenting your submission at a Research Workshop Day on 26 September please let us know along with your abstract. After the 30 June abstract submission deadline we will notify successful authors by 30 July. The special edition of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship will appear in 2013.


Contact details 

For further information about the events on 26-28 September in Brisbane please contact Karen Brindley at

To discuss ideas or to submit an abstract please contact Malcolm McIntosh at


The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that focuses on integrating theory about corporate citi­zen­ship with management practice. It provides a forum in which the tensions and practical realities of making corporate citizenship real can be addressed in a reader-friendly, yet conceptually and empirically rigorous format. JCC appears quarterly.

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General Editor:

  • Professor Malcolm McIntosh, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia 

Special Issue Editorial Team:

  • Professor Carol Adams, PVC Sustainability, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Secretariat, UN Global Compact office, New York, USA
  • Professor Prem Ramburuth, President Academic Board, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Frank Scrimgeour, Dean, Waikato Management School, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Professor Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy and Professor of Management, Carroll School of Management, Boston College, USA

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