Reminder: Call for Papers for Emerging Discourse Incubator
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Call for papers

Call for Papers for the 2020 Emerging Discourse Incubator: Research at the Intersection of Supply Chain Management and Public Policy and Government Regulation

Journal of Supply Chain Management is delighted to announce  a call for papers for our second Emerging Discourse Incubator.

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"The topic for JSCM's second emerging discourse incubator (EDI) is research that focuses on the intersection of supply chain management (SCM) and public policy and government regulation (PPGR). PPGR encompasses the laws, regulations, and government and regulatory agencies’ actions. The aim is to incubate a discourse with major schools of thought in political economy that have been largely unexplored in our discipline."


The full details can be accessed here: 2020 EDI

Timeline
June 2018:  Initial call for submissions
June 2018:  December 2019:  Submissions to EDI, as well as regular submissions, are welcomed and will be processed upon submission.
January 2019:  Invited papers are expected to appear online to initiate the discourse.
January 2019 - December 2019:   Papers related to the EDI will be published online as they are accepted.

Please direct queries to any of JSCMs co-editors: Mark Pagell (mark.pagell@ucd.ie), Brian Fugate (bfugate@walton.uark.edu), or Barbara Flynn (bbflynn@iu.edu).

Below are some helpful links related to what an EDI is and a note from our Co-Editors discussing our previous EDI.

From the Editors—Introducing JSCM's First Emerging Discourse Incubatlor for 2018/19

What is an Emerging Discourse Incubator?

 

 

EDI: Journal of Supply Management presents it's first Emerging Discourse Incubator
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This week Journal of Supply Chain Management is delighted to showcase it's first Emerging discourse incubator.
The topic for the first EDI is research where the focal actor in a supply network is not a for-profit firm. The goal is to incubate a discourse where organizations such as NGOs, regulators, and the like are viewed as managers of their own supply networks, rather than as non-traditional members of other firms’ networks. While these networks may contain for-profit firms, the focus is on managing them from the perspective of organizations whose main motivation is not profit maximization (Carter, et al., 2015; Pagell & Wu, 2009).

With the exception of humanitarian logistics, SCM research is almost always based on a for-profit firm as the focal actor in the network, typically with the explicit aim of increasing its profits. This is a major oversight, since actors such as NGOs also manage supply chains, thus, perspectives other than maximizing one actor’s profits may be more relevant (Pagell & Shevchenko, 2014). For example, Rodríguez et al., (2016) describe how NGOs use traditional supply chain management practices to alleviate poverty. NGOs and the like are expected to develop unique practices, due to their motivation and resources (Rodriguez, et al., 2016). Research needs to explore this, in order to both improve management of these actors’ networks and enable for-profit firms to better achieve their sustainability goals. Thus, the goal of this EDI is to expand our knowledge so that the SCM field is of value to all organisations involved in managing a supply network.

Professor Mark Pagell one of JSCM's Editors in Chief gives an overview and introduction to this Emerging Discourse Incubator while the papers included in this EDI are linked below.

 Delivering Transformational change:Aligning Supply Chain and Stakeholders in Non-Governmental Organisations:  Jury Gualndris & Robert Klassen

Cross-sector relations in global supply chains: A social capital perspective: Jonathan L. Johnson, Kevin J. Dooley, David G. Hyatt, Andrew M. Hutson

The Roles of Institutional Complexity and Hybridity in Social Impact Supply Chain Management: Madeleine Pullman, Annachiara Longoni, Davide Luzzini

 
EDI Spotlight: Cross-sector relations in global supply chains: A social capital perspective

In this weeks spotlight we talk to  Professor Jonathan L. Johnson, Professor Kevin J. Dooley,      Dr. David G. Hyatt and Dr. Andrew M. Hutson about their paper on cross-sector relations in global supply chains. This paper is the third featured in our Emerging Discourse Incubator.

"Virtually unheard of 30 years ago, collaborations involving environmental NGOs and businesses are now common, and are increasingly being used to address sustainability issues in supply chains. We argue that a supply chain perspective is instrumental for collaborative NGOs in helping them to understand environmental impacts, interorganizational dynamics, and optimal collaborative partners and tactics. We apply a framework that integrates three predominant social capital theories to cross-sector partnerships to explain how three dimensions of social capital, individually and in interaction, may create strategic value for NGOs who seek to improve the environmental performance of companies through collaboration. Finally, we survey the nature of the progress that has (and has not) been made through cross-sector partnerships, and offer suggestions for how social capital may be deployed to accelerate change. "

EDI Spotlight: Delivering Transformational change:Aligning Supply Chain and Stakeholders in Non-Governmental Organisations

In this weeks Spotlight we talk to Dr. Jury Gualandris & Professor Robert Klassen about their article which is included in our Emerging Discourse Incubator.

Dr. Gualandris and Professor Klassen explore the alignment of Supply chains within NGOs.

"Governments and global corporations increasingly both confront and rely on International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) to identify, design and deliver interventions that prompt transformational change in societies, industries and supply chains. For INGOs, transformational change is defined as a fundamental, long-lasting reframing of a social or industrial system through synergistically altering the knowledge, practices and relationships of multiple stakeholder groups. With each intervention, the focal INGO assembles its own complex supply chain of non-profit organizations and for-profit firms to provide the necessary resources and skills. While prior supply chain management literature provides a good starting point, with some generalizability to the non-profit sector, this paper begins with several key differences to explore how interventions are delivered, and then, how INGOs’ supply chains must be aligned. In doing so, at least three critical factors must be taken into account to improve alignment: stakeholder-induced uncertainty; supply chain configuration; and supply chain dynamism. By synthesizing these factors with prior literature and emerging anecdotal evidence, tentative frameworks and research questions emerge about how INGOs can better leverage their supply chains, thereby offering a basis for scholars in supply chain management to build a much richer and more nuanced research understanding of INGOs."

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EDI Spotlight: Emerging Discourse Incubator: The Roles of Institutional Complexity and Hybridity in Social Impact Supply Chain Management

This week we turn the spotlight on the first paper from our Emerging Discourse Incubator.

We sat down and talked with Professor Mellie Pullman, Dr Annachiara Longoni and Dr. Davide Luzzini about Social Impact Supply Chain Management looking at how social enterprises manage their supply chains to generate social benefit while maintaining or improving their financial viability in the long term.


"Supply chain research and practice has moved beyond green or environmental issues to include social issues. But much of the focus still remains on attempts of large companies to reduce social harm along their supply chains rather than creating social good. At the same time, research investigating the role of NGOs in supply chains or humanitarian logistics often emphasizes temporary initiatives and overlooks long term viability. This conceptual paper seeks to expand the playing field by looking at how social enterprises manage their supply chains to generate social benefit while maintaining or improving their financial viability in the long term. Our contribution is to consider those socially motivated organizations that lie on the continuum between purely social and purely commercial enterprises. We consider how these organizations manage their supply chains for social impact and define this area as social impact supply chain management (SISCM). In this work, we view these organizations and managerial issues through the lens of institutional complexity, i.e. the presence of multiple and possibly conflicting institutional logics in the focal organization. We propose that for these organizations, supply chain strategy, stakeholder identification and engagement, and relationship management might differentiate SISCM from traditional supply chain management. And as a result, we offer future research directions that might add clarity to effective SISCM."

Details for our Emerging Discourse Incubator can be found here: https://www.journalofsupplychainmanagement.com/emerging-discourse-incubator

The Full Article can be found here: https://www.journalofsupplychainmanagement.com/new-blog/2018/2/1/journal-of-supply-management-presents-its-first-emerging-discourse-incubator
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jscm.12163/full

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EDI: Journal of Supply Chain Management launches call for papers for it's first Emerging Discourse Incubator

Emerging Discourse Incubator: 
Research where the focal actor in the network is not a for-profit firm

As part of its strategy of stimulating rigorous empirical research that contributes to theory on topics that have not yet garnered the attention they merit, the Journal of Supply Chain Management is launching a new Emerging Discourse Incubator (EDI). While the goal is similar to that of a special issue or special topic forum, the EDI format will allow the discourse on an emerging topic to develop over more than a year, beginning with invited papers from eminent scholars and emerging researchers in the first issue, followed by submitted articles in subsequent issues. The longer timeframe will lead to deeper insights and provide a stronger foundation for future research.

The topic for the first EDI is research where the focal actor in a supply network is not a for-profit firm. The goal is to incubate a discourse where organizations such as NGOs, regulators, and the like are viewed as managers of their own supply networks, rather than as non-traditional members of other firms’ networks. While these networks may contain for-profit firms, the focus is on managing them from the perspective of organizations whose main motivation is not profit maximization (Carter, et al., 2015; Pagell & Wu, 2009).

With the exception of humanitarian logistics, SCM research is almost always based on a for-profit firm as the focal actor in the network, typically with the explicit aim of increasing its profits. This is a major oversight, since actors such as NGOs also manage supply chains, thus, perspectives other than maximizing one actor’s profits may be more relevant (Pagell & Shevchenko, 2014). For example, Rodríguez et al., (2016) describe how NGOs use traditional supply chain management practices to alleviate poverty. NGOs and the like are expected to develop unique practices, due to their motivation and resources (Rodriguez, et al., 2016). Research needs to explore this, in order to both improve management of these actors’ networks and enable for-profit firms to better achieve their sustainability goals. Thus, the goal of this EDI is to expand our knowledge so that the SCM field is of value to all organizations involved in managing a supply network.

We will consider all research addressing supply chains from this perspective that advances JSCM’s mission of publishing high-quality, high-impact behavioral research focusing on theory building and empirical methodologies. Potential focal actors include:
• NGOs
• Social ventures, B-corporations and other organizations for which profitability matters, but is not the primary goal
• Regulators and other governmental entities
• Co-ops and other collectives
• The communities and natural systems where for-profit ventures operate

Topics include, but are not limited to, questions such as:
• When and how can traditional SCM practices be adopted, when the focal actor in the network is not motivated primarily by profit?
• Which unique or presently unknown practices do these actors use to achieve their goals? Can these practices enable for-profit firms achieve their sustainability goals?
• Are the networks these actors construct different from networks constructed by for-profit firms? Does this have implications for their effectiveness? 
• How does a focal actor with limited financial resources govern its network, especially if it contains powerful for-profit entities and or firms with different motivations?

All submissions are expected to make a contribution to theory; we envisage that exploring these focal actors will offer rich opportunities to elaborate on existing theory or build new theory. At a minimum, by expanding research to consider new actors, all submissions should explicate boundary conditions, laying a foundation for further theoretical development.

Timeline

June, 2017 Initial call for submissions
June, 2017-December 2018 Submissions to the EDI are welcomed, as well as regular submissions
January, 2018 Invited papers that will be published in the first issue will appear on-line, initiating the discourse
January-December, 2018 As papers related to the EDI are accepted, they will be published online, followed by publication in the journal

For additional details please click here.

Discussing the Emerging Discourse Incubator

How is an EDI different from a special issue or a special topic forum?
While the goals of both are similar, there are two primary differences. First, the timeframe for the EDI will extend across an entire year, thus, it is like an annual theme, leading to deeper discourse, as later papers build on and respond to both invited papers and earlier submitted articles. Second, in order to ensure consistency and speed of the review process, the manuscripts submitted to the EDI will be processed by JSCM’s editors, following the regular review process, rather than by guest editors.

Does this mean that I can’t submit a paper that is not related to the EDI?
Not at all; we encourage the submission of papers on all topics that are relevant to the journal. The papers that are part of the EDI will be earmarked as such, but integrated into issues that publish papers on all topics.

Will EDI submissions receive a higher priority?
No, all submissions will be treated and processed in the same way, and the journal will provide its usual level of service to all submissions, while the EDI call is ongoing.

How do I designate my submission as an EDI submission?
Please indicate this in your cover letter.

Are there reviewers who are knowledgeable about topics related to the EDI?
As with all submissions, the editors will ensure that EDI submissions are assigned to reviewers and AEs who are knowledgeable about their topic.

Is the discourse primarily online, or will EDI papers also be published in JSCM?
EDI papers, as well as regular papers, will be published online upon acceptance, followed by publication in the journal. Initial on-line publishing means that earlier submissions can be made available to other researchers sooner.

Is there a limit to the number of papers that can be included in the EDI?
Like all calls for papers, there is a limit to the amount of space to be dedicated to the EDI. Once that space has been filled, subsequent submissions will be treated as regular submissions.

Why does the EDI begin with invited papers?
Initiating the discourse with invited papers from both eminent scholars and emerging researchers provides a foundation for the emerging discourse and potentially frames later submissions.

Can I submit a paper related to the EDI after the end of 2018?
Of course. The goal of the EDI is to stimulate research on a previously under-researched topic. Success will ultimately be indicated by a new, continuing stream of research related to supply chains where the focal actor’s primary goal is not profit. While papers published after Volume 54 will not be indicated as part of the EDI, they are welcomed and encouraged.

What should I do if I have additional questions?
Please direct queries to any of JSCMs co-editors Mark Pagell (mark.pagell@ucd.ie), Brian Fugate (bfugate@walton.uark.edu), or Barbara Flynn (bbflynn@iu.edu).