On behalf of Paul T. Harper,
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS
CALL FOR PAPERS
RACIAL JUSTICE AND BUSINESS ETHICS
Submission Deadline: October 1. 2021
Paul T. Harper, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Robbin Derry, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Gregory B. Fairchild, University of Virginia, USA
In the spring of 2020, a social movement calling for racial justice spread across the U.S. and inspired symbolic actions around the world. A major impetus was the May 25 killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The persistent dangers for Black citizens and other people of color when interacting with the criminal justice system have been identified and challenged for decades. However, the systemic inequities and conditions, such as those found in healthcare (Brandolo et al., 2009), education (Solomona et al., 2005), and sports (Hylton, 2010) among other areas, contributing to the diffusion of the movement remain. The protests call attention to the often tacit recognition of systemic and institutionalized racism in organizations specifically and society broadly. Though racism is experienced by many groups in many different contexts, instances of anti-Black racism in the United States are often viewed as exemplary expressions of these deeper structural dynamics and, for that reason, warrants our focus on the North American and Caribbean historical context.
These movements have prompted calls for substantive change in multiple ways at the level of individuals, organizations, and institutions -- these include calls for reparations, explicit hiring practices, analysis of representation, language, and symbols among many other considerations across society. Given the outsize influence of business institutions in neoliberal and capitalist societies, it is essential to question the role of business in promoting, sustaining, or reifying racism including considering the ways in which capitalism and slavery are intertwined (Baptist, 2016; Beckert & Rockman, 2016; Williams, 2014). Further, it will be important to determine how political, corporate, and educational leaders aid in the generation of meaningful solutions to the problem of anti-Black racism. This must include an interrogation of the dominant notions and theories of justice.
Business schools and scholars must consider responding to the Black Lives Matter movement given their status and influence on the research and teaching agendas that shape the moral development of leaders that command substantial resources. This special issue will serve as a means for helping business scholars and leaders to conceptualize how to design and justify racial justice interventions.
Areas of Interest:
Our interests are interdisciplinary, arrive from diverse theoretical frameworks and perspectives, and welcome multiple methods. While we invite a broad range of approaches to these and other questions, our overall objectives for the special issue consist of the following:
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Solomona, R. P., Portelli, J. P., Daniel, B. J., & Campbell, A. (2005). The discourse of denial: How white teacher candidates construct race, racism and 'white privilege'. Race ethnicity and education, 8(2), 147-169.
Williams, E. (1994). Capitalism and slavery. UNC Press Books.
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