Rohrer College of Business @ Rowan University

Call for Papers - Sustainability Practices in Learning Organizations

Date / Time: Friday March 26, 2010 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Rowan University Student Center Enyon Ballroom

A deeper understanding of the intricate linkages among natural, economic, and social and cultural systems has made evident the need to radically alter how we manage all our resources. The moral imperative of building sustainable economies and societies has resulted in a global multi-level movement toward incrementally more sustainable organizations and systems. The experimentation, innovations, and collaborations are still at an early stage of the sustainability journey and there is still a long way to go.

This second annual conference builds on the previous conference with a focus on Sustainability Practices in Learning Organizations. Faculty, students, executives, practitioners, governments, and NGOs are invited to submit proposals for presentation. Collaborative proposals from academics, practitioners, governments, and NGOs are welcome. While all aspects of sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) are appropriate, proposals consistent with the following themes are of particular interest:

  • Sustainability in strategic decision-making
  • The greening of supply chains and business models
  • Educating managers for a sustainable future
  • Global approaches and norms to sustainability
  • Innovation and learning in sustainable organizations and systems

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2010. Please send proposals in a Word file to The abstract should be about five pages in length and must include the names and contact information of the authors. Similarly, students may follow the same format and indicate the submission is for the student sessions (indicate whether Graduate or undergraduate student and include name, contact information of faculty sponsor). Conference registration will be waived for all presenters.

If there is interest in proposing a panel or symposium (preferably with academics and executives, practitioners) please e-mail with an overview and list of panelists


Guest Editor: Niranjan Pati, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Management

In conjunction with the PRME Conference to be held on the Campus of Rowan University on March 26, International Journal of Business Insights and Transformation (IJBIT), a peer reviewed journal, will be publishing a special issue on "Sustainability Processes and Practices in Learning Organizations." Manuscripts are invited for this special issue. The thematic areas of this issue are same as the theme of the PRME conference provided overleaf.

IJBIT ( provides a lively and friendly forum for academicians, practitioners, and policy makers, at all levels and stages of their careers, from different parts of the world, to present and discuss their latest findings in management. "Sustainability" being an important area of interest to people and planet, IJBIT's emphasis in this issue is contemporaneous and will serve its audience of academic researchers, educators, and business professionals.

All the manuscripts submitted to the conference that meets the journal guidelines at will be considered for publication provided the authors indicate their willingness to undergo IJBIT's review process.

Irrespective of attendance status at the PRME conference, authors can submit manuscripts that focus one or multiple themes of the conference, e.g., sustainability in strategic decision-making, the greening of supply chains and business models, educating managers for a sustainable future, global approaches and norms to sustainability, innovation and learning in sustainable organizations and systems.

Authors are asked to conform to the article submission guidelines available at Manuscripts in MS-Word or pdf format should be submitted by e-mail to . Please mention "IJBIT Paper" on the subject line. Although not recommended, paper can be mailed to the following address.

Niranjan Pati,
Ph.D. Dean and Professor
Rohrer College of Business
Rowan University
218 Bunce Hall
Glassboro, NJ 08028

The deadline for submission of papers to be considered for this special issue is April 30, 2010. The review reports will be e-mailed by June 30 and the selected manuscripts will be published in September 2010.