Rohrer College of Business @ Rowan University

Call for Papers - Achieving Sustainability through Innovation

Date / Time: Friday April 01, 2011 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Rowan University Student Center Enyon Ballroom

An increasingly holistic understanding of the myriad linkages among natural, economic, social and cultural systems has made evident the need to radically alter how we manage all our resources. The moral and economic imperative of building sustainable economies and societies has resulted in a global multi-faceted 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.

The third annual conference builds on the previous two conferences with a focus on Achieving Sustainability through Innovation. The role of innovation, broadly defined, includes product, process, technology, organizational, and system-wide innovations that are aimed at embedding sustainability at every level of organizational ecologies. 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, social and cultural) are appropriate, proposals consistent with the following topics are of particular interest:

  • The role of innovation - product, process, technology, organizational, and system-wide - in achieving a more sustainable posture for organizations and systems
  • Sustainability in strategic decision-making
  • The greening of business models and supply chains
  • Educating managers for a sustainable future
  • Green collar jobs
  • Global approaches and norms to sustainability

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for proposals is March 18, 2011. Please send proposals in a Word file to Abstracts may be up to 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

Special Issue On Achieving Sustainability Through Innovation

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

International Journal of Business Insights and Transformation (IJBIT), a Cabell listed peer- reviewed journal, will be publishing a special issue on "Achieving Sustainability Through Innovation." Manuscripts are invited for this special issue. The thematic areas of this issue are:

  • Innovative strategies in implementing sustainability
  • Innovative strategies in greening supply chains
  • Innovative human resource practices to foster sustainability
  • International comparison of innovative strategies in sustainability
  • Innovation and learning in sustainable organizations and systems

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.

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 Manuscript" 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, Dean's Suite
    Glassboro, NJ 08028

The deadline for submission of papers to be considered for this special issue is May 31, 2011. Manuscripts submitted for presentation at the Third PRME Conference at Rowan University, adhering to the submission guidelines of IJBIT, will be considered for review upon the consent of authors. The review reports will be e-mailed by October 30 and the selected manuscripts will be published in the January 2012 issue of IJBIT. IJBIT full text is available on the EBSCO Publishing's database.