Growing economic inequality in society has become a serious concern for both developed and developing countries. This special issue is based on the premise that a better understanding of the relationship between business and society is possible by examining it within the context of rising economic inequality. We are interested in a broad range of issues focused on linking business, society, and economic inequality.

Organizational research devoted to examining the firm-inequality relationship is at a very nascent stage and needs to draw on established research in other disciplines, as well as develop new theories by making broad connections between previously unexamined phenomena. Similarly, empirical examinations might have to make use of publicly available data and established methods, as well as creatively generate new data and methods to study this complex phenomenon. Therefore, we invite conceptual and empirical papers that offer substantial potential to result in high quality publications.


Interested authors are encouraged to submit a 6-page proposal (excluding references and exhibits) to Hari Bapuji ( through email by November 30, 2014. The guest editors will provide developmental feedback and invite authors of suitable proposals to submit a full paper to the special issue. In addition, potential authors may contact any of the guest editors to discuss initial ideas for papers. While interested authors are encouraged to make use of the guidance of the guest editors before submitting full papers, full papers may be submitted (and will be equally welcomed) even without prior consultation with guest editors.

The deadline for submission of all full papers (including papers that received feedback on their proposals) will be June 30, 2015.Authors should submit their manuscripts through ScholarOne Manuscripts at Manuscripts should be prepared following the Business and Society author guidelines: