Call for chapters in edited book: “Governance for the new era: cases and perspectives from top to bottom and left to right”

Call for chapters in edited book:

Title: “Governance for the new era: cases and perspectives from top to bottom and left to right”

Editors: Dr Tom Cockburn,AFNZIM, Dr Khosro Jahdi, Edgar Wilson, JP

This book is scheduled for publication by Business Expert Press, New York, in 2014.

The Edited Book proposed here deals with perspectives, debates and short case studies illustrating the dynamic complexity of corporate governance in global business now and in future. Authors will present conceptual, practical and/or empirically based chapters. The editors aim to provide intelligent laypersons with a broad, readable coverage of the range and diversity of viewpoints on rational governance in organizations; top down, bottom-up, as well as from the ‘left’ to the ‘right’ of the political spectrum.

It is something of a truism today that “Business as usual” is no longer a viable option. In today’s globalised world organizations must change or die. They face many unprecedented demands whilst operating in increasingly turbulent markets or social contexts, and under ever escalating ethical constraints imposed by an often suspicious or well-informed public.

The chapters will detail various new or previously unacknowledged global, social, technical and organizational elements that are contributing to the dynamic complexity that leaders in business, NGOs and government are facing. In each chapter, the authors will describe, debate and define their particular model, perspective or research data on governance whether top-down or bottom-up; left or right of the political spectrum and supply readers with cases and vignettes to illustrate and advocate paths taken or proposals for change.

These new models and debates around integrity and governance not only provide updated perspectives on these dynamic processes but ensure leaders are familiarized with currently emerging business and organizational imperatives, debates, research theories and technological tools, enabling them to lead successfully in emergent complex digitally connected environments. .

This book aims to reframe, extends and updates these and other discussions, debates, descriptions as building new governance capabilities. Using short descriptive cases, scenarios and vignettes the authors indicate specifically how leaders may recognize, learn from, the implied or explicit models and strategies presented as well as unlearning old or unhelpful ways of working whilst recognizing limitations and opportunities inherent in them and the diverse paths to ethical and sustainable governance.

We recognize that this process of contention, debate and learning for change is not a once-only event as the business landscape and available technologies are constantly changing and leaders may not know at any given time what manner of organization or context they will have to deal with in the future. In other words, organizations, leaders, and all the stakeholders are in a situation where they are co-evolving at an accelerating rate. Leadership is no longer a matter of setting a direction and ensuring it is being followed – leadership for the future is all about having a vision with an uncertain path to its achievement that may only be attempted through flexibility, agility, and adaptability in the collaborative company of fellow stakeholders.

Leaders must learn and develop new governance models and capabilities if they are to successfully steer their communities through the whitewater rapids of the newly emerging era of social digital connectivity and global dynamic complexity. These are pivotal matters with which leaders and stakeholders must become familiar if they are to be successful in the network age.

Submission of chapter proposals process and details on possible topics are given below.

Short, two/three page summaries of your chapter proposal are all that is initially required. These proposals will be reviewed by the editors and successful authors notified.

The deadline for this call for chapter proposals is 30th October 2013. The reviewers will respond with feedback to each author two weeks after the deadline.

Contact: Tom Cockburn at

Chapter topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Navigating Uncertainty and Effectiveness of the Board today
2. Corporate Governance Disclosures and Firm Performance
3. Information Asymmetry and cross border deals
4. Opportunities and constraints on Bundling corporate governance today: ‘Bundling or Bungling’ governance?
5. New dynamics of company-community interactions and governance
6. Governance Disclosure and its Determinants
7. FDI, crowd-sourcing and public-private partners’ impact
8. Non-executive directors’ roles reframed
9. Impacts of emerging changes in ownership, control and collaboration structures
10. “Old boy” networks in the West vs “new women” leadership in the East?
11. Global governance of sustainable development
12. Governance, NGOs and volunteer organizations
13. Climate Change and corporate governance
14. Governance and strategic alliances
15. Mobile technology, communication and stakeholder power: New digital divides
16. Impact of dynamic aspects of social media
17. Impacts of new digital technology on Whistleblowing
18. Conceptual and/or empirical Studies of Impact of Digital technology enablers for bundling corporate governance from individual level to global levels
19. Radical or rational changes-an overview of governance possibilities and practicalities today
20. Governance Blue, Red, Green or ‘Rainbow coalition’
21. Open governance
22. Social entrepreneurism and profits
23. Shareholder activism versus stakeholder activism; working at cross-purposes?
24. Transitions to greater collective responsibility in corporations
25. Governance, politics and culture in the emerging countries
26. Enforcement regimes and governance in business, NGOs and the public sector
27. Co-operative structures and governance-a way forward?


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