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Special Issue on: Organizational Ethics of Life and Death

Guest Editors

Mar Pérezts, Emlyon Business School; OCE Research Centre
Marianna Fotaki, Warwick Business School
Yuliya Shymko, Audencia Business School
Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management; IREGE

Key Dates

  • Presubmission virtual workshop application deadline: October 31, 2022
  • Decisions/Invitations to participate in virtual workshop: November 15, 2022
  • Presubmission virtual workshop convenes on: Monday, December 12, 2022
  • BEQ special issue submission window: April 1–May 31, 2023
  • Publication: late 2024 (est.)


The purpose of this special issue is to explore the organizational ethics of life and death, to imagine modes and forms of organizing that shape our relatedness, i.e., how we share the world we live in with others, both human and non-human. In line with the disciplinary and thematic scope of the Business Ethics Quarterly, we invite scholars from a variety of perspectives to consider the roles of (business) organizations and organizing in the ethics of life and death, as it plays out in light of growing inequalities and recent global phenomena such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, refugee crises, the rise of authoritarianism, global political conflicts, wars, and climate change. Such roles can include engaging in the ethics of care and politics of inclusivity, redefining “essential” or “front line” work, managing relationships between bodily health and work, or ethically relating to non-human forms of life. Considering such roles can help organizational scholars reimagine organizations and/in/for/with society by stressing the ethical dimensions of organizing for life. By shedding light on the ethics of life and death implicit within all human efforts at organizing, we hope to foster scholarship on how ethics may be understood as “co-extensive with life in its full development.”

Further Information

Further information regarding this special issue call can be found here

We welcome proposals for future special issues or sections from groups of 2–5 individuals who would compose a guest editor team. Proposals for a special issue are to be submitted, once a year, by November 30, to the journal’s managing editor ( The editors select one of the submitted proposals. Their decision is communicated in January. The selected proposal may require further development; the final text is published on the journal’s website and in the July issue of BEQ. For further guidelines, please refer to the pdf.