"Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Learning, and ICT: How to foster sustainable development"

Businesses are under increasing pressure from an ongoing economic crisis, which is reducing growth opportunities and available resources. Such a crisis simultaneously involves the educational institutions and the entrepreneurial contexts, in rethinking the strategic way for renew the critical scenario.  

As a matter of fact, to challenge the crisis, there is growing interest among scholars:

-          On one hand, concerning the educational implications of social responsibility and sustainability in the schools. Thus, educational researchers, educationist, and teachers have to work assuming an "intergenerational learning as lived democracy" approach, to emphasize a joint commitment to the common good and to include opportunities for an equal sharing of power and responsibility for students' future. As a result, new educational environments could be in, where ICT may enhance a sensitive and sustainable learning of students. 

-          On the other hand, regarding the managerial implications of corporate social responsibility and related areas such as corporate sustainability. In this case, because of the rise in consumer, investor, supplier, and worker demands for corporate social responsibility and sustainability, managers have begun to ask important questions regarding how to manage these activities in the corporate organizations. The net result of these, and related developments, is a complex social and environmental context, where ICT, products, services and competitors can rapidly have disruptive effects for sustainable development. Business models can no longer be static; rather corporate organizations have dynamically to learn innovative strategies integrating ICT, product as well as service processes, and collaborative approaches. In so doing, they may create new attractive markets and also intensify competitive pressures, to turn point the ongoing crisis.


Despite increasing attention, researches mixing (corporate) social responsibility as well as (corporate) sustainability, learning in educational as well as entrepreneurial organizations, and ICT are still in an embryonic stage, with critical issues regarding frameworks and empirical methods yet to be resolved.

As such, the primary goal of this special issue is to serve as a catalyst for scholarly work on these concepts, which expands the domain from an exclusive focus on the macro level of analysis to an inclusive focus incorporating issues more directly related to social responsibility, sustainability, learning and ICT in the educational and corporate organizations.

Some research questions that might be addressed in this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • What is the relationship among social responsibility, sustainability, and learning in the educational as well as corporate organizations?
  • What does sustainable learning mean for the social actors, such as educationists and managers?
  • How is sustainable learning process related to socially responsible and sustainable activities in the educational contexts rather than the corporate organizations?
  • What is the relationship between ICT and ethical decision-making processes related to socially responsible and sustainable endeavors in the two different contexts?
  • What implications do ICT tools have for effective adoption or implementation of social responsibility as well as sustainability in the educational and corporate contexts?
  • Are social responsibility and sustainability the strategic levers to innovate and to foster sustainable development? And if so, how might such innovation be designed in the educational as well as corporate organizations?


We invite submissions of original research papers as well as theoretical and application papers on the above themes. All the articles will receive a blind peer review. Accepted languages are Italian, English and French.

Authors are invited to submit their proposals sending first an abstract (maximum of 500 words and 5 keywords) to the following address:  qwerty.ckbg@gmail.com - by July 30th 2013.

By September 10th authors will receive a feedback about their abstract.

The full manuscript should be sent by October 22nd. Reviews or notifications of acceptance will be communicated to the authors by December 18th.

The final version of the contributions must be submitted by March 31st 2014.

Accepted manuscripts will be published within June 2014.

APA norms should be followed. For further details, please consult our submission guidelines




Guest editor

Gianvito D'Aprile, Ph.D.

Grifo Multimedia s.r.l.

Via Bruno Zaccaro, 17/19

70126 - Bari (IT)

e-mail: g.daprile@grifomultimedia.it



Important deadlines

  • July 30th 2013: Submission of a 500 abstract
  • September 10th 2013: abstract evaluations
  • October 22nd 2013: first draft of the manuscript
  • December 18th 2013: reviews of the manuscript
  • March 31st 2014: final versions due
  • June 2014: papers published