The second topical area to be addressed by this list of management research paper topics concerns contemporary issues of business, society, and government. The 21st century finds businesses nested in over multiple jurisdictions, where cultures and values are changing and that are increasingly beset by crises such as disasters of the natural environment. Global business citizenship is discussed as not only a socially responsible and ethical way for firms to proceed but as a sensible and effective way of fitting with the requirements of our time. New forms of labor relations are evolving given the robust positioning of competition, both domestic and international, of nonunion and low-wage enterprises. One research paper looks at directions in labor relations with a focus on what they might be in 2025. Excessive work and its business consequences is an issue addressed by a research paper linked in this list. The factors associated with the success of women managers in business are analyzed. Doing well by doing good is a current business buzz phrase. That is, making money by working with people in poorer nations who benefit by the partnership. This was chiefly sparked by Prahalad’s The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (2006). The multifaceted dimensions of this movement are addressed in a research paper in this section. Another paper discusses organizational crisis management in the post-9/11 business epoch. The proactive management of an organization’s environment including activist groups and other stakeholders is considered at length.
Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore’s movie and book put global climate change on the agenda of leaders of business, government, and management professors and students, and the reference librarians who guide them. The part of our collection of research papers on Sustainability and the Natural Environment, begins with a research paper on Sustainable Organizations for the 21st Century. It is followed by a research paper explaining why firms comply or do not comply with environmental regulations. An applied focus is provided by a research paper on Environmental Strategy, Leadership, and Change Management in Business. The section concludes with a research paper on how many firms collaboratively incorporate environmentalist concerns in supply chain management.
Teaming in and beyond organizations in the knowledge economy is the focus of five research papers. The section begins with the evolving nature of work teams as they change to meet the requirements of the future. Web-based tools for collaborating with customers to develop new products and services are the subjects of a research paper. Transnational teams in knowledge-intensive organizations are discussed, as is the coordination in global teams and the conflict management within them.
Six research papers are on operations management with new technologies in a global context. How companies’ boundaries blur in the integrated and globalized context in the age of e-business is one of the focal research paper topics. This is followed by improving supply chain information velocity, product customization, and cost through extended enterprise applications. How information technology and automated processes enable “mass customization” where products can be individualized profitably is the topic of a research paper. Ethical manufacturing is reviewed in a separate research paper.