Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal’s contributions to corporate social responsibility disclosure research: A review and assessment

Dennis M. Patten, Hyemi Shin

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Abstract


Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to review and assess Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (SAMPJ)’s contributions to the body of sustainability disclosure research.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors review the 31 sustainability disclosure-themed articles published in SAMPJ up through Volume 8 (2017) and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the body of research, as well as its contributions to the understanding of the reporting phenomenon.

Findings
The assessment by the authors suggests SAMPJ has been very inclusive with respect to methods and topics, although we note certain areas where future research could be expanded.

Research limitations/implications
The authors limit the review to articles in SAMPJ, so they cannot assess the degree to which the general findings as to trends might reflect the overall body of sustainability disclosure research.

Practical implications
The review provides suggestions for where researchers looking to publish in SAMPJ might focus so as to enhance the overall body of knowledge.

Social implications
The primary social implication is that the preponderance of the evidence in the articles the authors review suggests that sustainability disclosure remains incomplete, biased and driven by concerns with legitimation. As such, it provides more evidence in support of the need for better regulation and enforcement.

Originality/value
While prior studies have summarized aspects of social and environmental accounting in general or with regard to specific journals, none has assessed the contributions specifically to sustainability disclosure research through this journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-40
Number of pages15
JournalSustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Research
  • General Interest
  • sustainability disclosure

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