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Call for Papers

Journal of Managerial Psychology


Special Issue on Organizational Psychology and Poverty Reduction


Guest Editors

Christopher Burt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Stuart C. Carr, Poverty Research Group, Massey University, New Zealand


Context and Rationale

In 2000, the United Nations collectively signed up to the Millennium Development Goals (  These goals focus on the reduction of poverty by the year 2015.  They encompass a range of integral human freedoms, from the right to health and education, to gender equity, a clean environment, and fair trade.  They are inherently inter-disciplinary.  Inter-disciplinarity in turn creates an opportunity for disciplines and professions, who have to-date been relatively silent on poverty, to step up and make a contribution. Organizational Psychology is one such discipline and profession. 


There are literally millions of organizations worldwide that are focused on reducing poverty, from international aid agencies like the UN and World Health Organization, to Government civil services and national aid agencies, to non-government organizations (NGOs) global and local, to joint ventures between not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.  We want to hear from organizational psychologists whose work and research falls into any of these categories.  We are especially interested in empirical papers that include, but are not limited to, topics like the following:


Potential Foci


  • Job analysis and competency modeling in aid work, joint ventures and capacity development partnerships
  • Recruitment and Selection of aid workers, local and expatriate
  • Training needs analysis, intervention and evaluation, for aid work and joint ventures
  • Interactions between socio-cultural and socio-economic diversity at work
  • Application of motivation theories to aid-workers
  • Leadership in aid-workers
  • Aid-workers’ work attitudes, such as job satisfaction, organization commitment
  • Teamwork in poverty reduction
  • Organizational psychology of capacity development
  • Managing the well-being of aid workers local and international
  • Ethical issues in poverty reduction consultancy
  • Corporate social responsibility and stakeholder models, in poverty reduction
  • Images of poverty and their role in socially responsible aid appeals
  • Managing brain drain from developing and/or transition economies
  • Organizational psychology of remittances
  • Organizational psychology of Foreign Direct Investment
  • Organizational psychology of financial markets
  • Organizational psychology of free trade
  • Negotiation and bargaining in stakeholder models for development


Submission requirements


~Submissions should be no longer than 5000 words, excluding end matter


~Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere


~All papers refereed through a peer review process


~The deadline for submissions is 31 July, 2009


~Submissions are requested by e-mail attachment to Kay Sutcliffe, JMP Editorial Administrator, at


Please state in your submission that the paper is for consideration in the Journal of Managerial Psychology special issue “Organisational Psychology and Poverty Reduction.”



The special issue is part of a world-first global initiative, in which 10 journals in Psychology are simultaneously releasing, in unison, a “global special issue” on the poverty reduction theme. This is a unique opportunity for accelerated input from an entire field. We bring not one but a whole series of peer-reviewed journals to the theme, each journal with its own, complementary focus on the MDGs in general, and poverty reduction in particular. The journals represent applied, professional, health, social, and other branches of psychology. The journals span low-income, transition and OECD economies. Each journal will release its contribution in mid 2010. Each journal will publish either a special section of papers, or an entire issue of the journal, on the poverty reduction theme. Development and policy development agencies, such as the UN and the OECD, will be notified about the global special issue. It is expected that the special issue will make a significant contribution to the work of those agencies, and the communities they serve.


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