A major dilemma for businesses has been the struggle to understand how to adopt and implement proactive environmental practices while meeting the core business objectives of growth and competitive advantage. The international contributors - leading scholars in the field of environmental strategy and management - shed light on this difficult balance as they examine the generation and deployment of capabilities, processes, and routines that help a business develop advanced environmental practices while simultaneously lowering costs and creating differentiation benefits.
The first book to gather cutting-edge research on this complex relationship, Corporate Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage presents conceptual ideas and empirical findings, as well as a valuable review of extant literature and future directions for researchers. At an organizational level of analysis, the topics covered include the external and internal antecedents of environmental capability-building including public policy, stakeholder engagement, managerial and organizational values, and human resource practices, and the outcomes of such capabilities in terms of environmental innovation. At a macro level, the topics covered include an examination of capabilities that will help organizations detect and prepare for extreme environmental events, and the development of clusters/networks of innovation to tackle sustainability problems that transcend organizational boundaries.
Scholars, consultants and managers from business, the public sector, NGOs, international development institutions, and government working at the interface of business and the natural environment will find this book a necessary addition to their library.
Edited by Sanjay Sharma, Dean, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont, Canada and J. Alberto Aragon-Correa, Associate Professor, University of Granada, Spain and Visiting Invited Professor, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Contents: 1. Corporate Environmental Strategy and Competitive Advantage: A Review from the Past to the Future 2. Research in Strategic Environmental Management 3. Through the Lens of Managerial Interpretations: Stakeholder Engagement, Organizational Knowledge and Innovation 4. Context and Values: Defining a Research Agenda for Studying Employee Environmental Motivation in Business Organizations 5. Small Firms and Natural Environment: A Resource-based View of the Importance, Antecedents, Implications and Future Challenges of the Relationship 6. Greening Service Organizations: Environmental Management Practices and Performance 7. Environmental Innovation in the Hotel Industry of the Balearic Islands 8. Environmental Management, Quality Management and Firm Performance: A Review of Empirical Studies 9. Competitive Effects from Eco-Manufacturing Strategy: Influencing Factors 10. The Firm-Nature Relationship: Past Experiences and Future Challenges 11. The Siesta is Over: A Rude Awakening from Sustainability Myopia 12. Sustainable Enterprise in Clusters of Innovation: New Directions in Corporate Sustainability Research and Practice 13. Self-Regulation and New Institutions: The Case of the Green Network in Denmark Index