Managing for sustainable development has become increasingly accepted worldwide by corporate, public, and non-profit organizations as vital to the continued existence and development of both these organizations and their natural and social environments. This collection of original papers provides various perspectives on sustainable management practices, particularly as practiced by large corporations. The ten studies in this volume represent the latest theoretical and empirical research in the field of organizations and the natural environment.
The contributors present a range of unique perspectives on issues including the impact of globalization on sustainability, cross-cultural comparisons of the impact of institutional contexts on environmental practices of Japanese and Chinese firms, comparisons of voluntary environmental initiatives undertaken by public and private sector organizations, processes of organizational change in response to stakeholder pressures, the transfer of environmental capabilities during mergers and acquisitions, why some companies keep the environmentally friendly features of their products secret, and the influence of emissions and health-impacts information on attitudes toward the environment. This volume opens and closes with two essays that comprehensively review the state of research in organizations and the natural environment and suggest directions for future researchers.
This insightful book presents studies from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives: Human Resources Management, Strategy, Operations Management, Accounting, International Business, Marketing, and Development. It represents the latest state of knowledge in organizations and the natural environment and provides interesting perspectives for academics, environmental consultants as well as environmental managers from business, the public sector, NGOs, international development institutions, and government.
Edited by Sanjay Sharma, Dean, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont, Canada and Mark Starik, Kogod School of Business, American University Washington DC, US
Contents: 1. Research in Corporate Sustainability: What Really Matters? 2. Globalization and Environmental Sustainability: An Analysis of the Impact of Globalization using the Natural Step Framework 3. Community Sustainability Comes to the Southern Appalachian Region of the USA: The Case of Johnson County, Tennessee 4. Eco-sustainability Orientation in China and Japan: Differences between Proactive and Reactive Firms 5. Motivations for Participating in a US Voluntary Environmental Initiative: The Multi-state Working Group and EPAs EMS Pilot Program 6. Factors Influencing Successful and Unsuccessful Environmental Change Initiatives 7. The Altering of a Firm's Environmental Management Capability During the Acquisition Integration Process 8. Strategic Environmental Human Resource Management and Organizational Performance: An Exploratory Study of the Canadian Manufacturing Sector 9. Information Disclosure in Environmental Policy and the Development of Secretly Environmentally-Friendly Products 10. Sustainable Stakeholder Accounting Beyond Complementarity and Towards Integration in Environmental Accounting 11. Enhancing Environmental Management Teaching Through Applications of Toxic Release Information 12. Childhood's End? Sustaining and Developing the Evolving Field of Organizations and the Natural Environment Index