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Research in Corporate Sustainability: Evolving Theory and Practice of Organizations in the Natural Environment

Edited By: Sanjay Sharma and Mark Starik

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #136403 | ISBN: 1840649062
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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 articles 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 organization and the natural environment (ONE). 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 forms, 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 of the state of research in organizations and the natural environment and suggest directions for future researchers. This 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.


Research in corporate sustainability - what really matters?, Sanjay Sharma; globalization and environmental sustainability - an analysis of the impact of globalization using the natural step framework, Joyce S. Osland et al; community sustainability comes to the Southern Appalachian region of the USA - the case of Johnson County, Tennessee, W. Edward Stead et al; eco-sustainability orientation in China and Japan - differences between proactive and reactive firms, Oana Branzei and Ilan Vertinsky; motivations for participating in a US voluntary environmental initiative - the multi-state working group and EPA's EMS pilot program, Nicole Darnall; factors influencing successful and unsuccessful environmental changes initiatives, Linda C. Angell and Gordon P. Rands; the altering of a firm's environmental management capability during the acquisition integration process, Kimberley M. Ellis et al; strategic environmental human resource management and organizational performance - an exploratory study of the Canadian manufacturing sector, Carolyn P. Egri and Robert C. Hornal; information disclosure in environmental policy and the development of secretly environmentally-friendly products, Trudy Heller and Jeanne Mroczko; sustainable stakeholder accounting - beyond complementarity and towards integration in environmental accounting, W. Richard Sherman et al; enhancing environmental management teaching through applications of toxic release information, Mark Cordano and Irene Hanson Frieze; childhood's end? sustaining and developing the evolving field of organizations and the natural environment, Mark Starik.

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