The fields of corporate environmentalism, green business and corporate sustainability have grown significantly over the past twenty-five years, such that the academic research domains of business decision-making, accounting, organizational behaviour, and the protection of the natural environment have developed into maturing areas of study within the management sciences.
Business and the Natural Environment: A Research Overview is a summary of the research thus far on this topic, offering a structure for understanding its emergence and growth, the multiple facets that make up its present state and a glimpse into the future of where it may be going. Along the way, the authors provide a compendium of its important works to help situate the interested reader in the landscape of the field. One important element of this work is its topical relevance; issues of environmental protection (and more recently sustainability) are critically important in today’s worlds of business, policy, and public understanding. Scholars who choose to enter this domain have much to offer of societal value while at the same time, entering a non-fully legitimate research stream that can lead to academic success (such as tenure).
This shortform book provides a research map for both new scholars who wish to enter the field and more seasoned researchers who wish to understand one view of the landscape and how they might fit within it. This expert survey of the existing literature brings the research story into the age of the Anthropocene and is essential primary reading.
'Hoffman and Georg have offered us an important mirror to examine ourselves with, reflecting back the past few decades of research and publishing in the still emerging field of Business and the Natural Environment. We have to be honest about what we see—a great deal of work rooted in the assumptions of the current theories and practices of management. But peering through the looking glass reveals that what is imperative in the years ahead is assumption-breaking and paradigm shifting work commensurate with the momentous social and environmental changes that are being wrought by the onset of the Anthropocene Era. The challenge to—and opportunity for—researchers in the field could not be more starkly drawn.' — Stuart L. Hart, Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business, University of Vermont, USA
'At no time in history has society faced such seemingly insurmountable environmental challenges. Hoffman and Georg call for thoughtful scholarship, by putting into context the history of research in business and environment and outlining the real challenges that lay ahead.' — Pratima (Tima) Bansal, Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Canada
'This book is a great compendium of the field of Business and the Natural Environment. For readers looking for a comprehensive introduction, the book is ideal to start exploring this important field. Andy Hoffman and Susse Georg not only look back, though, they also develop a thought-provoking argument that we have now arrived in the ‘Age of Humans’. They call into question the human relation to our planet and what this means for business.' — Jonatan Pinkse, Alliance Manchester Business School
'How have business scholars sought to understand the interactions between business and the natural environment, and where might the field be heading next? This concise volume by two leading scholars provides answers to these questions…The volume serves to welcome new scholars into the conversation and inspire debates with more established colleagues… the authors provide invigorating glimpses into several possible directions, such as challenging the premises of market models and standard economic metrics, while emphasizing systems thinking and alternative modes of organizing and governance.' — Todd Schifeling, Postdoctoral Fellow, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
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Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.
This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.
As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.