1st Edition

Business and the Natural Environment

    2144 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past four decades, the concept of corporate environmentalism has passed through multiple iterations. Prompted by landmark environmental events such the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), the Santa Barbara oil spill, the Cuyahoga River fire, Love Canal, Bhopal, the Exxon Valdez spill, the Brent Spar controversy, and many other horrifying disasters, conceptions of corporate environmentalism as mere regulatory compliance gradually gave way to newer management conceptions of ‘pollution prevention’, ‘total quality environmental management’, ‘industrial ecology’, ‘life-cycle analysis’, ‘environmental strategy’, ‘environmental justice’, and, most recently, ‘sustainable development’.

    Concurrent with this evolution in corporate practice has been the emergence of academic research focused on business decision-making, firm behaviour, and the protection of the natural environment. Scholars within management schools entered this research domain with gusto in the mid-1980s, and what began as a modest offshoot of traditional management research has grown into a maturing area of study within the management sciences.

    This new four-volume Routledge Major Works collection will enable users to make sense of this thriving and fast-developing area of serious scholarly endeavour. The collection is fully indexed and includes a comprehensive introduction that places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is destined to be valued by students, teachers, and researchers as an indispensable reference resource.


    Volume I

    1. T. N. Gladwin, J. J. Kennelly, and T. S. Krause, ‘Shifting Paradigms for Sustainable Development: Implications for Management Theory and Research’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20, 874–907.

    2. P. Shrivastava, ‘The Role of Corporations in Achieving Environmental Sustainability’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20, 4, 936–60.

    3. I. Henriques and P. Sadorsky, ‘The Determinants of an Environmentally Responsive Firm: An Empirical Approach’, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 1996, 30, 3, 381–95.

    4. P. Christmann, ‘Effects of "Best Practices" on Environmental Management on Cost Advantage: The Role of Complementary Assets’, Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43, 4, 663–80.

    5. S. Sharma and H. Vredenburg, ‘Proactive Corporate Environmental Strategy and the Development of Competitively Valuable Organizational Capabilities’, Strategic Management Journal, 1998, 19, 8, 729–53.

    6. T. N. Gladwin, ‘The Meaning of Greening: A Plea for Organizational Theory’, in K. Fischer and J. Schot (eds.), Environmental Strategies for Industry: International Perspectives on Research Needs and Policy Implications (Island Press, 1993), pp. 37–61.

    7. S. L. Hart, ‘A Natural-Resource-Based View of the Firm’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 986–1014.

    8. J. Aragón-Correa and S. Sharma, ‘A Contingent Resource-Based View of Proactive Corporate Environmental Strategy’, Academy of Management Review, 2003, 71–88.

    9. M. V. Russo and P. A. Fouts, ‘A Resource-Based Perspective on Corporate Environmental Performance and Profitability’, Academy of Management Journal, 1997, 40, 534–59.

    10. P. D. Jennings and P. A. Zandbergen, ‘Ecologically Sustainable Organizations: An Institutional Approach’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20, 4, 1015–52.

    11. A. J. Hoffman, ‘Linking Organizational and Field-Level Analyses: The Diffusion of Corporate Environmental Practice’, Organization and Environment, 2001, 14/2, 133–56.

    12. A. J. Hoffman, ‘Institutional Evolution and Change: Environmentalism and the US Chemical Industry’, Academy of Management Journal, 1999, 42, 4, 351–71.

    13. M. Lounsbury, ‘Institutional Sources of Practice Variation: Staffing College and University Recycling Programs’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2001, 46, 29–56.

    14. R. K. Mitchell, B. R. Agle, and D. J. Wood, ‘Toward a Theory of Stakeholder Identification and Salience: Defining the Principle of Who and What Really Counts’, Academy of Management Review, 1997, 22, 853–86.

    15. M. B. Clarkson, ‘A Stakeholder Framework for Analyzing and Evaluating Corporate Social Performance’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20, 92–117.

    16. R. V. Aguilera, D. Rupp, C. A. Williams, and J. Ganapathi, ‘Putting the S Back in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Multi-Level Theory of Social Change in Organizations’, Academy of Management Review, 2007, 32, 3, 836–63.

    17. D. Matten and A. Crane, ‘Corporate Citizenship: Toward an Extended Theoretical Conceptualization’, Academy of Management Review, 2005, 30, 1, 166–79.

    Volume Ii

    18. D. Matten and J. Moon, ‘ "Implicit" and "Explicit" CSR: A Conceptual Framework for a Comparative Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility’, Academy of Management Review, 2008, 33, 2, 404–24.

    19. A. B. Carroll, ‘A Three Dimensional Model of Corporate Social Performance’, Academy of Management Review, 1979, 4, 497–505.

    20. S. B. Banerjee, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Critical Sociology, 2008, 34, 1, 51–79.

    21. P. Bansal and K. Roth, ‘Why Companies go Green: A Model of Ecological Responsiveness’, Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43, 717–36.

    22. M. Starik and G. P. Rands, ‘Weaving an Integrated Web: Multilevel and Multisystem Perspectives of Ecologically Sustainable Organizations’, Academy of Management Review, 1995, 20, 4, 908–35.

    23. C. P. Egri and L. T. Pinfield, ‘Organizations and the Biosphere: Ecologies and Environments’, in S. R. Clegg, C. Hardy, and W. R. Nord (eds.), Handbook of Organization Studies (Sage, 1996), pp. 459–83.

    24. M. Starik, ‘Should Trees Have Managerial Standing? Toward Stakeholder Status for Non-Human Nature’, Journal of Business Ethics, 1995, 14, 207–17.

    25. J. D. Margolis and J. P. Walsh, ‘Misery Loves Companies: Rethinking Social Initiatives by Business’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2003, 48, 2, 268–305.

    26. M. E. Porter and C. van der Linde, ‘Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1995, 94, 97–118.

    27. S. A. Waddock and S. B. Graves, ‘The Corporate Social Performance-Financial Performance Link’, Strategic Management Journal, 1997, 18, 303–19.

    28. A. A. King and M. J. Lenox, ‘Does it Really Pay to be Green? An Empirical Study of Firm Environmental and Financial Performance’, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2001, 5/1, 105–16.

    29. M. L. Barnett and R. M. Salomon, ‘Beyond Dichotomy: The Curvilinear Relationship Between Social Responsibility and Financial Performance’, Strategic Management Journal, 2006, 27, 11, 1101–22.

    30. D. Wood, ‘Corporate Social Performance Revisited’, Academy of Management Review, 1991, 16, 4, 691–718.

    31. R. W. Hahn and R. N. Stavins, ‘Incentive-Based Environmental Regulation: A New Era from an Old Idea’, Ecology Law Quarterly, 1991, 18, 1, 1–42.

    32. D. Mackenzie, ‘Making Things the Same: Gases, Emission Rights and the Politics of Carbon Markets’, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2009, 4, 3–4, 440–55.

    33. A. A. King and M. J. Lenox, ‘Industry Self-Regulation Without Sanctions: The Chemical Industry’s Responsible Care Program’, Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43, 4, 698–716.

    34. M. A. Delmas, ‘The Diffusion of Environmental Management Standards in Europe and in the United States: An Institutional Perspective’, Policy Sciences, 2002, 35/1, 91–119.

    35. N. Darnall and S. Sides, ‘Assessing the Performance of Voluntary Environmental Programs: Does Certification Matter?’, Policy Studies Journal, 2008, 36/1, 95–117.

    36. C. J. Corbett and D. A. Kirsch, ‘International Diffusion of ISO 14000 Certification’, Production and Operations Management, 2001, 10/3, 327–42.

    Volume Iii

    37. C. B. Bhattacharya and S. Sen, ‘Consumer-Company Identification: A Framework for Understanding Consumers’ Relationships with Companies’, Journal of Marketing, 2003, 67, 4, 76–88.

    38. S. George, ‘The Social Shaping of Household Consumption’, Ecological Economics, 1999, 28, 3, 455–66.

    39. S. Yearly, ‘Green Ambivalence about Science: Legal-Rational Authority and the Scientific Legitimation of a Social Movement’, British Journal of Sociology, 1992, 43, 511–32.

    40. W. D. Sine and B. H. Lee, ‘Tilting at Windmills? The Environmental Movement and the Emergence of the U.S. Wind Energy Sector’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2009, 54, 123–55.

    41. P. Wapner, ‘Politics Beyond the State: Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics’, World Politics, 1995, 47, 311–40.

    42. J. A. Howard-Grenville, ‘Inside the "Black Box": How Organizational Culture and Subcultures Inform Interpretations and Actions on Environmental Issues’, Organization & Environment, 2006, 19, 46–73.

    43. S. Maguire and C. Hardy, ‘Discourse and Deinstitutionalization: The Decline of DDT’, Academy of Management Journal, 2009, 52, 148–78.

    44. P. Bansal and I. Clelland, ‘Talking Trash: Legitimacy, Impression Management, and Unsystematic Risk in the Context of the Natural Environment’, Academy of Management Journal, 2004, 47, 1, 197–218.

    45. S. Sharma, ‘Managerial Interpretations and Organizational Context as Predictors of Corporate Choice of Environmental Strategy’, Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43, 681–97.

    46. C. Egri and S. Herman, ‘Leadership in the North American Environmental Sector: Values, Leadership Styles, and Contexts of Environmental Leaders and their Organizations’, Academy of Management Journal, 2000, 43, 4, 571–604.

    47. S. B. Banerjee, ‘Managerial Perceptions of Corporate Environmentalism: Interpretations from Industry and Strategic Implications for Organizations’, Journal of Management Studies, 2001, 38, 4, 489–513.

    48. P. Bansal, ‘From Issues to Actions: The Importance of Individual Concerns and Organizational Values in Responding to Natural Environmental Issues’, Organization Science, 2003, 14, 510–27.

    49. I. Henriques and P. Sadorsky, ‘The Relationship Between Environmental Commitment and Managerial Perceptions of Stakeholder Importance’, Academy of Management Journal, 1999, 42, 87–99.

    50. R. Gray, ‘Accounting and Environmentalism: An Exploration of the Challenge of Gently Accounting for Accountability, Transparency and Sustainability’, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 1992, 17, 5, 399–425

    51. T. N. Gladwin and J. G. Welles, ‘Multinational Corporations and Environmental Protection: Patterns of Organizational Adaptation’, International Studies of Management & Organization, 1976, 6, 1–2, 160–84.

    Volume Iv

    52. P. Christmann and G. Taylor, ‘Globalization and the Environment: Determinants of Firm Self-Regulation in China’, Journal of International Business Studies, 2001, 32, 3, 439–58.

    53. S. Jeppesen and M. W. Hansen, ‘Environmental Upgrading of Third World Enterprises Through Linkages to Transnational Corporations: Theoretical Perspectives and Preliminary Evidence’, Business Strategy and the Environment, 2004, 13, 4, 261–74.

    54. R. D. Klassen and D. C. Whybark, ‘The Impact of Environmental Technologies on Manufacturing Performance’, Academy of Management Journal, 1999, 40, 6, 599–615.

    55. P. Shrivastava, ‘Environmental Technologies and Competitive Advantage’, Strategic Management Journal, 1995, 16, S1, 183–200.

    56. F. L. Reinhardt, ‘Environmental Product Differentiation: Implications for Corporate Strategy’, California Management Review, 1998, 40, 4, 43–73.

    58. J. Sarkis, ‘A Strategic Decision Framework for Green Supply Chain Management’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2003, 11, 4, 397–409.

    59. S. Vachon and R. D. Klassen, ‘Extending Green Practices Across the Supply Chain: The Impact of Upstream and Downstream Integration’, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 2006, 26, 7, 795–821.

    60. J. Ehrenfeld and N. Gertler, ‘Industrial Ecology in Practice: The Evolution of Interdependence at Kalundborg’, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 1997, 1, 1, 67–79.

    61. A. Smith, A. Stirling, and F. Berkhout, ‘The Governance of Sustainable Socio-Technical Transitions’, Research Policy, 2005, 34, 1491–510.

    62. E. Shove and G. Walker, ‘Governing Transitions in the Sustainability of Everyday Life’, Research Policy, 2010, 39, 4, 471–6.

    63. R. Kemp, J. Schot, and R. Hoogma, ‘Regime Shifts to Sustainability Through Processes of Niche Formation: The Approach of Strategic Niche Management’, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 1998, 10, 2, 175–98.

    64. R. Nidumolu, C. K. Prahalad, and M. R. Rangaswami, ‘Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver of Innovation’, Harvard Business Review, September 2009.

    65. S. L. Hart, ‘Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World’, Harvard Business Review, January/February 1997, 66–76.

    66. J. Ehrenfeld, ‘Searching for Sustainability: No Quick Fix’, Reflections, 2004, 5, 8, 1–13.

    67. T. London and S. Hart, ‘Reinventing Strategies for Emerging Markets: Beyond the Transnational Model’, Journal of International Business Studies, 2004, 35, 350–70.

    68. S. Georg and A. Irwin, ‘Re-interpreting Local-Global Partnerships’, in T. de Bruijn and A. Tukker (eds.), Partnership and Leadership: Building Alliances for a Sustainable Future (Kluwer, 2002), pp. 61–76.

    69. K. Weber, K. Heinze, and M. Desoucey, ‘Forage for Thought: Mobilizing Codes in the Movement for Grass-Fed Meat and Dairy Products’, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2008, 53, 529–67.

    70. A. Kolk and J. Pinske, ‘Market Strategies for Climate Change’, European Management Journal, 2004, 22, 3, 304–14.


    Andrew Hoffman is the Holcium (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigin, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Withink this role he also serves as Associate Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He is a leader in using organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business, and has published seven books and over eighty articles/book chapters on the topic. 

    Susse Georg (PhD, MSc.) was appointed professor of environmental management in 2003. She has been with the Department of Organization at the Copenhagen Business School since 2000. Her main area of interest is the dynamics of organizational and institutional change particularly with regard to corporate environmentalism, environmental policy, and the complex interplay between the two. Her research activities focus on corporate environmental governance, e.g. the challenges of implementing environmental management systems, of standardizing corporate environmental performance, and of organizing markets for environmental products. Taking a constructivist approach to environmental management studies her research focuses on the framing of environmental issues – the ways in which the environment is constructed and interpreted in different organizational settings – with the aim of improving our understanding of corporate environmentalism’s (emergent) effects.