To reach environmental excellence, organizations must unlock and channel the ideas and energies of their staff. This can only be achieved through the effective leadership and commitment of senior managers and the development of sound teamworking throughout the organization. To this end, forward-looking organizations have formulated a range of teams, including: environmental steering committees; environmental action teams; process improvement teams; and quality and environment circles. The aims of this book are to bring together practical experiences and theoretical developments in relation to the role of teamworking within the context of environmental management. Contributions from an international group of leading practitioners and academics present examples of how teamworking can be utilised to solve the complex and uncertain environmental challenges that organisations face.
The book is divided into three key sections. The first section examines – in a number of different organizational contexts – the problems that confront managers during the process of forming and developing environmental teams. In the second section, the book examines how environmental teams can trigger changes in core operations and integrate environmental concerns in business decision-making at every level in the organization. In the final section, the focus of the book shifts to environmental networks and their role as inter-organizational co-ordinators.
Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks will be of particular interest to educationalists, consultants and practitioners. Teamworking is a well-established field, but, to date, no book has made any attempt to fully integrate teamworking and environmental issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Teams and the Management of Environmental Problems John Moxen and Peter A. Strachan 1. The Saturn Experience: Developing Habitual Routines in Manufacturing Teams Sandra L. Rothenberg 2. Corporate Commitment to the Natural Environment: Issues in a Team Approach Paul Douglas Keogh and Michael Jay Polonsky 3. Teamworking for Environmental Excellence in a University Context Sarah J. Cowell, Susan B. Hodgson and Roland Clift 4. Working with NGO Environmentalism for Land Reclamation Research Martin J. Haigh 5. Managing the Environmental Change Process: Barriers and Opportunities James E. Post and Barbara W. Altman 6. The Challenges of Internal Change Management John Moxen and Peter A. Strachan 7. Bulldozing the Green Wall: A Team-Based Approach to Integrating the Environmental, Health and Safety Function Kenneth W. Ayers and Timothy T. Greene 8. A Team-Based Approach to Graduate Education: The Minnesota Model James Perry, Sharon Anderson, Pam Davis and John Bryson 9. Managing Environmental Performance in the Organisation: A Participatory Model John Moxen and Peter A. Strachan 10. Postgraduate Team-Teaching for Central European Executives: Assessing Experience of the Environmental Training Project Zbigniew Bochniarz, Wieslaw Chodasewicz, Vilma Eri and Peter A. Strachan 11. Territorial Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Local and Regional Teamworking to Enhance the Environment Peter Roberts 12. From Environmental Loss to Environmental Gain: Multi-Disciplinary Teams in European Regional Economic Development Keith Clement 13. The UK's First Environment City Partnership: A Prototype Model for Local Sustainable Development? Ian Worthington and Alan Murphy 14. Teams in Local Environmental Action Planning: Case Studies from Central and Eastern Europe Elena Petkova and James Perry 15. Virtual Teams for Corporate Environmental Excellence Josephine Chinying Lang and Andrew Chinpeng Ho
Managing Green Teams speaks to several audiences. It is a worthwhile read for busy professionals seeking practical advice in short order ... practically every environmental professional – be they government, nonprofit, or private sector employees – will find at least a few chapters that directly relate to concerns in their organization ... as an overview of environmental teaming and a mix of time-tested theory with real-world advice, Managing Green Teams is on target and practical. - Corporate Environmental Strategy – Elsevier's Journal of Environmental Leadership