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- Retrospective, Perspective, and Prospective: Introduction to the Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment
- Competitive Strategy and the Environment: A Field of Inquiry Emerges
- International Business and the Environment
- Environmental Entrepreneurship
- The Value of Managing Stakeholders
- Industry Self-Regulation and Environmental Protection
- Environmental Governance
- Business and Environmental Law
- Cognitive Barriers to Environmental Action: Problems and Solutions
- Intergenerational Beneficence and the Success of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Organizational Contexts
- Organizational Culture and Environmental Action
- Institutional Approaches to Organizations and the Natural Environment
- Institutional Pressures and Organizational Characteristics: Implications for Environmental Strategy
- Social Movements, Business, and the Environment
- Greener Supply Chain Management
- Closed-Loop Supply Chains
- Industrial Ecology: Business Management in a Material World
- Information Systems, Business, and the Natural Environment: Can Digital Business Transform Environmental Sustainability?
- From Green Marketing to Marketing for Environmental Sustainability
- Why not Choose Green? Consumer Decision Making for Environmentally Friendly Products
- Using Market Segmentation Approaches to Understand the Green Consumer
- Sustainability and Social Responsibility Reporting and the Emergence of the External Social Audits: The Struggle for Accountability?
- Environmental Management, Measurement, and Accounting: Information for Decision and Control?
- Corporate Environmental Financial Reporting and Financial Markets
- Values-Driven and Profit-Seeking Dimensions of Environmentally Responsible Investing
- Environmental Risks and Financial Markets: A Two-Way Street
- Corporate Decision-Making, Net Present Value, and the Environment
- The Relevance of the Natural Environment for Corporate Social Responsibility Research
- Business, Society, and the Environment
- The New Corporate Environmentalism and the Symbolic Management of Organizational Culture
- Critical Perspectives on Business and the Natural Environment
- Approaching Business and the Environment with Complexity Theory
- Beyond the Brave New World: Business for Sustainability
- Looking Back, Thinking Forward: Distinguishing Between Weak and Strong Sustainability
- Enterprise Sustainability 2.0: Aesthetics of Sustainability
- Tomorrow's C-Suite Agenda
- The Third-Generation Corporation
- Capitalism Critique: Systemic Limits on Business Harmony with Nature
Abstract and Keywords
This article emphasizes the neoinstitutional theory in organizational analysis. It evaluates the gaps and opportunities for the study of institutional dynamics at the interface of business and the environment. Institutional theoretic approaches address the sources and consequences of institutions, and can be harnessed for both normative and positive approaches. Moreover, it briefly covers the works that focus on regulatory, normative, and cognitive institutional forces within this school of thought. The subject matter of organizations and the natural environment inherently lends itself to institutional analysis. The four main research foci that attracted concentrated attention from organizational scholars is considered: how corporations respond to environmental problems, the organizational dimensions of the environmental movement, environmental justice, and sustainability. Furthermore, the article reports the opportunities to expand the scope of research on institutional dynamics by addressing greenwashing, climate change, movements and counter-movements, and policy.
Michael Lounsbury is a Professor at the University of Alberta, School of Business. His research focuses on the relationship between organizational and institutional change, entrepreneurial dynamics, and the emergence of new industries and practices. He is currently investigating the co‐evolution of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Professor Lounsbury serves on a number of editorial boards and is the series editor of Research in the Sociology of Organizations and co‐editor‐in‐chief of the Journal of Management Inquiry.
Samantha Fairclough, Assistant Professor of strategic Management and Enterpreneurship, School of Business Administration University of Mississippi.
Min-Dong Paul Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Management & Organization, College of Business Administration, University of South Florida.
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