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Organizations and the Natural Environment Fall 2017 Newsletter

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This is the ONE Fall 2017 Newsletter. Pages 13-14 feature a Q&A interview with me on the subject of the 2017 ONE Emerging Scholar Award

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Organizations and the Natural Environment Fall 2017 Newsletter

  1. 1. September 2017 Edition – Post AOM Conference INTRODUCTION FROM THE ONE CHAIR Greetings, ONE members! As I write this, the recent AOM Meetings in Atlanta have been over for nearly a month, and I hope that for those of you who were able to attend the conference, you had uneventful travel back to your homes, and had time to relax a little and get ready for the fall semester. (small point of trivia: here at Cornell, we have a “Fall” semester and a “Spring” semester, though many of our students would dispute that the January-March period here constitutes much of a spring.) If you attended the ONE Business Meeting and Socials in Atlanta, you know that we were able to celebrate our strengths as a Division, which the recently-completed Five Year Review revealed to be many: our excellent PDW and Paper sessions at the conference, our sense of community, and our responsive leadership were three highlights we noted from the membership survey. But, we also noted that we have some issues to work on, both over the next twelve (now eleven) months of my time as Division Chair, and as we move forward beyond 2018. The two that I want to highlight here are the need to engage better with our non-North American members, and to provide both better mentoring for our doctoral students and to give the students opportunities to lead. I have two priorities to help with those issues: 1. I am specifically looking for nominees for our committees who are from outside North America and can help bring new perspectives to these committees. We have a strong history of having members of our Executive team from non-North American schools (currently 2 of our 5 members are from outside North America), and I want to make sure that the committees that are so vital to the division also have strong global representation. 2. For students and junior faculty, know that the Executive team members have already been gathering feedback on the consortia from this past meeting and are working on plans for next year. But, I know that we need to find other ways to interact and integrate Ph.D. students and junior faculty into the Division. In my view, the most important way we do this is to continually work to maintain the rigor of the Division’s PDW, Paper Sessions, and Symposia - we have our best chances of
  2. 2. engaging with doctoral students and junior faculty if you truly believe ONE can help you grow in your scholarly pursuits. As I mentioned at the end of the Business Meeting in Atlanta, while it is natural that we focus on our annual conference, our Division will get stronger, and we will all feel more engaged, if we can add value to each other’s careers for the 357 days we aren’t together for the AOM meetings. This newsletter is one important way that we can share news that helps bring us together as a Division. Soon, we will supplement the newsletter with the Connect @ AOM site – I have seen a demo of it and I am excited by the functionality it promises, and the way it will help us share teaching, research, and community events. Please watch for its release either later this year or early in 2018, and be ready to engage with us in new and exciting ways! Best, Glen Dowell and the ONE Executive PROFILING ONE AWARD WINNERS Following AOM, we caught up with the ONE Award winners to learn more about them, understand their research, and glean some insights from these accomplished and promising scholars. ONE Dissertation Award Congratulations Abrar Chaudhury!! What is your current position? I am a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow on the MBA/EMBA programmes at Said Business School, University of Oxford. My current research engagement is part of the Beacon Project (EY/Oxford joint project) that focuses on the ‘purpose’ of large corporations. The finding will contribute to a global research initiative on how businesses are transforming to meet the challenges of the 21st century Can you describe your background? I am an early career academic and an experienced professional with 15 years’ rich technology, advisory, research and consulting experience. Before transitioning into academia, I served as a partner in a leading accounting and professional services firm and worked extensively on global consulting and research projects across multiple continents and sectors. I hold a Doctorate in Environmental Change and Management, an MBA, and an MSc in
  3. 3. Environmental Management (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. I am a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA). Building on my diverse career and expertise, my research interests lie at the intersection of climate change policy/geography literature with organization theory and management studies. Specifically, I focus on research around purpose, sustainability, impact and implementation of complex policy. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? I received the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2017 by the ONE Division at the Academy of Management in Atlanta. The award committee focused on the relevance, scholarly contribution, theoretical and methodological rigor, as well as practical implications in selecting the best dissertation. Comment from the committee. "The entire committee was extremely impressed with the novelty of the dissertation, the setting and detailed data and analyses, as well as the important practical implications of the work.” Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? My doctoral research project investigated the challenges of implementation to deliver complex policy, through the lens of climate change adaptation in developing country agricultural systems. The project developed an approach that augments and extends standard policy planning through engaging insights from a century of organisation and administrative theory that can identify the organisational weaknesses, which may lead to failure of adaptation. In particular I developed a novel organisation-centred perspective based on the three distinct and relatively independent literatures of climate change adaptation, organisation theory and network analysis to study the emerging adaptation initiatives in developing countries. The PHD has already translated into several high-level journal publications, working papers and blogs Where is this research going? What are its future directions? I am currently consolidating my research on organizing climate change adaptation policy with my newer work in strategy, impact, institutional, and organizational analysis. I plan to use insights from the implementation of complex policy to inform and extend current theory and practice about ‘impact’. Often policy actions lack strong implementation. Even where policy moves towards implementation, the question of impact of implementation remains under addressed. I want to investigate how different actors perceive impact and the relation of implementation and impact. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? It is important to keep a clear focus on the ‘purpose’ of the research, especially why it matters. Ensuring that the research is not extractive and contributes to some idea/challenge builds credibility for the work and the reputation of the researcher. I would strongly advice ONE members to share and present early ideas of their work and being open to criticism as it
  4. 4. helps strengthen the quality and flow of arguments. Finally keeping a good life work balance is important as research can be isolating. How do you get (and stay) inspired? My inspiration for studying the wicked challenge of climate change came from experiencing the worst flooding in my home country and the lack of action by the government. With increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events and climatic challenges (as recently witnessed in the US), I am inspired to find practical organisational solutions to address these challenges. Whenever the enormity of the scope overwhelms me, my family keeps me focused. I can’t thank them enough. ONE Best Paper Award Congratulations Marcel Richert, Timo Busch and Joern Hoppmann!! What is your current position? Marcel Richert recently finished his PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he was a member of Timo Busch’s group on Management & Sustainability. Joern Hoppmann is senior researcher at the Group for Sustainability and Technology of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Timo Busch is full professor at the School of Business, Economics and Social Science of University of Hamburg, and senior fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Can you describe your background? Prior to starting his PhD, Marcel studied Business Administration and Chemistry at the University of Kiel and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. After his studies he worked as a strategy and business consultant at BCG where he ran different projects in South Africa and Europe. In his dissertation, Marcel investigated the role of cognitive frames, knowledge, and identity for corporate sustainability. Joern holds a PhD in Management from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts), IMD Business School (Lausanne, Switzerland), and Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Joern's research is located at the intersection of sustainability, strategic management, and technological innovation. He specifically focusses on organizational learning, cognition, search, and framing. Before joining the University of Hamburg, Timo worked as post doc at ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) and project manager for the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Wuppertal, Germany). His research interests include corporate strategies towards a
  5. 5. low-carbon economy, sustainable finance, and the business case for corporate environmental sustainability. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? We received the ONE Best Paper Award. Timo and Joern have been actively involved in the ONE division for a couple of years. Therefore, we were very excited and honored to win this great award at this year’s academy. Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? We received the award for our paper entitled “Not My Business: How Cognitive Frames and Role Identities Influence Corporate Sustainability.” The paper draws on a longitudinal case study of a sustainability project within a medium-sized firm. It shows that whether individuals within organizations take sustainability-related action does not only depend on their sustainability-related cognitive frames but also on whether they perceive social and environmental aspects to be part of their organizational role. The paper provides insights into the detailed mechanisms through which individuals adjust their cognitive frames and organizational role identity over time to enhance sustainability action. Moreover, it demonstrates that mutual interactions between cognitive frames and organizational role identities within and across members inhibit organizational change toward sustainability. In doing so, the paper contributes to the literature on corporate sustainability, cognitive frames, and role identities. Where is this research going? What are its future directions? By contributing to a better understanding of how individual-level factors, especially cognitive frames and role identities, jointly shape corporate sustainability initiatives, our research is part of a larger stream of research that has started to investigate the micro-level dynamics within organizations. Within this context, our research draws particular attention to the importance of role identities and raises a number of questions that can be fruitfully addressed in future studies. For example, how can exactly managers integrate sustainability into the organizational role of employees? And to what extent should organizations develop specialized roles for corporate sustainability vs. making sustainability part of the role of every employee? We believe that tackling these questions can significantly advance our understanding of what motivates individuals to contribute to corporate sustainability and may help develop targeted managerial interventions. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? Our advice would be to focus on important phenomena and ask big questions to which current theories do not seem to provide a sufficient answer. This will help develop projects that are both relevant and theoretically interesting. In our project, we tried to follow this approach by tracing how organizations implement sustainability initiatives at the individual level. We felt that the question of what drives individuals’ contribution to corporate sustainability was important, but had not sufficiently been covered in the literature.
  6. 6. How do you get (and stay) inspired? We draw a lot of inspiration from talking to practitioners in the field and reading up on the latest top-tier research papers. Another important source of inspiration are family and friends. We often find ourselves discussing our research with them, which helps us make sense of findings and has proven very effective in identifying new, important questions to be studied. Finally, we have all experienced that some of the best new project and paper ideas may emerge over a pint of beer. ONE – NBS Impact on Practice Award Congratulations Tyler Wry, Adam Cobb and Eric Zhao What are your current positions? Adam Cobb: Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Tyler Wry: Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Eric Zhao: Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Can you describe your background? Adam Cobb: Prior to my working at Wharton, I completed my PhD at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Before that, I worked primarily for several different technology companies and for an HR consulting firm. I am also a reformed MBA student, having received a degree from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Tyler Wry: Before starting as a professor at Wharton, I completed my PhD at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Before that, I was an active social entrepreneur working on a variety of social ventures, most of which could be described as a triumph of good intentions over good results. Eric Zhao: Before working at the Kelley School as a professor, I completed my PhD at the University of Alberta in Canada. And before that, I travelled around the world and lived in various places such as London, Shanghai, Toronto, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Helsinki, working as a researcher, professional accountant, and business consultant. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? Our paper, “Funding financial inclusion: Institutional logics and the contextual contingency of funding for microfinance organizations” was selected for the ONE / NBS Implications on Practice
  7. 7. Award, which recognizes a piece of contemporary, peer-reviewed research that has important implications for practice. Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? In this paper, we go beyond typical studies of microfinance—which have focused by and large on how microfinance organizations (MFOs) serve poor borrowers—to examine how these organizations, themselves, finance their lending activities. This is important because, unlike traditional banks that mobilize deposits to support consumer lending, most MFOs are unregulated and cannot accept deposits. As a result, these organizations rely on external funders to provide the capital that they lend to the poor. Globally, this amounts to a pretty substantial amount of money, estimated to be in excess of $30 billion (USD) / yr. This capital comes primarily from two sources: commercial lenders, such as banks and investment funds, and; public lenders, such as sovereign wealth funds and development finance institutions. These funders operate according to different institutional logics – i.e., shared understandings about appropriate goals and behavior. Commercial funders follow a financial logic that emphasizes steady financial returns, while public funders operate according to a development logic that emphasizes the development and social efficacy of a nation’s microfinance sector. We argue that this should lead to different types of investing behavior, with commercial funders focusing on large, financially sustainable MFOs, while public funders focus on smaller MFOs that are not yet sustainable and that engage in higher levels of social outreach. This differential focus is assumed to support a healthy, growing microfinance sector. However, we predict that these distinctions will begin to collapse when a nation becomes more economically and politically uncertain. Specifically, we argue that investors will interpret uncertainty through the lens of their particular logic, and that the practices motivated by financial and development logics will begin to converge. The former emphasizes financial returns, and thus a focus on large, stable MFOs, while the latter holds that capital recovery is necessary to continue investing in developing MFOs, and that money does no good if an MFO fails. Our analysis is based on a proprietary dataset of all debt funding to MFOs around the world between 2004 and 2012 and provides support for our predictions. In placid environments, commercial and public funders focus on different types of MFOs, consistent with expectations about how they should be targeting their investments. Yet both move toward large, stable MFOs as a country becomes more uncertain. An MFO’s past financial performance and social outreach cease to matter as investment considerations. As such, in situations where small MFOs are becoming more financially vulnerable, and poor borrowers are at greater risk of falling into abject poverty, external funding clusters in a handful of large MFOs that, on average, do less social outreach than others.
  8. 8. Where is this research going? What are its future directions? We are continuing to study how external funding affects the health and behavior of individual MFOs, as well as a nation’s microfinance sector. In some of this work, we are starting to show that there is a contingent relationship between impact investment dollars in a nation’s microfinance sector and the level of social outreach by MFOs therein. We are also adding to our dataset, which will allow us to begin studying how different types of investments contribute to the health of a nation’s microfinance sector, as well as its stability as a commercial investment market. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? Tyler Wry: My advice would be to remember good intentions do not overcome the need for hard work. If we are going to have a positive impact through our scholarship, it is important to aim for the highest standards of theoretical development and empirical rigor. This takes a lot of time and a lot of effort! Adam Cobb: Some of the best career advice I’ve received is to focus on the inputs of the research process as much as you can rather than the outcomes. There are a lot of strong incentives to get things published and published in certain outlets. Yet, maintaining a goal of writing good papers that you find interesting, engaging, and important is something you as the author can control. Eric Zhao: All great advices from Adam and Tyler. To those, I would add that try to be always close to the field, and find opportunities to immerse yourself in the context you study. This is particularly challenging given the cost and potential risks you may face in getting access. However, this will also be highly rewarding for understanding the real challenges organizations face and the potential intervening mechanisms we as scholar could help identify that may ultimately help solve those challenges. How do you get (and stay) inspired? Tyler Wry: My inspiration comes from two sources: First a desire to do research that has a positive impact in the world. Topically, this leads me to study contexts such as microfinance, social enterprise, and the consequences of corporate social responsibility initiatives that I believe have the potential to contribute positively to society. Second, I get great enjoyment from collaborating with smart, creative, and engaged colleagues like Adam and Eric. Our conversations are intellectually stimulating and generative of new research and exciting ideas! Adam Cobb: I’m basically going to repeat much of Tyler’s answer here. I am lucky to have an amazing set of colleagues and have been fortunate to work directly with co-authors who are extremely smart and hard-working. I’ve learned so much from working with and receiving feedback from all of them. These interactions also motivate me to bring my best to work and to do whatever I can to make my papers as good as they possibly can be. I too have identified a set of topics to study that I care deeply about, such as poverty and inequality, and
  9. 9. I find that studying phenomenon that matter to me helps keep me engaged in my work. And whenever I find myself in a bit of a rut, I try to remind myself that my job, essentially, is to read, write, talk, and teach about stuff I really enjoy. It’s pretty easy to come to work every day when you love what you do! Eric Zhao: Studying contexts like microfinance is not easy. You tend to receive mixed messages when you talk with practitioners who themselves are embedded in unique and heterogeneous national culture, geographic areas, and organizational contexts. The data also tends to be sparse at times, and the whole phenomenon itself is emerging and constantly evolving. However, that’s also the beauty of this line of work. It keeps me motivated and challenged from time to time. Every paper I have written/am writing on microfinance I feel like I am discovering something new that I did not understand or grasp before. Apparently, the journey has not been a smooth ride. I would not have overcome all these challenges just by myself, and in this case you need friends who can work with you and support you. It has been a highly rewarding experience working with colleagues like Adam and Tyler! ONE Unorthodox Paper Award Congratulations Nahyun Kim and Oana Branzei What is your current position? I am a third year doctoral student in Sustainability at Ivey Business School, Western University. I just passed the comprehensive exam in July. The award-winning paper is coauthored with my supervisor, Dr. Oana Branzei. Can you describe your background? I first realized I wanted to do research on sustainability while working on my Masters thesis. I had been passionate about sustainability ever since I had gone to China as an exchange student in 2008. I heard and read about the wide array of social and environmental issues in the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Sichuan, the Sanlu food safety scandal, and the pollution crisis during the Beijing Olympic games. These firsthand experiences inspired my very first paper, on the environmental challenges facing emerging economies like China. Ivey sharpened my earlier interests and introduced me to the rigors of the academic world. I kicked off my very first term with a course in sustainability which helped me think much more deeply and broadly about the grand challenges confronting business and society. My identity as a sustainability researcher has since been shaped by a great community of faculty and peers, and stimulated by many exciting events, including showcases, seminars,
  10. 10. small conferences and conversations with invited speakers. Almost every week I have the great privilege of seeing many other award-winning manuscripts been workshopped by colleagues at different stages of their academic careers. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? I won the KEDGE Unorthodox Award for a paper titled “Divided we stand: The policy bifurcation of fields in the aftermath of critical events.” When I received the initial email, I researched the past winners and realized how prestigious this award is. I feel deeply honored for the collective vote of confidence in the potential contribution of this work. Thank you. Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? The award- winning paper uses an old concept of attention bottlenecks briefly introduced by Danny Kahneman in 1973 to examine, deductively and experimentally, how natural disasters change firms’ reference points via policy adjustments. Our context is the wave of national-level policy changes that followed the Fukushima nuclear accident. We argue, and show using ASSET4 data, that stricter nuclear policies immediately shifted firms’ attention towards more-responsible behaviors; the effects of these shifts persisted for three years. Where is this research going? What are its future directions? The award-winning paper benefitted from great feedback from our AOM session chair Irene Henriques and our co- presenters. We have since received additional peer feedback from our Ivey sustainability group, and revised it accordingly. We will present the latest iteration once more at the SMS annual conference at the end of October and we plan to submit this paper to the Strategic Management Journal later this fall. In parallel, starting last summer, I have been working on my solo authored paper, which I will present and defend shortly. The two papers share the same critical event, but differ in the theoretical derivation and experimental set-up. In my summer paper, thanks to nudges from my Ivey sustainability faculty and peers, I compare early and late policy changes and examine whether these changes are more likely to affect firms in environmentally (in)sensitive industries. I have already completed my first draft, which is due by October 1st and will be defended October 13th . Wish me good luck. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? One of the first things I have learned at Ivey is to choose my topics carefully and then give them my absolute best. I only work on topics that I really want to know more about, and hope the insights will make a difference. I feel very fortunate because the very first academic project that I had ever worked was nominated as a finalist in IM division Willamette University Best paper in International Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability award at the annual AOM conference in 2013, and has since been published in Journal of Business Ethics. I am so thrilled that the AOM submission was deemed promising enough to win an award, but even more thankful for the excellent feedback I received at the presentation, which has benefited both papers I am currently working on. The manuscripts have been getting better with each additional iteration. Last summer, I spent weeks looking up different regulations and counting nuclear
  11. 11. generators so I could really get a good grasp on the phenomenon. I worked many months on understanding the policy changes, working through the data matches, and many more on the experiments and every sensitivity analysis I could think of. What gives me a sense of purpose right now is writing my very best next draft. How do you get (and stay) inspired? Firstly, academic and non-academic conversations with my supervisor Oana are a rich source of inspiration. Her creative ideas have introduced me to new theories and she has coached me through how I can approach issues from different angles. Also, I benefit greatly from input and advice from our sustainability group in Ivey. I am privileged to have received guidance from the other faculty members, especially Dr. Tima Bansal and Dr. Diane-Laure Arjalies, both of whom have been most generous with their insights on and beyond the paper. Every week I get to see some the work of other PhD students and Post-Docs getting better and closer to publication. The fact that even the most established professors continue to seek and welcome feedback in such an open and candid way on their own manuscripts constantly offers me new lenses and tools, motivates me to try even harder, and gives me an opportunity to give back too. Last but not the least, I love trying new things, from food to travel, and am a keen collector of unique experiences – as sustainably as possibly. ONE Book Award Congratulations Pascual Berrone!! What is your current position? I am associate professor of strategic management and holder of the Schneider Electric Chair of Sustainability and Business Strategy at IESE Business School. Can you describe your background? I am originally from Argentina although I spent my adult life outside the country. Before doing my PhD, I had extensive managerial experience from across Latin America, Europe, and the United States. My professional interests include ongoing programmatic work in social issues in management, family firms and sustainable cities. My interest for the natural environment began in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, where I grew up as a child. When I started my academic, I decided to devote my career to understanding the impact of firms on the natural environment. When I started my first studies in environmental management, it did not take me long to realize that in many cases, firms’ commitment to the natural environment amounted to little more than window-dressing. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? The award is for my book “Green Lies: How Greenwashing can destroy a company (and how to go green without the wash)” I published last year and concentrate my research over the last 10 years. I have
  12. 12. committed myself to understanding in depth the phenomenon of greenwashing, in the hope that one day it will be eliminated. I am convinced that through a deep scientific understanding of greenwashing, I can influence business practices towards more responsible corporations which would become an integral part of more responsible society. Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? The book is embedded in the broad concept of corporate sustainability. This concept has gained increasing traction over the past five decades and "green marketing" is now considered a crucial element of every marketing department's agenda. But what happens when it comes to light-as in the Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal of 2015-that a company has been waving a green flag in order to hide a black heart? And how can companies avoid greenwashing practices that might damage their legitimacy, reputation, and market value? My book addresses these questions by encapsulating the history of sustainability, outlines the risks of greenwashing, and most importantly proposes ways that-with the right corporate commitment-green can mean gold. Where is this research going? What are its future directions? One of the most common forms of corporate crime refers to environmental wrongdoing such as dumping toxic waste or misrepresenting the benefits or not disclosing the environmental risks of products. Unfortunately and despite these actions’ potential harm on human health or the environment, this type of organizational misbehaviour has been relatively neglected in the social sciences, particularly in business studies. The more we understand the negative impact of this practice, the better prepared we will be to fight it. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? Keep scientific objectivity but remember that the end result of your research should be to have a positive impact on organizations and society. How do you get (and stay) inspired? I constantly think about the future world where my two daughters, Milena and Valentina, will be living in. I want to make sure it is a better place than today.
  13. 13. ONE Emerging Scholar Award Congratulations Joel Gehman!! What is your current position? I am assistant professor of strategic management and organization and Nova Faculty Fellow at the University of Alberta in the Alberta School of Business. I also am affiliated with the Canadian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, headed by Dev Jennings. Can you describe your background? Before becoming an academic, I spent 13 years working in industry, mostly in the areas of digital strategy and marketing. Along the way, I became really interested in what was happening at the intersection of sustainability and innovation. I saw an opportunity to be part of figuring out what that meant intellectually. So, in 2007 I began to pursue a Ph.D. Since graduating from Penn State in 2012, I’ve been a professor at the University of Alberta. Because of this background, I like to think one of my strengths is an ability to move fluidly between the worlds of business and academia. Could you please tell us about the ONE award you recently won? I am thrilled to have won the 2017 ONE Emerging Scholar Award. This award was first given in 2008 (to Nicole Darnall), so I am its tenth recipient. According to the call for nominees, the award “recognizes early career academics who have already made outstanding research contributions in the area of organizations and the natural environment, and who appear to have a strong potential to continue making such contributions in the near future.” Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? Over the past five years I have built a research program centered on what I call the organization of concerns. I study the strategies and innovations organizations pursue in response to societal concerns related to sustainability and values, how cultural and institutional arrangements shape those organizational responses, and how organizational actions and cultural and institutional arrangements affect the emergence and trajectory of those societal concerns. In approaching these questions, I draw primarily on organization theory, together with insights from strategic management, and science and technology studies. Additionally, my research takes a process perspective, focusing on the organization of concerns over place and time. Where is this research going? What are its future directions? Building on our recent AMJ paper, I am pursuing several studies of Certified B Corporations with Matthew Grimes (Indiana University). In one study, we are developing theory about why organizations oversell or undersell (i.e., greenwashing vs. brownwashing) their sustainability commitments. In another study, we are examining why so many B Corps do not stay certified. Another
  14. 14. stream of my research looks at various aspects of hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to extract oil and gas from unconventional shale formations. With Dror Etzion (McGill University) and Helen Etchanchu (Montpellier Business School), I am studying regulatory inspection regimes. With Dan Cahoy and Zhen Lei (both at Penn State), I am studying how the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing have shaped patenting activity. A third stream of my work, with Tima Bansal and Sylvia Grewatsch (both at Ivey Business School), looks at innovating for sustainability as part of a 7-year, $2.5 million grant from the Canadian government. Connecting several of these threads, I am co-convening a standing working group on Institutions, Innovation, and Impact for the next four years through the European Group for Organization Studies. For the latest on my work, check out my website: joelgehman.com Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? This is a key question we all need to answer for ourselves. For me, a few slogans come to mind that I like to think are reflected in my work. First, I subscribe to the notion that good is the enemy of great. I try to never be satisfied with good enough. Second, and relatedly, I have really tried to risk myself for things that I think matter. This has required me to have not only the courage of my convictions, but also a willingness to expose myself and my ideas to others, not knowing the outcome. How do you get (and stay) inspired? I get inspired—and like to think I stay relevant—by paying attention to what is going on in the world. Real world concerns are never far away. Basically, each of my research projects can be traced back to something I read that perturbed me, made me curious, raised doubts or elicited some other strong response. For me, inspiration is never farther away than the latest issue of a newspaper or magazine. At the same time, intellectually, I like to think I remain open to new ways of seeing the world. For me, this means staying open to ideas from other fields and disciplines. I collaborate widely with people from outside management, or even business schools. I try to expose myself to engineers, scientists, lawyers and others who study similar issues, but use different theories, practices, and tools.
  15. 15. ONE Distinguished Scholar Award Congratulations Tima Bansal!! What is your current position? Professor and Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Western University (London, Canada) Can you describe your background? I did an undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and worked for 7 years as an economist, before going back to school for my doctoral work. I loved the switch to management studies at the University of Oxford. It gave me an opportunity to take a more critical view of economics and apply qualitative methods. My first job was at Georgia State University, which encouraged me to revisit my quantitative training. I was able to put all of this training together, when I returned to Canada and joined the Ivey Business School. Can you describe the research or body of work for which you won this award? Well, I’m not sure I can say why I won this award, but I do know the award is given for the body of knowledge created. I think what gets me most excited about research is pulling together different threads of knowledge to offer novel theoretical insights and see phenomena in new ways. I am deeply interested in ‘mainstreaming’ sustainability, so it is not considered a separate topic to business, but just what businesses do. I believe that there are missing dimensions in our current theorizing that ultimately separates business from society. These dimensions are time, space and scale. I believe that by understanding the ontological and epistemological foundations of time, space and scale in organizational studies, we take a step closer in positioning business within its broader context. I know my nomination letter speaks to my publications and their citations, but I hope that is not what defines me. I hope when people hear my name, they don’t think “Oh, she has published in AMJ”, but rather “Oh, I really like her ideas on ...” I don’t want to be known for the articles, but the ideas – and especially by bringing into greater focus the importance of time, space and scale in organizations. Another frontier I want to push is to make our research more relevant to practice. The amount of skill in academe and the time that we spend is profound. Imagine harnessing that energy and intellect to make a real difference in the world. I believe more of us (not all – as we still need deep thinkers that question the questions) need to have conversations with the community of practice, so that we not only cross-fertilize each others’ ideas, but also generate new ideas. To that end, I founded the Network for Business Sustainability over 10 years ago. Connecting research and practice remains a passion of mine.
  16. 16. Is there any advice you would like to give ONE members on how to pursue their best work? I think that the best work is theoretically deep, so it can be generalized across contexts, and is practically relevant, so that it can be applied to specific contexts. ONE offers a context in which we can challenge what is taken-for-granted and opportunities to see things in new ways. I guess I would offer several pieces of advice: 1) Think deeply about the questions they ask before you embark on a research program. I think defining a good problem is half the battle. 2) Learn and care about your research context deeply. It’s easy to get lost in or distracted by the publication game. Those who win this game are not the ones that care about winning, but the ones that master the research context and the skills. 3) Start each day acknowledging how lucky you are. Ever since I left the world of practice, I have never looked back. I have always considered it a real privilege to be given the opportunity to study what I want. We have a responsibility to use our time wisely and research things that matter. By starting each day with this mindset, I know I always try to do my best work. How do you get (and stay) inspired? Inspiration is not my problem!
  17. 17. ONE Outstanding Service Award Dev Jennings received the ONE Outstanding Service Award for his efforts on the ONE Executive over the last four years, and especially for his work over the last year in spearheading the Division’s 5 Year Review. As he steps down from the Division Chair role, Dev leaves ONE stronger than he found it, due to his inclusive, thoughtful, and caring approach to his work with the Division, and his strong engagement with AOM leadership. ONE DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM 2017 At this year’s ONE Doctoral Consortium in Atlanta 24 PhD students were admitted to discuss their dissertation projects in small groups with senior faculty members. After a welcome lunch and some opening statements and introductions, the students joined small research feedback sessions with two or three other students and one faculty member. In addition to the research feedback sessions, some faculty members discussed career issues with the students before the Consortium ended with a Cocktail Reception, where there was opportunity to continue the conversations over drinks and appetizers. The organizers Andrea Prado (INCAE) and René Bohnsack (Católica-Lisbon), conducted a follow-up survey among the PhDs to get deeper insights into the expectations and needs of the participants which resulted in interesting results. There was a good mix between PhD students at the beginning and at the end of their PhD, the average being 3.6 years. Overall, receiving feedback on their PhD project was the main reason for the students to participate in the Doctoral Consortium. Also, getting to know like-minded PhDs, hearing about post-PhD career options and meeting senior faculty members were expressed as important reasons.
  18. 18. For the Early PhDs (1st – 3rd year) it was most important to receive feedback on their projects, whereas for the Advanced PhD students (4th – 6th year) learning about post-PhD career options, getting to know like-minded PhD students as well as meeting senior faculty members were the most important expectations. We will use these insights for the planning of next year’s ONE Doctoral Consortium in Chicago. Generally, the participants really enjoyed the Consortium which is reflected in the overall rating of 8.0 (n=20, out of 10). We would like to use this opportunity to thank the fourteen faculty members who made this Consortium a success: Andy Hoffman, Eun-Hee Kim, Alfie Marcus, Michael Lenox, Ivan Montiel, Tima Bansal, Timo Busch, Jonatan Pinkse, Joern Hoppmann, Pete Tashman, Martina Linnenluecke, Irene Henriques, Omar Asensio, and Sally Russell. We would also like to thank the students for their eager participation in the Consortium as well as the filling in the survey. See you next year in Chicago! NEW PUBLICATIONS New Journal Articles Antolín-López, R., Delgado-Ceballos, J., and Montiel, I. 2016. Deconstructing corporate sustainability: A comparison of different stakeholder metrics. Journal of Cleaner Production, 136(10): 5–17. Ashraf, N., Ahmadsimab, A., & Pinkse, J. (2017). From animosity to affinity: The interplay of competing logics and interdependence in cross-sector partnerships. Journal of Management Studies. 54(6), 793-822. Bai, C., & Sarkis, J. 2017. Improving green flexibility through advanced manufacturing technology investment: Modeling the decision process. International Journal of Production Economics, 188: 86-104. Bai, C., Sarkis, J., & Dou, Y. 2017. Constructing a process model for low-carbon supply chain cooperation practices based on the DEMATEL and the NK model. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 22(3): 237-257.
  19. 19. Bai, X., Surveyer, A., Elmqvist, T., Gatzweiler, F. W., Güneralp, B., Parnell, S., Prieur- Richard, A.H., Shrivastava, P., Siri, J.G., Stafford-Smith, M., Toussaint, J. P., & Webb, R. (2016). Defining and advancing a systems approach for sustainable cities. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 23, 69-78. Link Becker, L., Stead, J. and Stead, E. 2016. Sustainability Assurance: A Strategic Opportunity for CPA Firms. Management Accounting Quarterly. 17( 3): 29-37. Bohnsack, R., & Pinkse, J. (2017). Value propositions for disruptive technologies: Reconfiguration tactics in the case of electric vehicles. California Management Review. 59(4), 79-96. Dahlmann, F., Branicki, L., & Brammer, S. (2017) ‘Carrots for Corporate Sustainability’: Impacts of Incentive Inclusiveness and Variety on Environmental Performance. Business Strategy and the Environment, forthcoming. Link de Bakker, F.G.A., & den Hond, F. 2017. NGO Activism and CSR. In A. Rasche, M. Morsing & J. Moon (Eds.). Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategy, Communication, Governance: 220-245. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. de Bakker, F.G.A., den Hond, F., & Laamanen, M. 2017. Social Movements: Organizations and Organizing. In C. Roggeband & B. Klandermans (Eds.). Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines (2nd ed.): 203-231. Cham, Springer. Durand R., & Georgallis P. (Forthcoming) Differential firm commitment to industries supported by social movement organizations. Organization Science. Geng, Y., Tian, X., Sarkis, J., & Ulgiati, S. 2017. China-USA Trade: Indicators for Equitable and Environmentally Balanced Resource Exchange. Ecological Economics, 132: 245-254. Georgallis P. 2017. The link between social movements and corporate social initiatives: Toward a multilevel theory. Journal of Business Ethics, 142: 735-751. Georgallis P., & Durand R. 2017. Achieving high growth in policy-dependent industries: differences between startups and corporate-backed ventures. Long Range Planning, 50: 487- 500. Hahn, T., Figge, F., Pinkse, J., & Preuss, L. (2017). A paradox perspective on corporate sustainability: Descriptive, instrumental, and normative aspects. Journal of Business Ethics. In press Kannothra, C.G., Manning, S. & Haigh, N.L. Forthcoming. How Hybrids Manage Growth and Social-Business Tensions in Global Supply Chains: The Case of Impact Sourcing. Journal of Business Ethics. Link Kok, A.M., de Bakker, F.G.A., & Groenewegen, P. 2017. Sustainability struggles: Conflicting cultures and incompatible logics. Business & Society. Accepted for publication. doi 0.1177/0007650317703644. Kolk, A., Kourula, A., & Pisani, N. 2017. Multinational corporations and the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives on a collaborative agenda. Transnational Corporations, 24(3), 9-32. Link
  20. 20. Kourula, A., Pisani, N., & Kolk, A. 2017. Corporate sustainability and inclusive development: Highlights from international business and management research. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 24(1), 14-18. Link Landrum, N. & Ohsowski, B. (in press). Identifying worldviews on corporate sustainability: A content analysis of corporate sustainability reports. Business Strategy and the Environment. Landrum, N. (2017). Stages of corporate sustainability: Integrating the strong sustainability worldview. Organization & Environment. Link Molecke, G., & Pinkse, J. (2017). Accountability for social impact: A bricolage perspective on impact measurement in social enterprises. Journal of Business Venturing. 32(5), 550- 568. Orlitzky M., Louche C., Gond J.P. & Chapple W. 2017. Unpacking the Drivers of Corporate Social Performance: A Multilevel, Multistakeholder, and Multimethod Analysis. Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 144 (1), 21–40. Panwar, R., Nybakk, E., Hansen, E., & Pinkse, J. (2017). Does the business case matter? The effect of a perceived business case on small firms’ social engagement. Journal of Business Ethics. 144(3), 597-608. Pinkse, J., & Gasbarro, F. (2017). Managing physical impacts of climate change: An attentional perspective on corporate adaptation. Business & Society. In press. Pisani, N., Kourula, A., Kolk, A., & Meijer, R. 2017. How global is international CSR research? Insights and recommendations from a systematic review. Journal of World Business, online first. The article is open access and available via – Link Reinhardt, F., & M. W. Toffel. 2017. Managing climate change: Lessons from the U.S. Navy. Harvard Business Review 95(4, July–August): 102–111. Link Shrivastava, P., & N. Guimaraes-Costa. 2016. “Achieving Environmental Sustainability: The case for Multi-layered Collaboration across Disciplines and Players”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, November 2016. Link Shrivastava, P., E. G. Schumacher, D. M. Wasieleski, & M. Tasic. 2017. “Aesthetic Rationality for Sustainability Decision-Making: Exploring Cognitive and Emotional Factors of an Aesthetics Process”, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, March 2017. Slawinski, N., Pinkse, J., Busch, T., & Banerjee, S. B. (2017). The role of short-termism and uncertainty in organizational inaction on climate change: A multilevel framework. Business & Society. 56(2), 253-282. Thiel, M. 2017. Accelerating Environmental Responsibility through Societal Governance. Journal of Global Responsibility, 8(1): 96-110. Link Varsei, M., Christ, K., & Burritt, R. 2017. Distributing wine globally: financial and environmental trade-offs. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 47(5): 410-428.
  21. 21. Wang, Z., & Sarkis, J. 2017. Corporate social responsibility governance, outcomes, and financial performance. Journal of Cleaner Production, 162: 1607-1616. Wickert, C., & de Bakker, F.G.A. 2017. Pitching for social change: Towards a relational approach to selling and buying social issues. Academy of Management Discoveries. Accepted for publication. doi 10.5465/amd.2015.0009. Wry, T. & York, J. 2017. An Identity Based Approach to Social Enterprise. Academy of Management Review, 42(3). Yoeli, E., Budescu, D.V., Carrico, A.R., Delmas, M.A., DeShazo, J.R., Ferraro, P.J, Forster, H.A., Kunreuther, H., Larrick, R.P., Lubell, M. Markowitz, E.M., Tonn, B., Vandenbergh, M.P., & Weber, E.U. 2017. Behavioral science tools to strengthen energy & environmental policy. Behavioral Science & Policy, 3(1), 69–79. New Teaching Materials Haigh, N.L., Weber, A. & Msall, J. 2017. Coming to Fruition: Fresh Truck Aims to Increase Food Access in Boston. Available at: https://oikos-international.org/wp- content/uploads/2015/06/2017_SE_free_case_Fresh-Truck_Case.pdf Toffel, M. W., Chatterji, A. K. & Kelley, J. 2017. CEO activism (A). Harvard Business School Case 617-001. Toffel, M. W., Chatterji, A. K. & Kelley, J. 2017. CEO activism (B). Harvard Business School Supplement 617-048. Toffel, M. W., & Chatterji, A. K.. 2017. CEO activism (A) and (B). Harvard Business School Teaching Note 617-061. Toffel, M. W., Dowell, G. W. S. & Weber, J. 2017. Nuclear energy: An answer to climate change? Harvard Business School Case 616-052. Toffel, M W., & Dowell, G. W. S. 2016. Nuclear energy: An answer to climate change? Harvard Business School Teaching Note 617-015. ANNOUNCEMENTS, AWARDS, AND GRANTS Duquesne University’s MBA Sustainability Program Duquesne University graduated its 10th class of MBA Sustainability students. Additionally, Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability program’s integrated curriculum was just recognized as a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence in the category of Talent + Innovation “Projects and initiatives that synergistically connect TALENT and INNOVATION, to create innovators of many kinds— business entrepreneurs, idea or product makers, and problem-solvers. Entrepreneurship education projects/initiatives and experiential learning projects/initiatives to connect students with entrepreneurs are just two examples of the types of projects/initiatives included in this category.”
  22. 22. Grant Recipients of Environmental Economics and Policy Research Network (EEPRN) Weber, Olaf & Michael O. Wood. “Strategies and Policies for Integrating the Canadian Financial Sector into Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy”. Smart Prosperity Grant 2017: The Environmental Economics and Policy Research Network (EEPRN); $23,500. (Principal investigator: Weber; co-applicant: Wood). Jean and Ed Stead Professors of Management at East Tennessee State University The Steads were awarded the Spirit of Sustainability Award at their alma mater, Auburn University, in the spring, for their pioneering work in the field of sustainability and management. Ed Stead received the Professor Emeritus Award upon his retirement in the spring after 35 years of teaching at ETSU. This spring the Steads, along with Lana Becker, were awarded the Certificate of Merit in the Institute of Management Accountant’s annual Lybrand Awards manuscript competition in recognition of their contribution to the managerial accounting literature with the following article: Becker, L., Stead, J. and Stead, E. 2016. Sustainability Assurance: A Strategic Opportunity for CPA Firms. Management Accounting Quarterly. 17( 3): 29-37. 2016 SAGE Organization & Environment Best Paper Award Ivan Montiel and Javier Delgado-Ceballos have won the 2016 SASGE Organization & Environment Best Paper award for their article entitled “Defining and Measuring Corporate Sustainability Are We There Yet?” Organization & Environment, 27(2), 113-139." by Ivan Montiel (Baruch College, USA) and Javier Delgado-Ceballos (University of Granada, Spain) Bridge the Research – Practice Gap: Join Our Community The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS, nbs.net) is building resources to help academics co-create knowledge with practitioners. Our premise: Intractable sustainability issues require problem solvers to come together. Practitioners and researchers can bring complementary insights to co-create knowledge for sustainability impact. However, often researchers see impact as a translation problem: findings need to be translated into language managers can understand and disseminated effectively. But translation only goes so far in creating real change. What if impact is reframed as a knowledge production problem? Then, the focus shifts from how researchers provide managers with the right answer to how to integrate academic and practitioner knowledge for unique insights.
  23. 23. Despite its promise, knowledge co-creation with practitioners is neither easy nor incentivized. NBS seeks to help researchers navigate the path of co-creation more easily — by learning from each other and sharing challenges and advice. In March, NBS asked the academic community what resources would be helpful. Since then, we’ve been working to create these resources. Here are some of the results:  Video: Involving Practitioners as Knowledge Partners. Hear directly from four scholars who have worked with practitioners to co-create knowledge. They share benefits, challenges, and practical tips.  How to Maintain Productive Tensions. In this blog and video, researcher Jean Bartunek describes how the different perspectives of managers and researchers can spark learning.  You Said, We Listened: What Resources Can Bridge the Research-Practice Gap. Here’s what we heard from our survey. We received 35 responses that carefully laid out the key issues and provided practical suggestions for the kind of resources needed. And, we want to hear from you! Please contact us (gsharma@nbs.net) to share your feedback, experiences, and ideas. And stay up-to-date by subscribing to our regular Researcher Updates Garima Sharma Network for Business Sustainability CALLS FOR CONFERENCES The Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference The Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference is now accepting submissions! For those who are less familiar with the SEE, here are some reasons to attend this international conference in Washington DC (March 2-4, 2018):  The SEE attracts scholars who recognize that sustainability and ethics are business growth engines (rather than acts of compliance).  Our philosophy is that SEE-related problems can only be addressed when scholars, practitioners, activists and governments work together as communities rather than in isolation.  Since its inception in 2012, the SEE enjoyed an annual growth of 20% a year, attracting scholars from 30 different countries. As a result, the SEE is now the largest international conference in this space (~250 attendees).
  24. 24.  This year's keynote speakers: Ed Freeman (Darden School of Business) and Andy Hoffman (University of Michigan).  Our Consortium is led by Jeff York (University of Colorado - Boulder), and it offers first-class sessions, including our now famous paper development workshop.  Mentors include: Oana Branzei (University of Western Ontario), Sylvia Dorado (University of Rhode Island), Matthew Grimes (Indiana University), Tim Hargrave (Central Washington University), Desiree Pacheco (Portland State University), Tyge Payne (Texas Tech University), Ted Waldron (Texas Tech University), Tyler Wry (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania). Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017 Authors should submit their summaries and/or symposia at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SEEconf2018 GRONEN Reading Group meeting invitation We would like to invite to you to participate in the tenth session of the GRONEN Reading Group (GROReG). GROReG is the platform of the GRONEN network to discuss papers that are at advanced stages in the revision process. The goal is to help scholars from the field to publish their work on sustainability-related topics in high quality academic journals. The next GROReG session will be held on Friday, 20th of October 2017, hosted by the Chair “Management and Sustainability” at the University of Hamburg in Germany. The half-day event with about 10 participants will start with a lunch and host the discussion of 2- 3 papers. Each paper will be assigned to a one hour time slot. After a brief presentation (15 minutes) of the main challenges regarding the revision process of the paper by the author(s), a discussant gives her/his view before the general discussion is opened. Participants receive the papers as well as the review reports and the editorial letter before each session and are expected to have read these documents beforehand. The focus of the discussion is how to deal with reviewer and editorial comments to improve the papers and increase likelihood of acceptance of the papers. GROReG sessions are characterized by a non-competitive, constructive working atmosphere with the aim to help each other with the development and publication of papers on sustainability-related topics in high quality journals. GROReG sessions are facilitated by a group of the following core members:  Alberto Aragon-Correa University of Granada, Spain  Luca Berchicci Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL  Frances Bowen Queen Mary University of London, UK  Frederik Dahlmann University of Warwick, UK  Frank Figge Kedge Business School Marseille, France  Tobias Hahn ESADE Business School Barcelona , Spain  Jonatan Pinkse University of Manchester, UK  Sally Russell University of Leeds, UK
  25. 25. If you have a paper at the “revise & resubmit” stage, preferably with a journal that is at least ranked 3* in the ABS list, we would like to encourage you to participate in the first GROReG session. If you are interested please respond to this email and contact the reading group coordinator Fred Dahlmann (Frederik.dahlmann@wbs.ac.uk). Please send your paper as well as the decision letter including the reviewer reports. All submissions will of course be treated confidentially and only be shared with the participants of the session. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to colleagues who might be interested in participating. We hope you will be part of this initiative and look forward to seeing you at our next session in Hamburg! Best regards, Fred and Tobias GRONEN Research Conference 2018 Exploring avenues to increase the relevance and legitimacy of organizations and the natural environment scholarship June 13–15, 2018 University of Almería, Spain Despite decades of scientific research demonstrating that the actions of several industries have caused severe damage to the ecosystem, recent societal and political changes seem to challenge the urgency of taking action to avoid irreversible consequences for future generations. The revitalization of short-termism and simplistic approaches to business and the economy continue to undermine or simply deny the relevance of research on organizations and the natural environment (O&NE) as well as the concept of sustainability itself. In this context, now more than ever, academics in the O&NE field must raise their voices. Our role as knowledge generators is to provide relevant and easy-to-understand criteria to decision makers and the general public. However, if we want our voices to be heard, our field needs to increase its legitimacy both within and outside of academia. To do so, O&NE research must be methodologically rigorous and address interesting problems; our teaching must be relevant to business praxis, and our opinions as experts must be based on accurate facts and solid theory. Increasing the legitimacy of O&NE research has additional advantages for our community because the space that (top) academic journals devote to a topic, as well as its prominence in academia, are related to the perceived relevance of the research field. Similarly, decisions about tenure, promotions, and merit-based pay increases are partially dependent on the perceived value and legitimacy of the research conducted (Pfeffer, 1993). In this sense, we have made a lot of progress. In the past 5–10 years, the outlets specifically addressing O&NE issues have increased in number and have had a greater impact, and articles on O&NE are more common in leading academic journals. However, there is still a long way to go. If we want O&NE to be considered a theoretical framework, we need to reinforce and clarify our theoretical arguments and approach. If we feel that O&NE research has been peripheral to the mainstream
  26. 26. management literature (Berchicci & King, 2007), we need to identify ways to gain exposure in top journals and to engage in current discussions in academia and across society, thereby becoming relevant partners in these conversations. In addition to the academic program and plenary sessions, GRONEN 2018 will include a number of professional development workshops (PDWs) led by prominent scholars in the field. Plenary sessions and PDWs will explore how to further develop O&NE scholarship. For example:  How can O&NE scholarship have a greater impact on society and the natural environment?  How can O&NE literature provide new insights on topics of interest to most business scholars?  What are the main drivers and barriers for O&NE scholars to reach greater levels of legitimacy in academia?  How can we constructively assess O&NE research to identify methodological weaknesses and opportunities?  How can the O&NE community become an agent of change? Although we are glad to receive papers dealing with general O&NE topics, we invite papers related to the conference theme. Specifically, although not exclusively, we invite paper submissions dealing with the following:  Causes and effects of recent political and societal changes over the environmental strategy of organizations.  The emergence of new business models, organizational forms and technologies, and their impact on the environment and on firms’ environmental strategies.  Identify new and alternative dependent variables that can better address the long- and short-term effects of business activity on the natural environment.  New or emerging theoretical approaches with the potential to inform (and be informed by) O&NE research.  Alternative qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches that may potentially be applied to typical problems addressed by O&NE research. The program consists of both full paper and research development sessions. Full paper sessions are organized as a single track, with the research development sessions organized as parallel tracks. Authors will be asked to indicate which format they prefer. Our goal is to maximize the number of papers presented in single-track sessions. A doctoral consortium limited to 20 PhD students will take place just after the main conference, June 15th – 16th. PhD students must apply separately for the consortium to be able to participate in the main conference afterwards. O&NE special issue All submissions will undergo a double-blind review process prior to acceptance. A special issue of Organization and Environment will feature GRONEN 2018. We invite scholars who submit their work to the conference to also submit their work for publication in the special issue.
  27. 27. Schedule January 1, 2018: Registration opens January 29, 2018: Deadline for submissions March 15, 2018: Notification of acceptance June 15-16, 2018: PhD Consortium June 13-15, 2018: Conference Conference web page and details regarding the call for papers: http://gronenonline.org/conference_2018/ We look forward to welcoming you to Almeria in 2018! The organizing committee: Jose Cespedes-Lorente (President) Javier Martinez-del-Rio Raquel Antolin-Lopez Miguel Perez-Valls Jose Antonio Plaza-Ubeda Save the Date -- NBS Sustainability Centres Workshop June 25-27, 2017 Please save the date for the fourth biennial workshop for directors of sustainability research centres, June 25-27, 2018, at Cornell University’s new Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The workshop is hosted by the Ivey Business School’s Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. This workshop provides a rare and important opportunity for leaders of business school sustainability/ responsibility centres to share common challenges and identify solutions. Our last three workshops have generated very positive outcomes. In the 2018 workshop, participants will explore cutting-edge sustainability issues with a special emphasis on bridging research and practice. Participants will meet like-minded others, exchange best practices, and build concrete skills through hands-on training, small group work, and plenary discussions with leaders in sustainability research and practice. Information about the workshop is available online. Feel free to contact Maya Fischhoff if you have questions or would like to volunteer to help. You can find out about the 2016 workshop and the Sustainability Centres community by clicking the relevant links. We look forward to seeing you next June. Tima Bansal Network for Business Sustainability Mark Milstein and Monica Touesnard Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University
  28. 28. CALLS FOR JOURNAL AND BOOK SUBMISSIONS Call for Papers: Corporations, Capitalism and Society: Systemic Constraints in the Business and Society Relationship. Special Issue of Business & Society Guest editors: Frank G. A. de Bakker, IÉSEG School of Management, Lille, Dirk Matten, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Laura J. Spence, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, Christopher Wickert, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University Amsterdam. Brief description: In this special issue, we encourage contributions that stretch the boundaries of what has previously been investigated under the umbrella of CSR and call for research that reconsiders the links between corporations, capitalism and society from a business and society perspective. Decades of CSR research and practice that remained within the current systemic constraints (de Bakker et al., 2005; Griffin & Mahon, 1997) have had debatable impact on our ability to advance humanity within planetary boundaries (Whiteman et al., 2013). This calls for questioning larger systemic issues and socio-political ‘deep structures’ that appear to impose important constraints on business sustainability. Contributions would also go beyond extant research that has for instance argued that business firms might address the symptoms of these constraints by introducing some hybrid or paradoxical forms of organizing in order to cope with heterogeneous stakeholder demands and related internal tensions (Dacin et al., 2011; Hahn et al., 2014) or to consider alternative forms of organizing (Ahrne & Brunsson, 2011; Rasche et al., 2013). To move the debate on the relationship between business and society forward, it is important to understand the nature of the systemic constraints and their influence on organizational practices. We need to stretch the levels of analysis of current CSR research, and in particular investigate how the level of the broader political economy influences behavior at lower levels of analysis. This can help to understand the nature of key social and environmental problems and the reluctance of corporations to engage in “true” sustainability (Shevchenko et al., 2016). Better knowledge of the systemic constraints also helps to formulate alternatives that are not so easily dismissed as naïve or utopian by mainstream actors in the field, even though the problems faced are complex and “wicked” (Reinecke & Ansari, 2016). Manuscript submission deadline: Authors should submit their manuscripts through ScholarOne Manuscripts by December 1st , 2017 using the link: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bas. 
 Call for Papers: “Virtual Special Issue on sustainable supply chains and emerging economies.” Resources Conservation and Recycling. Guest Editors: Simonov Kusi-Sarpong and Joseph Sarkis. Manuscript submission deadline: 15 January 2018. More information can be found at: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/resources-conservation-and-recycling/call-for- papers/virtual-special-issue-on-sustainable-supply-chains-and-emerg
  29. 29. Call for Papers: “Special Issue - Industry 4.0 – Smart production systems, environmental protection and process safety.” Process Safety and Environmental Protection. Guest Editors: Charbel Jabbour, Joseph Sarkis, and Ana Beatriz Jabbour. Manuscript submission deadline: 15 December 2017. More information can be found at: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/process-safety-and- environmental-protection/call-for-papers/special-issue-industry-40-smart-production- systems-environme Call for Papers: Regenerative Organizations: Business and Climate Action Beyond Mitigation and Adaptation Special Issue Organization & Environment Guest editors Oana Branzei, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada Pablo Muñoz, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK Sally Russell, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK Gail Whiteman, Pentland Center for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University, UK Submission of full papers: 30 May, 2018 More information: http://journals.sagepub.com/pb- assets/cmscontent/OAE/CFPBusinessandclimateaction.pdf JBE Call for Papers: There is an App for That “There is an App for that! The Use of New Technologies in Ethics, CSR and Corporate Sustainability Education” Co-editors of the Special Issue: Ivan Montiel, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA Javier Delgado-Ceballos, University of Granada, Spain Natalia Ortiz-de-Mandojana, University of Granada, Spain Raquel Antolin-Lopez, University of Almeria, Spain Submission Guidelines and Deadlines The deadline for submissions to the Thematic Symposium is January 31, 2018. Full papers should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system. Please follow the guidelines for authors of the Journal of Business Ethics at: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10551 https://goo.gl/Nm2OOP We invite papers to be considered for a Journal of Business Ethics Thematic Symposium. This symposium aims to attract articles exploring the feasibility of using new technology like Web 2.0. (e.g., social media) and mobile apps as pedagogical tools to enhance the learning
  30. 30. effectiveness among business students and other relevant stakeholders in the areas of ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and corporate sustainability. In addition, this symposium aims to improve existing teaching methods by including new methodologies that are able to motivate and enable learners to include ethics and sustainability criteria in their business decision making. Teaching business ethics, CSR, corporate sustainability or any other management topics using innovative approaches is a challenge but also an opportunity for business professors. Instructors have predominately focused on the cognitive understanding of these topics. However, recent studies call for a shift of paradigm (e.g. Shrivastava, 2010; Starik et al., 2010). Scholars suggest the use of more holistic pedagogical approaches to address relevant topics by integrating cognitive learning with emotional, spiritual and physical learning (Freeman et al., 2015; Shrivastava, 2010). Recent studies also show that it is important to support ethics, CSR and corporate sustainability education with experiential learning (Christensen et al., 2007). Some evidence already exists showing the potential and convenience of utilizing new technological platforms (e.g. Jagger et al., 2016; Lozano et al., 2003) to teach ethics-related courses. The recent boom of smartphones and mobile apps for all sort of daily activities and entertainment can also offer pedagogical opportunities (Hirsch-Pasek et al., 2015). New technologies such as Web 2.0 platforms and mobile apps offer an opportunity for a more holistic and experiential learning when individuals are able to relate theories to their daily experiences. For example, the GoodGuide mobile app that translates complex attributes on health, environment, and social impact of food and consumer products into average sustainability ratings using a barcode scan has the potential to educate about corporate sustainability, non-financial ratings and responsible consumption (O’Rourke and Ringer, 2015). Or the Buycott app that allows users to join campaigns that support social and environmental causes or start boycott campaigns can be used to discuss ethical dilemmas, stakeholder activism and consumer protection. We invite papers that take different research approaches, i.e. theoretical and conceptual papers, and empirical papers such as experiments or survey research. Some tentative research questions to be addressed are:  How can Web 2.0 and mobile apps promote a more experiential and/or holistic learning?  How can the daily use of new technologies put into practice ethics, CSR and sustainability theories and concepts?  How can technology help experience or understand ethical dilemmas in business?  How effective are Web 2.0 tools and mobile apps compared to traditional pedagogical tools at enhancing the learning process?  Are there any unintended negative consequences of using Web 2.0 tools and mobile apps to education on business ethics, CSR or sustainability topics?  Which Web 2.0 platforms and mobile apps are suitable to teach topics on the areas of business ethics, CSR and/or sustainability? How can these be implemented?
  31. 31.  How can Web 2.0 platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Snap be used in ethics, CSR, and corporate sustainability education?  How effective are ethics and CSR-related mobile apps such as corporate philanthropy apps (e.g., Dollarocracy, Donate a Phone), worker rights apps (e.g., ROC United, Sweatshop), responsible consumer apps (e.g., GoodGuide, Localvore, Buycott) at educating different stakeholders about business and society issues, changing attitudes and promoting behavioral change?  How effective are sustainability mobile apps such as environmental footprint and personal efficiency apps (e.g., Carbon, EcoHero) or environmental quality apps (e.g., Air4U, EuropeAir) at educating different stakeholders about global environmental issues, changing attitudes and promoting behavioral change? Questions are welcome and can be addressed to: Ivan.Montiel@baruch.cuny.edu Call for Papers: Special Issue on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship Dalat University Journal of Science: Economics and Management. Topics of interests: All aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, and social entrepreneurship are encouraged, but we especially welcome manuscripts that address these topics in the context of Vietnam and Asian countries. Important dates: Deadline for submission: October 1st, 2017 Expected notification of paper acceptance: December 20th, 2017 Expected publication date: March 30th, 2018 Call for Books: Environmental and Social Sustainability for Business Advantage Business Expert Press’s focus is on publishing concise, academically sound, applied books aimed at providing supplemental material for advanced undergraduate and MBA business education as well as for the business executive education marketplace, an underserved market segment. These short books (160 pages on average) are perfect for executive education, supplementary materials in undergraduate and MBA programs, and for the professional market. BEP distributes its books through University Readers, Xanedu and in selected cases Harvard Business Publishing – the leading providers of cases and course packs. As the collection editor for the Environmental & Social Sustainability for Business Advantage collection, we will review your proposal and offer you feedback on your manuscript prior to making the approval decision. Professional copy editors will also help you with the final manuscript. Business Expert Press employs a quick, 120-day production timeline from start to printed book in-stock. The envisioned collection is a comprehensive set of teaching material designed primarily for the needs of executive education programs across functions and disciplines. While sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation, and Environmental Management
  32. 32. are a prime focus of the collection, we see core management courses, such as accounting, finance, organizational behavior, strategy, marketing, leadership, and operations as prime targets for the content and spirit of the sustainability-related publications. To meet the needs of such a diverse audience, we have an open call for proposals and invite your submissions for book proposals for the following subject areas: sustainability, sustainable value, shared value, climate change, sustainable marketing, environmental finance, change management for sustainability, extended producer responsibility, sustainable measurement/accounting and reporting, entrepreneurship, and sustainable operations. Of course, we will consider additional subjects and focus areas, relevant for the overall goals of the collection. There are several reasons why you might want to consider publishing a book with BEP. You could use such a book in your teaching, to enhance your consulting practice, and also enhance your vita. Business Expert Press will sell your book both in print and in digital collections to the business school libraries of the world. The library market is large – 7000 libraries globally – and the prices paid for these one-time sales are relatively high when compared to one-time, direct-to-consumer sales. Thus, they yield good royalty potential. Converting your expertise into a short focused book for the business education market will be a valuable contribution. If you have an idea for a book that would fit this business model, please contact us via email. We look forward to discussing this opportunity with you. Sincerely, Dr. Robert Sroufe, Collection Editor sroufer@duq.edu Rob Zwettler, BEP Acquisitions Editor rob.zwettler@businessexpertpress.com THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS! ONE blog is open for all! Please come in and add your comments. If you want to post your own blogs, please contact the website administrator (mivalls@uall.es) to receive access. We hope you enjoyed the latest ONE Times, which was produced by the ONE Communications Team: Matthew Johnson, Brent McKnight and Dante Ignacio Leyva de la Hiz. Thank you to all the ONE members who contributed material to it. The ONE Times is also available via the ONE website: http://one.aom.org/ . Stay in touch with Division news and discussion through our Twitter account @AOM_OrgNatEnv, blog and newsletter, and sign up for member announcements on the ONE-L listserv. And if you have ideas on how your division can serve you better, do get in touch.

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