Organizations and the Natural Environment Fall 2017 Newsletter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
low-carbon economy, sustainable finance, and the business case for corporate environmental
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
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
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.
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
What are your current positions?
Adam Cobb: Assistant Professor of
Management, The Wharton School, University
Tyler Wry: Assistant Professor of Management,
The Wharton School, University of
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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!
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
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
For the Early PhDs (1st
year) it was most important to receive feedback on their
projects, whereas for the Advanced PhD students (4th
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 Journal Articles
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Hahn, T., Figge, F., Pinkse, J., & Preuss, L. (2017). A paradox perspective on corporate
sustainability: Descriptive, instrumental, and normative aspects. Journal of Business Ethics.
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Kok, A.M., de Bakker, F.G.A., & Groenewegen, P. 2017. Sustainability struggles:
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Kolk, A., Kourula, A., & Pisani, N. 2017. Multinational corporations and the Sustainable
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Pinkse, J., & Gasbarro, F. (2017). Managing physical impacts of climate change: An
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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
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
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
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
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
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
And, we want to hear from you! Please contact us (email@example.com) to share your
feedback, experiences, and ideas. And stay up-to-date by subscribing to our regular
Network for Business Sustainability
CALLS FOR CONFERENCES
The Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference
The Sustainability, Ethics & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference is now accepting
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
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).
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
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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
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
How can O&NE literature provide new insights on topics of interest to most
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
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.
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:
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.
Network for Business Sustainability
Mark Milstein and Monica Touesnard
Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University
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
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:
Call for Papers: “Virtual Special Issue on sustainable supply chains and emerging
Resources Conservation and Recycling. Guest Editors: Simonov Kusi-Sarpong and Joseph
Sarkis. Manuscript submission deadline: 15 January 2018. More information can be found
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-
Call for Papers: Regenerative Organizations: Business and Climate Action Beyond
Mitigation and Adaptation
Special Issue Organization & Environment
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-
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
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:
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Robert Sroufe, Collection Editor
Rob Zwettler, BEP Acquisitions Editor
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