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Industry cannot be separated from nature. Indeed, linked to the current high profile of environmental issues is a growing sense that industrialization has now caused damage to the environment that will be difficult, if not impossible, to rectify. The Business of Greening debates the relationship between business and greening, and the future form this relationship could take. The book gives voice to industrial actors - employees, employers, managers, technical specialists, regulators - in the context of their ...
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Business of Greening

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Overview

Industry cannot be separated from nature. Indeed, linked to the current high profile of environmental issues is a growing sense that industrialization has now caused damage to the environment that will be difficult, if not impossible, to rectify. The Business of Greening debates the relationship between business and greening, and the future form this relationship could take. The book gives voice to industrial actors - employees, employers, managers, technical specialists, regulators - in the context of their organizations, within industrial sectors or as part of wider institution regimes. The business of greening is taken as socially constructed, shaped through tensions and competing interests which produce outcomes that are sometimes unexpected, sometimes hopeful. Contributors write from a wide range of different social sciences including sociology, geography, organizational science and psychology. This is a unique collection of findings from field projects within the Global Environmental Change research programme of the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and will be of particular interest to students and researchers of environmental and business studies, and to those who shape environmental policy in government and industry. Stephen Fineman University of Bath Andrea Coulson University of Strathclyde Frances Drake Leeds University Ken Green UMIST Simon Guy University of Newcastle
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While it may be contested territory to ask what evidence we should accept in assessing the current extent of the assault on the environment, and whose responsibility it is to redress the situation, these 11 chapters address the pivotal roles that industry can play as environmentally sensitive entities. Evolving out of a research program of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, this volume gives non-preachy voice to a broad representation of public and private business addressing the main themes of: the social construction of greening ends and means, regulation, and corporate learning and change potential. Fine (organizational behavior, U. of Bath) concludes with an examination of green myths and realities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203464809
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 750 KB

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
The business of greening: an introduction 1
The manager, the business and the big wide world 13
Buying the environment: the multiple meanings of green supply 35
Framing environmental choices: mediating the environment in the property business 54
Banking on the environment: risk and rationality 78
Being a regulator 97
Regulation matters: global environmental discourse and business response 114
The business of building regulation 134
Smaller enterprises and the environment: organisational learning potential? 153
Agents of change in corporate 'greening': case studies in water and electricity utilities 169
Green myths, green realities 191
Index 201
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