Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

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?Deftly employing the tools of institutionary theory, the authors in this edited collection link natural and organizational environments in a variety of new and challenging ways. Theoretically rich and analytically sophisticated, Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment is a veritable treasure trove of useful approaches and strategies that should appeal to researchers and practitioners in organizational behavior, management studies, environmental sociology and public administration.??John Hannigan, ...
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Overview


“Deftly employing the tools of institutionary theory, the authors in this edited collection link natural and organizational environments in a variety of new and challenging ways. Theoretically rich and analytically sophisticated, Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment is a veritable treasure trove of useful approaches and strategies that should appeal to researchers and practitioners in organizational behavior, management studies, environmental sociology and public administration.”—John Hannigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto and author of Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective
“Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment is a much welcomed and timely contribution to the growing body of literature on corporate environmentalism and environmental policy. Not only do the contributors to this volume clearly demonstrate the applicability of institutional theories of organization in analyzing environmental issues, they use environmental issues to extend theory in organizational sociology and strategy. Positioned at the intersection of environmental sociology, environmental policy studies and management, and organization theory, this book provides insights relevant and important for audiences in all these fields.”—Susse George, Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology, Copenhagen Business School
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"Deftly employing the tools of institutionary theory, the authors in this edited collection link natural and organizational environments in a variety of new and challenging ways. Theoretically rich and analytically sophisticated, Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment is a veritable treasure trove of useful approaches and strategies that should appeal to researchers and practitioners in organizational behavior, management studies, environmental sociology and public administration."—John Hannigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto and author of Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective

"Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment is a much welcomed and timely contribution to the growing body of literature on corporate environmentalism and environmental policy. Not only do the contributors to this volume clearly demonstrate the applicability of institutional theories of organization in analyzing environmental issues, they use environmental issues to extend theory in organizational sociology and strategy. Positioned at the intersection of environmental sociology, environmental policy studies and management, and organization theory, this book provides insights relevant and important for audiences in all these fields."—Susse George, Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology, Copenhagen Business School

"Hoffman and Ventresca have gathered an impressive collection of research studies that examine how the natural environment/organization interface evolves through dynamic interactions between institutional field processes and organizational strategies and structures. The research collected in this volume provides unique insights into the complex forces driving organizational change in response to increasing emphasis on sustainable development. Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment is not only an important addition for scholars of organizations and the natural environment but also those in organizational theory."—Sanjay Sharma, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

"This volume brings together imaginative work from environmental sociology and environmental management to illuminate the variety of factors shaping organizational responses to environmental crises. Organizations, Policy, and the Natural Environment provides valuable theorizing that combines careful empirical studies with analytic theory—a must read for corporate officials and environmental business researchers."—Peter M. Haas, Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"Hoffman and Ventresca have opened up a new and productive line of research for organizational scholars."—Academy of Management Review

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Scholars of organizational behavior and other social sciences intertwine social and political processes with technical and economic dynamics to investigate environmental policy. They seek to redress what they see as the neglect of the organizational component in policy research. The 20 studies were presented at an April 2000 conference at Northwestern University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804741958
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/14/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew J. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Boston University School of Management. He is the author of From Heresy to Dogma (Stanford, 2001), and Competitive Environmental Strategy: A Guide to the Changing Business Landscape, and the editor of Global Climate Change: A Senior Level Dialogue. Marc J. Ventresca University Lecturer in Strategy and Organisation at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is the editor (with Michael Lounsbury) of Social Structure and Organization Revisited.
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Table of Contents

Tables
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Foreword
Preface
About the Contributors
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Origins Question: Building Global Institutions to Protect Nature 41
Ch. 3 Complications in Compliance: Variation in Environmental Enforcement in British Columbia's Lower Fraser Basin, 1985-1996 57
Ch. 4 The Emergence of Environmental Conflict Resolution: Subversive Stories and the Construction of Collective Action Frames and Organizational Fields 90
Ch. 5 Pollution Futures: Commensuration, Commodification, and the Market for Air 119
Ch. 6 Coercion Breeds Variation: The Differential Impact of Isomorphic Pressures on Environmental Strategies 151
Ch. 7 Heterogeneity and Change in Environmental Strategy: Technological and Political Responses to Climate change in the Global Automobile Industry 173
Ch. 8 The Institutionalization of Voluntary Organizational Greening and the Ideals of Environmentalism: Lessons About Official Culture from Symbolic Organization Theory 194
Ch. 9 Decoupling in the Environmental Arena: The Case of Environmental Impact Assessments 214
Ch. 10 Institutions as Barriers and Enablers to Negotiated Agreements: Institutional Entrepreneurship and the Plum Creek Habitat Conservation Plan 235
Ch. 11 Changing Shades of Green: Coupling and Decoupling in Monsanto's Environmental Orientations, 1991-1997 262
Ch. 12 Institutional Evolution: The Case of the Semiconductor Industry Voluntary PFC Emissions Reduction Agreements 291
Ch. 13 Interpretations of Institutions: The Case of Recycled Newsprint 311
Ch. 14 Policy Discourse, Logics, and Practice Standards: Centralizing the Solid-Waste Management Field 327
Ch. 15 The Institutional Context of Environmental Voluntary Agreements 346
Ch. 16 Open-Sourcing Environmental Regulation: How to Make Firms Compete for the Natural Environment 369
Ch. 17 Strategic Responses to the Reputation Commons Problem 393
Ch. 18 International Standardization and Global Governance: The Spread of Quality and Environmental Management Standards 407
Ch. 19 Environmental Management: New Opportunities for Institutional Theory 435
Ch. 20 Organizations and the Natural Environment: Evolving Models 453
Index 465
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