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Organizations And The Sustainability Mosaic

Crafting Long-Term Ecological and Societal Solutions

Sanjay Sharma , Maark Starik , Bryan Husted

Edited by Sanjay Sharma, Dean, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Mark Starik, Department Chair and Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, School of Business and Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, The George Washington University, US and Bryan Husted, York University, Canada

2007 328 pp Hardback 978 1 84542 642 2
ebook isbn 978 1 84720 554 4

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Series: New Perspectives in Research on Corporate Sustainability series



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‘Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic is an inspired collection of
papers by a distinguished group of scholars who have been thinking about
these issues for many years. The editors have done an outstanding job of
framing and focusing the discussion on a group of issues that will matter
most as all businesses engage their sustainability challenges. Your
thinking will be challenged, and rewarded, by the chapters of this book.’
– James E. Post, Boston University, US

The contributors to this book present research on crafting long-term ecological and societal solutions in order to achieve sustainability. The in-depth analyses explore the interactions among social, environmental, and development impacts of organizations at community, regional, national and global levels. In doing so they shed light on the way forward amidst the complexity of issues involved, referred to here as the sustainability mosaic.

Contents
Contributors: C. Andrade, M.H. Bazerman, C.B. Bhattacharya, D. Casagrande, D.R. Gallagher, A.J. Hoffman, J.A. Howard-Grenville, B. Husted, H. McIlvaine-Newsad, F. Perrini, G. Rands, B. Ribbens, D. Saiia, S. Sharma, M. Starik, A. Tencati, P. Utting, C. Walck, F. Wijen

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‘The book will make a positive addition for academic researchers whose work is primarily based on sociological processes. . . The editing is excellent, and the chapters are uniformly clear and readable.’
– John R. Ehrenfeld, Journal of Industrial Ecology

‘Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic is an inspired collection of
papers by a distinguished group of scholars who have been thinking about
these issues for many years. The editors have done an outstanding job of
framing and focusing the discussion on a group of issues that will matter
most as all businesses engage their sustainability challenges. Your
thinking will be challenged, and rewarded, by the chapters of this book.’
– James E. Post, Boston University, US

The contributors to this book present research on crafting long-term ecological and societal solutions in order to achieve sustainability. The in-depth analyses explore the interactions among social, environmental, and development impacts of organizations at community, regional, national and global levels. In doing so they shed light on the way forward amidst the complexity of issues involved, referred to here as the sustainability mosaic.

Organizations and individuals cannot be sustainable in isolation. Rather, it is necessary to understand them as parts of an overall system comprising ecological, individual, organizational, political-economic and socio-cultural levels. One of the characteristics of the sustainability mosaic is that efforts are carried out at all these levels. Collectively, the contributors provide the analytic framework required for understanding sustainability and the multiple, interconnecting and embedded systems.

Students and scholars of sustainability, environmental studies and business will find in this book commonalities for new and collaborative research. CEOs, managers and consultants will find much of value as they negotiate their way towards sustainability.

Full table of contents

Contents:

1. Organizations and the Sustainability Mosaic: Crafting Long-Term Ecological and Societal Solutions
Bryan Husted, Sanjay Sharma and Mark Starik

2. Envisioning an Ecologically Sustainable Society: An Ideal Type and an Application
Gordon Rands, Barbara Ribbens, David Casagrande and Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

3. A Use-centered Perspective on Sustainability: A Case-study of Land Use in the American Southwest
Christa Walck

4. Changing Practice on Sustainability: Understanding and Overcoming the Organizational and Psychological Barriers to Action
Andrew J. Hoffman and Max H. Bazerman

5. Institutionalization as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Corporate Development
Frank Wijen

6. Stakeholder Salience, Issues Management and Mapping New Ways to Sustainability
David Saiia

7. Stakeholder Management and Sustainability Evaluation and Reporting System (SERS): A New Corporate Performance Management Framework
Francesco Perrini and Antonio Tencati

8. Who Can Act on Sustainability Issues? Corporate Capital and the Configuration of Organizational Fields
Jennifer A. Howard-Grenville, Andrew J. Hoffman and C.B. Bhattacharya

9. The Political-Institutional Dimension of Socio-Environmental Strategies: The Game of Aracruz Celulose S.A. versus Tupiniquim and Guarani Indians
Celio Andrade

10. Regulating Business for Sustainable Development
Peter Utting

11. The Professionalization of Sustainability
Deborah Rigling Gallagher

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