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Master of Science in International Environmental Studies
I am passionate about environmental sustainability through the creation of alternative business models and new corporate forms. My PhD project investigates sustainability entrepreneurship, legal structures for social and environmental enterprises, economic institutions for sustainability, social innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a highly inter-disciplinary study, based on (classic) institutional theory, ecopreneurship, business models for sustainability and environmental governance theory. My field work is on Environmental Social Enterprises in the UK.
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Source: LYNNE ANDERSSON, SUSAN E. JACKSON, AND SALLY V. RUSSELL 2013. Greening organizational behavior: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Organizational Behavior 34,151–155.
"The fifth article, titled “Environmental Standards and Labor Productivity: Understanding the Mechanisms that Sustain Sustainability,” by Delmas and Pekovic (2013), focuses on organizations as the unit of analysis in a study of the relationship between the adoption of environmental management standards and labor productivity. Motivating this research was a desire to advance our understanding of the relationship between environmental performance and competitive advantage by looking inside the so-called black box of organizational phenomena. Data from a sample of 5220 French firms reveal that firms that adopted environmental management standards also reported significantly higher labor productivity compared with those firms that did not adopt such standards. To interpret their results, Delmas and Pekovic (2013) identified several possible explanatory processes. One explanation for the observed relationship between adoption of environmental management standards and labor productivity is that the adoption of environmental management standards is associated with higher employee commitment. Further, the authors argue, that environmentally proactive firms may also provide more training and promote interpersonal contacts; in support of these arguments, the results reveal that increases in training and interpersonal contact contribute to subsequent improvements in labor productivity."
Sustainable business beyond CSR is progressing slowly, but institutional innovation in the private sector can improve sustainability by causing a shift from profit-maximization towards a wider set of social and environmental goals.
This literature review investigates alternative ways of organizing companies by looking at institutional characterist...