Building the Future by Looking to the Past: Examining Research Published on Organizations and Environment

  • Pratima Bansal
  • Jijun Gao
Part of the The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics Book Series book series (ISBEE, volume 4)


Organizations and environment (O&E) researchers focus their attention either on organizational outcomes or on environmental outcomes. In this paper, we argue that these are significantly different approaches to O&E research. The first aims to contribute to organization theory and performance; the latter aims to improve environmental performance. With a starting position that most research published in influential general management journals would be of the organizational outcomes variety, we reviewed O&E research published from 1995 to 2005 to see if this was true. We found, in fact, that most research is directed at environmental outcomes. This finding suggests that the most influential general management journals are receptive to environmental research that does not fit neatly into the organizational boxes. Yet, we also find that there is room for O&E research to have considerably more impact than we have had so far. This article is a call for more high quality O&E research in our general management journals.


Organization and environment Publications Natural environment Organizational outcomes Environmental outcomes Environmental context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ivey Business SchoolWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  2. 2.Asper School of BusinessUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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