Greening Organizational Behavior

Journal of Organizational Behavior

Business & Management: Organisational Studies

Deadline: 01/02/2011 (Closed)

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Behavioral scholars interested in making an impact and doing work that is relevant have many challenges to choose from. Among the most pressing and prominent challenges facing organizations today is that of ameliorating or preventing ecological degradation. Many environmentalists fear that only an ecological crisis of enormous magnitude will be sufficient to shock business leaders into taking proactive steps toward achieving environmental sustainability. Others believe that individual actions and the forces of capitalism and business competition will lead organizations to acknowledge the depth of ecological issues facing the world today, and induce a paradigmatic shift in how business is conducted.

How is scholarship in organizational behavior contributing to knowledge that can be used to improve the health of planet Earth? What do we know about the behavior of individuals and groups that provides useful insights that can be applied in organizations as they begin to address ecological issues? From the board room to the shop floor, addressing ecological concerns inevitably involves change. How do decision-making processes support or discourage systemic change? Ecological pleas and demands to corporate executives are often formulated and enacted by individuals within the operating core of the organization. How do individual employees contribute to (or detract from) their companies? efforts to “go green”? The presence of an individual with environmental knowledge, skills and influence within the company who can champion environmental issues is one of the keys to successful environmental management programs. What is the role of rational arguments and emotional appeals in efforts to influence organizational leaders concerning ecological issues? Under what conditions are ecological champions likely to emerge, be heard, be silent, or be silenced? How can good intentions go bad, creating dysfunctional backlash?

With this special issue, we seek to disseminate new, creative and high quality scholarship aimed at providing a clearer picture of how individuals, groups, and the organization can work in synchronicity to solve global ecological issues. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers that explore individual and group phenomena relevant

to the greening of organizations.

In addition to the questions already mentioned, the list below suggests several other potential topics for contributors:

  • Employees? ecological values, attitudes and behaviors and their effect on organizations
  • Ecological entrepreneurs, champions, and other individual voluntary environmental initiatives
  • Ecological decision making within organizations
  • Changing habits and institutional routines
  • Personality traits and individual ecological behavior within organizations
  • Ecological value (in)congruence between employees and organizations
  • Employee emotions and emotional labor concerning ecological issues
  • Leading and motivating employees to act upon ecological issues
  • Individual morality and ethics concerning ecological issues
  • The advantages or disadvantages of relying on voluntary or mandatory approaches

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