Retrospective, perspective, and prospective: introduction to the Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment

Andrew J. Hoffman, Pratima Bansal

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Abstract

This article addresses what is distinct about existing business and the natural environment (B&NE) research and provides the multiple directions in which the field is going. It first describes in broad terms the history of B&NE. It also introduces the central themes in the field as they exist today. Then, it reports what are found to be common and overarching themes and, therefore, fruitful areas of future research. The waves of corporate environmentalism recognize that corporate environmental issues were a problem necessitating regulatory controls, treat the environmental protection as a strategic concern, and concentrate on sustainability. A shift to a systems view of the B&NE relationship offers greater opportunities for optimizing social and environmental systems, but also greater complexities and challenges in managing them to predictable ends. B&NE research forces the kind of problem-based, temporally relevant research that critics and business practitioners demand from business schools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment
EditorsPratima Bansal, Andrew J. Hoffman
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages3-26
Number of pages24
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780191735318
ISBN (Print)9780199584451
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Business and the natural environment
  • Corporate environmentalism
  • Environmental protection
  • Regulatory controls
  • Sustainability

Cite this

Hoffman, A. J., & Bansal, P. (2012). Retrospective, perspective, and prospective: introduction to the Oxford Handbook on Business and the Natural Environment. In P. Bansal, & A. J. Hoffman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment (1st ed., pp. 3-26). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0001