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Call for Papers Strategic Sustainability and Environmental Management Systems

(Apologies for Cross-Posting)


Greenleaf Publishing invites contributions for: (1) a Special Issue of
"Greener Management International"; and (2) a subsequent new book on the
topic of "Strategic Sustainability: The State of the Art in Corporate
Environmental Management Systems"



Now more than ever, firms are developing environmental systems and
practices. The EMS debate is now almost a decade old and at least a dozen
countries have national EMS standards as well as the better-known
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)'s 14001. Because of
increasing environmental regulations, government pressure, international
certification standards, changing customer demands and managers recognising
pollution as waste, firms are now developing environmental policies for
their manufacturing plants and supply chain partners while at the same time
managing compliance with new regulations. For managers deciding how to
tackle environmental issues, however, transforming this recognition into the
development of an effective EMS can be difficult.

A general assumption is that many firms have some sort of EMS in place.
These systems can range from very informal policies and practices to formal
third-party certified systems that have been widely publicised by the firm
and are part of its strategic direction. The focus of this project is to
examine the extent to which these systems are cross-functional, what their
impact is on performance evaluation, and the extent to which these systems
are used to monitor supply chains and the life-cycles of products and

The aim is to provide a reference point for the most essential elements of
an EMS and relationships between these types of system, sustainability,
competitiveness and institutional practice. Is ISO 14001 the best approach
or are firms who have bypassed certification developing state-of-the-art
EMSs from which others can learn? Practical and theoretical papers will be
sought in the following topical areas.


* Case studies of companies involved in successful development,
implementation and evolution of these types of system to simultaneously
manage environmental and business processes

* Conceptual and/or analytical frameworks for the interaction of
environmental and business systems

* Factors impacting environmental management system development and
integration with other functions

* Interactions between EMS and firm-level functional areas such as
accounting, marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, sales and logistics

* What are the implications for the system when the focus of environmental
management is moving outside the boundaries of a traditional EMS and towards
the supply chain?

* Systems and tools for implementing and managing integrated environmental
and business performance

* How environmental metrics are used and captured in cross-functional
environmental systems

* The influence on and by information management, knowledge management and
organisational learning with EMS

* Evidence of sustainable development


To date, it is unclear how EMSs impact business processes. This call for
papers invites studies that provide insights which will provide public and
private managers with new and much-needed sources of information about EMS
development and the impact of these systems on environmental practices and
competitiveness. Academicians should be interested in this special issue
because it will contain theoretical and isomorphic models based on industry
practices that are empirically tested and contribute to theory development.

The journal special issue is intended to provide senior management,
environmental managers, fund managers, governments and government agencies,
NGOs and international bodies with better information and an understanding
of how EMSs are used for both environmental and performance improvement. The
book will include broad empirical studies, case studies and applied
theoretical studies.


Contributors with ideas for papers are encouraged to communicate with the
co-editors before submission by phone or e-mail. The following schedule will
be used:

Call for papers: 20 November 2002
Paper submission deadline: 31 May 2003
Review deadline: 30 September 2003
Initial decisions made: 15 October 2003
Authors informed of decisions:31 October 2003
Deadline for revisions for journal/book: 31 December 2003
Final decisions made: 15 February 2004
Publication of journal/book: Spring 2004/Fall 2004.


Full papers are invited to be considered for publication in the journal
special issue. Paper submissions should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words
(for theoretical papers and broad empirical studies) and between 2,500 and
4,000 words (for case studies) and should follow the editorial guidelines
for "GMI", which can be obtained from the Greenleaf Publishing website
(http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/gmi/contribu.htm). Submitted papers
should make clear their relevance to business, managerial practice, and/or
academic significance.


Joseph Sarkis
Graduate School of Management
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Tel: (508) 793-7659
Fax: (508) 793-8822
E-mail: jsarkis@clarku.edu

Robert Sroufe
The Wallace E. Carroll School of Management
Boston College, 454C Fulton Hall
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hills, MA 02026-0433
Tel: (617) 552-0469
Fax: (617) 552-0433
E-mail: sroufe@bc.edu

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