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Literature Reviews on Corporate Environmental Management

Special issue call for papers from Management of Environmental Quality


Corporate environmental management has been considered one of the most important transformations in the business field over the past few decades (Hartmann & Vachon, 2018). Corporate environmental management deals with the incorporation of environmental issues into all the key pillars of a company, from strategy to operational goals (Gunarathne & Lee, 2018). Scholarship concerning corporate environmental management has increased accordingly, and has experienced an especially acute increase in the context of scientific publications. As the number of papers and journals on Corporate Environmental Management continues to increase, it is important to consolidate and aggregate the available knowledge on this topic. With the number of publications on the topic higher than ever before, a Special Issue focused on systematizing the main findings and contributions on corporate environmental management is still missing. It is important to provide a systematized presentation of the current knowledge on corporate environmental management which considers all the most salient business areas, including finance (Zhou & Li, 2019), operations management (Dubey et al., 2015), human resource management (Yong et al., 2019; Jabbour et al., 2010), marketing (Shao & Ünal, 2019), strategy, supply chain (Sarkis, 2003), product development (Yang et al., 2018), governance mechanisms (Goworek et al., 2018), technology (Song et al., 2017) and innovation (El-Kassar & Singh, 2018; Watson et al., 2018), among others.
Anchored in the aforementioned gap in the state-of-the-art literature, this call for papers invites literature reviews on the subject of corporate environmental management. Systematic reviews of the state-of-the-art knowledge on environmental management are vitally relevant, as they encapsulate contemporary advancements and scientific progress. Literature reviews can be crucial for the flourishing of original research frameworks and research agenda for future investigations (Webster & Watson, 2002; Torraco, 2005, p.356).

  1. The review should include a methodology section
  2. The content of the reviewed articles should be analyzed in depth and, ideally, organized according to conceptual angles/theoretical streams identified
  3. A research agenda for future studies should be included in the review. This research agenda should encapsulate research questions for future studies
  4. The work should be concluded by proposing an original theoretical framework which will be further tested by empirical researchers
  5. The reviews may be inspired by classic works in the field, such as Webster & Watson (2002); Torraco (2005); Tranfield (2003); Seuring & Gold (2012); Seuring & Müller (2008); and Gunasekaran & Ngai (2012), Dubey et al. (2017), Jabbour et al. (2010), Song et al. (2012), Aguinis & Glavas (2017), among others.

All papers submitted should address issues related to the theme of the special issue and also fall within the scope of Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal. This special issue will focus on publishing original research papers which address the theme of the special issue. Qualitative articles and quantitative articles do not fall within the scope of this special issue.

Scope of the Special Issue

This special issue will focus on publishing original research papers which address the theme of the special issue. We would like to make it crystal clear that qualitative articles and quantitative articles do not fall within the scope of this special issue. Therefore, we invite high-quality literature reviews that address – but are not limited to – the following topics:

  • Corporate environmental management
  • Environmental quality
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
  • Green human resources
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Green operations management
  • Green product development
  • Circular economy
  • Green finance
  • Green R&D
  • Green information technology
  • Green marketing
  • Environmentally friend new technologies
  • Education for environmental management
  • Governance (micro and macro perspectives) for environmental management
  • Green supply chain
  • Environmental performance
  • Proactive environmental management
  • Environmental management in SMEs

Important Dates

•    Submission deadline: August 31st, 2019
•    Scheduled publication: mid 2020

Guest Editor

Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour
Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France


Aguinis, H., & Glavas, A. (2017). What we know and don’t know about corporate social responsibility: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 38(4): 932-968.
Dubey, R., Gunasekaran, A., & Papadopoulos, T. (2017). Green supply chain management: theoretical framework and further research directions. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 24(1), 184-218.
Dubey, R., Gunasekaran, A., & Ali, S. S. (2015). Exploring the relationship between leadership, operational practices, institutional pressures and environmental performance: A framework for green supply chain. International Journal of Production Economics, 160, 120-132.
El-Kassar, A., & Singh, S.K. (2018). Green innovation and organizational performance: The influence of big data and the moderating role of management commitment and HR practices. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (in Press).
Goworek, H., Land, C., Burt, G., Zundel, M., Saren, M., Parker, M., & Lambe, B. (2018). Scaling Sustainability: Regulation and Resilience in Managerial Responses to Climate Change. British Journal of Management, 29(2), 209-219.
Gunarathne, N., & Lee, K. H. (2018). Institutional pressures and corporate environmental management maturity. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, in press.
Gunasekaran, A., & Ngai, E. W. (2012). The future of operations management: an outlook and analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, 135(2), 687-701
Hartmann, J., & Vachon, S. (2018). Linking environmental management to environmental performance: The interactive role of industry context. Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(3), 359-374.
Jabbour, C.J.C, Teixeira, A., Caldeira de Oliveira, J.H., & Fouad Soubihia, D. (2010). Managing environmental training in organizations: Theoretical review and proposal of a model. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 21(6), 830-844.
Sarkis, J. (2003). A strategic decision framework for green supply chain management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 11(4), 397-409.
Seuring, S., & Gold, S. (2012). Conducting content-analysis based literature reviews in supply chain management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 17(5), 544-555.
Seuring, S., & Müller, M. (2008). From a literature review to a conceptual framework for sustainable supply chain management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(15), 1699-1710.
Shao, J., & Ünal, E. (2019). What do consumers value more in green purchasing? Assessing the sustainability practices from demand side of business. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, 1473-1483.
Song, M., Cen, L., Zheng, Z., Fisher, R., Liang, X., Wang, Y., & Huisingh, D. (2017). How would big data support societal development and environmental sustainability? Insights and practices. Journal of Cleaner Production, 142, 489-500.
Song, M., et al. Environmental efficiency evaluation based on data envelopment analysis: a review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16.7 (2012): 4465-4469.
Torraco, R. J. (2005). Writing integrative literature reviews: Guidelines and examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4(3), 356-367.
Tranfield, D., Denyer, D. & Smart, P. (2003). Towards a methodology for developing evidence-informed management knowledge by means of systematic review. British Journal of Management, Vol. 14, pp.207-22.
Watson, R., Wilson, H. N., Smart, P., & Macdonald, E. K. (2018). Harnessing Difference: A Capability‐Based Framework for Stakeholder Engagement in Environmental Innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 35(2), 254-279.
Webster, J., & Watson, R. T. (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly, xiii-xxiii.
Yang, M., Smart, P., Kumar, M., Jolly, M., & Evans, S. (2018). Product-service systems business models for circular supply chains. Production Planning & Control, 29(6), 498-508.
Yong, J. Y., Yusliza, M. Y., Ramayah, T., & Fawehinmi, O. (2019). Nexus between green intellectual capital and green human resource management. Journal of Cleaner Production, in press.
Zhou, K., & Li, Y. (2019). Carbon finance and carbon market in China: Progress and challenges. Journal of Cleaner Production, in press.