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Environmentally Sustainable Organizations: Present Potential and Future Promise

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

The submission portal for this special issue will open October, 2019

Guest Editors
Dr. Manish Gupta, Department of HR, IBS Hyderabad, a Constituent of IFHE, Deemed to be University, India (
Dr. Aviral Kumar Tiwari, Associate Professor, Montpellier Business School, France (
Dr. Abhishek Behl, Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (

The concept of ‘sustainability’ assumed worldwide significance when it was first documented in the Brundtland Report released in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). Sustainability aims at meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In the present-day context, it has assumed enormous significance owning to people’s awareness of the impact businesses and individuals can have on the environment. Consumers and organizations alike are seeking options to alleviate urgent environmental demands resulting from incessant population and economic growth (de Medeiros et al., 2014). Seidel et al. (2013) discuss how deterioration of environment is a pressing concern for our society and business organizations continue to remain a major contributor to this challenge. It is observed that numerous organizations have an opportunity to engage in sustainable development practices while enhancing efficiency, boosting productivity, minimizing costs, and maximizing profitability. Their poor business practices lead to detrimental effects for the environment in the forms of waste: unused or underused resources, energy inefficiency, elevated noise levels and harmful emissions, all of which are waste products causing negative externalities and diminution in economic efficiency (Watson, Boudreau & Chen, 2010). "Greening" organization theorists have tailored existing paradigms of organizational tactics to embrace environmental demands and organizational responses, from the standpoint of making firms more proactive (Jennings & Zandbergen, 1995). Thus, there is considerable understanding and recognition that economic sustenance of a firm is entwined with environmental sustainable development (Bauer, Erdogan & Taylor, 2012).

Supporting the contention that organizational effectiveness is contingent upon environmental sustainability (Jennings & Zandbergen, 1995), Sarkis (2001) clearly points that the long-term sustainability of an organization depends on the sustainability of the natural environment; organizations, therefore, are obliged to take on a worldwide perspective, neither merely departmental, nor a single project at a time, while assessing environmental concerns. Customers too are mindful and have concerns for environmental protection and preservation (Sheth, Sethia & Srinivas, 2010). Organizations realize this, and appreciate that an opportunity exists for them to stand distinct among competitors based on their commitment to environmental sustainability. They are increasingly facing the necessity to transform their businesses for attaining environmental objectives (Marcon, de Medeiros & Ribeiro, 2017).

The main objective of this special issue is to know the ways in which organizations encounter uncertainties for transforming their current practices and the steps they take to attain the desired objectives of environmental stewardship. 

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  1. International issues in sustaining organizations
  2. Corporate environmentalism
  3. Green business process management
  4. Information systems in environmental stability
  5. Energy informatics and sustainability
  6. Sustainable supply chain management
  7. Developing corporate capabilities through sustainable ICT
  8. Environmentally sustainable product innovation
  9. Environmentally sustainable process innovation
  10. Environmental marketing
  11. Environmental concerns and R&D
  12. Customer-centric approach to sustainability: public environmental concern, customer expectations and responses to environmentally sustainable organizations
  13. Role of human resource management in environmentally sustainable organizations
  14. Role of higher education in building environmentally sustainable organizations   
  • Submission deadline: December 31, 2019.
  • Submission portal would be open for submission only by October 1, 2019.

Paper submission
Authors should submit their manuscripts (qualitative or quantitative research) in the MS Word file to Authors must select "Environmentally Sustainable Organizations: Present Potential and Future Promise" when selecting the article type.

By submitting a manuscript author(s) certify that the contribution is original and has not been published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere and that no part of the material breaches the right of others. All articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two anonymous referees. Authors are advised to ensure that their submission conforms to the IJPPM author’s guidelines at:

The authors are encouraged to enquire for the special issue-manuscript fit by sharing their article titles and abstracts with the Guest Editors before the full manuscript submission. E-mails for queries relating to this special issue must be sent to all the Guest Editors.

Bauer, T. N., Erdogan, B., & Taylor, S. (2012). Creating and maintaining environmentally sustainable organizations: Recruitment and onboarding. Business Faculty Publications and Presentations. 28.
de Medeiros, J., Ribeiro, J., & Cortimiglia, M. (2014). Success factors for environmentally sustainable product innovation: a systematic literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 76-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.08.035
Jennings, P., & Zandbergen, P. (1995). Ecologically Sustainable Organizations: An Institutional Approach. The Academy of Management Review, 20(4), 1015.
Marcon, A., de Medeiros, J., & Ribeiro, J. (2017). Innovation and environmentally sustainable economy: Identifying the best practices developed by multinationals in Brazil. Journal of Cleaner Production, 160, 83-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.101
Sarkis, J. (2001). Manufacturing’s role in corporate environmental sustainability ‐ Concerns for the new millennium. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 21(5/6), 666-686.
Seidel, S., Recker, J., & vom Brocke, J. (2013). Sensemaking and Sustainable Practicing: Functional Affordances of Information Systems in Green Transformations. MIS Quarterly, 37(4), 1275-1299.
Sheth, J., Sethia, N., & Srinivas, S. (2010). Mindful consumption: a customer-centric approach to sustainability. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 39(1), 21-39.
Watson, R. T., Boudreau, M. C., & Chen, A. J. (2010). Information systems and environmentally sustainable development: energy informatics and new directions for the IS community. MIS Quarterly, 23-38.