Intellectual Capital and Corporate Environmentalism

Call for papers for: Journal of Intellectual Capital

The submission portal for this SI will open May, 2020.

Guest Editors:
Gregorio Martín-de Castro (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
MariPaz Salmador (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

There is a growing body of literature that relates the preservation of the natural environment and organizations (Albertini, 2013), reflecting both the interest of the Academia in those issues as well as the growing concern of citizens and nations toward the preservation of the natural environment (Martín-de Castro et al., 2017).

Academic scholars and business practitioners, mainly from Management and Strategic Management, are exploring how companies can address this important challenge and how to fit firm competitiveness and profitability to natural environment respect. From the Academia, since the publication of two seminal works in 1995 (Hart, 1995; Porter and Van der Linde, 1995), many efforts have been made in order to explore corporate environmentalism and its effects on business strategy (Aragón-Correa, 1998) and management. From public policy and business practitioners, some initiatives as those launched by the European Commission in 2015 on Circular Economy show the growing importance given to the natural environment in economy, business and society. This way, several issues for business theory and practice arise as proactive environmental strategy, environmental management systems, environmental certification and eco-labeling, etc., environmental and sustainable corporate reporting.

Proactive environmental strategies, management and postures imply deep changes in business strategy, structure and business models, that require the development of environmental or eco-innovations, new management tools, and the external projection of the firm and stakeholders’ engagement (Delmas and Toffel, 2008; Sharma and Henriques, 2005). In that sense, and framed both in the Institutional Theory (Bansal and Roth, 2005) as well as the Natural Resource-Based View (Hart, 1995; Aragón-Correa and Sharma, 2003),  firms have to carry out important internal and external changes in order to develop effective proactive corporate environmentalism, as the development of new resources and capabilities in different business areas as innovation, human resources, culture, organizational routines, as well reinforcing ties with internal and external stakeholders’ engagement through corporate communication and reporting, strategic alliances and networking, and improving their legitimacy and reputation. All these new resources and capabilities are based on knowledge and are of intangible nature, where an Intellectual Capital-Based View (Reed et al., 2006; Martín-de Castro et al., 2011; Bueno, Salmador and Longo, 2014) constitutes a very well-suited theoretical perspective to give light to this emerging business phenomenon. For example, human capital and talent management, innovation management, organizational culture and routines, social capital, as well relational issues as reputation and image, or corporate reporting (Bueno, Salmador and Reyes, 2012), are effective ways to frame and carry out proactive environmental strategies.

In this vein, we propose a cross-fertilized new field of research and practice by linking Intellectual Capital and Corporate Environmentalism in this new special issue.

On that basis, specific topics may include, but are not limited to the following ones:

  • The role of social capital in engaging external stakeholders in the development of proactive environmental strategies.
  • The development of a green culture that facilitates the effective implementation of environmental strategies and corporate environmentalism.
  • The role of environmental legitimacy, reputation and image in both internal and external stakeholders’ engagement, as well as in complementing other organizational environmental efforts and firm performance.
  • Attraction and retention of talent and highly-skilled workers and their role in environmental innovation and corporate environmentalism.
  • The role of eco-innovation and environmental innovations, sustainable competitive advantage and higher firm performance.
  • Product stewardship, external stakeholders and the management of intellectual capital.
  • Green intellectual capital and proactive environmental strategies.
  • Sustainable and intellectual capital corporate reporting and communication.
  • Other issues in that way are welcome.

For further information, please contact the guest editors:
Prof. Gregorio Martín-de Castro: [email protected]
Prof. MariPaz Salmador: [email protected]

Timetable for Special Issue on IC and Corporate Environmentalism:
Author submission will open: May 1, 2020
Submission deadline:  June 30, 2020
Notification to authors regarding the status of their paper: August 15, 2020
Submission deadline for revise and resubmit (first round): November 15, 2020
Notification to authors regarding the status of their paper: 30, 2020
Deadline for revise and resubmit (second round): January 15, 2021
Final acceptance decision: April 30, 2021 (publication expected in 2021)
Journal of Intellectual Capital (Emerald Publishing).

Submission Procedure:
Submissions to this special issue must be made through the ScholarOne submission system.

Visit the author guidelines for the journal for full details.

Ensure that you select this special issue (Intellectual Capital and Corporate Environmentalism) from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Aragón-Correa, J.A. (1998). Strategic proactivity and firm approach to the natural environment. Academy of Management Journal, 41, 556-567.
Aragón-Correa, J.A., & Sharma, S. (2003). A contingent resource-based view of proactive corporate environmental strategy. Academy of Management Review, 28, 71-88.
Bansal, P., & Roth, K. (2005). Why companies go green: a model of ecological responsiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 43, 717-736.
Bueno, E.; Salmador, M. P; Longo, M. (2014):  Advances in the identification and measurement of Intellectual Capital and future developments in the Intellectual Capital research agenda, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 12(3), 339-349 .
Bueno, E., Salmador, M., & Reyes, A. (2012). Influencia de los instrumentos voluntarios en la publicación de información ambiental de los hoteles españoles. Harvard Deusto Business Research, 1(1), 37-51.
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Martín-de Castro, G., Amores-Salvadó, J., & Navas-López, J. (2016). Environmental management systems and firm performance: improving firm environmental policy through stakeholder engagement. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 23, 243-256.
Martín-de Castro, G., Delgado-Verde, M., Navas-López, J. and López-Sáez, P. (2011). ‘Towards an intellectual capital-based view of the firm: origins and nature’. Journal of Business Ethics, 98, 649-662.
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Sharma, S., & Henriques, I. (2005). Stakeholder influences on sustainability practices in the canadian forest products industry. Strategic Management Journal, 26, 159-180.

Guest Editors Biographies:

Gregorio Martín-de Castro.  PhD in Business Administration and Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability in the Department of Management and Marketing at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.  His research on intellectual capital, knowledge management and business sustainability has been published in journals such as Journal of Intellectual Capital, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Business Ethics, Technovation, etc.  He has served as guest editor in several journals such as Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Knowledge Management or Knowledge Management Research and Practice.  He has been Fellow and Visiting Scholars at Harvard University, the University of Manchester, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Edinburgh.

M. Paz Salmador.  PhD in Business Administration and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Strategic Management at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.  Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Management, Advances in Strategic Management, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Journal of Knowledge Management, and Knowledge Management Research and Practice.  She has served as guest editor in several journals such as Technovation and International Journal of Technology Management.  She has been visiting Researcher at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Ishikawa, Japan) and at The National North-Western University (Resistencia, Argentina).  She has also been Senior Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar at Texas A&M University.