CALL FOR CHAPTERS
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AS A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE James A.F. Stoner, Fordham University, & Charles Wankel, St. John’s University, New York Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
This book is in a new sustainability series published by Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter are anticipated to be about 6000-7000 words.
We are interested in chapters on business logic for sustainability. Chapters might examine this through various different prisms, such as a legal one, an industry one, a technological one, or a social one. How these sorts of perspectives overlap in helpful or unhelpful ways would be of interest too.
We invite chapters on new models of business sustainability. That is, how business, resources, and people fit together in a sustainability business model. We hope that some authors will parse the systems nature of the “global sustainability equation” and of the task ahead of us in achieving global sustainability and then maintaining it as an ongoing, evolving, and continually changing situation. We are interested in coverage of how entrepreneurs are stepping away from traditional business practices by adopting sustainability. Cases will be critically assessed. As customers become green focused it will become a more and more competitive requirement for companies to align with them.
We are also interested in action implications. Assessing corporate environmental performance is a topic we are keenly interested in receiving chapter proposals on. We invite chapters on corporate citizenship in the area of environmental stewardship. Such factors as compliance with national and local laws, product design and packaging, energy efficiency, and minimization of toxic releases might be included. Transportation industry’s sustainability opportunities would be a wonderful chapter to include. Such a chapter might examine those things that make transport non-sustainable such as local air quality problems. It will then consider how every transportation mode and the entire system of transportation can be reoriented to fit with a sustainable future. Another topic we are interested in is the role of microfinance and microenterprise in the development, adoption, and diffusion of sustainable technologies. This chapter might discuss knowledge transfer from the developing to the developed world in the domain of economics and governance for sustainable development. Areas explored might include: the structure of commons governance institutions and the process of community-based participatory action research.
Motivating business is an important constellation of chapter topics for us. We are interested in reports on redoing business curricula to emphasize global sustainability issues. Empowerment for sustainability is an issue we hope to receive a chapter on. This might discuss how average people in any organization can move toward sustainability. It might consider the manufacturing services and government sectors and also functions including top management, marketing, public relations, purchasing, facilities management, human resource management, finance and accounting, and health and safety. Another topic we hope to receive a chapter submission on is the role of corporate boards in sustainability issues. We have found that this topic is not covered much at all yet and would be great terra incognita for you to invade. A proposal might consider corporate responsibility and sustainability management by corporate boards of directors who are taking a role in overseeing associated risks and opportunities. The consideration by boards of the interdependencies between environmental, social and financial performance, regulation, accountability, transparency and corporate governance, and potential impacts of climate change on business operations is increasing. Environmental awards is a topic we find undercovered in the literature. We hope it is one that you might decide to tackle for a chapter in our volume. Prestigious awards such as the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement and the Global 500 Role of Honor for Environmental Achievement can engage companies and their people towards realizing great sustainability improvement. Such a chapter might consider the changes in organizations who have put themselves into consideration for such awards and how such awards might be adapted to spur on even more environmental change.
Another area that we wish several chapters on is that of business transformations of its environment. Designing green business facilities would be a great chapter. Transforming business energy use in urban environments could be a chapter that might consider what businesses in urban environments can do to maximize global sustainability. A prominent would be a focus on energy use. The impact of global industrial supply chains on sustainable development in developing countries is another important topic we solicit chapters on. The change in developing countries’ abilities to handle cutting-edge technologies suggests that they are more able to handle cutting-edge environmental approaches and controls to the regulation and sensible planning of development. Re-educating consumers is an important topic. A chapter on this might have such themes and content as: “No brainers” — absolutely obvious things all of us should do, and some of us are already doing, to improve our well-being by reducing wasteful, dissatisfaction-inducing consumption and by switching to more sustainability-friendly, more satisfying ways and consuming.
Finally, we would like to have chapters on new directions to new sustainable futures from the nebulous present in business. This chapter might contain thoughts on what business needs to be doing and how it can be made to see what it needs to be doing.
Chapter proposals may be of any length but ideally about 200 words. You should brief biographies of you and your coauthors, including terminal degrees, current affiliation, current rank, related publications, and contact information including office, mobile, Skype, email, and your home page. Send your proposal to both James Stoner firstname.lastname@example.org and Charles Wankel email@example.com . Our deadline for receipt of proposals is December 7, 2009. We anticipate sending final drafts to the publisher in April of 2010 with publication in the fall of 2010.