Call for papers

Journal of Organizational Behavior


Special Issue Call for Papers
Greening Organizational Behavior

The editors of the Journal of Organizational Behavior will publish a special issue of the journal on the subject of Greening Organizational Behavior.


Guest Editors: Lynne Andersson, Temple University; Susan Jackson, Rutgers University; Sally Russell, Griffith University

Background and Rationale for the Special Issue

Behavioral scholars interested in making an impact and doing work that is relevant have many challenges to choose from. Among the most pressing and prominent challenges facing organizations today is that of ameliorating or preventing ecological degradation. Many environmentalists fear that only an ecological crisis of enormous magnitude will be sufficient to shock business leaders into taking proactive steps toward achieving environmental sustainability. Others believe that individual actions and the forces of capitalism and business competition will lead organizations to acknowledge the depth of ecological issues facing the world today, and induce a paradigmatic shift in how business is conducted.


How is scholarship in organizational behavior contributing to knowledge that can be used to improve the health of planet Earth? What do we know about the behavior of individuals and groups that provides useful insights that can be applied in organizations as they begin to address ecological issues? From the board room to the shop floor, addressing ecological concerns inevitably involves change. How do decision-making processes support or discourage systemic change? Ecological pleas and demands to corporate executives are often formulated and enacted by individuals within the operating core of the organization. How do individual employees contribute to (or detract from) their companies’ efforts to “go green”? The presence of an individual with environmental knowledge, skills and influence within the company who can champion environmental issues is one of the keys to successful environmental management programs. What is the role of rational arguments and emotional appeals in efforts to influence organizational leaders concerning ecological issues? Under what conditions are ecological champions likely to emerge, be heard, be silent, or be silenced? How can good intentions go bad, creating dysfunctional backlash?


With this special issue, we seek to disseminate new, creative and high quality scholarship aimed at providing a clearer picture of how individuals, groups, and the organization can work in synchronicity to solve global ecological issues.  We welcome theoretical and empirical papers that explore individual and group phenomena relevant to the greening of organizations. In addition to the questions already mentioned, the list below suggests several other potential topics for contributors:

  • Employees’ ecological values, attitudes and behaviors and their effect on organizations
  • Ecological entrepreneurs, champions, and other individual voluntary environmental initiatives
  • Ecological decision making within organizations
  • Changing habits and institutional routines
  • Personality traits and individual ecological behavior within organizations
  • Ecological value (in)congruence between employees and organizations
  • Employee emotions and emotional labor concerning ecological issues
  • Leading and motivating employees to act upon ecological issues
  • Individual morality and ethics concerning ecological issues
  • The advantages or disadvantages of relying on voluntary or mandatory approaches
  • Personal and organizational politics as barriers to successful greening
  • Greening of organizational culture
  • Organizational policies and practices encouraging or detracting from individual ecological behavior
  • Consequences of organizational ecological policies and practices on employee health and well-being
  • Use of employee involvement and green teams for achieving ecological goals
  • The role of social networks in shaping ecological behavior and attitudes
  • Multilevel research that examines the relationships between individual, group, and organizational behavior that leads to organizational greening


Contributors should note:

  • ·         This call is open and competitive, and the submitted papers will be blind reviewed in the normal way
  • ·         Submitted papers must be based on original material not under consideration by any other journal or outlet
  • ·         For empirical papers based on data sets from which multiple papers have been generated, the editors must be provided with copies of all other papers based on the same data
  • ·         The editors will select a number of papers to be included in the special issue, but other papers submitted in this process may be published in other issues of the journal


Please note that the new deadline for submissions is 1 June 2011. The special issue is intended for publication in August 2012. Papers to be considered for this special issue should be submitted online via (selecting ‘Special Issue Paper’ as the Manuscript Type). Please direct questions about the submission process, or any administrative matter, to Managing Editor, Kaylene Ascough,


The editors of the special issue are very happy to discuss initial ideas for papers, and can be contacted directly:


Lynne Andersson,

Susan Jackson,

Sally Russell,


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