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Changing Environmental Practice: Understanding and Overcoming the Organizational and Psychological Barriers


Andrew John Hoffman


The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Max H. Bazerman


Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit


ORGANIZATIONS AND THE SUSTAINABILITY MOSAIC: NEW PERSPECTIVES IN RESEARCH ON CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY. Sharma, M. Starik and B. Husted, eds., 2007
Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 05-04; Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 05-043
Ross School of Business Paper No. 923

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Since the early 1990s, the environmental management literature has grown from a small offshoot of mainstream academic study to become a vibrant field of its own. The contributions of this field lie in the study of corporations and their impact upon the natural world. We are impressed by the large quantity of good ideas that have developed concerning how to improve the environment in ways that are good for business. Yet we also have observed that many executives and organizations have been slow to adopt wise environmental practices. We offer insight from both behavioral decision research and organizational theory to explain the barriers to change, and suggest means of surmounting those barriers. After providing an overview of both the applied and academic areas of environmental management, we identify specific barriers to its implementation and offer direction for diffusing wise environmental management practices at a faster rate.

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Date posted: February 7, 2005 ; Last revised: January 10, 2009

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Hoffman, Andrew John and Bazerman, Max H., Changing Environmental Practice: Understanding and Overcoming the Organizational and Psychological Barriers. ORGANIZATIONS AND THE SUSTAINABILITY MOSAIC: NEW PERSPECTIVES IN RESEARCH ON CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY. Sharma, M. Starik and B. Husted, eds., 2007; Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 05-04; Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 05-043; Ross School of Business Paper No. 923. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=663564

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Andrew John Hoffman
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan ( email )
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
Max H. Bazerman (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6429 (Phone)
617-496-4191 (Fax)
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