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Organization & Environment

Organization & Environment

eISSN: 15527417 | ISSN: 10860266 | Current volume: 37 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Domain Statement

Organization & Environment publishes rigorous and impactful research at the intersection of management, organizations, and environmental sustainability. In service of this mission, it searches for contributions to academic debates that have managerial and policy implications, and that are grounded in sound social science. Manuscripts coming from the business disciplines and related social science fields such as economics, political science, sociology, psychology, history, and law are welcome. Published articles typically engage with, and contribute back to, the relevant literature in central management journals.

O&E encourages submissions that explore novel concepts, advance theory, experiment with new methodologies and designs, and empirically validate theoretical insights. The journal has a keen interest in the study of new phenomena that are not completely explainable with the current knowledge, and the consequent launch of novel theoretical and empirical lines of inquiry. From time to time, O&E uses special issues to spotlight a compelling topic area, bringing together a resonant group of high-quality articles that promote focused knowledge.

Domain Statement

Organization & Environment publishes rigorous and impactful research at the intersection of management, organizations, and environmental sustainability. In service of this mission, it searches for contributions to academic debates that have managerial and policy implications, and that are grounded in sound social science. Manuscripts coming from the business disciplines and related social science fields such as economics, political science, sociology, psychology, history, and law are welcome. Published articles typically engage with, and contribute back to, the relevant literature in central management journals.


In addition to the standard theory development and theory testing endeavors, O&E welcomes studies focused on new phenomena, not completely explainable with extant knowledge, and the consequent launch of novel theoretical and empirical lines of inquiry. Critical to the assessment of these “data first” type of contributions is their capacity to expose the failure of existing theories to explain the empirical evidence and the potential capacity of the proposed inquiry to do so.


O&E is open to all research methodologies, as long as they are applied in line with the highest quality standards. It also welcomes the registration, and in specific cases the publication, of experimental designs, especially complex field experiments. The journal commits to publish the results of well executed, registered, studies, regardless of the scientific outcome (i.e. irrespectively of the support of hypothesized effects).

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Michael Russo University of Oregon, USA
Deputy Editors
Luca Berchicci Erasmus University, the Netherlands
Flore Bridoux Erasmus University, the Netherlands
Magali Delmas University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Tobias Hahn ESADE, Spain
Minna Halme Aalto University, Finland
Aoife Brophy University of Oxford, UK
Irene Henriques York University, Canada
Bryan Husted Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Thomas Lyon University of Michigan, USA
Jonatan Pinkse King’s College London, UK
Stefan Schaltegger Leuphana University, Germany
N. Craig Smith INSEAD, France
Sara Soderstrom University of Michigan, USA
Marcus Wagner University of Augsburg, Germany
Carmen Weigelt Tulane University, USA
Shipeng Yan The University of Hong Kong, China
Editorial Review Board
Ramon Aldag University of Wisconsin, USA
Toshi Arimura Waseda University, Japan
Grace Augustine University of Bath, UK
Pratima Bansal Western University, Canada
Emanuele Bettinazzi Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Christiane Bode Imperial College, UK
Steffen Boehm University of Exeter, UK
Frances Bowen Queen Mary University of London, UK
Maoliang Bu Nanjing University, China
Timo Busch University of Hamburg, Germany
Kealy Carter University of South Carolina, USA
Chen Chien-Ming Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Francesca Ciulli University of Tilburg, the Netherlands
Breeda Comyns KEDGE Business School, France
James Cordiero SUNY - Brockport, USA
Frederik Dahlmann University of Warwick, UK
Frank de Bakker Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Valentina De Marchi ESADE, Spain
Javier Delgado-Ceballos University of Granada, Spain
Mark DesJardine Dartmouth University, USA
Claudia Doblinger Technical University of Munich, Germany
Carolyn Egri Simon Fraser University, Canada
Panikos Georgallis University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Jake Grandy University of Arkansas, USA
Rüdiger Hahn Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany
Joern Hoppmann University of Oldenburg, Germany
Anne Jacqueminet Bocconi University, Italy
Patricia Kanashiro Loyola University Maryland, USA
George Kassinis University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Kate Kearins Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Eun-Hee Kim Fordham University, USA
Brooke Lahneman Montana State University, USA
Nancy Landrum Munich Business School, Germany
David Levy University of Massachusetts, USA
Martina Linnenluecke University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Celine Louche University of Waikato, New Zealand
Florian Lüdeke-Freund ESCP Business School, Germany
Rajiv Maher EGADE Business School, Mexico
Joel Malen Waseda University, Japan
Alfred Marcus University of Minnesota, USA
Javier Martinez del Rio Universidad de Almería, Spain
Daniel Matisoff Georgia Tech University, USA
Johannes Meuer Kühne Logistics University, Germany
Maria Montes-Sancho Universidad Carlos III, Spain
Lucrezia Nava Baruch College, City University of New York, USA
Kerstin Neumann University of Innsbruck, Austria
Daniel Nyberg University of Queensland, Australia
Pascal Paille NEOMA Business School, France
Rajat Panwar Oregon State University, USA
Sangchan Park Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Antoaneta Petkova San Francisco State University, USA
Mellie Pullman University of Sussex, UK
Gordon Rands Western Illinois University, USA
Jorge Rivera George Washington University, USA
Joe Sarkis Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Simon Schillebeeckx Singapore Management University, Singapore
Garima Sharma American University, USA
Sanjay Sharma University of Vermont, USA
Natalie Slawinski University of Victoria, Canada
Birthe Soppe University of Innsbrook, Austria
Pete Tashman University of Massachusetts - Lowell, USA
Antonio Tencati University of Brescia, Italy
Francesco Testa Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Suzanne Tilleman University of Montana, USA
Sid Vedula Technical University of Munich, Germany
Sandra Waddock Boston College, USA
Judith Walls University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Gail Whiteman University of Exeter, UK
Tyler Wry University of Pennsylvania, USA
Maurizio Zollo Imperial College, UK
Editorial Assistant
Hyeonjin Cha University of Oregon, USA
Consulting Editors
J. Alberto Aragon Correa University of Surrey, UK
Mark Starik Walden University, USA
Founding Editors
John M. Jermier University of South Florida, USA
Paul Shrivastava Pennsylvania State University, USA
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  • 1. General Orientation
    2. Review Process
    3. Submissions Guidelines
    4. English Edition


    Organization & Environment (O&E), recognized as a leading international journal unique in its emphasis on the connection between management of organizations and environment, publishes quarterly peer-reviewed research that sets new and relevant standards for rigorous thinking about the complex and relevant dimensions of the sustainability – including an appropriate balance between and among social, natural, and economic challenges. This research provides a crucial resource for the development of more effective environment-related organizational policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.

    This O&E mission is achieved through a variety of regular features, including the following:

    ** Academic Research Articles and Essays (empirical, theoretical, or conceptual): research that develops, tests, or extends environment-related management or sustainability theory and contributes to organizational practice. All empirical methods -including, but not limited to, qualitative, quantitative, field, laboratory, meta-analytic, and combination methods- are welcome. To be published in O&E, a manuscript must make strong conceptual, empirical, or theoretical contributions and must highlight the significance of those contributions to the management field. O&E is not tied to any particular discipline, level of analysis, or national context. O&E encourages relevant research rooted in multiple scientific disciplines.

    ** Research Reviews: the purpose of a research review is to succinctly review recent progress on a particular organization and environment topic, summarizing the current state of knowledge of the topic. It creates an understanding of the topic for the reader by discussing the findings presented in recent research papers.


    A) Desk decisions. When a manuscript is first received, the editor completes a preliminary screening of a manuscript to assess the degree to which it (1) fits the criteria described in O&E's Mission and (2) possesses at least a minimal likelihood of being favorably evaluated by O&E's reviewers. Submissions that fail to satisfy one or both of those criteria may be returned to the authors as a desk decision, sometimes in the form of a desk reject and sometimes in the form of a desk edit.

    O&E is committed to providing quick reviews to submitters, which means that desk rejection will be used as one way to speed the process for all submissions by guaranteeing that every paper accepted for review possesses the potential to be published in the journal. In this context, a desk rejection does not necessarily mean a poor quality submission, but rather that it has a low likelihood of being published in O&E. O&E strives to provide constructive and developmental feedback to authors within approximately two months of initial submission.

    B) Review process. For each manuscript that passes the initial editor (desk) review stage, the editor assigns an action editor (either him- or herself or an associate editor or guest editor) and two reviewers (including members of the O&E’s editorial board or other qualified reviewers). The manuscript's action editor makes publication decisions about the manuscript in conjunction with the recommendations provided by the reviewers. All submissions will be double-anonymize reviewed, so, manuscripts need to have been prepared in a way that guarantees double-anonymize review. Submission of a manuscript to the Journal also carries the implicit quid pro quo of submitters being willing to review future O&E manuscripts, if called upon to do so.


    All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the nature of your contribution and the connection between your contribution and the journal aims, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a biographical paragraph of 75 words or less for each author.

    The format and style of written works for publication should normally follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. O&E's editors will use clarity, conciseness, and overall quality of writing as criteria in determining the appropriateness of manuscripts submitted for publication. Manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible without sacrificing meaningfulness or clarity of exposition. Typically, papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices. Each table or figure should be on a separate page.

    In addition to following APA style, manuscripts should generally conform to the following guidelines:

    Everything (title, abstract, text, references, endnotes, block quotations, etc.) should be double-spaced. Paragraphs must be indented. All in-text citations should be included in the reference list; all references should have in-text citations. Endnotes should be used instead of footnotes. Written signed permission for any copyrighted material incorporated into the manuscript should be obtained where necessary and should accompany the final manuscript.

    Authors are strongly encouraged to review the pdf that Manuscript Central creates from their manuscript, to ensure that formatting is correct. In particular, it is essential to check tables and charts for accuracy and proper formatting.

    Organization & Environment conducts anonymized peer-review. It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep in mind that when uploading your manuscript you will need to upload a manuscript file with no identifying author information (designate as Main Document) and a separate title page (designate as Title Page) with author details. 

    Be aware that submitted manuscripts should not be under review for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to another publication entity during the O&E review period. Authors whose manuscripts utilize data that are reported in any other manuscript, published or not, are required to inform the editor of these reports at the time of submission. Submission of manuscripts previously published in conferences’ proceedings is acceptable; similarly, prior presentation at a conference or concurrent consideration for presentation at a conference does not disqualify a manuscript from submission to O&E.

    Send submissions to:

    Click here to see the O&E Special Issue Proposal Guide.


    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    O&E encourages submissions from authors in all regions of the world. Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

    Please be aware that Sage has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement in which an author enters will be considered to be an agreement exclusively between the author(s)and SPi, and any costs incurred will be the sole responsibility of the author(s).

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