Organization & Environment

Organization & Environment

2015 Impact Factor: 2.650
2015 Ranking: 35/192 in Management | 18/104 in Environmental Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Maurizio Zollo Bocconi University, Italy

eISSN: 15527417 | ISSN: 10860266 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Sustainability opportunities and challenges appear to be increasing in frequency and intensity in the 21st Century. Advancing the capabilities of managing all types of organizations to achieve and maintain long-term quality of life values (our short-hand definition of sustainability) is an increasingly urgent and relevant societal goal. Addressing global climate disruption, ever-increasing population, massive extinctions of biodiversity- critical species, toxification of nearly two-thirds of the planet’s ecosystems, and the scourges of poverty, enslavement, and exploitation, all present sustainability scholars and practitioners with opportunities to analyze our challenges and advance our prospects for a better world.

To this end, we are encouraging all sustainability management, policy, and social and related science researchers to develop and submit theoretical and empirical articles, essays, and reviews to focus on where we have been and where we are going and to suggest ways for us to move forward in the future. Our main intent is to encourage rigorous explorations and analyses of the connections between the management of organizations and any of the relevant dimensions of the general environment.

As you are no doubt aware, organizational types exhibit great diversity, including large corporations, small and medium enterprises, governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, armed forces, charities, not-for-profit corporations, cooperatives, and research organizations. All of them are collective efforts of people to address specific objectives and all require interactions with their respective environments. The appropriate management of all these types of organizations is crucial to move societies to more fully realize our collective sustainable future.

We are asking contributors to consider all these challenges through our double-blind peer review process, and we also encourage sustainability scholars to contact either of the co-editors about their potential ideas. Finally, your suggestions for future special issues are also most welcome, so please contact us to develop new, interesting, and impactful ideas for future O&E issues.

Let's make future generations of sustainability scholars proud of our achievements and our efforts to provide the foundations for truly sustainable human organizations, including the individuals within them and the societies of which they are key elements!

Yours sincerely,

J. Alberto Aragon-Correa, University of Granada,
Mark Starik, San Francisco State University,

Co-Editors of Organization & Environment

Organization & Environment recognizes that advancing the capabilities of managing all types of organizations to achieve and maintain long-term quality of life values (our short-hand definition of sustainability) is an increasingly urgent and relevant societal goal. To this end, Organization & Environment is encouraging all sustainability management, policy, and social and related science researchers to develop and submit theoretical and empirical articles, essays, and reviews to focus on where we have been and where we are going and to suggest ways for us to move forward in the future. Our main intent is to encourage rigorous explorations and analyses of the connections between the management of organizations and any of the relevant dimensions of the general environment.

Maurizio Zollo Bocconi University, Italy
Senior Editors
Magali Delmas University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Ioannis Ioannou London Business School, UK
Tom Lyon University of Michigan, USA
Mike Russo University of Oregon, USA
Tim Smith University of Minnesota, USA
Associate Editors
Luca Berchicci Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Donal Crilly London Business School, UK
Dror Etzion McGill University, Canada
Tobias Hahn KEDGE Business School, France
Volker Hoffmann Bocconi University, Italy
Stefano Pogutz Bocconi University, Italy
Editorial Review Board
Ramon J. Aldag University of Wisconsin, USA
Pratima Bansal University of Western Ontario, Canada
Suzanne Benn University of Technology, Australia
Luca Berchicci Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Pascual Berrone IESE Business School, Spain
Steven Best University of Texas, El Paso, USA
Emanuele Bettinazzi EM Lyon, France
Frances Bowen Queen Mary University of London, UK
Timo Busch University of Hamburg, Germany
JoAnn Carmin Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Eva Collins The University of Waikato, New Zealand
James J. Cordeiro State University of New York, USA
Andrew Crane York University, Canada
Nicole Darnall Arizona State University, USA
Frank de Bakker Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Frank den Hond VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jonathan Doh Villanova University, USA
Carolyn Egri Simon Fraser University, Canada
Frank Fischer Rutgers University, USA
Linda C. Forbes Western Connecticut State University, USA
Robert P. Gephart, Jr. University of Alberta, Canada
Don Grant University of Arizona, USA
Andrew Griffiths University of Queensland, Australia
Maarten A. Hajer Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Minna Halme Aalto University, Finland
Irene Henriques Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Jennifer A. Howard-Grenville University of Oregon, USA
George Kassinis University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Kate Kearins Auckland University of Technology
Charalampos Koutalakis University of Athens, Greece
David Levy University of Massachusetts, USA
Alfred A. Marcus University of Minnesota
R. Scott Marshall Portland State University, USA
Inmaculada Martin-Tapia University of Granada, Spain
Dirk Matten Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Ivan Montiel Loyola Marymount University, USA
Joane Nagel University of Kansas, USA
Sükrü Özen Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey
Jonatan Pinkse Grenoble School of Management, France
Gordon P. Rands Western Illinois University, USA
André Reichel University of Stuttgart, Germany
Jorge Rivera George Washington University, USA
Joseph Sarkis Clark University, USA
Aarti Sharma Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada
Sanjay Sharma University of Vermont
Peter Snoeren Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Sandra Waddock Boston College, USA
Marcus Wagner Julius Maximilians University, Wurzburg, Germany
Christa Walck Michigan Technological University, USA
Gail Whiteman Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Monika Winn University of Victoria
Michael Zimmerman University of Colorado, USA
Editorial Assistant
Valeria Berchicci Center for Evolutionary Learning
Consulting Editors
J. Alberto Aragon Correa University of Surrey, UK
Mark Starik American University, USA
Founding Editors
John M. Jermier University of South Florida, USA
Paul Shrivastava Concordia University, Canada
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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.

    ** Resource Reviews: reviews that examine and assess organization and environment books, websites, databases, software, video programs, simulations, and other scholarly resources for the purpose of making recommendations on how these can help advance organization and environment scholarship.


    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-blind reviewed, so, manuscripts need to have been prepared in a way that guarantees double-blind 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. Contributors may also include an appendix in the cover letter with three suggested reviewers, whom they believe are especially well-qualified to review their submission with a brief justification for their recommendations.

    The list of suggested reviewers is optional. It is inappropriate to list as preferred reviewers researchers from the same institution as any of the authors, collaborators, and co-authors from the past five years, as well as anyone whose relationship with one of the authors may present a conflict of interest. In any case, Organization & Environment may or may not use the suggested reviewers, and at least one review will be always conducted by a reviewer that was not suggested.

    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.

    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. 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.

    Organization & Environment conducts blinded 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.

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    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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