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Critical Perspectives on Business and the Natural Environment

Banerjee, S. B. (2012). Critical Perspectives on Business and the Natural Environment. In: Bansal, P. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment. (pp. 572-590). Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0031


This article discusses some critical perspectives on business and the natural environment (B&NE). It introduces critical management studies (CMS) and the intellectual and philosophical traditions that inform this field. Issues of power and domination are addressed in CMS. It then reviews a critical research agenda for the study of B&NE. Particular constructions of the "environment" and "nature" emerge when environmental issues are framed from the conventional economic paradigm. There is a danger that CMS can become an insular sub-discipline in organization and management studies. Pollution prevention and product stewardship may be the "win-win" environmental strategic capabilities that firms can develop, but it is doubtful if these strategies can address the broader goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. It finally covers five themes for future B&NE research that depart from the mainstream: paradigmatic research, empirical research, critical political economic approach, global environmental governance, and critical engagement.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment by/edited by Pratima Bansal published 2012.
Publisher Keywords: Business; Critical engagement; Critical management studies; Critical political economic approach; Empirical research; Global environmental governance; Natural environment; Paradigmatic research; Pollution prevention; Product stewardship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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