Wednesday, February 06, 2008

"Business and the Environment": An academic overview

It has just been announced that the historic and well regarded Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham is set to leave the School of Social Sciences and merge with the Birmingham Business School.

There are undoubtedly advantages and disadvantages with such a move although intellectually I believe this to be a backward step.

Still, if you cannot beat them, join them.

Hence, here is the future of environmental economics at Birmingham. The most scary thing about this paper is that there are no equations or regressions. Help.

Postcards from the Edge: A review of the business and environment literature [PDF]


Environmental issues, while of growing interest, have been outside the main focus of business scholarship. This position on the periphery may have been a good thing. It allowed scholars of business and the environment to consider unusual theories and evaluate overlooked phenomenon. In doing so, they created a body of research that provides new insights on two topics of mainstream interest -- the sources of competitive advantage and the origin and function of self-regulatory institutions.


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