Organization & Environment - Request for Proposals for Review Articles for a Special Issue


After several decades of research, the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) field has witnessed scholarly contributions that span a wide range of subjects. At this point, the journal believes that a special issue devoted to reviews of well-defined topical areas will serve the field. We seek comprehensive reviews that approach the task with the goal of theoretically integrating and critiquing prior work, and offering guidance on the most fruitful research subjects and approaches as the field moves forward. Thus, these reviews will serve as both mileposts and pathways. We encourage proposals that challenge scholars to reconsider implicit assumptions, leverage under-appreciated findings, and/or revise research methodologies within the chosen topic areas.


We seek reviews at the “meso” level. These would cover areas that are not so wide that a review couldn’t do justice to the breadth of the topic area, nor too narrow that a review would interest only a very limited group of scholars.

Examples of topics for review articles include:

  • Methodologies for studying ONE issues in the developing world
  • The role of gender in organizational greening and leadership
  • The state of knowledge on integrating environmental activities and brands
  • The value and efficacy of environmental certifications
  • Sustainability performance measurement at the organization and system level: which measures are best?
  • The state of empirical evidence on supply chains and ONE issues
  • The value of creating and using “green” versions of common variables (e.g., “green HRM” or “green innovation”)
  • The role of local contexts in environmental entrepreneurship
  • Mandatory and voluntary environmental information disclosure
  • Organizing for environmental sustainability in the developing world
  • The organization and impact of the environmental movement
  • Business and environmental politics
  • Environmental justice and business
  • Natural capital and payments for ecosystem services
  • Theories of organizational change with respect to the natural environment

The environmental/ecological effectiveness of corporate environmental strategies and management systems.

The adoption of systems-oriented approaches by organizations to address the environmental crisis.

The adoption of radical change and innovation by businesses for addressing the environmental crisis.


Proposal: Authors will submit a proposal of 5-7 pages, exclusive of references and any exhibits. The proposal is to be double-spaced and use no smaller than 12-point font. It must include at least the following elements:

  • A clear definition of the scholarly topic area that will be reviewed
  • A description of the publication record of the author(s) in the area
  • The methodology proposed, including identifying the sampling frame (time period, sources, etc.) and outlining how the authors will organize and analyze prior research in the topic area
  • An idea of what insights the authors expect from the review and how they might reorient research in the topic area, based on these findings
  • The identification of reviews in the topic area already published and how the proposed review is different
  • The inclusion of central references in the field

Based on these proposals, chosen authors will be invited to submit full review manuscripts. Important: submissions of proposals should be made to the Editor, Mike Russo, at with a copy to Hyeonjin Cha at . Acceptance of a proposal is not a guarantee that the review will be published.

Full Article. For the review issues, the journal will revise and relax its page limits. Therefore, the maximum length will be 40 pages, exclusive of references . In this way, the full depth of research in an area can be discussed and referenced in the review. Submission of full articles will be made using the journal’s Manuscript Central website.

Special note . As it considers proposals, the journal will value diversity in demography and geography in the authorship team.

Review Guidelines

The Editor and Deputy Editors will review proposals. The review process will be run through the journal’s Manuscript Central platform. It will utilize members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal, as well as individuals with special expertise in the area in which the review is focused.


  • Due date, proposals: December 1, 2021
  • Invitation of submissions: February 1, 2022
  • Due date, full manuscipts: October 1, 2022
  • Publication: September or December, 2023

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