Call for Papers: World Future Review!

Current Issue CoverWorld Future Review is currently accepting submissions concerned with futures research. The journal publishes foresight literature addressing topics informed by technology assessment, policy analysis, operations research, issues management, competition research, and more. To find out more about the manuscript submission guidelines and how you can submit your manuscript to World Future Review, click here.

In the recent June 2016 issue, World Future Review featured articles that addressed social movements and futures research, the operational process for organizational foresight, and the health of futures studies. In addition, a new article published online by authors David N. Bengston, Jim Dator, Michael J. Dockry, and Aubrey Yee entitled “Alternative Futures for Forest-Based Nanomaterials: An Application of the Manoa School’s Alternative Futures Method” delves into four alternative futures for forestry. The abstract for the article:

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Forestry and forest products research has entered into a robust research agenda focused on creating nano-sized particles and nanoproducts from wood. As wood-based materials can be sustainably produced, the potential of these renewable products could be limitless and include high-end compostable electronics, paint-on solar panels, and lightweight materials for airplanes and cars. Others warn about potential serious negative health and environmental consequences. Either way, wood-based nanomaterials could disrupt forestry as we know it. This article is a summary and analysis of a collaborative research project exploring the futures of wood-based nanomaterials within the context of the futures of forests and forest management within the United States. We start by describing the history of forestry through the lens of the U.S. Forest Service, then describe nanotechnology in general and wood-based nanocellulose specifically. Next, we outline the Manoa School alternative futures method, and how we used it to design and carry out a “complete futures of x” project. Following the Manoa School approach, we describe four alternative futures for forestry and forest management. We conclude with implications for the future of forestry, forests, and forest-based nanomaterials, as well as a discussion on the implementation of a complete “futures of x” project.

You can read both the June 2016 issue and the article “Alternative Futures for Forest-Based Nanomaterials: An Application of the Manoa School’s Alternative Futures Method” from World Future Review free for the next two weeks. Want to stay up to date on all of the latest research from World Future ReviewClick here to sign up for e-alerts!

*Wood image attributed to Dennis Hill (CC)

The CSR Agenda: Part 4 of 5

On Tuesday, Forbes published a case study about a corporate social responsibility strategy that spelled the difference between life and death:

Around 2000, Xerox was in big trouble. According to Dr. Joseph Cahalan, Xerox’s Vice President of Communications and Social Responsibility, the company was literally “days” away from filing for bankruptcy. Still, employees didn’t defect en masse like rats from a sinking ship. On the contrary, they rallied around the Xerox banner, fighting tooth and nail to keep the company afloat as if the company was a local mom and pop shop, not a Fortune 500. Cahalan attributes this to the culture which attracted him to work for Xerox in the first place: “People stayed and made that fight to save the company, in large part because they feel that it’s a company worth saving.”

How did Xerox earn this kind of loyalty?

Click here to read the article in Forbes.

What corporate social responsibility strategies are playing out in your research or practice? In this fourth installment of our series on CSR, we present an assortment of articles that tackle the issues across the field. We also hope to hear from you: CSR-related papers are currently being sought by SAGE journals from the Journal of Marketing Education and  Organization & Environment to Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and Business & Society. You can view some of the latest Calls for Papers here.

Part Four: How are the current shifts in CSR strategy playing out?

Click here to read “A Social Connection Approach to Corporate Responsibility: The Case of the Fast-Food Industry and Obesity” by Judith Schrempf of University of Richmond, published on July 24, 2012 in Business & Society.

Click here to read “The Prospects and Limits of Eco-Consumerism: Shopping Our Way to Less Deforestation?” by Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister, both of the University of British Columbia, published in the June 2010 issue of Organization & Environment.

Click here to read “Organization-Based Social Marketing: An Alternative Approach for Organizations Adopting Sustainable Business Practices” by Mary Franks Papakosmas of the University of Wollongong and Gary Noble and John Glynn, both of the Sydney Business School and Faculty of Commerce, published in the June 2012 issue of Social Marketing Quarterly.

Click here to read “Societal Development Through Human Resource Development: Contexts and Key Change Agents” by Namhee Kim of Walden University, published in the August 2012 issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Click here to read “Does Environmental Certification Help the Economic Performance of Hotels? Evidence from the Spanish Hotel Industry” by María-del-Val Segarra-Oña and Ángel Peiró-Signes of the Universitat Politècnica de València, Rohit Verma of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and Luis Miret-Pastor of the Universitat Politècnica de València, published in the August 2012 issue of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s series finale, in which we’ll close with thoughts on constructing a CSR agenda for the future.

Are Voluntary Environmental Governance Efforts Effective?

In the recent article, “The Prospects and Limits of Eco-Consumerism: Shopping Our Way to Less Deforestation?”, which was incorrectly listed in the recent SAGE Business and Management newsletter, Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister examine this question.

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