Management for a Small Planet

Management for a Small Planet

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When this classic text was first published in 1992 it provided a unique focus for the burgeoning concern for sustainability and sustainable organizational practices. The book's impact continues to be felt today as large multinational corporations are making substantial commitments to the 'triple bottom line' of economic success, social responsibility, and environmental protection, and sustainability has become a part of curricula in business schools around the globe. Featuring extensive new material throughout, this new edition of "Management for a Small Planet" maintains the same unique vision and approach that made the original so influential. Unlike other texts on the topic, it employs a strategic, general management perspective within theoretical frameworks on how organizations can be instrumental in moving humankind toward a more sustainable world. Part I includes chapters dedicated to each dimension of sustainability: biophysical, economic, and social. Part II contains the specifics on the formulation and implementation of sustainable management practices, all grounded in the principles of organizational behavior, leadership, and business strategy.
The book is an ideal text for any course concerned with environmental management and sustainable management practices.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 109.22 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0765623099
  • 9780765623096

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Since economic development in China for the last 30 years has been mostly "top down," it's appropriate that a new textbook focused on the Chinese economy emphasizes the macroeconomic and monetary sides of the economy. Through adept use of case studies, the author clearly presents what the world's second largest economy has accomplished and what work remains. Schramm uses not only the traditional macroeconomics tools in explaining the Chinese economy but also takes a novel approach by assessing China as a company. By employing models from finance, such as cash flows and valuations, he is able to dig deeper into understanding the fundamental characteristics of the Chinese economy. Another unique approach is referencing Chinese economic activity to that of the U.S. economy: what is similar, what is different. Numerous graphs, tables, and charts accompany the text.
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"When Management for a Small Planet first came out, Ed and Jean Stead established themselves as pioneers in a field in which few people were engaged. Today, that book has become a classic. And with the release of this third edition, their message is as timely as it was when it first came out. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in managing business and protecting the environment." -- Andrew J. Hoffman, University of Michigan "Ed and Jean Stead continue to enrich the management literature with a perspective that firmly roots the economy and its organizations within the constraints of the biophysical world. A solid contribution and a much-needed reorientation of the field." -- Herman E. Daly, University of Maryland "The Steads have taken a fresh look at integrating sustainability and management drawing on their decades of knowledge in these areas. The result is a versatile book that can easily complement and augment a wide variety of management education needs." -- Mark Cordano, Ithaca College "When it was published in the early 1990s, Management for a Small Planet was a pioneering book on managing for sustainable organizations. The publication of the 3rd edition of this book indicates how well it has stood the test of time. Written in simple language for business students and managers, the book introduces and explains to the reader basic sustainability concepts. The book then explains the fundamental changes managers need to make in their organizations in order to embark on the path of sustainability. This book is both a useful textbook for students facing their first exposure to sustainable business and a valuable resource for managers seeking a basic understanding of what a sustainable organization would possibly look like." -- Sanjay Sharma, Concordia University
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